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Observations From The Margin

July 18, 2016

Observation Tower

-I saw a commercial recently for Dawn dish washing liquid. It showed Dawn being used to clean the oil off of baby ducks who had apparently been greased by the negligence of some evil oil company. Does anyone see the irony in the fact that Dawn is an oil based product? Even the plastic bottle that holds Dawn is an oil based product. Ignorance is bliss.

-The propagandists in politics and the media have been telling us how well our economy is doing. But for some reason the Fed hasn’t received the message. If you want to know how our economy is doing, all you have to do is look at the Fed’s monetary policy. They recently raised the interest rate 1/4 point after being at 0% for 7 years. The Fed raises interest rates when they think the economy is growing too fast, and they lower interest rates to stimulate the economy when they think it is contracting. So you tell me. Based on the actions of the Fed over the last 8 years; How strong or weak is the economy?

-If you gave the background information of Hillary Clinton to the agency in charge of issuing top-secret security clearances, removed her name and replaced it with Jane Doe, they would stamp it FAILED. “Hail To The Chief”.

-I’m having a hard time squaring this circle. On the one hand President Obama says the Louisiana and Minnesota incidents where white cops shoot black citizens is because of racism even though there is no evidence or statement by the cops to prove it. And on the other hand he says we can’t know the motive in the Dallas incident where a black man shot and killed the white cops while stating he wanted to kill white officers. Does the President have the ability to read the minds of the cops and at the same time lack the ability to read the statement of the Dallas shooter? The President’s nuanced brilliance must be impossible for the benighted masses to understand. Or is everything about politics?

-Hillary’s law breaking is a one reason she should not be given the position of power she seeks. But the most important reason she shouldn’t be given the position of power she seeks, is because she is a big government socialist central planner just like Bernie.

-Have you noticed that Hillary has been adopting some of Bernie’s ideas, like free college? Is Hillary is coming out of her socialist progressive closet.

-Speaking of free college. If politicians somehow make college free; are the professors going to teach for free? Are the people who work to maintain the college’s infrastructure going to work for free? Are the people who provide services to the college going to provide them for free? I have news for you, these people will not exchange their labor for nothing. Someone will have to pay for these services and guess who that someone will be?

-Did you noticed the difference between President Obama and former President Bush’s speeches at the memorial for the Dallas Policemen? Bush understood it was a memorial service, and Obama, in true political fashion, couldn’t let this serious crisis go to waste.

-When will we learn that the main strategy of politicians, on both sides, is to divide us into groups, pit us against each other, stir the pot until the situation reaches critical mass, and then ride in and present themselves as our healers who can bring everyone together. The solution has to come from us. It can’t come from them because they caused the problem in the first place.

-I listened to the President’s address to the nation Sunday after the cops got shoot in Baton Rouge. I had no choice because he interrupted the British Open. He said we must tone down our incendiary rhetoric. The king of ratcheting up rhetoric before he gets the facts (the Cambridge police acted stupidly), is telling US to watch OUR rhetoric. Mr. President I don’t know if you know this or not but, no one is listening to you when you talk about issues of race. You have no credibility.

-The fact that we have so many Federal, State, and local laws means that law enforcement comes into contact with ordinary citizens more frequently than if there weren’t as many laws. Officers are put in a position by law makers to enforce increasing amounts of onerous laws. People think that they are being over policed and push back. The officer takes the brunt of the anger from the citizen, while the politician sits safely in his gated community. The politician doesn’t realize, or doesn’t care, that his legal overreach has the officer and the citizen meeting in a stressful situation. Both sides escalate and when something tragic happens, the politician swoops in and blames the officer or the citizen depending on which one will help him politically. Nobody thinks to put some of the blame on the politician. These people would have never come into contact with each other if he hadn’t passed the onerous laws in the first place. He looks squeaky clean while the cops and the citizens blame each other. We can’t allow the politicians to get away with this. Both law enforcement and citizens have to take a step back and deescalate the situation. The vast majority of people on both sides are good people, and unless these good people lead, the politicians will exploit the situation and gain even more power over us. Think, don’t give in to emotions.

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Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

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Must Read “Leftovers”

November 17, 2015

Student Wants Free College, Debt Forgiveness, and $15 Minimum Wage, at foxbusiness.

I remember when I was in High School I thought that socialism (taking from people who I thought had a lot of money and “giving” it to those who don’t have much) was a good idea. Once I started working I realized how ignorant I was. I feel sorry for the student in this video because she doesn’t even realize how ignorant she sounds. Unfortunately the democrat presidential candidates are saying the same thing. They are just better at hiding the message with verbal slight of hand.

Academic Welfare Queens, by Tho Bishop, at mises.org. Easy money creates bubbles. Bubbles create malinvestment. “Educational malinvestment creates college degrees that are worthless to the students, on the one hand, but profitable to professors and the colleges on the other.

The Fly In The Buyback Ointment: Corporate Leverage Is At Record Levels, at zerohedge.com. Corporations are propping up their stock prices by borrowing money at zero percent interest and buying back their stocks. A shorter supply raises the price of the remaining shares. At some point a companies revenue won’t be able to service their debt. The problem accelerates if there’s a stock holder sell off. The high price shares bought back with debt would now have a lower price. If they have to sell shares to raise revenue, they would be selling at a huge loss.

Managing The Risk Of Hydraulic Fracturing: An Update, at fraserinstitute.org. There is risk in anything man does. The real question is always; does the benefit out weigh the level of risk. When it comes to fracking the answer is yes it does.

News Stories Of At Least 18 Defensive Gun Uses By Concealed Handgun Permit Holders During October, by John Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. No comment necessary.

Scrapped: Maryland Ends Bullet ID Program After 15 Years, $5 Million, and Zero Cases Solved, by John Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. Excerpt from the article, John Lott-“It was clear 10 years ago that this program was not going to work….Millions were spent on funding this program, money that could have been better used for actual police and law-enforcement resources.”

A Tale Of Two Shootings, by Victor Davis Hanson, at victorhanson.com. The differences between the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Kate Steinle in San Francisco. It’s politics, race, twisted logic vs. the facts.

Obamacare: It Doesn’t Work Because It Couldn’t Work, by Kevin D. Williamson, at nationalreview.com. Great analysis of why Obamacare doesn’t work. At it’s core Obamacare isn’t insurance even it tries to be. Insurance is about calculating the risk of what will happen. Obamacare is a pay as you go system for what has happened.

Star Trek’s Pseudo-Economics, By Robert P. Murphy, at fee.org. Excerpt from the article: “It is true that Roddenberry thought, and others still think, that high productivity will eliminate the necessity of money for economic coordination. But Roddenberry was simply mistaken on this point — as were the socialist theorists who thought the modern computer would make socialism “work.” Ironically, the socialist theorists (and Gene Roddenberry) got things backwards. In a primitive Robinson Crusoe or Swiss Family Robinson environment, people can make decisions without recourse to money prices, because the system isn’t very complicated; a person can “see” the trade-offs involved. Yet, in a modern economy based on the division of labor, money prices are indispensable. The possible uses of resources become greater — and the economic problem more difficult to solve — as technology expands.

TIME TO LAUGH

HT – thefederalistpapers.org.

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