Posted tagged ‘Katie Pavlich’

Videos On Various Topics

November 2, 2017

Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights, at PragerU.com.

More and more women are getting concealed permits. Katie Pavlich explains why.

 

Milton Friedman Addresses Economic Fallacy,

Milton Friedman dispatches this question without leaving a mark. Brilliant!

 

College Made Me A Conservative, at PragerU.com.

The brainwashing of students by progressives isn’t working like it used to.

 

Are Your Kids Too Fragile? How To Make The Next Generation Resilient, at reason.com.

I’m glad I grew up when I did. You left the house in the summer early in the morning. Came home for lunch. Left again. Came home for supper. Left again, and tried to make it home before the street lights came on so your mom wouldn’t get mad at you. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

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Must Reads For The Week 1/31/15

January 31, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES

White House Tells 529 Savers To Just Go To Community College, at economicpolicyjournal.com. At the beginning of the week the President wanted to tax the 529 government tax exempt accounts of people who were saving for their children’s college education. He wanted to fund his free community college idea, with this new tax revenue. So let me get this straight, he wanted to tax money that was set aside to pay for college education, and us those tax dollars to pay for a “free” college education that he was giving away. Isn’t that like taking water from the deep end of the pool and dumping it into the shallow end?

White House Drops Plan To Tax College Saving Plans, at abcnews.go.com. Either the President finally realized how stupid his idea of taxing 529 college saving plans was. Or he figured that even he couldn’t get away with this one.  Read the short article and watch how the White House tries to spin its way out the original decision. But don’t worry, your retirement accounts are safe from central planning politicians and bureaucrats!

 GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

Egg Prices In California Have Risen From $1.18  A Dozen A Year Ago To $3.16. at economicpolicyjournal.com. Here is an excerpt from the article, “...an initiative passed by California voters in 2008 …. required the state’s poultry farmers to house their hens in significantly larger cages. The state legislature realized this would put home-state farmers at a disadvantage, so in 2010 it compounded the problem by requiring that eggs imported from other states come from farms meeting the same cage standards, effective Jan. 1, 2015.” Anyone with an ounce of common sense should have known what the outcome of this Government mandate would be. The benefits of living in California are starting to be out weighed by the self-imposed costs of living there (read here).

Cash-Only Neuro-Ear Doctor In Louisiana, at selfpaypatient.com. We’ve said here that Obamacare will create a true free market in healthcare and this is an example. Unfortunately a Government run system consisting of Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare will exist along side of the free market system, and the people in the free market system will have to pay for both systems.

U.S Government Tracking Cars In Real Time, at targetliberty.com. You have no privacy anymore. You’re phone, computer, emails, credit card transactions, and now your car are all being monitored. Not to mention all the traffic and security cameras that seemingly are everywhere.

New York Muscles Uber To Adopt “Venezuela Rules“, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The State of NY doesn’t want free market prices to ration scarce resources (rides) during disasters and states of emergency. The result will be longer wait times for rides (aka waiting lines). This is the same thing that is happening in Venezuela because of Government price controls.

THE ECONOMY

The Boom In Food Stamps (Children’s Addition), at economicpolicyjournal.com. Food stamp use is going up. This is consumption without corresponding production. Which makes us poorer as a whole.

Welcome To The Wreckovery, at zerohedge.com. Because of the nature of it’s business, Caterpiller is a company that does well in a growing economy. Look at Caterpiller’s world retail sales over the last 25 months in the chart in this article. What would be your conclusion?

Obama Has NO Reason To Celebrate After Hearing This About The Future Of Obamacare, by Jason W. Stevens, at thefederalistpapers.org. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Obamacare has a $1.35 trillion shortfall. The CBO usually underestimates these shortfalls, so it is probably bigger. They can only get this money by taxing, borrowing, and/or electronically printing counterfeit money. All of these wreck economic activity.

MISCELLANEOUS

It’s Something Of A Miracle That Gas Is $2.00 A Gallon And Cheaper Than Any Other Liquid That Consumers Buy, by Mark J. Perry, at aei.org. Look at the price per gallon of some other liquids we consume compared to a gallon of gasoline.

Kids Are Casualties In The War Against Self-Reliance, by Stella Morabito, at thefederalist.com. We are crippling our kids ability to deal with reality because we shelter them from reality. Many kids today don’t even know how to mow the grass. Many of my friends were driving tractors on their farms when they were 13 or younger. Parents don’t want their children to experience failure. Most of the time you learn more from failure than you learn from success. Don’t shelter kids they are tougher than you think.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, by Katie Pavlich, at townhall.com. This is another example of the President running into traffic without looking both ways. Remember how the Cambridge police “acted stupidly”, what about the Trayvon Martin case, or the Michael Brown case. When a situation seems to confirm his vision of how the world works, he doesn’t care to know all the facts. He thinks his narrative will win the day, and unfortunately because of media bias and uninformed people, he might be right.

Anti vs. Pro-Gun Visions Of The World

August 5, 2014

Watch these two videos. The first is an anti-gun ad by Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety. It shows how anti-gun people view the world.

The second is an ad for Glock inc. It shows how pro-gun people see the world.

A CONFLICT OF VISIONS

I saw these two videos when I read an article titled, New Bloomberg Anti-Gun Ad Inadvertently Proves Why Women Need Guns, by Katie Pavlich. It got me thinking about  Thomas Sowell’s book titled, A Conflict of Visions. In it he says, “One of the curious things about political opinions is how often the same people line up on opposite sides of different issues“. The people on each side of the gun issue are most probably on opposite sides of other issues, like the death penalty, abortion, welfare, monetary policy, economics, the role of Government etc. The reason is each side has a different vision of how the world works. These different visions make people talk past each other when discussing different issues. For the most part both sides probably want similar outcomes on many of these issues, unfortunately they have no common ideological road to travel, in order to logically reach a common end. It’s like trying to give someone directions on how to get to Chicago from New York, which is where you live, unfortunately they live in Denver. The directions would make no sense. This is the problem we all have when we discuss issues with other people. When talking to people, ask yourself: Where am I? Where are they? Do we have the same end in mind? Can we find common ground from which to start? Am I wasting my time?

CONSTRAINED VS. UNCONSTRAINED VISION

Dr. Sowell calls these two competing ideologies the constrained and unconstrained visions about the nature of man. The constrained vision sees man as inherently self-interested and morally limited. Instead of trying to change human nature, which is impossible if not cost prohibitive, people with the constrained vision want to produce the best possible outcome inside of these constraints. Incentives matter in the constrained vision. Dr. Sowell quotes Alexander Hamilton from The Federalist Papers: “It is the lot of all human institutions, even those of the most perfect kind, to have defects as well as excellencies- ill as well as good propensities. This results from the imperfection of the Institutor, Man“.

The unconstrained vision sees man as perfectable. Man has the potential to use his understanding and inclinations to grasp the concept that benefiting others is virtuous and being virtuous will make him happy. The unconstrained vision puts its efforts into changing mans nature, because they don’t see his inherent self-interest as a permanent state. Dr. Sowell quotes Marquis de Condorcet as rejecting the idea of “turning prejudices and vices to good account rather than trying to dispel or repress them“. The constrained vision of human nature confused, “..the natural man and his potential with existing man.

In the case of anti-gun and pro-gun, the differing visions is simple to explain. One side thinks the gun entices people to use it to harm another person. If it wasn’t for the gun this temptation wouldn’t exist. The other side believes evil people exist and they can be deterred or stopped by another person possessing a gun. The side of the gun debate you’re on probably depends on your vision of the nature of man.

PURPOSE OF “A CONFLICT OF VISIONS”

The book, A Conflict of Visions, does not try to “..determine which of these visions is more valid but rather to reveal the inherent logic behind each of these sets of views and the ramifications of their assumptions which lead not only to different conclusions on particular issues but also to wholly different meanings to such fundamental words as “justice,”  “equality,” and “power.”  “…this conflict of visions is as sharply contested today as it has been over the past two centuries.”

Dr. Sowell tries to answer the question of which vision is valid in two other books, The Vision Of The Anointed, and The Quest For Cosmic Justice.

 

THOMAS SOWELL DISCUSSING, “A CONFLICT OF VISIONS”

This video was made before the 2008 election. It is eerie how Dr. Sowell’s analysis was like a warning bell.

 

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