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Sunday, September 4. 2011
If you are without sin, you may have no need to pray or worship. Lucky you.
Working with a lazy stoner
John Hinderaker is in the North Woods
Shameful: Gov. Christie goes crying to the Feds
One lingering effect of the Great Recession could be poor academic performance and behavioral problems among children of the unemployed.
We Are in 'Worse Situation' Than in 2008: Roubini
They are OK, but I think they would be better if they got out from under the thumb of government and unions and let entrepreneurial schools flourish. Educational monopoly is not a good thing.
Kos: Perry likely wins. Says Surber:
The People of the State of California Are About to Officially Go Crazy
A Warmer Planet Is a More Peaceful Planet
Duh. But are they supposed to work?
Gary Becker: The Great Recession and Government Failure - When comparing the performance of markets to government, markets look pretty darn good. A quote:
That was "Let no crisis go to waste" to advance the Leftist, statist cause
Don't hold your breath. LWV has been totally coopted by Leftist activists, like so many non-profits
David Brooks is only half-right: The Vigorous Virtues
Half-right is pretty good for mush mouth Brooks
America is drowning in a river of rules:
They think that the O will not be re-elected. Last chance to control every little detail of our lives and businesses.
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America will be getting what it doesn't want but may need: War, either civil or international.
Zoning: Pretty good article, but it just scratches the surface. Zoning is completely out of control and constitutes "taking" in more ways than one. Republicans who thing the answer to everything is to concentrate more power with local governments have probably never tried to develop a property for a commercial use. Governmental power needs to be slashed at all levels, not just federal.
BD just wanted to say thanks for the site. Maggie's is a place I often see a different perspective from the extreme passion of the left or right. When I disagree with someone here it is always a civil discussion. Thanks again.
1 - Zoning Laws: Kelo vs New London should tell you all you need to know about zoning and the consequences when it all goes bad.
2 - Regulations: Horrocks has one thing wrong - "catch and share" actually works. Shares can be bought from less successful operators, but the simple fact of the matter is that you are going to see reduced numbers for some operators. That is just a fact. This is is resource management and it's an important one because there ain't no such thing as unlimited fish. Sadly, it is only one good aspect of fisheries regulation that get lumped in with the bad aspects of fisheries regulation as I've noted before.
3 - Palin: Fizzles? Her appearance was a complete and total disaster. She's playing a game and only she knows the rules. Its either that or she's been convinced that she can get away with anything and that is dangerous. Then again, maybe she can with her backers - Palinistas are as rabid as Paulbots.
4 - Christie: Its always a problem when your own ox gets gored huh? Reap what ye sow is as apt a description of the situation Christie finds himself in.
5 - Gibson: what a total cluster fark. It would appear the right hand has no clue what the left hand is doing in this administration and that most of the agencies and departments have completely gone rogue without any controls or guidance.
I don't think Palin fizzles exactly. She is a remarkable person in many ways, and I'm most fond of her. But 2012 is going to be bare knuckles all the way, in a fashion we haven't seen in awhile. And Americans will want to vote for a big confident tough dog, and that's found more frequently among men than women. [This also holds true for Michelle Bachmann]. I want to vote for a tough, principled man who has survived many battles successfully, and stayed the course. I want to vote for a candidate who doesn't tear others down in order to make himself look better, who knows who he is and what he can do to help the country.
I want to vote for a tough, principled man who has survived many battles successfully, and stayed the course. I want to vote for a candidate who doesn't tear others down in order to make himself look better, who knows who he is and what he can do to help the country.
Are there any in the field? Seems like Cain is the closest to what you seek. Palin has certainly survived, and lost only once.
Here is a pretty funny link
Y’all must understand what Christie’s current job is. As NJ Governor, he is supposed to wheedle and demand all he can get for his State. He is not working for the TEA people or anyone outside NJ who has high hopes for his future nation-wide office.
If he had said: “Congress, forget about about New Jersey. You’re bankrupt anyway. Let FEMA go help those of weaker spirit along the Gulf. New Jersey will be fine, so enjoy your golf game.”
Would that have been good service for his State?
I gotta question.
If Sarah Palin supporters are Palinistas and Ron Paul followers Paulbots, does that make Chris Christie followers Christians?
"They think that the O will not be re-elected. Last chance to control every little detail of our lives and businesses."
Quite the contrary. They think their victory is complete so now they can start implementing their full agenda without fear of loosing the opportunity to complete it.
Re: "Kudlow: Obama's Economic Policies Have Failed
Duh. But are they supposed to work?"
This is a very important point. Obama's election victory was meant to inaugurate the overt takeover of the machinery of the Imperial Federal Government. One can IMHO convincingly argue that the project is well underway, e.g. the regulatory avalanche, public sector "stimulus" and ObamaCare are mile markers passed.
To assume that Obama's "economic policies have failed" presupposes that he - and his Progressive puppet-masters - have comprehensive and coherent economic goals and policies to achieve them. Please, I don't see any indication of that. Show me the evidence. It's amazing to me the communism had a very definite economic goal of overtaking the productive capacity of capitalist economies. And Progressives? I can't see anything but redistribution of existing income.
It seems more probable that Obama and the Progressives have no understanding of how a private economy, at least ostensibly, actually functions. They assumed it's something like a perpetual motion machine or black box and, frankly, that what goes down will inevitably come back up again.
Obama is now faced with a conundrum. The economy has become permanently disabled as a direct result of installing the Progressive policy dream agenda. But, in order to win re-election, Obama must "address" the economic growth and job creation dilemma. They have no clue where to start. That's why clearly anti-business and job destroying government actions are still underway while any sane person would say let's stop and refocus on the economy.
It's a tough call. In the abstract, I believe that anyone should be able to do as they please with their property.
OTOH, who wants a hog farm, a sewage treatment plant or a fast food restaurant built next door to their home?
The problem with zoning seems to be where to draw the line.