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Saturday, August 11. 2012
Steven Shapin on An Intellectual History of Cannibalism
Disorganized collection growth
Senior Sex: Why Seniors Are Getting It On
No Conservatives, Please--We're Colleges
It’s Not Just the Students; Colleges Are Going Broke Too
I'd exclude these fascist idiots
Unreal… Now the Far Left Is Trying to Tie Mitt Romney to El Salvador Death Squads
It’s Ryan! The post offers this Ryan quote:
Krauthammer: The Case Against Reelection
More Leftists Let Their Masks Slip, Admit They Want Big Tax Hikes on the Middle Class
Teachers' Unions in Action
President Obama’s claim that insurance premiums ‘will go down’
Impossible, because Obamacare requires coverage of everything. Designed to fail.
Cancer Ad Just the Beginning: Obama Super PAC Ready to Launch More 'Incendiary' Ads
Most licensing is just a form of taxation
EDITORIAL: Obama: Pay my wife, please - President wants taxpayers to pick up larger family tab
Intelligent, autonomous robots set to change combat landscape
Machine vs. machine, just like the financial markets
Obama's Campaign One Of The Dirtiest In Modern Times
That was to be expected
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Regarding 'No conservatives,' Duke's liberal smart guy Brandon doesn't put the Mills quote in context. Mills was speaking of big-C Conservatives, as members of the opposition party. You would expect more from a department head. Wait. No, not from a university as prestigious as Duke.
Bird Dog: EDITORIAL: Obama: Pay my wife, please
It wasn't a serious proposal, of course.
The Obamas are notorious for their lavish, taxpayer-subsidized vacations.
The President and his family have to pay their own vacation costs for lodging, first class travel costs and food. They even pay for their own food at the White House, except for official functions.
Mr. Obama isn’t doing well with the ladies in the polls these days, with Gallup showing him losing white women by 8 points.
Because women of color aren't ladies? Women overall support Obama by 9% per the latest CNN poll.
If she wants to get paid, nothing is preventing her from going out and getting a real job — except for the fact that there are so few of them in the Obama economy.
She is highly employable and could easily get a job, but that could create additional security issues.
"The President and his family have to pay their own vacation costs for lodging, first class travel costs and food. They even pay for their own food at the White House, except for official functions. "
Please, don't insult us with half-truths. What the President is "charged" is not even close to full cost, not for his family's direct expenses, not for his staff's expenses, and most definitely not for his security expenses. The price of a first class commercial air ticket hardly covers the cost of flying BOTH presidential 747s to their family vacation destinations, along with the accompanying Air Force planes that carry the presidential limousines (and helicopter) as well as all the Secret Service vehicles. (I saw a TV interview with the AF pilots assigned to the WH that the second presidential 747 plane flies out discreetly but empty as a backup, which is not widely known.) The costs of transporting and housing the presidential Secret Service detail are paid by taxpayers but are hidden away from public view---and most Congressional oversight---in the Secret Service and Air Force budgets, so don't pretend the First Family comes even close to paying the costs of their vacations.
Contrast the Obamas haughty behavior with that of the Bushs, who used Camp David a lot more and intentionally travelled less during the holidays so as not to inconvenience their staff and Secret Service detail. It's no surprise to me that, according to various rumors, George and Laura Bush were the best liked occupants of the WH and the Obamas are among the worst liked by the staff and SS detail.
Agent Cooper: What the President is "charged" is not even close to full cost, not for his family's direct expenses, not for his staff's expenses, and most definitely not for his security expenses.
That's right. The president pays what it would cost for a normal family to take a vacation, including transportation, lodging and meals. It does not cover the costs of the staff necessary for the protection of the President of the United States. These extra expenses are not a personal benefit, but for the benefit of the people of the United States.
Paul Ryan: The idea that a few bureaucrats know what’s best for all of society, or possess more information about human wants and needs than millions of free individuals interacting in a free market is both false and arrogant. It has guided collectivists for two centuries down the road to serfdom — and the road is littered with their wrecked utopias. The plan always fails!
As have unbridled markets. That's why the most successful large economies in the world are all mixed systems, with strong government sectors and robust markets. Government spending in these economies range from about 35-50% of GDP. Much more than that, and government crowds out the private sector. Much less than that, and government doesn't provide the services people want and expect.
"most successful large economies in the world are all mixed systems" ! You say that to support your belief that this is a good thing. Taxes and big government is to freedom and productivity what parasites are to living things. They suck the life blood out of them. Prior to modern farming methods all farm animals suffered from parasites so bad that eating uncooked meat could kill you. This "mixed system" was never the less quite successful to borrow your phrase. But was it good or necessary? The reason that every successful large economy has these "mixed systems" is the same reason why lawyers sue rich people and not poor people. The unsuccessful economies are not good candidates for the parasites you extol. Once a society becomes productive and the citizens acquire wealth the parasites (Obama, the Democrats, the people on welfare the liberals, etc.) show up to suck the life blood out of the productive. The reason is simple; free stuff. The parasite in a farm animal takes advantage of the animals industry and ability to move around and consume food. The parasite simply takes a portion of this food either from it's intestines or from it's blood supply. Arguably the left wing politicians have perfected this system as well and take our wealth from us sometimes even before we "digest" it. But the downfall of all parasites is that they kill the host. The 19th century farmer would do his best to prevent this and typically the best he could do was lose 35-50% of his animals to illness due to the parasites. But the parasites are mindless (wow this meme fits the Democrats so wellm don't you think?) and they don't stop at taking a mere 35-50% of the hosts life blood (wealth) they want it all and eventually they will kill the host. This happens in politics and nations too. We will fall someday and it won't be because we worked too hard or kept too much of what we earned; we will fall/die because the parasites took too much. Now it odesn't happen overnight or even during a single term of a president (Obama might well be the exception) so we humans don't always connect the dots. And of course the parasites lie to us (the human parasites) telling us our country is dying not because we are taxed too much but because there are still a few wealthy successful people who have avoided a full blown parasitic infection and we need to tax the rich more. Most humans cannot follow anything that takes more time then a football game so the parasites are quite successful in blaming others (Bush's fault). We will one day fall as a nation as all nations do and when it happens it won't be because we were allowed to keep 50% of our personal wealth it will be because the parasites finally were able to take most of our wealth, they won't be happy with the 35-50% they can steal and still keep the support of the useful idiots. Successful large economies don't flourish BECAUSE the parasites take 35-50% of their wealth they flourish in spite of it until the numbers of parasites and the sheer volume of their "take" exceeds our ability to succeed.
One of the most important sources of cash and jobs are universities. That money that $100m for diversity is really about "creating jobs" that are VERY high paying. My observation is that unions own/use nice houses that don't show up on county records, hire women from out of state to conduct surveys, to stalk and bully--that all takes cash and no better source of frightened money than the universities. mmmm . . .all that cash flow yum, yum. Of course, we may say it is co-incidental to the sex scandal, but I would say that the "sex scandal" was only the spear at the throat of university administrators, and boards of trustees, etc. (Oh Gosh not another one!)
I'm pleased with Romney's choice for VP. While I figured he'd take the safer route and go with Portman, I'm glad to see him showing a little gusto by picking someone a bit more controversial. Ryan doesn't have the political chops that others had, and brings along a fair amount of enmity because of this stance against government entitlement programs, but he'll certainly bring more fire to the campaign than Portman would have.
"Political chops"? Ahhhh...are we addressing Obama. Ryan has credentials far, far beyond Obama's C.V.
I give Romney five stars for pulling Ryan into the campaign. Walker pulled Wisconsin into a "doing-something" economy. Ryan is of the same talent. He can out-debate Obama at every level.
Now, what will be interesting: who else will be part of the Romney pack? Axelrod might have a problem ahead.
Zachriel: most successful large economies in the world are all mixed systems
GoneWithTheWind: You say that to support your belief that this is a good thing.
Yes, being successful is generally considered a "good thing".
GoneWithTheWind: Taxes and big government is to freedom and productivity what parasites are to living things. They suck the life blood out of them.
Well, in this case, the size of government is controlled by democratic processes. They are sometimes reduced in size when they become too large. On the other hand, people consistently support certain government programs, because they want them, such as Social Security in the U.S., or the National Health Service in Britain.
I'm sure that there is someone who wants the many wasteful programs the government supports with our tax money. The lure of "free stuff" makes voters out of people who otherwise would never vote. Such is the Democratic process.
“Once the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic.” – Benjamin Franklin
GoneWithTheWind: I'm sure that there is someone who wants the many wasteful programs the government supports with our tax money.
Programs, such as Social Security, have wide support, even among the young. While, you may disagree, most Americans consider Social Security to be an important part of the social safety net, and it's been around for generations.
I don't consider SS to be "free stuff" It takes in enough money to pay the retirees and the federal government owes it $4 trillion it borrowed. It is not and should not be a safety net. It should be administered like a 401k or an IRA not like welfare.
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That covers most of the instructional material if you aren't a leftist.
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