We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For the latest updates on Boston, turn on your radio for the events of last night. It's one heck of a story this morning. Boston police have provisionally identified the two men as suspects in a string of violent incidents outside of Boston as Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi, both here on student visas. (that appears to be wrong info)
Government used to spend primarily on the production of things — roads, dams, bridges, military forces. There can be only so many of such goods. Now, DeMuth says, government spends primarily for consumption:
“The possibilities for increasing the kind, level, quality and availability of benefits are practically unlimited. This is the ultimate source of today’s debt predicament. More borrowing for more consumption has no natural stopping point short of imploding on itself.”
Funding the welfare state by vast borrowing and regulatory taxation hides the costs from the public. Hence its political potency. Until the implosion.
I, too, believe wealth should be distributed more fairly. No entertainer (musician, athlete, actor, producer, director, etc.) should be allowed more than a living, minimum wage. Anything over that should be confiscated and given to poorer entertainers.
"Boston police have provisionally identified the two men as suspects in a string of violent incidents outside of Boston as Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi..."
Well, I'm sure CNN is happy for the company in the "Unsubstantiated Rumors" department, after their debacle last Wednesday.
They're two brothers from Chechnya, Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tamerlan was killed in the shootout and Dzhokar is on the run. None of the MSM outlets have released the name of the killed brother yet but the Shadow knows.
To BD: Red Breasted Merganser on the flooded low land.
To Dr. Mercury: Get better, wishing you good health. I hope that you will continue to write (perhaps the old fashioned way) during your break and I hope it will be meaningful and enjoyable for you. More important, may your conciousness's journey be profound and beautiful.
Re: Majority Think Wealth Should Be Distributed More Evenly
This is sad. It seems few are willing to look at both sides of an equation. If you want more evenly distributed wealth, you would need more evenly distributed intellect, work-ethic, ideas, appetite for risk, legal impediments (or lack of), and a host of other things.
My only hope is that the respondents were thinking that they favored more people doing well - something I could ascribe to. I wish everybody was fabulously successful and wealthy to match but you don't get there by taking from successful and giving to unsuccessful - that is redistributing failure.
OK, make them happy, give everyone a fair share, split it up...............in 10 years the one's who had the wealth will have it again.......some just know how to manage it.......not all but the really wealthy ones do!
Article on why capitalism is losing (short answer: the death not only of the father, but the idea of the father, and his replacement by the state) may be the most perceptive piece I have read in years. Thanks for posting.