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.
This article shows just how far the left and "The Atlantic" has fallen.
The author nearly starts out with a straw man saying that after the release of the Mohnihan Report that a myth was promulgated by the right that race baiters destroyed Moynihan's career. Yet he shows now evidence that anybody ever said that - only that the derision directed at those who point out the report's warning of the break up of the black family. Certainly Moynihan went on to be a distinguished senator for decades.
Then the author claims, without supporting evidence, that "scholars have shown" that the nuclear family of the 1950s was "an outlier in history, not the rule". Are we to take from that that the norm is single parent families or even some other "form" of family?
And most ridiculous was that the 1996 welfare reform was a failure and didn't create jobs (again without supporting evidence). The period prior to the enactment of the reform was marked by some states' welfare rolls being cut in half because of the impending reform and the period after the enactment of declining unemployment.
RE: High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag.
One student commented “It’s absolutely absurd, I don’t understand why you would bring up things from the past that are hateful,”
I tend to agree. I realize that for a lot of Southerners, mostly older Southerners the Confederate flag didn't represent slavery to themn it represented their belief in states rights. But given today's problems and hope for less class division the students comments were right. And yet we movies like Amistad or 12 Years A Slave that win awards ONLY because they "bring up things from the past that are hateful". But it is hardly limited to Hollywood. The entire race baiting culture is committed to "bring up things from the past that are hateful". The NAACP, once an organization at least somewhat dedicated to bringing about rqcial equality is today an organzation whose motto seems to be "bring up things from the past that are hateful". Then there are the college groups who occupy the presidents office to force the school to require every student to attend a class where they "bring up things from the past that are hateful". Why? Well because they can get legislation making them a protected class, and quota's and increased and automatic welfare payments and on and on in an endless list of government mandated goodies. So what was the reason these two students decided to "bring up things from the past that are hateful"? Were they tired of seeing the "Pan-African" flags that many black students put on their cars? Were they tired of the hate filled race baiting rhetoric of bigots like Al Sharpton and wanted to tweak him and his followers. Or where they simply hateful, ironically also like Al Sharpton, his followers, the NAACP, Hollywood, and those students demanding more and more be given to them because of their "special" status? Perhaps to be consistent we should expel anyone who might "bring up things from the past that are hateful" and not be so selective.
Lest anyone think I am insensitive I want to assure you that I am aware that people of color have heard that back in history other people of color that they didn't know and never met may have in fact been treated badly by people without color who they also don't know and never met and that somehow this fact compels them to mistreat people of no color today in what I guess is revenge for those previous acts that they didn't see and wouldn't even be bothered with except that it provides an excuse to mistreat a class of citizens that they themselves have developed a hatred for. So I feel their pain. Their anger has been aroused by those that "bring up things from the past that are hateful" and someone must pay.
With an 18% VAT according to the commenters on the Isreali Startup article, appears TANSTFAAFL is still valid.
The Moynihan piece reads more like a long winding path to advocating a guaranteed annual income, which is something to watch for.
Not too opposed to glorifying next Presidents (as long as its private money) but am opposed to deifying them (e.g. The Apotheosis of Washington in the Capitol). Couldn't we just get Disney to make DC copy of their presidential exhibit and let that be the end of it?
Israel is succeeding despite the lingering albatross of socialist-era taxation and protectionist legislation - both of which drive up the cost of living here.
People like me - hi-tech workers who are responsible for Israel's "economic miracle" - are conveniently excluded from the OECD's calculations because we are at the higher end of the income curve.
But most of our salary - the portion that exceeds the socialist-bureaucrat-decreed "maximum income" (the OECD's cutoff point for this study!) is taxed at confiscatory rates of 45 percent or more.
The study also ignores mandatory contributions to Social Security and health insurance - which is another 12-15 percent.
We also pay indirectly for a web of protectionist, nanny-state price controls and other legislation that often make it cheaper to buy Israeli-made products overseas, or to import products from Europe... the most obvious of these is the 100 percent tariff on new cars, in a country without an auto industry.