Thursday, February 24, 2005


The New York Times economic midget - and he is a conservative America's true national debt owed outside of government is just over $4.5 trillion, not $7.6 trillion.
Profits, wages and jobs Unfortunately the kind of nonsense Megalogenis wrote about wages, jobs and women is about par for the media
Economic costs of the greens' energy tax The real costs of the greens' energy tax is frightening
Stop Iran's mullahs Iran's mullahs have a long history of plotting suicide attacks, funding terrorism, waging war and silencing opponents
Fidel Castro: An outpost of tyranny next door Kim Jong-il and Iran's mullahs sign up with Fidel Castro
In America poverty is absolutely relative Has America wiped out poverty?
Uniting against radicalism The fact that the 9/11 attacks are widely believed to have been carried out in the name of Islam resulted in a great deal of prejudice against Muslims and misunderstanding of Islam

Details here



Social Security reality: "Considerable public discussion and debate now rages over Social Security and how to reform it. As the system currently stands, as early as 2018, it will be necessary to finance a growing portion of its outlays to retirees by means of outside sources of funds, since at that point the sums paid into the system in the form of payroll taxes will begin to fall short of the sums it is obligated to pay out. What will bring this about is a substantial increase in the number of retirees, who draw from the system, relative to the number of workers, who pay into it. Some observers believe that the difficulties faced by the system will not begin until later, in 2042 or 2052. Between 2018 and that time, they believe, the system can draw down its vast accumulations of United States Government securities, which it has acquired over the many years in which it took in more in payroll taxes than it has had to pay out. I believe that 2018 is in fact the time when the difficulties will begin. The reason is that the government securities held by the Social Security system are not any kind of actual asset. They are a claim against the US Government to pay money that it does not possess and which it cannot obtain in any way other than by raising taxes, borrowing from the public, or inflating the money supply.

Details of how GWB's social security proposals would affect individuals here. The Democrat "calculator" is of course the deceptive propaganda one would expect.

Another cost that needs more privatization: "Within a decade, the public sector will be paying nearly half the cost of U.S. health care, which is also swallowing an ever-larger chunk of the nation's resources, government economists reported on Wednesday".

Everybody pays for this: "During the Great Depression, the federal government started subsidizing family farmers who faced ruin because of unpredictable weather and dips in crop prices. Seven decades after the dust bowl years, the subsidy program has morphed into a gigantic giveaway for mega-farms, wealthy investors who may never set foot on their land and even dead farmers, whose estates exist only to collect the subsidies".

Scrappleface has an excellent satirical comment on the Larry Summers/Ward Churchill controversies.

Why do criminals break the law?: "Criminals are as much a victim as those they have victimized, right? After all, they do what they do because of poverty, or bad parenting, or lousy peers, mental illness or the availability of a gun, right? Well, no, says clinical psychologist Stanton Samenow, author of the book Inside the Criminal Mind. He says criminals are the way they are because that is what they choose to do."

GWB's basic doctrine: "A close reading of the President's second Inaugural Address reveals it is an effort to break down the dividing wall that has sometimes separated American interests and American idealism. The President's speech argues that pursuing our core principles will promote our national security - and that what happens within the borders of other nations is often of intense interest to our own..... The core of this doctrine rests on the President's belief that stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty - and as long as the Middle East remains a place where freedom does not flourish, it will remain a place of stagnation and resentment, a cauldron of anti-Western hatred and violence..... Our Administration is not without its critics - but it is worth noting, I think, that our critics have offered no competing theory on how to address the generator of global terrorism. They may take issue with our execution of policy - but they have no conceptual theory to offer in its place. And that is itself revealing."

Leftism is feelings-based: "With the ascendancy of leftist values that has followed the decline of Judeo-Christian religion, personal feelings have supplanted universal standards. In fact, feelings are the major unifying characteristic among contemporary liberal positions. Aside from reliance on feelings, how else can one explain a person who believes, let alone proudly announces on a bumper sticker, that "War is not the answer"? I know of no comparable conservative bumper sticker that is so demonstrably false and morally ignorant. Almost every great evil has been solved by war -- from slavery in America to the Holocaust in Europe. Auschwitz was liberated by soldiers making war, not by pacifists who would have allowed the Nazis to murder every Jew in Europe.... The "self-esteem movement" -- now conceded to have been a great producer of mediocrity and narcissism -- was entirely a liberal invention based on feelings for kids. The liberal preoccupation with whether America is loved or hated is also entirely feelings-based. The Left wants to be loved; the conservative wants to do what is right and deems world opinion fickle at best and immoral at worst."

There was recently a much publicized study saying that medical costs are a major cause of bankruptcies in the USA. Mike Tremoglie exposes the authors of the "report" concerned for the Leftist liars they are. They even deny the existence of the huge waiting lists that are such a feature of the Canadian system! With typical Leftist arrogance they seem to think reality is whatever they say it is.

My latest posting on MarxWords shows that Marx wanted moderate Leftists eliminated. My latest posting on "A scripture blog" looks at different usages of the word "spirit".



That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftists is perfectly shown by the 2004 Kerry campaign. They put up a man whose policies seemed to be 99% the same as George Bush's even though the Left have previously disagreed violently with those policies. "Whatever it takes" is their rule.

Leftists are phonies. For most of them all that they want is to sound good. They don't care about doing good. That's why they do so much harm. They don't really care what the results of their policies are as long as they are seen as having good intentions.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist"

Comments? Email me here (Hotmail address). If there are no recent posts here blame and visit my mirror site here or here. My Home Page is here or here.


No comments: