Health Care and Obamacare: Agreements and Responses.

Once again, there is so much out there that I am somewhat at a loss to focus on a single issue.  If you haven’t been hibernating early, the newsworthy items include the refugee problem, the Paris and Mali attacks, the VA travesty regarding its treatment of veterans, the Missouri-inspired (or was it Yale) episode of alleged aggressions of all sorts, but especially supposed racial offenses, and its associated threat to free speech, the election cycle for both parties, the national… Continue Reading ››

Refugees, Religion and Revolution

First, I want to wish a blessed Thanksgiving to all. My Berean colleague Mark Smith wrote a very good blog addressing the response of the West and Christians to refugees in light of the Paris attacks of last week.  I would like to extend the discussion to address how the West, including the United States government, ought to respond to the terrorist problem posed by some of those refugees and mainly from ISIS/ISIL/Daesh (from whom the Paris attackers came it… Continue Reading ››

Evolutionary dreams in New Orleans

I just got back from the Southern Economic Association, where I attended many of the sessions of the Austrian economists.*  In one session, the subject was comparing Kant’s view of the process how the mind comes to know things vs. Hayek’s view.  One discussant said several times that he could “tell an evolutionary story” of how the brain ultimately processes information, and others dutifully nodded their heads.  Evolutionary “stories” are acceptable to most in Academia.  In a subsequent side conversation,… Continue Reading ››

How to see if progressives are serious in their concern for the immigrant.

As I’ve related previously, Democrats seem convinced that legalized immigrants will become part of a permanent majority, and many Republicans (including especially talk-radio) seem to believe this as well. While I’m skeptical for many reasons, I have a small proposal that could take this issue off the table.  Since progressive supporters of immigration make many public professions of their sincere effort to preserve families, and treat immigrants with dignity (values I agree with) and acting as if this is not… Continue Reading ››

Oh the days when our worries were only over Obamacare. But we can still worry about that too!

In the midst of huge foreign policy concerns, societal breakdown on multiple dimensions, its easy to forget about our top concern a couple of years ago:  the government takeover of our health care system.  We predicted disaster, and Obamacare has never been popular with the American people.  It came at great cost to the Democratic party, and despite the Supreme Court’s amazing rulings keeping it on life support, it seems destined to collapse from its own contradictions. The plan was always… Continue Reading ››

Paris. Far away, but ever so close.

Most of the world was horrified on Friday evening; in the U.S. it was coming home to see horrible reports of terrorists executing concert attenders one by one.  Over the weekend and continuing today, many are wrestling with how the world will respond, as well as the U.S.  Mrs. Clinton tried for some separation from the president on the Democratic debate; calling for American “leadership.”  This, of course, is a slam toward Mr. Obama’s approach of leading from behind. There will… Continue Reading ››

Totalitarianism of the Left

Berean Jeff Haymond wrote a blog yesterday which overlapped my blog, but you should read both.  His is broader.  Mine focuses on the global climate change issue. A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that 27% of Democrats surveyed favor prosecuting those who do not agree with global warming.  Here is the question from the Rasmussen Report of November 9-10, 2015: 2* Should the government investigate and prosecute scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming? To be sure, 68% said the… Continue Reading ››

The Radical Left is getting larger. This is a scary poll…

Yesterday’s headlines included Rasmusson’s poll results on how many people want the government to prosecute people who don’t believe in global warming.  The title of the article, Little Support of Punishing Global Warming Foes, belies the seriousness of the actual results.  Let’s summarize the results, (copied from the Rasmusson link): 68% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the government investigating and prosecuting scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming. over one-in-four Democrats (27%), however, favor prosecuting those who don’t… Continue Reading ››

The 5,500 Page Behemoth

In this blog, I have but one question, regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has just been made available for one’s reading pleasure.  Here is my question.  For an agreement that is touted as a free trade compact, why do we need a 5, 500 page document (parts of which I have read)?  If we are serious about free trade, forgive simple-mindedness, but why don’t the nations agree to the following language: “From the effective date of this agreement, trade… Continue Reading ››

My Reaction to the Campus Free Speech Issue

The public university in America and most private universities and colleges are “dead.”  By dead I mean that by and large they no longer stand for free inquiry and reasoned discussion and debate.  They are being co-opted by various interest groups claiming offenses against them, sometimes by merely being a minority among a white majority.  The groups, like the ones at the University of Missouri and Yale University, and now, California State University at Northridge, all have attacked individuals they… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Week!

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

–P.J. O’Rourke