“Republicans shut American down. Vote them out!” This quote was seen in the window of the Democratic office of the Greene County, Ohio Democratic Party. It represents well our country’s problem. Too many Americans cannot tell the different between our government and our nation. The Democrats like to claim Thomas Jefferson as their forefather. He must be rolling over in his grave.
If incentives to ingenuity and skill in individual persons were to be abolished, the very fountains of wealth would necessarily dry up; and the equality conjured up by the Socialist imagination would, in reality, be nothing but uniform wretchedness and meanness for one and all, without distinction From Rerum Novarum, 1891. This truth needs to be continually told; the equality often promised by politicians can only be established by an equal misery.
Our interns here in DC visited the Bureau of Printing and Engraving this week. In case you didn’t know, this is where most of the paper money in the US is printed. I have to say I haven’t been so near so much cash in my life (something like a few hundred million in the building, and we even saw, yes, a $100,000 bill). But that is not the point here. As we ended the tour one visitor (thankfully not… Continue Reading ››
And ye, O peoples, to whom God gave the liberty to choose your own magistrates, see to it that ye do not forfeit this favor by electing to the positions of highest honor, rascals and enemies of God. From Calvin’s Commentary on Samuel. No additional comment needed, the quote says it all. We were warned.
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. I’ll leave to you Bereans to ponder why this may be applicable to today’s political economy. There are no bonus prizes (since this should be obvious), but you can provide your thoughts in the comments.. Keep them as nice as you can, even though you’ll be speaking the truth in love about incompetence! EDIT Update: I will however, award bonus points for the first person to correctly identify… Continue Reading ››
The following was overheard at the keynote dinner for the Free Market Forum, held this year in San Diego, California. The author was willing to be identified as Sy Lotsoff, a California resident: “California is the Garden of Eden, but here the snakes are in charge.” Having seen just a small part of its natural beauty, I can understand why the state has been called the “Garden of Eden.” But knowing its political orientation, it is pretty obvious why the… Continue Reading ››
As quoted by F.A. Hayek in his 1956 Preface to The Road to Serfdom, De Tocqueville described the process of government enslaving a people in servitude: The will of man is not shattered but softened, bent and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is… Continue Reading ››
Faith abhors the really contradictory; to maintain the really contradictory is to deny God. Faith adores the apparently contradictory; to adore the apparently contradictory is to adore God as one’s creator and final interpreter. What has this got to do with political economy? I’m not sure. But it is such an awesome quote to remind us that ultimately our basis of knowing anything is resting in our faith the God alone is true, manifested in the person of Jesus Christ. … Continue Reading ››
From a CNBC video a couple of years ago, Crony capitalism….is the codependent wife of statism. Brooks is spot on; the source of cronyism is a large state that has the power to favor one group over another. And this favor only comes by harming others. This seems to me to be the definition of injustice–harming one to favor another. Of course it is always for good reasons–“we aren’t really trying just to give them a bailout, it helps you… Continue Reading ››
I came across this quote from a letter written by William F. Buckley, Jr. to Henry Kissinger on the subject of utopian ideas and utopian dreamers, many of whom reside right here in Washington, DC. “We must do what we can to bring hammer blows against the bell jar that protects the dreamers from reality.” I am all for cracking a few bell jars or bursting a few bubbles or whatever figure of speech you wish as long as you… Continue Reading ››