Some respect 

This is why I still have some respect for Republicans. 

The Democrats simply close ranks regardless of the charges or accusation. These Republicans are at least making the pretense of looking into the accusations. I hope it’s more than pretense, but we don’t really know. With it on the table, the Democrats should be able to force a thorough investigation. 

Healthcare and the Laws of Economics


“Sanders’s emotional argument hinges on what happens to people who cannot afford health insurance. But his answer is one that can only yield worse outcomes for people who cannot afford health insurance.”
Jonathan Newman #Healthcare 

Healthcare Is Not Immune to the Laws of Economics | Mises Wire

Organizing theft 


Some people will say, You are partisans, then, of the laissez passer?—economists of the school of Smith and Say? You do not desire the organization of labour. Yes, gentlemen, organize labour as much as you choose, but have the goodness not to organize theft.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms

Progress by Plunder fallacy


Verily, it is marvellous that people should persist in maintaining that all which an individual steals from the masses is a general gain. Perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, the quadrature of the circle, are antiquated problems; but the theory of progress by plunder is still held in honour. A priori, we should have thought that, of all imaginable puerilities, it was the least likely to survive.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms

Markets vs Politics 


One cannot observe markets without coming away mightily impressed with the intelligence, the courage, the prudence, the fortitude, the self-discipline, the astuteness, and, above all, the creativity of fellow human beings. To observe and reflect on markets is an uplifting experience that makes one proud of the human species.

One cannot observe politics without coming away mightily distressed at the stupidity, the cowardice, the recklessness, the timidity, the prodigality, the gullibility, and, above all, the cruelty of fellow human beings. To observe and reflect on politics is a disheartening experience that makes one ashamed of the human species.

Don Boudreaux
An Off-the-Cuff Observation http://cafehayek.com/2017/02/an-off-the-cuff-observation.html

CNN Fake News 

Exhibit A

Polls are not news. Polls are polls. The manifest laziness of modern fake news organizations to publish polls as “news” exposes their agendas and undermines their credibility. 

Exhibit B

The agenda is “destroy prosperity,” the trope is “protect the earth.” We are supposed to be worried about temperature measurements over a  130 year span for a planet that is 4.6 billion years old. That means, we are looking at data from 0.000003% of the total lifespan of the planet. We are also conveniently ignoring all of the temperature indicators (indirect measurements) we have from before the 1880s. 

You keep using that word (freedom) 

“President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Vice President Joe Biden Thursday by presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony.”

Mr. President, if you are awarding Joe Biden an award that has the word “Freedom” in the title, you obviously do not understand what that word means. 

My first thoughts on CalEXIT

I saw something about the #CalEXIT movement this morning. On my drive to work, I was thinking:

  • We will keep all of our military assets there
  • We will negotiate for access to ports, rail, etc.
  • We will still trade with California
  • California can only survive by trading with the US
  • We get rid of two persistently problematic US Senators
  • We get rid of 53 problematic House Representatives
  • We get rid of a sizable chunk of socialist Californians
  • We get rid of as many socialists who will migrate to California
  • As the California socialists run their country into the ground many companies will move to the US
  • After the California socialists have run their country into the ground, we can invade and liberate them

I’m thinking, “Brilliant!”