Economics & Politics
By marfdrat on October 14, 2014
And the truth is, there were no budget cuts – only a slight decrease in the rate of perpetual spending increases. John Hayward, always right on target with his assessment, correctly identifies the problem with Ebola and lots of other things in our country: the government is an ineptocracy, and the consequence of failure in an ineptocracy is MORE MONEY to spend on stupid stuff that has nothing to do with what they’re supposed to be doing.
By marfdrat on August 28, 2014
This is from a couple of years ago, but the premise is the same: folks who argue that the rich ought to “give back” (that is, pay taxes) at a higher rate than the rest of us are misinformed on a couple of key points.
By marfdrat on August 19, 2014
Economists like to say that there are no solutions, only tradeoffs. This must be a dilemma for the environmentalists: do “green” energy sources justify large-scale killing of wildlife? This is a report about just one plant; thousands of eagles, bats, and other birds are killed by wind turbines every year. The government gives those facilities a pass for killing protected species.
Posted in Eco-Bullsh*t, Economics & Politics | Tagged bats, birds, birds of prey, eagles, Economics, environmentalists, falcons, green energy, hawks, solar power, tradeoffs, wildlife | Leave a response
By marfdrat on July 26, 2014
I’m constantly amazed at the economic ignorance of some of our solons in the Congress. Dick Durbin thinks Walgreen’s is unpatriotic, or something, for considering moving the company to Switzerland to reduce their U.S. tax burden. Has Mr. Durbin ever considered that the U.S. corporate tax rate (one of the highest in the world) is maybe too high? Corporations don’t have patriotic obligations to the countries in which they’re founded. They do, however, have an obligation to their shareholders – to maximize the value of the enterprise. Reducing their tax burden is one way to do that. I’m guessing that Walgreen’s customers don’t care one whit about where the company is incorporated; they just want their prescriptions and other sundries to be conveniently located, and purchased at the lowest price possible.
By marfdrat on July 21, 2014
Sure, Cantor suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of college professor Dave Brat, but now he’s freed up to make some serious money. Who needs all those rules and restrictions? The inside-the-beltway free market awaits.
By marfdrat on July 11, 2014
(Thanks Doug Ross, for the linkage!)
This is getting ridiculous. I’m wondering when young people will realize (perhaps they have, but feel there’s no other alternative) that paying this much for college puts you at a substantial financial disadvantage when you’re graduated and are actually trying to make it in the world. The payments on those education loans (which may not be forgivable) are going to consume a tremendous portion of disposable income, and will go on for a long time. No wonder so many twenty-somethings are still living at home.
By marfdrat on July 10, 2014
I’ll have to admit I have not thought about it like this at all. I’ve been giving him a lot more credit than he might deserve. Andrew Klavan could be on to something here. Still, even a hapless putz can do a lot of damage, and Obama has accomplished a lot in that arena. Actually, I don’t think he’s at either end of the spectrum; he’s somewhere along the continuum from genius to putz, but leaning toward the latter.
By marfdrat on July 7, 2014
Charles Krauthammer was asked in an interview how to secure the border with Mexico. It’s easy: build a fence. You’ll hear pro-illegal immigration folks argue “building a fence doesn’t do anything.” They’re wrong. They just don’t want to build a fence to stem the flood of illegals coming into America and becoming Democrat voters.
Posted in Economics & Politics, Liberty & Freedom | Tagged border, border fence, border security, illegal aliens, Illegal immigration, illegals, immigration, mexico, unaccompanied minors | Leave a response
By marfdrat on July 7, 2014
And usually, the taxpayers end up paying the tab, because politicians as a group are terrible at deciding which businesses “deserve” help. That’s what free markets are for. What a great term coined by John Stossel. Spread it around.
By marfdrat on July 7, 2014
This is great news. In addition to the millions of dollars being spent to house and feed these people, now they’re spreading diseases all over the place. I don’t understand how allowing these people to remain here is a benefit for this country. I’m all for folks from other countries coming to America legally, but this is wrong. It almost seems like the current administration is doing this on purpose, just to destabilize things. In another piece I read today, the government is sending agents to Murrieta, California, to beat back the protesters that are blocking buses full of illegals from being dumped in their town. What the hell? Our own government is going to use force to stop citizens from trying to prevent illegal aliens from being deposited in their town. In other words, they’re going to aid in breaking the law – how can this be right?
By marfdrat on July 5, 2014
Hmmm. It’s almost like there’s a relationship between price and demand. Someone should look into it. Looks like Republican governors are ignorant about economics, too.
By marfdrat on July 2, 2014
…of what possible value was brought to my school by paying this well-known non-achiever over $200,000 to make a speech. This is the same “hard work” that Bill did after he was president so they could stop being “broke.”
Posted in Economics & Politics, Liberty & Freedom | Tagged bill clinton, crony capitalism, Education, first "lady", higher education, Hillary, hillary clinton, new york, Secretary of State, senator, speaking fees, universities | 3 Responses
By marfdrat on June 29, 2014
I was reading a piece in McClatchey DC the other day describing Obama about “climate change” (his characterization of everyone who doesn’t believe the global warming BS as a “fringe element” is typical climate hoax stuff), and I had to stop when I saw this quote from the chief egomaniac:
By marfdrat on June 21, 2014
When the bar is set way low, everybody can be a winner. Never mind all those wait-listed veterans looking for medical help. This is an embarrassing and shameful spectacle, and nobody in the government seems to be too concerned about it.
By marfdrat on June 17, 2014
The IRS recently -conveniently- claimed that two years worth of Lois Lerner’s emails were “lost in a computer crash.” This is an awfully convenient dodge, given that evidence that could implicate the President and others in the illegal targeting of conservative groups was probably in those emails. A former IRS IT contractor says it’s highly unlikely, given the agency’s backup protocols, that emails were anything but deliberately deleted.