Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Quips & Quotes – 6/30/10

Where Best To Be Poor - Yesterday's material poverty is all but gone [in the US] - Yesterday's material poverty is all but gone. In all too many cases, it has been replaced by a more debilitating kind of poverty -- behavioral poverty or poverty of the spirit. This kind of poverty refers to conduct and values that prevent the development of healthy families, work ethic and self-sufficiency. The absence of these values virtually guarantees pathological lifestyles that include: drug and alcohol addiction, crime, violence, incarceration, illegitimacy, single-parent households, dependency and erosion of work ethic. Poverty of the spirit is a direct result of the perverse incentives created by some of our efforts to address material poverty. Read more…

“The truth is no longer what some biased newspaper reporter says it is! As you lose your opinionated thrones, the world now gets to see and hear multiple views, often sooner than the press can shape it and get it to us. We are no longer prisoners of the ‘lame street media.’” – Response to a Miami Herald column, “Opinions get in the way of fact”, by Leonard Pitts from John Sykes.

Lie: The military at all times of my deanship had full and good access.... Military recruiting...went up because...I talked about how important military service was.
--Elena Kagan tries to whitewash her anti-military record at Harvard.

The Bucyrus Travesty - A shameful tale of two Obama loan guarantees, one gone bad, one gone good & why! The Bucyrus travesty is a preview of the consequences of the cap-and-tax program that Democrats are still trying to ram through Congress, and the peculiar income redistribution that it entails: taking from the middle class that depends on coal for jobs and power and giving to politically connected investors and the affluent who can afford to pay $40,000 for a car. Maybe Mr. Obama will explain to Bucyrus workers today why they are less deserving than Fisker Auto's. Read more… [Do you remember Obama's promise to bankrupt coal industry to cost 1,000 jobs in upper Midwest? – JS]

"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power." -- Benjamin Franklin