American Politics as a Confidence Game
Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one’s mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ago—from the pen of America’s most profound novelist, Herman Melville, whose words in his powerful novel of deception and intrigue, “The Confidence Man: His Masquerade,” echo across the decades: “Any philosophy that, being in operation contradictory to the ways of the world, tends to produce a character at odds with it, such a philosophy must necessarily be but a cheat and a dream.”
Thoughts on The CT School Shootings
Let’s consider that gun ownership has been part of this country’s history since its founding. The same cannot be said of massacres of this nature. What this tells me is that something has changed in the character of this country over the past 25 years. These changes in character and culture won’t be easy to diagnose as there are multiple symptoms. Even if we do manage to come to a general consensus as to the diagnosis and then somehow find some kind of cure, it will take many years before we can remedy our character. And even if we do that, evil is never far away.
So Socialism continues on the path that all redistributionist societies - Marx, Mao, Castro, Chavez - have until they collapsed. Obama's course is the same, hitting the rich first, then sustainable for only a while by confiscation by taxation of most, if not all, of the middle class's production...
Greece’s latest idea for dealing with its fiscal problems? Taxing people who make $55,000 a year at 42 percent.
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
-- Richard Salant, (1914-1993) former President of CBS News
Leszek Balcerowicz: The Anti-Bernanke
As an economic crisis manager, Leszek Balcerowicz has few peers. When communism fell in Europe, he pioneered "shock therapy" to slay hyperinflation and build a free market. In the late 1990s, he jammed a debt ceiling into his country's constitution, handcuffing future free spenders. When he was central-bank governor from 2001 to 2007, his hard-money policies avoided a credit boom and likely bust.
Poland was the only country in the European Union to avoid recession in 2009 and has been the fastest-growing EU economy since. Mr. Balcerowicz dwells little on this achievement. He sounds too busy in "battle"—his word—against bad policy.
"Most problems are the result of bad politics," he says. "In a democracy, you have lots of pressure groups to expand the state for reasons of money, ideology, etc. Even if they are angels in the government, which is not the case, if there is not a counterbalance in the form of proponents of limited government, then there will be a shift toward more statism and ultimately into stagnation and crisis."
- SHAMEFUL! Pro-Union Activist Threatens the Michigan Governor: 'We'll Be at Your Daughter's Soccer Game' bit.ly/ZrP8fA
- YES! Gun control dilemma - Federal ruling threatens concealed carry restrictions in DC & MD bit.ly/ZnEhDg
- "If God is just, I tremble for my country." Thomas Jefferson
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad ObamaCare - The law's implementation is turning into a bad joke on us! on.wsj.com/12oAQLI
- Need a Job? You May Have to Wait Until 2015 or Later, Says the Fed bit.ly/UG8Lv0