Archive for August, 2012

Bonds downgraded in President Downgrade’s home state

Posted in Economics, Spendocrats with tags , , , , on August 31, 2012 by b5blue

The Blue State Pattern continues: Illinois Bonds Downgraded over Pension Crisis.

With public-sector unions fighting tooth and nail to preserve their cushy benefits and expensive pension plans, old style Dems like FDR, Harry Truman and Fiorello LaGuardia—all of whom thought that public sector unionism was a terrible idea—are looking smarter and smarter all the time. The combination of collective bargaining and the power of a focused voting lobby and campaign finance machine has unbalanced the budgets of too many cities and states to retain much appeal to the general public.

If the Democrats lose this election, the impact of the clammy embrace of the public sector union movement in the Midwest will be a major factor in the defeat. Defending an unsustainable governance model is no place for a serious political party.

Go visit Mr. Mead.

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Frantically printing new race cards

Posted in 'Professional' Media, Democrat Racism, Liberal Straw Men, Video Library for Liberal Escapees with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by b5blue


Folks, they’re completely unhinged in their desperation.   When city names become a racial slur?  You’ve aced the shark jump.

Dem War on Women: The Return of the Angwy Lib!

Posted in Liberal Straw Men, Obama with tags , , , on August 31, 2012 by b5blue

Dem War on Women

Posted in Democrat Memory Hole, Liberal Straw Men with tags , , on August 30, 2012 by b5blue

Who Racializes Welfare Reform?

Posted in Democrat Racism, Welfare with tags , on August 30, 2012 by b5blue

Courtesy of The National Review.

Democrats’ proprietary attitude toward African-Americans is a disgrace, one that nine in ten black voters unfortunately reinforce at every electoral opportunity. Welfare reform is not about limiting the transfer of money from white taxpayers to non-white welfare recipients, but about ensuring that programs intended to help the poor and ease their transition into the productive economy do not in the end damage the poor, corrupt public institutions, and constrain the economy. The Democrats know that a voter dependent on the government — whether a welfare recipient or an EPA employee — is a Democratic voter, and they actively cultivate that dependency. President Obama’s economy is driving more Americans onto President Obama’s swelling welfare rolls. Republicans seek to reverse both of those trends, which would be self-evidently good for all Americans. The best the Democrats can do in such a situation is to shout “Racist!” and so they will.

There’s nobody so racist as a liberal with a race card.

Deck full of Race Cards dealt by a bunch of Jokers

Posted in Democrat Memory Hole with tags , , on August 30, 2012 by b5blue

Starving Amidst Plenty

Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Socialism with tags , , on August 30, 2012 by b5blue

Excellent brain food courtesy of Daniel Greenfield.

Socialist or capitalist monopolies lead to rationing societies where production is restrained and innovation is discouraged. The difference between the two is that a capitalist monopoly can be overcome. A socialist monopoly however is insurmountable because it carries with it the full weight of the authorities and the ideology that is inculcated into every man, woman and child in the country.

We have become a rationing society. Our industries and our people are literally starving in the midst of plenty. Farmers are kept from farming, factories are kept from producing and businessmen are kept from creating new companies and jobs. This is done in the name of a variety of moral arguments, ranging from caring for the less fortunate to saving the planet. But rhetoric is only the lubricant of power. The real goal of power is always power. Consolidating production allows for total control through the moral argument of rationing, whether through resource redistribution or cap and trade.

The politicians of a rationing society may blather on endlessly about increasing production, but it’s so much noise, whether it’s a Soviet Five Year Plan or an Obama State of the Union Address. When they talk about innovation and production, what they mean is the planned production and innovation that they have decided should happen on their schedule. And that never works.

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I met a man once who told me that his greatest dream was to be feasting at a full table while outside hungry people pass by and look longingly through the window. This is the type of mindset that a rationing society produces. Its denizens instinctively absorb the idea that resources are finite and their competitiveness takes place at a zero sum level that is incomprehensible in any open society.

In a rationing society, people are certain that if another has something, then he came by it unfairly. And every group has an exaggerated sense of the material prosperity of other groups. This is not a bug, it is a feature. The rationing society deliberately cultivates a sense of unfairness to make it clear that individual efforts are meaningless and the only thing that matters is one’s connections to the rationers and the degree of mutual support from the group for the rationers and the rationers for the group.

Individual initiative is discouraged by a web of bureaucracy to make it difficult for individuals to act outside the plan. In a monopolistic system, rules and permits make it difficult for the individual to move forward. The permit regime also promotes corruption which makes honest enterprise almost impossible. Through these means the system restrains the micro, which is ordinarily too small to be properly controlled, while focusing on the macro.

Go visit Mr. Greenfield and bookmark his place.

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