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Good analysis of history and today

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For an insight into a historical travesty and a modern one at the same time, read Stephen Smith’s “Winging It.”

Written by Donnell

March 22nd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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Words matter

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For some reason, this is something that is just really striking me today. Just as we’ve effectively eliminated the N-word from American English, at least insofar as it comes close to being acceptable for polite conversation, we need to eliminate the R-word. Consider this more detailed post for my perspective on it.

Written by Donnell

March 20th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Throwing an anchor to a drowning republic

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Consider this quote:

“The housing affordability crisis trumps any theoretical recommendations of economists,” New York State Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing, a sponsor of many of the rent-control provisions pending in New York, told

In other words, “I’m either an idiot, or I figure the people who vote for me are idiots.” Saying something like that is like saying, “The need to fly trumps any theoretical recommendations of physicists on such trivial things as gravity.”

“We must do something quickly so people will think we’re responding!” say these politicians on observing a drowning man. “Quick, throw him an anchor!”

This isn’t just a theoretical consideration, folks. Time and time and time again experience shows that when government mucks with the market, things get worse, not better. Yes, I think the AIG folks were idiots too, but they were idiots because they believed earlier government officials. The financial problems don’t come from some flaw in the free market; they come from attempts to “fix” it. Does anyone remember the long lines and the shortages that resulted when Jimmy Carter tried to “fix” a “broken” market with price controls on gasoline? Won’t politicians ever get a clue?

If you care at all about the direction of this country and its economy, please lobby your politicians to take their hands off it!

Written by Donnell

March 16th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

A voice for vouchers

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I’m having trouble finding anyone who specifically thinks Obama and Congress are doing anything right. Roland Martin speaks in an informed voice criticizing the education approach of the current administration. He makes a lot of sense, although I’d go one step further. For the same reason we don’t want the federal government running our churches, we should want them running our schools. If they won’t leave them alone (and who believes they will?), at least let us recognize the hypocrisy in the approach.

Written by Donnell

March 11th, 2009 at 11:59 am

Feds poised to create food police–no joke

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We’re less than two months into the Obama administration, and I’m scared to death. I was no fan of Bush, either, nor of McCain, for that matter. It just seemed to be a question of which person was going to get to head the growth of Big Government.

Here we see one of the effects. HR 875 seeks to impose a level of legislation that will be, in the words of one writer, “devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a few.” This is no exaggeration, folks. Read details at Campaign for Liberty and OpenCongress, then call your Congress critter and protest.

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Written by Donnell

March 8th, 2009 at 1:25 pm