Insatiable greed – but I don’t know if it can be stopped

I’ve been struck by how many pressure groups are doing everything they can to get their clients included in federal government bailouts following the coronavirus pandemic.  They defy logic and reason while appealing to emotion, patriotism, naked self-interest (“Our people won’t vote for you unless you include them!”) and everything else they can think of. The governors of America’s 50 states are far from the least guilty.  Anyone would think they were helpless, unable to cope unless they got billions and billions more dollars from the federal government.  In reality, of course, that’s not how America is governed.  The states

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The grasshoppers are already coming after the ants

A few days ago, I noted: Another big problem is the unintended consequences of government policies to address the pandemic.  For example, many local and state governments are releasing lower-level inmates from prisons, to alleviate overcrowding and forestall the spread of COVID-19 in such close quarters.  That’s a legitimate health objective . . . but it disregards public safety issues.  Those inmates are going to have to start earning a living on the street again, just when almost all businesses have been shut down under quarantine.  What are they going to do?  You know as well as I what they’re going to do

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Betraying America

As I’ve said many times on this blog, I’m politically non-partisan.  I vote for the individual, not the party.  Nevertheless, some politicians are so crass, so ideologically hide-bound, so dead set on getting their way even at the expense of the entire nation, that my blood boils.  The Democratic Party’s leadership is behaving that way right now. Consider these screenshots, excerpts from that party’s proposed third coronavirus bailout bill, courtesy of Greg Price on Twitter (to whom a grateful nod o’ the head).       Would somebody please point out to me what (if anything) those points have to do with

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COVID-19: Our politicians are fiddling while Rome burns

As readers doubtless already know, partisan bickering has stalled the progress of the biggest-yet economic rescue package through the United States Congress.  I’m not blaming one side or the other, because both are equally at fault.  Republicans are focused far too strongly on bailing out big corporations at the expense of small business and individuals, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.  Democrats are focused far too strongly on bailing out individuals at the expense of corporations, and adding new funding for their favored causes like abortion, welfare and Social Security.  Neither side has clean hands;  both sides are trying to “load” the

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Socialism in action: we’ll seize your home to help the homeless!

If you own rental property in California, or just want to renovate your own home before moving back in, you may be out of luck.  A new bill introduced in the state government would allow the confiscation of your property after just 90 days standing empty. The issue of homelessness in California is a problem in need of addressing and worthy of creating ideal solutions to remedy. But should that solution to homelessness be resolved by what some might consider to be legislated theft? Because the recently introduced Senate Bill 1079, if enacted, could force an entity to sell their home to

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The “perfect storm” may be brewing in Europe

Europe is facing perhaps the most critical set of challenges in its modern history – and in combination, they threaten to destroy the European Union and its common currency, the Euro.  The coronavirus pandemic is merely the “cherry on top” of a set of other issues that are all coming to a head simultaneously.  What’s more, developments there are of direct and immediate concern to the United States, because they’ll have a “spillover” or “knock-on” effect that will undoubtedly affect us. First, there’s the almost irresistible rise of nationalist sentiments – “our nation” rather than “our overarching European community”.  Britain

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“California Is a Cruel Medieval State”

That’s the opinion of Victor Davis Hanson, who writes: A paradox ensues that Californians both have a high, indeed smug, view of themselves and yet do a lot of damage to their fellow human beings. Their haughtiness is based largely on the reality that Silicon Valley, sandwiched between Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, became the birthplace of the global computer, internet, social media, and a high-tech revolution. For progressives who deprecate the capitalist lifestyle, having a lot of money still allows one to say one thing and live out the opposite. The state’s multi-trillion-dollar companies have hired tens of thousands

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The damage road brine causes to your car

I’m obliged to Eric Peters for reminding us about the damage that road brine does to our vehicles. Last week, there was a rumor of snow. The possibility – 60 percent chance – of “up to an inch” that never materialized resulted in a hosing down of every road with a salty brine carried by huge tanker trucks … The sign on the back of the truck reads: Pre-Storm Treatment. . . . This liquid brine – which appears to have replaced the solid salt scattered on roads when it snows and while it’s snowing – is a guaranteed rust-enhancer. You literally

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Faking an oil discovery to extort foreign aid?

It appears that the Republic of the Congo – not the “big” Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire, but its little brother, formerly known as Congo-Brazzaville – may have faked the discovery of new oil reserves in order to extort foreign aid to preserve an ecologically sensitive site.  Der Spiegel reports: On the Republic of the Congo’s 59th Independence Day on Aug. 15, 2019, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso had an apparent sensation to announce to his people. A Congolese oil company claimed to have discovered an oil field in the north of the country with reserves of 359 million barrels. That

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An opinionated, one-sided bigot, posing as a journalist

I have no sympathy for ABC News correspondent David Wright after he was suspended by his network for comments he made to a Project Veritas investigator.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. ABC News has suspended veteran Washington correspondent David Wright for remarks he made that were captured on video by Project Veritas. Wright was disciplined after higher-ups at ABC News reviewed footage in which Wright describes himself as a “socialist” and appears to criticize the network for the way in which it chooses to present the news. “I feel terrible about it. I feel that the truth suffers, the voters are poorly

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