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Surprising lessons are coming from those horrible communist countries China and Russia. Impossible to ignore that Communist China manufactures and sells US darn near everything, while our unemployment is 21.7%, goods producing employment is 12.6%, and government employment is 14.2%. This so-called capitalistic, free-market country of ours now has more regulators and controllers than it has producers. Describing that would take another essay. Here I want to point out that the big bad communist countries have moved into producing while our country moved to centralized command and control. Starting and running a small business is so burdened with parasitic losses to government agents and bureaucratic red tape that startup enterprises are almost unheard of today. Housing and building regulations weigh […]

coffee attack

Land of the Fruits and Nuts reminders crept into our daily lives when voters of the most populous state in our nation insisted manufacturers place “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer” labels on packages sold there. I sometimes called the place I grew up “California”. It was woods, creeks, lakes, trees, Pacific coast beaches, and temperate climate. None of it knew what caused cancer. I am not sure when this place became expert on cancer, but it must have been after I left. ABC News reports: “Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said last Wednesday that the coffee makers hadn’t presented the proper grounds at trial to prevail”, apparently with a straight […]

3 Facepalm Moments in Regulation

from FEE.org As a policy wonk, I mostly care about the overall impact of government on prosperity. So when I think about the effect of red tape, I’m drawn to big-pictures assessments of the regulatory burden. Here are a few relevant numbers that get my juices flowing. Americans spend 8.8 billion hours every year filling out government forms. The economy-wide cost of regulation reached $1.75 trillion in 2010. For every bureaucrat at a regulatory agency, 100 jobs are lost in the economy’s productive sector. A World Bank study determined that moving from heavy regulation to light regulation “can increase a country’s average annual GDP per capita growth by 2.3 percentage points.” Regulatory increases since 1980 have reduced economic output […]

trade war humor

Either trade crosses borders or armies do “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations… entangling alliances with none” – Thomas Jefferson The knuckle-dragging Neanderthals of the Potomac Swamp have their hearts set on an escalating trade war. Centuries of human experience explain to anyone paying any attention at all exactly how this will work out. Either the Trump team and the ossified congresscritters are idiots OR they want war. There is no third choice. Well, unless you count “They are idiots AND they want war” as a third choice. Oh well. I can’t control it. I don’t endorse it. I am in the stands watching the show. Every once in a while a particularly amusing bit shows up in […]

What The 2nd Amendment is not

. Though I spend almost no time with mainstream media, my secondary sources keep me abreast of their content. They are currently hammering the ‘gun control’ issue. Victim disarmament is the goal; all means possible the tool. The article below by Jacob Hornberger from Mises Institute is excellent, but has a couple of unfortunate assumptions built in. As much as I like what he expresses, I am using the altered font to I can interject in key places. First off, please remember: the current “conversation” is predicated on an event that very definitely did not happen as the official story depicts. Whether it was a staged false flag or complete hoax is not clear, nor overly relevant. EVEN IF IT […]

walk softly and carry a big stick

That phrase favored by Teddy Roosevelt comes to my mind when considering the position of Russia today. They have, according to multiple sources, constructed the next generation of nuclear weapons. The USofA as self-appointed world policeman (world bully is probably more apt) is now outgunned. If “our” military-industrial hawks choose to launch WWIII, they will lose. Of course rational people realize we all will lose. Paul Craig Roberts published a good little essay on this: Putin’s State of the Union … Putin, however, declared that Russia has no territorial ambitions, no hegemonic ambitions, and no intention to attack any other country. Putin described the weapons as the necessary response to the West’s firm refusal year after year to accept peace […]

FISA Memo

The lid has not blown off as I thought it must. Riddled with holes, blowing out everywhere, but the evildooers are still struggling to keep their undoing in the container. Let me help make work for them. Apparently the released memo is the source document for the real “FISA Memo”. The fight for the real thing continues. #ReleaseTheMemo Twitter hashtag is a big deal right now, and among the better ways to keep the pressure on. A websearch for release the memo brings up lots of other choices. This hugely damning, revealing .pdf file that has leaked out is apparently a relative, but not THE MEMO. Hmmm. Imagine that. The tools I normally use to share a .pdf document do […]

H.L. Mencken on liberty and government

from Mises.org by Gary Galles Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was perhaps America’s most outspoken defender of liberty in the first half of the 20th Century.  A major theme of his writings was that “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”  It is worth remembering some of the reasons he gave for that shame, since, by the same standards, the government is even more shameful today than when Mencken wrote. The basis justifying shame in our government lies in the appropriate role of government: “The ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone-one which barely escapes being no government at all.” “Good […]