Why are you entitled?

Whenever I hear Left and Right footed politicians pandering for votes by offering free college with other people’s money, it really grinds my gears as Peter would say.  Do they not understand their words and deeds implicitly denigrate the 60% or more of the population that do not have a college degree, nor aspire for one?  Do they not understand it is not free?   Do they not understand it is fundamentally unfair to make 60% of Americans pay for their peer’s dreams?

People like iron workers, welders, carpenters, masons, electricians, mechanics, HVAC, and all the industrial trades. What about entrepreneurs who became business owners, truck drivers, coal workers, cooks, hairdressers, car salesman, real estate agents, bartenders, house cleaners, sanitation specialists, restaurant managers, and all the other workers in society.  Or God forbid, you went into the military like myself.  Is their work somehow less beneficial to society than someone with a Bachelor’s degree in Gender studies?

Are these citizens chopped liver?  Are they less deserving of free stuff on the campaign trail?  More importantly, why does anyone believe it fair that 60% of the population pay for their peers to go to college?

For those of you that believe college should be free, and you are smart enough to recognize nothing is free, do you believe it right that your friends that chose not to go to college be forced to pay for you to go to college?  And yes, taxation is force, try not paying your taxes if you do not think it is.

If so, I would ask:  why, why you do you believe you are entitled to this privilege at the expense of your peers through force?  Why should others give up their dreams for you?

It’s funny, the Left, for an ideology that flamboyantly pretends to be for the little guy, it sure doesn’t seem to have much respect for her.  And in my opinion, their belief that free college is a right is a reflection on the narcissistic society they are creating.

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Junk Science and Food Snobs

IMO, you are not a dolt if you believe it is ok to eat steak, eggs, cheese, and ice cream, drink whole milk, and use butter liberally on an occasion. This diet will not send you to an early death as proclaimed by the state and the “food snobs”.

The below article offers just another example of the junk science our government uses for propaganda to the benefit of, and to satisfy politicians and power brokers in Washington.  This one deals with nutrition, in which the “settled science” from our government food czars, like a shape shifter, constantly changes.

Consider:  our government told us for decades to eat high carbohydrate diets and stay away from saturated fat and dairy products because they would kill you.  The science is settled they said.  Now, today, there is serious evidence to the contrary. Continue reading

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Sugar Tax Coming to a Store Near You

Not to be outdone by Berkley, Philadelphia just implemented a tax on all kinds of sodas, not just the sugary types.

Supposedly, this paternalistic, “unprogressive”, and illiberal social engineering tax is for the benefit of the poor says the Left. It’s about stopping obesity amongst the masses. It’s for the children,

The reality is much different. It is a regressive tax on the poor, and nothing but a money grab by greedy and corrupt politicians to benefit them personally. They care nothing about the health and wellbeing of the poor.

You can bet the Democrat controlled General Assembly in Hartford will not want to be outdone on the “unprogressive” scale, and a soda or sugar tax is coming to a store near you. After all, these are the guys and gals that tax parking fees and dog grooming services.

Friends, the tyranny of the statist, both left and right footed, is relentless.

Daily, our rights and freedoms are lost, taken from us by corrupt politicians through the force of government. Personal responsibility and accountability presumed by the state. Sadly, for too many citizens, this occurs simply. The responsibility of freedom, too difficult for them. The comfort of the state, too easy for them.

See entire article here:  http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/17/philadelphias-new-soda-tax-has-nothing-t

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Hayek’s Pretense of Knowledge

Hayek’s advice on the limits of, and lack of knowledge to make accurate predictions and policy about complex phenomena does not just apply to economics. As I reread this article, it reminded me of the unscientific nature of the climate change alarmists, and their pretense of knowledge.   Some highlights from the article.

“It seems to me that this failure of the economists to guide policy more successfully is closely connected with their propensity to imitate as closely as possible the procedures of the brilliantly successful physical sciences – an attempt which in our field may lead to outright error.

This brings me to the crucial issue. Unlike the position that exists in the physical sciences, in economics and other disciplines that deal with essentially complex phenomena, the aspects of the events to be accounted for about which we can get quantitative data are necessarily limited and may not include the important ones. While in the physical sciences it is generally assumed, probably with good reason, that any important factor which determines the observed events will itself be directly observable and measurable, in the study of such complex phenomena as the market, which depend on the actions of many individuals, all the circumstances which will determine the outcome of a process … will hardly ever be fully known or measurable.

To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm. In the physical sciences there may be little objection to trying to do the impossible; one might even feel that one ought not to discourage the over-confident because their experiments may after all produce some new insights. But in the social field the erroneous belief that the exercise of some power would have beneficial consequences is likely to lead to a new power to coerce other men being conferred on some authority. Even if such power is not in itself bad, its exercise is likely to impede the functioning of those spontaneous ordering forces by which, without understanding them, man is in fact so largely assisted in the pursuit of his aims. We are only beginning to understand on how subtle a communication system the functioning of an advanced industrial society is based – a communications system which we call the market and which turns out to be a more efficient mechanism for digesting dispersed information than any that man has deliberately designed.

If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized kind prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible.  He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve, not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants.

There is danger in the exuberant feeling of ever growing power which the advance of the physical sciences has engendered and which tempts man to try, “dizzy with success”, to use a characteristic phrase of early communism, to subject not only our natural but also our human environment to the control of a human will. The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men’s fatal striving to control society – a striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals.”

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Malloy Threatens Schools over SBAC Testing

Governor Malloy is mad and threatening to punish Connecticut School Superintendents and School districts if they do not comply with his edict that 95% of all children take his test.

He’s mad because too many parents are choosing, as is their right, to “opt out” their children from the computer adaptive SBAC standardized tests posing as mastery examinations.  To fix the problem, Malloy through Dianna Wentzell, the commissioner of the State Department of Education (SDE), is threating to punish Connecticut Superintendents and School districts with financial, rating, and oversight penalties if they do not bring to heel those parents who are opting out their children from the tests.

In the governor’s mind, it is the fault of School Superintendents, Administrators, Teachers, and local BOEs.  They who are at fault that parents are choosing to “opt out” their children.  It can’t possibly be that these parents are the most informed parents.  It can’t be they are thoughtfully opting out their children because it is their right to protect their children from the insidious and pernicious nature of these tests.  They recognize that the tests are experimental; not valid, not reliable, not mastery, not private. Continue reading

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The Law – Bastiat

“Man can live and satisfy his wants only by ceaseless labor; by the ceaseless application of his faculties to natural resources. This process is the origin of property. But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others. This process is the origin of plunder.

Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.

When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.” — Frédéric Bastiat, The Law 1850

If you have not read The Law, you should. Originally written as a pamphlet in 1850, it is 76 pages of simple, easy to read and understand genius. A foundational document if you want to understand why the only purpose for law and the state is to defend the individual right to life, liberty and property.

“If the very purpose of law is the protection of individual rights, then the law may not be used — without contradiction — to accomplish what no individuals have a right to do”. Any such contradiction would be an unlawful law. Continue reading

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On liquor, Governor Malloy is a Supply and Demand Curve Savant 

Not often I side with Governor Malloy, but he is right on SB 14, even if he’s doing it for the wrong reason.  I believe this bill should pass because it benefits consumers and the state has no business running package stores and fixing prices.

Senate Bill 14 would eliminate the State of Connecticut from fixing the price of liquor sold to consumers.  It’s a bill that allows for a freer market.  It eliminates the state from price fixing less and colluding with an industry to artificially increase costs to Connecticut citizens and protect current liquor store owners from competition.  It’s a nice cozy relation that both politicians and business owners are comfortable with.

By the way, in the private market, this type of behavior is considered illegal by the state and people go to jail.  For the state, it’s business as usual. Continue reading

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Worst Jobs Recovery in Modern History

In the last 70 years, post WW II, there have been 11 recessions with subsequent job losses.  Recessions are as inevitable as the sun rising, and as shown by the chart, we are due for another one shortly.  No matter who is president, left or right footed.

As measured by months to regain jobs lost during a recession, President Obama’s record is the worst, George W. Bush second worst.  This is not surprising considering their similar “progressive” and interventionist view of the state.  George Bush stated he had to abandon free market principles, to save the free market.  Sheesh.

Since 2008, the start of our most recent recession which ended in June 2009, our Federal government, we the people, through our elected Representatives, has easily “invested” $3-5 trillion to “stimulate” the economy.  Borrowed about $7 trillion in the process to be paid for by future generations.  So how is this centrally planned economic and jobs stimulus working out for us, we the people?

Today, less than 63% of eligible workers are employed.  That is, 94 million eligible workers are not working, not looking for work.  This is the lowest workforce participation rate since Jimmy Carter, almost 40 years ago.  One of president Obama’s historical achievements and not very “progressive”.

Factually, the 2008 recession is the worst jobs recovery in over 40 years, taking 76 months to achieve pre-recession job levels.  The previous 10 recessions recovered jobs on average in 24 months.  This means President Obama’s brilliance oversaw a jobs recovery that took three times longer than the average of all other recessions post WW II.  This dismal performance was funded by $3-5 trillion of stimulus, $7 trillion in new debt, massive printing of money via Quantitative Easing, and interests rates at or near zero since 2009.  All historic government measures, and “progressive” solutions. Continue reading

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Cup of Tea Invite – August Wolf, GOP Candidate for U.S. Senate to Defeat I-Am-A Dick (“and a liar”) Blumenthal

Friends,

August Wolf, Republican candidate to challenge Senator I-Am-A Dick “and a liar” Blumenthal will be our Cup of Tea featured speaker at our monthly meeting Monday, 8 February starting at 7:00 pm.  Open to the public, visit with us as we question August to determine if he deserves your vote, our support as U.S. Senator.  Your chance to locally in person ask questions. Give the candidate a piece of your mind. Continue reading

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Capitalism, the Moral Solution

Free market capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty, made more lives better than any other manner for ordering society.

Dan Sanchez provides insights into Ludwig Von Mises, a champion in defense of the moral virtue of capitalism and free market principles.  He addresses four key distinguishing features of capitalism as outlined by Mises: Continue reading

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