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Daily Blogs for 2/2009

by Christopher Chantrill

Understanding Obama's Budget | 02/27/09
 President Obama’s first budget, now available as a pdf ...

New Budget Charts Up at usgovernmentspending.com | 02/26/09
 Yes. Our crack team has been working like dogs ever since 11:00am EST. And now the ...

Obama Back to the Future | 02/25/09
 We conservatives thought that in 1981 with the election of Ronald Reagan that the ...

Flailing Around in Washington | 02/24/09
 If things weren’t bad enough, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) isn’t making things ...

Market Shrugs Bank Announcement | 02/23/09
 This is when you start to worry. The Obama administration announces its determination ...

"A Nation of Cowards" | 02/20/09
 This week everyone’s all riled up about Attorney General Eric Holder’s ...

The "Obama Winging It" Meme | 02/19/09
 First we hear that the Obama administration isn’t really ready for prime time. ...

Taking on the Powerful | 02/19/09
 We all know that the Fourth Estate is a keystone of democracy. We need journalists ...

Stimulus: A Clash of Faith | 02/17/09
 These days we live in an age of reason. Everyone claims that their ideas about ...

Learning from the Secret of FDR's Success | 02/16/09
 The conventional line on the New Deal is that FDR captured a generation with his New ...

Recalled to Life | 02/13/09
 Remember “Recalled to Life?” It comes from A Tale of Two Cities, ...

The Stealth Repeal of Welfare Reform(2) | 02/12/09
 It is cruel, Mr. President. It is corrupt. It is wasteful, it is unjust. And it is ...

The SNL Administration | 02/11/09
 I haven’t watched prime-time TV for 15 years. But I know that back in the day ...

Stimulus: Administrative vs. Incentive | 02/10/09
 The good thing about the Obama administration is that it gives the nation a clear ...

Let's Be Serious, Mr. President(1) | 02/09/09
 It’s sometimes hard to remember, but governments are instituted among men for ...

The How and the What | 02/06/09
 In government there are two ways of looking at things: how you do ...

Stimulating Hope and Change | 02/05/09
 How could it happen? How could all the promises about Hope and Change get buried in ...

Welfare Reform, Part 2 | 02/04/09
 Whatever happened to welfare reform? Last we heard, President Clinton had signed ...

It's Not As Bad As That | 02/03/09
 With President Obama safely inaugurated, the experts are looking at GOP prospects and ...

New Deal Put "Great" in Depression | 02/02/09
 You can’t say this often enough. The New Deal prolonged the Great Depression. ...


Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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