by Christopher Chantrill
Last week Victor Davis Hanson wrote about the hollowed-out society in the Central Valley around his native Fresno, California. He wrote:
I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest| more | 12/25/10
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is reported to be irked that President Obama didnt take his advice and use the tax bill to corner Republicans into defending millionaires and billionaires. In fact hes not just irked, hes deeply| more | 12/18/10
I know that we are all supposed to love Warren Buffett as the Sage of Omaha, businessman and all-around good guy, but I keep reading stories that make me wonder. Heres a story about Warren Buffett, the estate tax, and the life insurance industry.
Did you know that the life insurance lobby is actively lobbying to restore the estate| more | 12/09/10
All of a sudden, liberal pundits are getting worked up about the influence of Wall Street. From the concern expressed one would think that the contributions from Goldman Sachs have suddenly dried up now that the Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives. Heres William D. Cohan in The New York Times worrying about| more | 12/09/10
Have you heard the one about the guy from the lefty reality-based community? He could only tell reality when it knocked him upside the head. And thats the story of the Obama administration thus far.
Its not easy to admit it, but in 2008 we needed the Democrats to run the national security apparatus for four| more | 11/25/10
There are two reasons for the Federal Reserves decisions to print lots of money. The good reason is that the real-estate crash still hasnt cleared. That is, too many mortgaged homeowners are still under water and the real-estate estate market is all locked up with a huge overhang of foreclosures. When too many debtors are under| more | 11/25/10
Last week the MSM Tingle Brigade all of a sudden discovered, in President Obamas post-election news conference, that he just didnt get it, didnt understand the message from the voters. That Tin Ear, wrote the London Economist.
What did the| more | 11/11/10
So President Obama really is a socialist after all. According to Stanley Kurtz in Radical-in-Chief the young Obama went to socialist conferences in the 1980s and then became participant in the extensive socialist community| more | 11/05/10
You really have to feel sorry for our liberal friends. With each passing day they are coming to resemble the old WASP elite they sneered at for a century. Good liberal journalists should only visit those inscribed in the Social Register. And the Netroots seem more and more like southern rednecks, the folks that howled their approval when| more | 11/01/10
When your team looks to do well in the playoffs its time to head down to the big-box store to buy a big-screen HDTV. But what do you do when your party looks to wipe the floor in the midterms?
The question is: When the results start rolling, how will the election rate against the Best All-time Midterms? Obviously there will be| more | 10/21/10
The mark of a good politician is an instinct for the dividing line. We are talking about the line drawn in the sand that gets you to 51 percent of the vote and leaves your opponent with the rest.
Say what you like about Newt Gingrich, but his new dividing line over paychecks| more | 10/18/10
Its pretty obvious that the One Nation rally held at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, 10/2, was in every way the left-wing version of Glenn Becks Restoring Honor rally on 8/28.
Just as Glenn Becks rally was a celebration of the Judeo-Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, American exceptionalism, and| more | 10/09/10
Our liberal friends are wondering where it all went wrong. Their generals, the elected politicians, are all running for election either by ignoring ObamaCare or by running against it. But the word hasnt gotten down to the mustachioed, well, bearded officers in the Liberal Hussars. They are still haranguing the troopers with | more | 10/03/10
Tea Party favorite Christine ODonnells victory over Washington establishment favorite Mike Castle raised an interesting question.
Do we just want political power and 51 seats in the US Senate? Or do we want to build a movement? Thats what movement guy| more | 09/23/10
Its beginning to look like the Republicans win both houses of Congress this fall. But a Republican Congress wont be enough repeal the disaster of ObamaCare. President Obama will be able to veto any repeal effort at least through 2012. And even with a Republican president in 2013 Democrats may still be able to filibuster a repeal| more | 09/20/10
For years and years the national moralists have been telling conservatives to reach out to minorities and women. But how? Minorities and women, at least of the professional variety, believe in big government and politics-with-everything. Conservatives dont.
In fact conservatives believe, with| more | 09/09/10
Some of you may know and love the British Blackadder TV series. It featured Rowan Atkinson as an upper-class twit and Tony Robinson as Baldrick, his crafty lower-class servant/sidekick. A recurring theme was Baldricks cunning plan that usually failed to get them out of a jam.
We will return to Baracks cunning| more | 09/08/10
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has changed his mind about Fannie and Freddie, the home-mortgage government-sponsored giants. According to Larry Kudlow, Rep. Frank is ready to send Fannie to a death| more | 08/30/10
Conservatives favorite moment in the 2008 campaign was the altercation between the Anointed One and Joe the Plumber.
Back then Joe Wurzelbacher was worried that Obamas plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, those making more than $250,000 per year, would hurt folks like| more | 08/20/10
Last week, when Judge Walkers decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger came out, I felt a dreadful fear.
My fear was not about what gay marriage would do to the institution of traditional marriage. I reckon that marriage is not as fragile as conservatives fear,| more | 08/13/10
As the mainstream media synchronized their watches over the Shirley Sherrod affair, the object of their little trench raid was clear. Demonize Andrew Breitbart for the un-ethical publication of a video featuring Ms. Sherrod uttering racist remarks at an NAACP awards dinner.
You could see the strategy. The MSM wanted to discredit and| more | 07/29/10
Thomas Frank, the Wall Street Journals quota liberal, is shocked that people are calling President Obama a socialist. Last| more | 07/24/10
Back when they were asking us if we were ready for a black president, we all know what Americans were thinking. If we elect a black president, could we do a deal? Could we stop calling everyone racists?
It was easy back then to indulge in a hope for change. Back in July 2004, State Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) wowed the political| more | 07/19/10
The great religious movements of the 20th century, Communism and Fascism, liked to think that they toiled in the wilderness against a corrupt political and religious establishment. In fact, of course, they always obtained support from young fashionables in the educated elite, and their ideas leaked quickly into the political mainstream.| more | 07/09/10
Every bad idea seems to have its Wordsworthian moment:
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive But to be young was very heaven.
The early enthusiasm for Keynesian economics certainly qualifies. The dawn of Keynes was very heaven, if you were young back then. But now we are at the moment when a new generation asks:| more | 06/30/10
According to Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard, the Obamis are planning a lame-duck session of Congress, filled| more | 06/29/10
It is true that liberalism is cruel, corrupt, wasteful and unjust. But one should never forget its delusion. The delusion is a simple one. It is a belief that government can be made rational and efficient. This delusion leads our liberal friends into disaster after disaster.
Liberals were shocked that President Bush failed to get| more | 06/19/10
A political gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. So when GOP senate candidate Rand Paul discussed with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow his belief in a limited government that should not force private businesses to abide by| more | 06/14/10
The mess in the Gulf of Mexico is not just Obamas Katrina. It is Big Governments Katrina.
Thank goodness it happened on the Democrats watch. When George W. Bush was president the lackadaisical performance of the federal government could be set down to Republican disinterest in governance. Republicans dont care| more | 06/14/10
Many people are looking for the reason to explain the Greek/Euro mess. Edmund Conway in the London Daily Telegraph has as good a reason as any. The current crisis, he| more | 06/14/10
If anyone wants to know why theater is dead in the United States the reason is simple. It is trapped in a time-warp of liberal pieties. When the Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent out a call for plays celebrating American Revolutions| more | 05/19/10
Last week government workers in Greece were marching through the streets chanting thieves, thieves to the industrialists and politicians that have robbed their nation blind. These workers would be experts about| more | 05/11/10
Who really was to blame for the bank meltdown in 2008? Economist Robert Mundell, supply-sider-in-chief and Chinas new Confucius, is unequivocal.
In a speech at the| more | 05/11/10
The Tax Day tea parties were a start. Taxes are too high, we all agree. You can see how high at usgovernmentrevenue.com. But taxes arent the problem. Nor indeed is government spending the problem, although you can take a look at the century of steadily increasing government| more | 04/23/10
Last week we learned what happens to health care when you impose ObamaCare upon it. For we learned how the prototype ObamaCare health plan is wrecking health care in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Gov. Deval Patrick (D) just rejected 90| more | 04/17/10
Diane Ravitch has given up on school choice. Her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, tells the story of her change of heart. You can read a quickie version in The Wall Street Journal or| more | 04/09/10
Everyone seems to need a narrative of good against evil. Even people who dont believe in God or in Satan. Take Noam Chomsky, scourge of US imperialism. In the lefty mockumentary The Corporation, he delicately compares corporations to slaveowners:
When you look at a| more | 04/02/10
A liberal acquaintance likes to say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. He would, for hes a retired professor from a government university.
He didnt think this up on his own, of course. His sound bite is a quote from| more | 03/24/10
Back in Bush era it was Republicans that got fed up with the rules. Democrats in the US Senate were filibustering conservative judge nominees and Republicans had had enough of it. So they planned to change the rules in the Senate with the nuclear option that would allow an up or down vote on their judges with a bare 51 vote| more | 03/18/10
The big question for Americans is whether they are better off defeating the monstrosity of ObamaCare now or whether it is best to let the Democrats pass it and then work to repeal it, whether it takes a day or a decade.
The short answer is: Defeat it. The passage of ObamaCare lets a genie of government power out of the bottle that will| more | 03/12/10
Last week Dr. Judith Curry, climate scientist from Georgia Institute of Technology, admitted on Whats Up With That that climate scientists needed to do a better job of communication, in order to reestablish trust| more | 03/02/10more | 02/24/10
Liberals are at it again. They are worrying that the US is ungovernable. Political scientist Jay Cost has the details:
Ezra Klein| more | 02/18/10
We all know liberal condescension. Why are Americans so anti-intellectual? your liberal friend might ask. But Gerard Alexander has written about itin the Washington Post. Why are| more | 02/11/10
Remember when your liberal friends used to writhe on the floor in a foaming rage? They were outraged because the Iraq War never got into the federal budget, but got slipped in through the back door with supplemental appropriations.
Now theres a new game in town. Advanced conservatives are going to class to learn| more | 02/05/10
Isnt it great to have a Republican Senator from Massachusetts? Its also good to have the First Amendment reaffirmed by the United States Supreme Courteven if our liberal friends are shocked and appalled at the notion of corporations sticking up for themselves.
As delicious as last weeks good news was for| more | 02/03/10
On the holiday celebrating Martin Luther Kings birthday we celebrate also the first year of Americas first black president, Barack Obama.
Its telling that 47 years ago, when Reverend King made his great speech on the Washington Mall, he did not say that he had a dream that one day, an African American would become| more | 01/22/10
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the December employment report January 8, and the mainstream media reported that 85,000 jobs were lost. The big story, as usual, was in the Household Survey. There was no mild leakage of 85,000 jobs there, but a whomping 589,000 jobs flushed down the drain. Here are the numbers from the| more | 01/16/10
Sooner or later the American people must rise up and do more than complain about the latest wizard wheeze of the progressive educated class. We must take one of their gigantic government takeover bills and flat out repeal it.
Otherwise they will return every generation and lay another unjust burden upon us.
Why dont we do| more | 01/07/10
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey 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
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
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
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
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.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
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
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