PoliPundit, 2010: Unfortunately (for the nation, but fortunately for Republicans), I think an increasingly monolithic white vote will be a feature of future elections across the country, as Democrats cater more and more to their core racial constituencies. That’s why the Midwest went so overwhelmingly Republican in 2010. Every time Obama defends illegal immigrants,...
There are election cycles – 2006, 2012 – when some Republican candidates’ big mouths ruin it for everyone. They say the wrong thing, a la Todd Akin, and give the Lying Liberal Media the material it needs to elect Democrats nationwide. But, this year, luck seems to be with the Republicans. Yesterday, Bruce Braley, the...
When my mom emigrated to the US, I decided to get her health insurance. There was no government-run healthcare.gov Web site to wrestle with. I just looked for policies at EHealthInsurance.com, a privately run site that allowed me to choose from a variety of individual policies (I could have chosen a dozen other ways to find insurance too.) I got my mom her policy, and she was covered! The only catch: Pre-existing conditions would not be covered for nine months.
Fast-forward to now, and my mom’s premiums are soaring because of Obamacare. But, more importantly, I would not be able to sign up my mom for health insurance whenever I choose. Thanks to the government’s new stranglehold on health insurance, individuals will not be able to buy health insurance between April and November of this year. This is the countdown that you see at EHealthInsurance.com:
Miss that deadline, and the “Affordable” “Care” Act will not provide “care”. At any price.
The Democrats’ advice to people who want to buy insurance between April and November? Die quickly.
It is a natural consequence of two trends: technology and population growth. Barack Obama cannot reverse these trends, any more than King Canute could stop the tide.
Consider the first trend, technology. I use it as shorthand for a number of things: standardization, innovation, and better communications. Henry Ford became immensely wealthy because of a new innovation, the automobile, which he standardized through the assembly line, and was able to popularize through mass communications media. Ford did not set out to create income inequality between himself and others. Yet, income inequality was the inevitable consequence of technology.
Next consider population growth. Bill Gates would be a billionaire, no matter what. But, thirty years ago, when Microsoft was in its early days, the world’s population was just about 4 billion. Today, it’s over 7 billion. Even if all other factors had stayed the same, the addressable market for Gates’ products has increased by 75% over the years, thus allowing him to be 75% wealthier today than he could have been thirty years ago.
Now consider someone on the opposite side of these trends, a retail worker in a boutique store. This worker helps one customer at a time. Population trends have no impact on her ability to earn, since she helps one person at a time. Meanwhile, technology (standardization, innovation, and better communications) works against her, by giving Walmart and Amazon the ability to put her out of business. No wonder her real income hasn’t kept pace with Bill Gates’!
I don’t see these trends ending anytime soon. So income inequality will increase. But a rising tide lifts all boats. The typical “poor” American, according to census data, has a car, air conditioning, a refrigerator, a stove, a DVD player, and a color TV. It should go without saying – but usually doesn’t – that in, say, 1960, someone who had a color TV, a refrigerator, air conditioning and a car would not be considered poor.
Consider the following situations, in countries which held free and fair elections:
These facts expose a problem with one-man-one-vote democracy: It is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for a stable government.
America’s founders knew this. That’s why they provided for federalism, and constitutional checks and balances – so that majority rule did not degenerate into the tyranny of the majority. Other nations might have to learn that lesson the hard way.
As a Seahawks 12th man, I’m dismayed that Richard Sherman is being picked on for just some of his comments. As you can see in this video, he tried to make nice with Crabtree, only to get a shove to the face. And, off the field, Sherman is an immensely likable goofball.
Sean Trende explains why even today’s Republican party might not be able to screw up the 2014 Senate races.
Actually, she’s worse.
White trash? Check.
Ivy-league lawyer? Check.
But then you have:
Dumped husband the day he finished paying for law school.
Left kids behind to pursue political career.
Switched from Republican to Democrat when convenient.
Filibustered to allow abortions after 20 weeks.
Let’s see if Texans are smarter than Arkansans.
Everyone does it: Confirming as much, Governor McDonnell’s predecessor, Democratic Governor Tim Kaine, likewise received substantial gifts while in state office. Mr. Kaine also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and now represents Virginia in the United States Senate. The Virginia Public Access Project reveals that Mr. Kaine received $186,899 in gifts...
Then, almost as soon as he was elected, his wife asked JW for a dress for the inaugural, and it spiraled downward from there. The indictment is a fascinating study in petty corruption, with McDonnell’s wife taking the lead.
Regarding that Ohio execution that took far too long: There’s a much quicker, painless, certain way to carry out executions. This BBC documentary explains it all.
One also sees the need for policies which can lighten an excessive imbalance between incomes. We must not forget the Church’s teaching on the so-called social mortgage, which holds that although it is lawful, as Saint Thomas Aquinas says, and indeed necessary “that people have ownership of goods”, insofar as their use is concerned, “they possess them as not just their own, but common to others as well, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as themselves”.