It’s a miracle! I agree with Eric Holder!

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May 17, 2014
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The man seems to care deeply about racial discrimination:

Since the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, Holder said laws that are overtly discriminatory no longer survive the “strict scrutiny” legal standard.

He said the new battleground against discrimination should focus on policies and laws that appear race-neutral but in practice impede equal opportunity.

“This is the work that truly matters – because policies that disenfranchise specific groups are more pernicious than hateful rants,” Holder told the graduates at Morgan State, a historically black college.

I agree wholeheartedly, Mr. Attorney General. So what are we going to do about this “policy that disenfranchises a specific group”?

Again

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April 30, 2014
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Another botched execution, another reason to use a painless, surefire method to execute those guilty of heinous crimes.

Jerry Brown’s Body Count

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April 19, 2014
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Jerry Brown’s Body Count

This is the kind of “non-violent” offender that California Governor Jerry Brown releases early from prison in his “realignment” program: Los Angeles police are investigating potential links between the kidnapping of a teenage girl who was doused with flammable liquid and two other South L.A. attacks that left two women and a 1-year-old boy...

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Harry Reid’s Koch addiction

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April 14, 2014
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Back in January, we asked, “Are the Koch brothers the left’s new Emmanuel Goldstein?” Magic 8-Ball says, “It is decidedly so.”

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We predict, they comply

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April 10, 2014
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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,...

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I love postage-paid reply envelopes

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April 5, 2014
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I love postage-paid reply envelopes

The “doc fix” is a recurring budget gimmick. Every year, the budget contains an assumption that Medicare will severely cut payments to doctors. Congress passes that budget to make the overall numbers look good, then later they always sneak back and undo the cuts to doctors. This year, Speaker Boehner teamed up with Democrats...

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This year, the Akins are falling our way

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March 26, 2014
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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...

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Obamacare’s Deadly Consequences

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March 22, 2014
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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:

Countdown

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.

Average government worker in Encinitas, CA makes $92,000 plus $36,000 in benefits

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March 16, 2014
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Average government worker in Encinitas, CA makes $92,000 plus $36,000 in benefits

Nice work if you can get it. The state of California has posted online data for all government employees. The summary data are here, but understate the averages because they include part-time, contract, and partial-year workers. The raw data are here. Here are the details for the seaside town of Encinitas for 2012, with...

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Stench of Obama sinks Alvarez campaign for San Diego Mayor

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February 12, 2014
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A look at three recent news items in the San Diego mayor’s race: Feb 9: Mayor’s race a dead heat (47%-46%), poll taken Feb 3 -6. Feb 8: Obama endorses Alvarez. Feb 11: Faulconer crushes Alvarez by 9 points. Alvarez is an earnest young man, and a fresh face.  Faulconer is a boring old...

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Income Inequality Will Increase

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January 30, 2014
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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.

Democracy doesn’t work

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January 27, 2014
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Really!

Consider the following situations, in countries which held free and fair elections:

  • In Iraq, the Sunni Muslim minority is in open rebellion against the duly elected government
  • In Egypt, educated liberals protested the duly elected Muslim Brotherhood government, and the army staged a coup
  • In Thailand, the middle class is protesting the duly elected populist government, and demanding government by an un-elected council

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.