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.

Richard Sherman: The FULL video

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January 25, 2014
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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.

Hey, the GOP might take back the Senate in 2014

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January 22, 2014
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Sean Trende explains why even today’s Republican party might not be able to screw up the 2014 Senate races.

Wendy Davis: The female Bill Clinton

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January 22, 2014
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Actually, she’s worse.

White trash? Check.
Ivy-league lawyer? Check.
Liar? Check.
Politician? Check.
Adulterer? 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.

McDonnell’s defense

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January 22, 2014
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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...

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It all starts so simply

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January 21, 2014
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“In or about March 2009, as a result of requests from ROBERT MCDONNELL’s staff to JW, ROBERT MCDONNELL began using a jet aircraft owned by JW during his campaign for governor of Virginia.”

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.

How to kill a human being

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January 17, 2014
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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.

The Congressman who went off the grid

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January 5, 2014
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2014: 10 critical Senate races

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January 3, 2014
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The GOP has a big advantage, but that was also true in 2012.

Pope Francis: All your base are belong to us

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January 2, 2014
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The Marxist Pope:

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”.