I usually write about tax and environmental issues. Not this time.
If you believe future IRS abuses will be prevented by putting Lois Learner and her merry band of political hacks in the hoosegow, stop drinking Potomac River Kool-Aid and start partaking in a dose of reality.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, so when a politician calls other Americans “un-American,” it conjures up the bad old days of Joe McCarthy—that cold war demagogue sent to the U.S. Senate by Dairy State voters. Not Wisconsin’s finest hour!
Just when I thought that those in Congress responsible for the collapse of the housing market had diverted their attention to the destruction of other sectors of our free market economy (health care and energy), up pops Barney Frank and his trusty sidekick, Anthony Weiner.
It is rare that a news headline catches my attention these days. Most of them are simply variations on the same theme.
On February 3, 2009, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told a gathering of news media lapdogs that the House Financial Services Committee—Barney chairs the committee—would consider legislation to apply compensation restrictions to all financial institutions and that the salary restrictions might be extended to all U.S. companies.
On Valentine’s Day, I like to think positive thoughts. So, I would like to believe that even the dark cloud known as the “stimulus package” may have a silver lining.
‘Twas two days after Christmas and all through the land
Retailers were panicked—huge supply, no demand.
In the coming months, I am certain the NeoSocs will be joined by others from both sides of the aisle who, for the sake of political expediency, will turn their backs on the principles of free-market capitalism.
Last January I wrote a column entitled: Are Polar Bears Edible? I pointed out that during good times, people worry about whether polar bears will have ice in one-hundred years—but when times are tough we wonder whether the bears are tasty.
Last January I wrote a column entitled: Are Polar Bears Edible?
Like millions of other Americans, I have contributed copious amounts patriotic energy and a good deal of couch-potato time to observing every minute of Olympic coverage offered by NBC and its various progeny—including, of course, the advertisements produced by numerous sponsors.
My wife and I spent Thursday afternoon at the doctor’s office. Our physician not only performs medical miracles, but he is also a dyed-in-the-wool conservative who makes it his business to keep abreast of the high crimes of hypocrisy.
Will there be an all-powerful Czar of Rights? Or maybe another UN cabal of activists and other so-called stakeholders will be created to anoint certain civil, political, economic, social and cultural desires?
I believe it is time for taxpayers to start asking some tough questions.
A few weeks back I noted in my column that when times get tough, Americans will stop worrying about whether polar bears have enough ice and start asking whether those white, furry critters are edible.
My 2008 New Year’s resolution was to stop haranguing about weak-kneed politicians and corporate executives who worship at the appeasement altar every time a group of activist nannies demands tribute.
A cursory look at the state of the economy, the political landscape, and the turmoil that exists in many parts of the world suggests that Thanksgiving dinner in 2008 may be very difficult to swallow.
At its nub, the activist-inspired CSR movement represents the convergence of two seemingly discordant political doctrines – corporate socialization and the privatization of regulation.
Economist Milton Friedman once wrote that some “businessmen believe that they are defending free enterprise when they declaim that business is not concerned merely with profit but also with promoting desirable social ends; that business has a social conscience and takes seriously its responsibility for providing employment, eliminating discrimination, avoiding pollution and whatever else may be the catchwords of the contemporary crop of reformers.” Friedman added, “In fact, they are . . . preaching pure and unadulterated socialism. Businessmen who talk this way are unwitting puppets of the intellectual forces that have been undermining the basis of a free society these past decades.”
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