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Excuse me, but the ad on the right is impinging on the content on page two of this column. I'm in Firefox, but when I tried it in Chrome, it was the same thing.
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Gas Myths

JFP Wrote: May 29, 2013 8:56 AM
Whenever leftists complain about "excess" profits in the oil industry, I complain about the excess money in Harvard's endowment fund. That shuts them up.
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Resisting the Tide of Secularism

JFP Wrote: May 22, 2013 7:58 AM
The same secularists who attack Christianity empower Muslims, so secularism is unlikely to be around thirty years from now. I'm a secularist myself, and I've begged all the other secularists to stop empowering Muslims, and they just won't.
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The Pope and Godless Capitalism

JFP Wrote: May 03, 2013 11:56 AM
Originally, America had tariffs but no income taxes. If we went back to that system, then prices on imports would be raised, but people would have more money because they wouldn't be paying any income taxes. I don't know that it would balance out, but it has to be considered.
Don't forget that teaching assistants' strike at Yale in 1995. Their own leftist professors thwarted them, according to Cary Nelson in Manifesto of a Tenured Radical, p. 143.
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The Attack of the Global Warming Islamist

JFP Wrote: Apr 07, 2013 6:57 AM
In spite of what the true believers in global warming say, this isn't about science. It's about trust. They trust the climate "scientists," and we skeptics don't. They seem to me to be activists first and scientists second, as was shown by the ClimateGate emails. Now the Economist magazine has admitted that there hasn't been any warming in fifteen years, showing that their predictions aren't very good. Why exactly am I supposed to believe in this nonsense?
Be specific about the circumstances.
As I pointed out above, the key is job creation and not worrying about how much people at the top are making. When there's enough job creation, you don't need to mandate a minimum wage because wages will rise automatically. Plus, you don't have the bad effects of a mandated minimum wage, which is the refusal by employers to hire people whose work isn't worth the minimum wage.
By the same reasoning, no one needs to make $60,000 per year when $40,000 is adequate, especially when there are lots of people in your field who are unemployed or barely making it. I'm talking about the salaries of tenured liberal and leftist professors. What drove me away from the left was watching the callous disregard of liberal and leftist professors making very good money, while we adjuncts got a pittance.
Here's what you should be saying. "Income inequality is less of a problem than the lack of jobs. The important thing is to have as much job creation as possible, especially for young people. Redistribution would be at best a temporary solution, but creating jobs would be a permanent one." Once you start telling leftists to just accept income equality or else pointing out the causes of income equality, you've lost. You have to change the subject.
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Hugo Chavez: Faithful to Death

JFP Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 8:19 AM
Going to Cuba for medical care is what Latins do. They actually believe the hype. Diego Maradona needed medical treatment as a result of drug use, and he couldn't get into the U.S., so he opted for Cuba.
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