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Government regulations, uncertainty, and general meddlesomeness, here and in the EU make it more difficult for new business start ups and expansion of small firms, which use bank lending. Central banks here and in the EU are financing governments thereby keeping interest rates low even as governments reduce expected returns from investment. Stop the meddling, stop funding the meddling and the exorbitant taxes and reduce uncertainty, folks will borrow, returns will increase and the economy will grow. This isn’t rocket science but it isn’t Keynesian pseudo economics either. It’s economics.
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The High Cost of Liberalism

johnm h Wrote: Apr 22, 2014 8:56 AM
Yes. Can anyone name any big government program that has done more good than harm? That has achieved its stated objectives? No? That is because liberalism isn't good intentions gone wrong. It's parasitism gone exactly as intended. Liberal voters in contrast are naive fools and there is little we can do about it.
The cultural underbelly in our big cities is truly tragic or disgusting, depending on your mood of the day. It is a product of bad policy. Most are street wise but devoid of humanity. If we lock them up for minor offences we've lost nothing and changed nothing. If we let them go or don't arrest them in the first place we've lost little and changed nothing. Our drug laws must change but that isn't in the cards. Welfare should be eliminated, but that isn't in the cards. We have destroyed huge swaths of our minority population. It is obvious yet we seem powerless to do anything about it, other than try to lock them up and get them out of sight. Scrubbing the prison roles won't change anything.
As long as there exists robust free trade and easy immigration across borders who cares if dominant minorities and language groups run things. What matters is economic freedom because from it flows political and cultural freedom. The Crimea is different. Russia would go to war over it. If the EU can get over its socialist fad and return to free economies, with or without the Euro, it will draw Eastern Europe back into it's sphere of influence, and Russia will either modernize and join in the prosperity and freedom, or it won't. Not much anyone can do about that except make it attractive by being successful.
Agree and northern Mexico would would to join them.
If you want to see rabid racism, watch what happens when a successful black admits to being conservative, leaves the plantation; or a black kids works hard and succeeds, "acts white". The Democrats have always been the party of racism; nothing has changed except the political machine, the talking points,the budgets. What is amazing is that it works on establishment Republicans, maybe they are also racist; probably cowardice and corruption are better explanations.
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Government Keeps Growing

johnm h Wrote: Apr 21, 2014 6:47 AM
You forgot to mention that anyone who doesn't support this process is a racist, homophobic, reactionary.
Yes that is about it and even in that instance, communities are better off taking care of themselves through private voluntary associations, but in big diverse cities where there are multiple communities we create general laws and institutions for general enforcement but mostly because we are impatient. With time the multiple communities would work things out. At the Federal level the only reason to have a central government is because other countries have central governments that pose a threat. The longer I live the wiser our founders appear to be.
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The Grievance Industry's Spawn

johnm h Wrote: Apr 20, 2014 9:52 AM
Don't be naive. These will be the mindless followers of a new "leader". We need the slow establishment of accountability, not a a crisis. A crisis is exactly what these centralizers want.
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The Grievance Industry's Spawn

johnm h Wrote: Apr 20, 2014 8:17 AM
nothing changes. When the racist democrats controlled state and local government in the south that tried to divide blacks by breaking up their churches, burning them, targeting community leaders. When Jim Crow was swept away, they targeted the family, the churches and were far more successful with welfare and other programs designed ostensibly to be helpful. A hostile government is more beneficial to basic self help and community mutual support than a "helpful" government. Are they stupid or was it on purpose? I'd say the latter.
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