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The War Against Achievement

SFLBIB Wrote: Nov 20, 2013 3:14 PM
Strange. The harder I work, the more privileged I become. Funny how that works.
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None Dare Call It Fascism

SFLBIB Wrote: Nov 18, 2013 9:58 AM
Re: “They all say the same thing, even using the very same words.” There is a reason for this beyond having them tested before focus groups. Modern liberals have redefined truth. On his 1950s TV program, “Life Is Worth Living,” Bishop Fulton Sheen once posed the question, “Where are your sox?” To answer that question, he explained that traditional Western thought turns to reality to determine the truth of where your sox are and concludes that they are in your dresser drawer. Liberals/Leftists would answer, “Wherever the party says they are!” So it is with any question; political correctness determines truth. We have all experienced the phenomenon of “political correctness.” But few have defined it, so I will put forth my definition: “A rejection of truth that conflicts with ideology.” The primary function of liberal-Leftist altruistic, selective arguments over truth is to conceal that fact. … it is the intelligentsia that sets the tone and content of the debate – and it’s the intelligentsia where the most irrational and bigoted views on these issues are to be found. That’s because the core of this phenomenon [liberalism] is the replacement of truth by ideology. Rather than following the evidence to arrive at a conclusion, ideology wrenches facts to fit a prior governing idea. Ideology is thus intrinsically inimical to both truth and reason. – Author Melanie Philips
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

SFLBIB Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 2:17 PM
"...its fundamental premise was that the federal government had the right "...the right to order individual Americans..." This might sound like a nit, but if we stopped saying that government "has the right," I am convinced that a lot of problems would go away of their own accord. Government does not have rights; only persons have rights. Government has authority. Americans are all for rights but are very skeptical of authority.
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Throw the Rascals Out?

SFLBIB Wrote: Oct 29, 2013 4:54 PM
The Massachusetts senator who replaced Ted Kennedy did not get his own staff; he kept Kennedy's. So just throwing out the incumbent doesn't solve anything; you have to throw out his staff along with him, otherwise they end up being the ruling class because they have continuity and give advice to their boss.
The problem, "lies in the inability of these [social science] domains to produce a useful social product in anything like the amounts generated by the study of nature. Absent the prestige, support, and self-confidence that such social product confers, the humanities and social sciences have sought them instead through affiliation with what they believe to be deserving movements and causes, each in need of intellectual justification and defense." “More Crises Than One” Stephen H. Balch National Association of Scholars nas[dot]org/print/print/More_Crises_than_One--SHB.pdf
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Taking Baby Killing to a New Low

SFLBIB Wrote: Oct 07, 2013 4:30 PM
If fewer doctors are performing abortions because of liability lawsuits, don't nurse practitioners, et al, run the same risk, or are they exempt?
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Destroying Household Jobs

SFLBIB Wrote: Oct 04, 2013 5:06 PM
That is a good question. I thought federal MW laws applied only to corporations that crossed state lines, hence the government invoked the commerce clause. I thought if the state line was not crossed, the feds didn't have jurisdiction. Any lawyers out there with a comment? Thx.
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Destroying Household Jobs

SFLBIB Wrote: Oct 04, 2013 4:59 PM
In his The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Max Schulman observed that, “It's easier to make a dumb, pretty girl smart than to make a smart, ugly girl pretty." Likewise, liberals, obsessed with equality that they are, observed that it's easier to make a successful, rich person poor than a poor, unsuccessful person rich.
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Why the Democrats are Winning

SFLBIB Wrote: Sep 19, 2013 1:29 PM
"Perhaps the only way Republicans can turn this around is to start showcasing the people who are being hurt by the spending and tax increases." How do you do this? Democrats will just counter by blaming heartless Republicans for the "lower middle class family's inability to afford to buy school supplies for their kids," which would be a perfect justification for expanding a government program to provide those supplies. However, there is something to be said for Alexander's basic idea of using emotion instead of logic on the voters. See All the King's Men, the story of a politician who did just that.
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Minimum Wage Madness: Part II

SFLBIB Wrote: Sep 19, 2013 12:59 PM
"Since when does what somebody needs determine what they are worth?" Since it became an easy vote-getter. As for the rest of your post, the sure sign of a liberal is that he does not live according to his professed beliefs. See "a poster child for modern-day capitalism," Noam Chomsky at http://www.ideasinactiontv.com/tcs_daily/2005/10/the-branding-of-the-worlds-top-intellectual-noam-chomsky.html
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Minimum Wage Madness: Part II

SFLBIB Wrote: Sep 19, 2013 12:54 PM
"Advocates of minimum wage laws usually base their support of such laws on their estimate of how much a worker "needs" in order to have "a living wage" -- or on some other criterion that pays little or no attention to the worker's skill level, experience or general productivity." The also conveniently ignore the fact that two minimum wage earners living together are above the poverty level.
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