Give Us Hope (And Bread, and Circuses)

… between the state, which is lavish with impossible promises, and the public, which has conceived unrealizable expectations, two classes of men intervene: the ambitious and the utopian. Their role is completely prescribed for them by the situation. It suffices for these demagogues to cry into the ears of the people: "Those in power are deceiving you; if we were in their place, we would overwhelm you with benefits and free you from taxes."

And the people believe, and the people hope, and the people make a revolution.

Its friends are no sooner in charge of things than they are called on to make good their promises: "Give me a job, then, bread, relief, credit, education, and colonies," say the people, "and at the same time, in keeping with your promises, deliver me from the burden of taxation."

The new state is no less embarrassed than the old, for, when it comes to the impossible, one can, indeed, make promises, but one cannot keep them. It tries to gain time, which it needs to bring its vast projects to fruition. At first it makes a few timid attempts; on the one hand, it extends primary education a little; on the other, it reduces somewhat the tax on beverages (1830). But it is always confronted with the same contradiction: if it wishes to be philanthropic, it must continue to levy taxes; and if it renounces taxation, it must also renounce philanthropy.

Bastiat, Frédéric, Selected Essays on Political Economy. Seymour Cain, trans. 1995. Library of Economics and Liberty. 19 September 2009.

Socialism – A Lethal Experiment

A good friend of ours – guest writer Lord Addison West – shares a legend that’s been passed down through his family. “The origin is unknown,” he tells us, “but its veracity cannot be disputed.”

“An economics professor said he had never flunked a student before but had, once, failed an entire class,” the legend begins. “That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.”

“The professor then said ‘ok’, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.”

“After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D!”

“No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.”

“The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.”
“There are three caveats on the road to socialism:
1) The quality of all products and services will regress to the mean – no more good, better or best.
2) Eventually, you will run out of "other people’s money."
3) Once you go over, it is impossible to come back."
“The more a government spends, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the more people employed in the public sector. The bigger the public sector, the greater the percentage of voters who will vote to protect their government jobs, i.e., bigger and bigger government.”

It’s often poetic when such a simple principle defies the understanding of some of the world’s most complicated people.


Erika Nolan, Publisher * Bob Bauman, Legal Counsel
Matthew Collins, Managing Editor * Eric Roseman, Investment Director
Sean Hyman, Currency Analyst
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Maxine Waters… Socialist Agenda

FOX News published the video of Maxine Waters’ gaffe. Her response came after an executive said that oil would certainly rise to $5 without intervention from Congress or a substantial decrease in demand. She had asked him for guarantees that prices wouldn’t increase. Maxine responded:

“And guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be all about socializing — er, uh. [Pauses for several moments] …. would be about … basically … taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”

Yep – another liberal who refuses to learn from history. Does the government EVER run anything other than national defense that actually benefits the people in the long run? Does the Constitution of the United States give Congress the authority to STEAL private enterprise?

Maxine was voted one of the most corrupt members of Congress in 2005 and 2006[1]. Now she’s advocating thievery. California – why do you keep electing her?


Fences and Borders

One of my co-workers just happened to mention that she had finally posted ‘no trespassing’ signs around her property. It seems that there is a group of neighbor kids that are jumping her fence on a regular basis in order to retrieve their sports related paraphernalia.

Part of her justification is that, due to some steep embankments there was a potential liability issue, and should she get sued her insurance rates would go though the roof. ("I would refuse to pay it anyway" said she). Also she was tired of always tossing their balls back over the fence. Besides, their yard was too small, and they should not have put in an athletic court anyway. Ultimately, amongst a myriad of petty justifications, posting these signs would give her the right to call the police to keep these hooligans from importuning her life.

I’m afraid at that moment, the little red guy sitting on my shoulder with the horns and pitch-fork was whispering in my ear, and I just had to ask: "So how do you feel about amnesty for undocumented workers?"

Her reply: "Oh, I guess I’m not against it."

Apparently she was unable to apprehend the irony of my question. Knowing her political bent, I was not surprised. Had her fence been on the U.S./Mexican border, and she had 30-50 Hispanics (or heaven forbid, Hezbollah operatives) passing through her yard on a daily basis as currently happens to folks along the border, she would be calling for the National Guard!

Undocumented Workers just want to do the jobs that common Americans are unwilling to do. Oh, and also cost the American taxpayers almost $20,000 dollars for each low-skilled “worker” household annually.

It’s funny, but the United States used to be a Republic. You know, a nation of laws, not of men. I guess that if enough people break a law then it was a bad law to begin with and they should instead be rewarded.

I guess we must be a democracy now.

Link to Executive Summary: The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer

Intel Promoting Religious Indoctrination in Saudi Arabia… huh?

Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer chip maker, has partnered with two Saudi Arabian software companies to develop an electronic version of Islam’s holy book and a training computer for teachers packed with the government-approved curriculum for schoolchildren.

Intel to make electronic Quran for students – Tech News & Reviews –

And you say, "Yeah, so what? It’s just Intel doing smart business, right?"

As corporations become more-and-more influential across society, due largely to the fact that governments are becoming less-and-less effective as they drown in their own politically correct effluence, corporate choices have a serious impact on the direction of society as a whole. What does "government-approved curriculum" include? How about this quote from the Center for Religious Freedom on the Saudi’s state policy:

Government textbooks and publications teach that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping them in any way, or taking part in their festivities and celebrations. The state teaches a Nazi-like hatred for Jews, treats the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion as historical fact, and avows that the Muslim’s duty is to eliminate the state of Israel.

Global corporations cannot continue to think that they can maintain a politically "neutral" position and continue to chase the almighty-buck no matter the consequences. Let me share another famous quote:

"The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." 

WASL math becomes political | | Tacoma, WA

It sounds to me as if "political" is just a euphemism for "duck-and-run" as far as state and union officials are concerned. Given the choice between delaying the WASL math requirements for 3 years, or failing 49% of the students and facing an angry backlash from parents, what do you think the politicians will do?

The cowards in Olympia will do the expedient thing, and the finger-pointing will continue from all sides until some enterprising legislator suggests that we "relax" the requirements and everyone runs pell-mell to lower standards in order to look good to their constituents. Chris Vance’s statement, that "it’s just not politically possible" to tell parents the truth and make them face the consequences of their choices for government and education leaders is a graphic illustration of why the Republicans will continue to hold a minority position in the House. I think spelling lessons should be the first course of order, starting with the word "backbone".

Gregiore – the feel-good liberal of choice is worried about "demoralized" students, never mind the fact that they will be taking remedial math courses when they get into college, and wondering why they even bothered with high school (assuming they get into college with their correspondingly low SATs). Charles Hasse, president of the WEA has the most telling quote in the article, pointing his finger at the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s "poor testing policy" which could be taken to mean that the teachers are teaching to the test rather than teaching good math skills in order to get a high graduation rate, and their dereliction has finally caught up with them.

It’s not a matter of "too little money for school reform" as stated in the article, but too little determination by politicians, school officials, union leaders, and parents to affect change for the benefit of our students in spite of the political fallout.

Link to WASL math becomes political | | Tacoma, WA