Crab Bucket

CrabBucket

Harvey_Rritt commented on the “Acting White” post in a way that made me think a moment:

Terry Pratchett calls it the Crab Bucket. It is a perfect expression. (He does that.) When a crab starts to get out of the bucket full of crabs, the others, awaiting death by live steam, pull the escaping crab […]

Distortion

Wealth_of_Nations

@Pete, who wrote: “at the same time, [Adam Smith] saw the need of government as an interventionary force to prevent excesses that worked against the general public interest” In the material you quoted, and elsewhere, he argued strenuously against exactly this. It is precisely such government interference, “[t]he proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce,” that he warned required “great caution” because of the involvement of crony capitalism. […]

Pigs in Blankets

Pope_and_Change

Pigs, pork, bacon … all being covered up by a Western publisher deathly afraid of offending the “tiny minority” of Muslims who will kill them. Ostensibly, they are afraid to “offend” people, specifically “Muslims and Jews” — except for the suggestion that no Jew has ever complained. From the International Business Times article: “One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books to avoid causing offence …” […]

Politics and Evolution

dna-double-helix-marc-phares

I am a bit reluctant to get into this topic, because many of the people whose fellowship (and political alliance) I value are creationists of one form or another. Generally, they’re often better people although not specifically for that reason. But, here goes:

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Presidential Economy

economy

Do presidents really have an effect on the US economy? That question was put to me. Here’s my reply. The Clinton era was an utter and complete financial disaster — to the point where Republicans won the midterms in a landslide, and were able to force through tax reductions and other Federal constraints. […]

Redistribution

Obama_Constitution_quote

President Obama is already on record stating that even if higher taxes bring in less revenue, he is in favor of imposing them anyway, out of “fairness.” And he has long complained that the US Constitution has no clear provision for socialist redistribution of wealth: […]

Like Cuba Without the Sun

Hollande_Obama_toast

The new Prime Minister of France in 2012 astounded the world, and pleased President Obama, by imposing a 75% income tax on high earners. Obama invited him over, took him in as a new best buddy, and White House photographs featured the smiling pair together at Camp David. […]

The Switch in Time that Saved Nine

OwenRoberts

The relationship between the new Republican majority in Congress to Obamacare has been much discussed. Folks following the history of US Supreme Court decisions will perhaps remember when Justice Roberts changed his mind on a crucial decision under pressure from the White House, and rendered the crucial swing vote that had the country in an uproar. […]

Indigestible Blocs

Obama_in_Brisbane

“I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished. “I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have been made to our society by people of many races, of varied creeds and colors. America is indeed a joining together of many streams which go to form a mighty river which we call the American way. However, we have in the United States today hard-core, indigestible blocs which have not become integrated into the American way of life, but which, on the contrary are its deadly enemies.” […]

Iran for Help

Iran_US_deal

The US, specifically the Obama administration, is indeed helping Iran in many ways: […]