Blogbait 27 June and earlier
So when a couple from Westboro Baptist “Church” wants to get married, and they ask Robert Mapplethorpe to do the photography and his sister Michelle to make the cake, and the Mapplethorpes refuse, do the Mapplethorpes get arrested and fined and sent to sensitivity training?
(Fact check: Robert, famous “gay” photographer, died A.D. 1989, and I have no idea of his sisters’ names or occupations or predilections.)
Freedom means (in part) letting other people do things of which one disapproves. Does it have to mean applauding or subsidizing it, or allowing it within zones that prefer it not?
Alprova, since “gays” can’t breed–breeding involves the opposite sex–Darwin might disapprove of it without reference to the Holy Holy Holy One. Retract your claim that the only opposition is religious. (If science develops artificial wombs and/or artificial sperm, that’s artificial opposite sex; still not “gay” breeding.)
If Muslim Sharia law executes “gays,” and our President subsidizes Sharia regimes, is our President forcing U.S. taxpayers to subsidize the execution of “gays”? Since “gay” behavior spreads the AIDS virus (formerly “GRID,” gay related immune deficiency; and of course other fornication also spreads it), are “gays” murdering each other? (Points from Douglas Wilson.)
God now orders all sinners–not just the “gay” minority–to repent: Acts 17. Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose up alive on the third day. Mr Mapplethorpe simply died (from sins, not for them), and stayed dead, awaiting the Judgment Day.
To Bennett 20 June:
What evidence would impress you? Not what I offer, which I’m sure you know, but what would?
On Solyndra, the conservative tale is that the company was asked to keep quiet about layoffs until after the A.D. 2010 election. Maybe not illegal, but politics with tax dollars?
On the IRS, we hear Bush met with his IRS boss once, Obama 157 times. And we’re to believe Obama had nothing to do with what went on there?
(A National Review Online article by an inspector general who was fired at one hours’ notice for insisting on investigating an Obama donor who had apparently misspent a grant suggested that the threat of this kind of pressure is keeping IGs from doing their jobs.)
On Benghazi, we hear the regime blamed a Jewish filmmaker and put him in jail. (One of these days I oughtta watch the film.) They revised their memo a dozen times, and substantively. They made no military effort. The most transparent administration in history has not told us how the commander-in-chief used the time between when he heard of the attack and when he heard it had succeeded.
(I can understand Obama knowing it’d take a couple days to put together a military plan and diplomatic agreement, and that he didn’t have a couple days, and if he got into a Black Hawk down situation the GOP would pester him for that. But hey. The President is C-in-C so he can react fast in an emergency, and now we have phones. Call Joe Wilson and Michelle Bachman and ask them to go on record backing his effort and promising not to unduly second guess. Send in the F-18s, or whatever could reach Benghazi in time, and tell Hillary to earn her pay soothing ruffled feathers afterward. President Jackson, call your office.)
Fast and furious: sending guns to criminals is a good idea? Why is Holder still holding office?
The problem isn’t just with the details, but with the system. The tax laws (and other laws) are too complicated. Crony capitalism sucks: let people risk their own money. The border is porous. (Send them alligators instead of guns; if gators can live in Florida we can probably build them some swamps along the Rio Grande 🙂 The State Department is too big: Washington had Thomas Jefferson and 7 clerks with quill pens, Lincoln had Seward and 33 clerks. Shrink D.C. and shrink the problems. Turn Christian and solve them.
To the Nt Wright facebook page of his publishers (Harper & Row?)
A few days ago pastor Doug Wilson blogged about something Dr Wright had said, and Dr Wright posted a brief comment among (now) 72 comments:
Later Wilson responded (12 June, Wed, 12:24pm “But What About Chauncey…?)
Briefly, my version, Wright had said American Christians tend to be more right-wing than Europeans. Wilson invited Wright to consider that true, wise Christian compassion calls for a much smaller government even than the US has.
May I urge Dr/Bishop Wright to take up the invitation? As a point of contact, the U.S. Coast Guard, which saves lives in U.S. oceans, is a government agency, but I’ve read the British equivalent is a private charity. Good for the Brits! Do I accuse them of lacking love for those in trouble in the deep? Far from it! (Read “The Theory of Market Failure,” edited by Tyler Cowen.)
Wilson fully agrees with Wright that Jesus is President of presidents and (pidgin Greek) archon tase basileis tase gase, but Wilson thinks (my version) Jesus is rather libertarian: generous Himself rather than with money taken from other people, truly generous rather than bogus-ly, a small-government Man because good sense and true love favor this. How would the advice your God would give a constitutional convention compare with triune Jehovah’s advice in I Sam 8? Hw would your God’s lists of jobs for government to do compare with the lists in Romans 13 and I Tim 2?
To Clay Bennett cartoon, TFP 15 June: possibly not posted, or deleted
Problem? Lack of Christianity. Afghanistan was a mess because led by devout Muslims, the Taliban. Lots of Muslims don’t make the trouble the Taliban makes, but few Muslims would deny the Taliban are devout Muslims. Iraq’s Hussein was a practicing atheist in a turban, so to speak; same with Libya’s Quadaffi and Egypt’s Mubarak; same with Syria’s Assad. Replacing Q&A with Al-Quaeda and Hezbollah may not improve. (I notice our friendly neighborhood democratic Party apparatchik did not draw Libya and Egypt as loads on the man’s back.)
Solution? Compare Christendom with Atheistic and Islamic countries, the US, badly short of Jesus as we fall, with North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Obviously we need something Jesus, the President of presidents, gives, something leaders who die with their own sins instead of dying for ours, and who stay dead for more than three days, cannot give. What love, to die for His enemies! What power, to rise up alive from the dead! Atheists who investigate the resurrection of King Jesus with an open mind tend to become known as Christians, e.g. Frank Morrison, Viggo Olson…
So as a condition for helping Syrian or other rebels, we should insist that they establish religious freedom, so that Muslims and others who choose to reject Islam and become Christians are free to do so and free to group with others for worship and good works. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, and Libya we failed to do this, and my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus are suffering as a result, especially in Iraq and Egypt. (I send a little help through http://www.barnabasaid.org; go thou and do likewise.)
To National Review online, Jonah Goldberg on libertarianism as a new idea:
Looking around the world, the countries of Christendom tend to offer more freedom than Islamic or atheistic or Hindu/Buddhist countries. “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” comes from Moses, who (under God) freed the Jews from the only superpower du jour 3500 years ago. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ (King Messiah) has made us free” comes from a Jewish Christian named Paul. The Bible’s advice to a constitutional convention (I Samuel 8) and its very short lists of jobs for government to do (Romans 13, I Timothy 2) sound relatively libertarian, at least in pointing to smaller governments than are popular today, if not dotting every i and crossing every t of some philosophical definition. In France, England, and Scotland, who opposed royal absolutism in the A.D. 1500s and 1600s? Us Calvinists of all people; and this has been traced down to the American Revolution as a revolt of the Presbyterian “black regiment” against the prospect of an Anglican hierarchy. Messiah Jesus, President of presidents, deserves more credit than He often gets.
To pingback on Doug Wilson’s NTWright rides a pale horse
When Christians say “capitalism” or “libertarianism” we may not agree with everything that goes by those names (how can we?), or with every jot and tittle of some system using those names; we may agree with the drift–government should be a lot smaller–and be willing to qualify details as needed. When Pastor Wilson mentioned N. T. Wright and then slammed Keynes, I suspect Wilson meant that Wright favors liberal (big government) politics, not that Wright agrees with every jot and tittle of Keynesianism; and I suspect Professor Wright may have taken this more personally than it was meant, instead of accepting Wilson’s invitation to reconsider whether God favors big-government-ism or disfavors it.
Since God is practical–the Word became flesh–God favors what is really logical and what really works; so the [overstated] von Mises logical approach and an empirical approach should, and I think do, tend to confirm the wisdom of the economics that are Biblical; and I am trying, as in my post on Wilson’s blog, to say this nicely for the most part. (There are times to hit hard.)
Have you considered government’s ability to be the problem? Do you support the Institute for Justice? Many US poor people have cars. Many US cities limit the number of taxis. This makes it hard for poor people to earn money as taxi drivers. It enables taxi owners to oppress the drivers who work for them. It makes it hard to get rides: easy to drive past a black customer and choose a white one. It raises the price of rides.
Keynesianism started in A.D. 1953?? In the US? Eisenhower? Not Hoover/FDR? The A.D. 1853-1953 century had seen the Civil War and two world wars, and the great depression, which may’ve slowed the economy; and libertarians have noted government interventions–in the margin of a liberal book entitled The Robber Barons (by Josephy??) I noted dozens of government interventions that enriched some at the expense of others, or government failures to stop sheer fraud–that messed things up. And Keynesianism worked? Carter’s stagflation? Obama’s stimulus? (Empirically, Bush’s deficits had not prevented the great recession, so Obama should’ve known the porculus wouldn’t work; logically, the porculus money came from taxes, depressing spending at one point in order to stimulate another with no net gain, or from borrowing, so D.C. borrows and Main Street can’t, or printing, reducing the value of dollars–so logically, as well as empirically, it was worthless. Greedily, Solyndra was a half billion dollar photo op, and Solyndra was asked to hold layoffs until after the election; that’s how govt “invests” our money.)
You take the parable of the talents as describing the judgment the Jews expected, so how come Jesus didn’t set it in that context: “You expect…”? He had compared himself/God to a thief in the night/unjust judge, so your nobleman is within His range. That He said nothing about the generosity of the master or the productive servants does not mean He did not expect, want, or presume any. You gotta earn, or inherit, or receive, what you give away! Business at its best–which it is often not at (Rob’t Graves)–serves in love, enriching both parties. Taking is basic to government; sharing, offering people what they want, is basic to business.
The Christians selling Jerusalem real estate had been warned by Jesus that in a generation it would be worthless; selling it was a sharp warning to buyers to turn to the Messiah, an enacted parable, in contrast to the opposite action of Jeremiah.. Not quite insider trading, since I’m sure they shared Jesus’s warning. And of course it enabled them to be generous on that occasion. We should all be generous, but perhaps it’s not a coincidence that that particular form of generosity is recorded only on that occasion?
So shrink the government.
(Andrew, husband of Wendy–easier than signing out/in).
To Wash Post column on legalizing pot, 8 June:
Legalize, says this fundamentalist and rather libertarian Christian. Drunkenness is sin (so Ted Kennedy is probably in Hell, and for adultery also), but Jesus Christ used wine; He even made some, without registering for taxes. Hemp is a fiber and pot, I gather, no stronger than wine. I’ve never used it, and am not interested (unless medically useful at some point), but the police have better thaings to do than go after pot users, or even hard drug users who control themsleves.
On the other hand, anyone who does have standards against drug use should be allowed the enforce those standards within their sphere. I’m sure Walmart won’t make all its customers give urine samples, but it might require this of its workers or would-be workers. Insurance companies may want to charge different rates based on different risks arising from use versus abstinence. A bed-and-breakfast or someone seeking a roommate may want to keep the stuff out. The police have better things to enforce than new laws banning discrimination against pot or drug users. Legalize both use and non-use. When prohibition ended, states could still be dry if they so chose.
To Clay Bennett cartoon 8 June:
The cartoon shows Mr Bennett can actually put out something with a different look than his usual–perhaps not better, but at least different–and can actually sort of hint that maybe liberals can do something wrong. Will wonders never cease!
Maybe he’ll go farther and take some art lessons from his wife, who does some very nice still lifes–look ’em up on Facebook–and maybe he’ll consider that liberalism (big-government-ism of both old parties) has bad problems built into it, including:
(1) It gives some men power over others’ lives, as the cartoon hints, and this to a needless extent. Letting some live by the sweat of others’ brow is slavery. Making some jump through arbitrary hoops, and forcing some to follow orders instead of using their own heads, are at least akin to slavery. All this invites corrupt and power-hungry people to go into government instead of making them earn a living.
(2) Liberalism does dumb things such as forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick. That’s what O’Romneycare is; that’s what its ‘three pillars’ listed by Paul Krugman yesterday amount to.
(3) Liberalism claims to make people more equal; but enforcing this puts non-equal power in the hands of the Equalizer, thus making inequality worse instead of better. It’s easier to get a bit more more money than a bit more power. Aristocracy is therefore worse than plutocracy, and egalitarianism contradicts itself, so abandon it. There are plenty of artificial differences that can be struck down, as the artificial differences between black and white people were struck down; but when affirmative action requires half the NBA’s players to be white (or female), enforcing this artificial version of sameness means not everyone has the same power.
(4) And in other cases, even when liberalism perceives a real problem, its efforts at solution make the problem worse instead of better, subsidizing the problem instead of letting people do what they can to shrink it.
(5) Liberalism has promised more than it can afford to deliver; it’s running low on other peoples’ money. Deficits are unpatriotic, said Senator Obama–so deficits are a problem his golf games haven’t hidden from him.
(6) Liberalism is unconstitutional; it claims powers not granted to the D.C. government. It’s a breach of contract. The contract can be amended if need be.
(7) Liberalism is unBiblical; Jesus solved problems Himself, not by crucifying the taxpayers, and He sets the standard. When FDR and LBJ die for my sins, I’ll believe they love me; when they rise up alive on the 3rd day, I’ll worship them. Until then, Jesus is good enough.
To Paul Krugman 7 June:
“The Spite Club” sounded as if Mr Krugman was writing about himself; as usual, he oozes hatred.
Most of O’Romneycare “will go fully into effect at the beginning of next year.” Uh, what percentage of us are opting out by not buying coverage? 75%? (It’s a factual question. I could be wrong. Answer it.)
And how many Americans will remain uninsured under full effect? 30 million?
Massachusetts has had this for 7 years. How do MA health costs compare to the rest of the country? Highest? (Factual question.)
O’Romneycare’s 3 pillars–“same coverage,” forced purchase, and subsidies–all, in plain English, force healthy people to pay sick people to be sick. Will subsidizing illness improve health?
Since O’Romneycare increases demand without increasing the supply of doctors, won’t it make emergency rooms more crowded rather then less?
Since prices and variety convey information, what’s the difference between “same coverage” and telling lies? Are Mr and Mrs Krugman equally able to become pregnant? (She, perhaps unlikely; he, impossible.)
The Constitution is the fundamental contract of America. If Federalist #45 paragraph 9 be true, is Obamacare, however wise, a breach of contract, requiring an amendment?
Let Mr Krugman worship Jesus of Nazareth, a generous, rather libertarian Jew who in requiring repantance always showed love. Replace “The Spite Club” with the good news, the Gospels.
To Chatt Times 6 June:
klifnotes, does your own chosen nickname tell us you don’t do your own research? Libyan Christians have been persecuting Muslims for decades? Huh? How many Tea Party rallies or meetings have you attended? If you (and dd and im) had read my 1st post, you might have noted that I expressed agreement with some of what Mr Killian and Editor Sohn said. If you think getting rid of Christianity improves government, have you heard of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and North Korea? He was OK in person at a libertarian meeting, but do the cartoons of the Times’s cartoonist not express “hate, rage and bigotry” against those whose politics differ from his? Obviously the Rwanda genocide and US slavery/Jim Crow racism were terrible sins by people who call themselves Christians, and it’s standard Christian doctrine that all Christians “fall short of the glory of God,” but what in the Bible or in the conduct of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had what part in bringing about the Rwanda genocide? Do they credit the very devout Christian William Wilberforce for ending the slave trade and slavery in the British empire, and that without civil war? Evangelicals had some part in ending slavery and Jim Crow here too (and atheists not much; nominal Christians and other theists some). Liberal bigots, repent or perish. (Conservative bigots ditto).
To Clay Bennett cartoon, TFP 5 June:
Obamacare (O’Romneycare) forces healthy young people to buy insurance for less healthy older people. So, Ted Cruz for President.
Why did Martyn Lloyd-Jones switch from medical doctoring to preaching? Because his mentor had diagnosed King Edward VII with nicotine poisoning–too many cigars–and kept noting that sick people ate too much, drank too much, and smoked too much. Often, not always, the problem didn’t come from the disease; it came from doing stupid things such as fornicating. On a policy level, why subsidize stupidity, especially when stupidity is fun? On a personal level, repentance–change–is what we need, which Jesus Christ brings and insists on. (I rejoice that Lloyd-Jones’s sermons can now be heard free at mljtrust.org. My 3rd grader says his accent remind her of Gollum in Lord of the Rings.)
To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 3 June:
So the news isn’t terrible. Neither is it good. D.C. is spending more than it collects, and in ten years the gap will get worse. Social Security has promised more than it can afford to pay. So has Medicare. Both are “broke”–perhaps not as badly as Solyndra, but in the same kind of pickle. And Professor Krugman, like our President, is defending the problem against any urgent current efforts at solution.
Even in the name of compassion, isn’t an affordable safety net better than a broke one? Isn’t an uncomfortable, or very plain, net better than a lazy hammock? Isn’t a very flat tax rate, paid by “the 47%” as well as “the rich,” better than one that kicks in just as people are starting to climb the ladder, so that to earn what welfare offers one needs to earn $70,000 a year or whatever?
And if you want to ask whether these programs are Constitutional as regulation of private warships is COnstitutional, or whether they’re Biblical…think on these things. Jesus submitted to crucifixion, which was very generous of Him, rather than crucify the taxpayers.
To yahoo article on Mayweather-Alvarez fight arranged:
Frank Lotierzo at The Sweet Science has written that Mayweather may be wanting to fight Alvarez now, before Alvarez gets a little more tough experience and Mayweather gets a little older. Yeah, it’s a step up for Mayweather. Yeah, Alvarez may be his best competition below 154 pounds. So far so good. But Sugar Ray Robinson took on the light-heavyweight champ (and was winning until he became exhausted.) Good as he is, and careful as he is, does Mayweather want to raise his stature enough to take that kind of risk?
To Doug Wilson, 31 May:
Feminism isn’t just an error; it’s an error sometimes encouraged (provoked) by some conduct of some men. (Not Doug as far as I know–he’s having good sound fun here–and of course some women provoke some men–but even a blind sow may find an acorn now and then, eh? It’s wrong to condemn an elder on one witness, but it might be OK to advise him to follow the Billy Graham rule against being alone with a woman, and to read I Cor 13 a couple times, as opposed to doing nothing?)
To NY Times, Paul Krugman, 31 May:
Wife, 6 kids, no job: we get food stamps. Thank you, taxpayers. To keep us from starving, though, you could pay for mostly a few staples: potatoes instead of hazelnut coffee creamer, for instance. Bill Buckley wrote this would cut costs by 3/4. (Leave, say, 10% flexible to put spread and bacon bits on the potatoes.)
Net spending stagnates when tax dollars taken from point A are spent at point B; A cannot spend them. (McConnell’s 8th edition, page 245-6 or so, had a sentence from which it can be deduced that GDP would double if D.C. took every dollar and gave it back. Obvious hogwash. Jesus is libertarian; He’s a sensible guy. Follow Him.)
$1 SNAP raises GDP $1.70? Only because the SNAP $1 is counted as raising GDP, right? And even here in TN, less than 10 cents per dollar spent comes back as sales tax–and none from SNAP, spent tax free.
Help families and children? Encourage marriage: stop the vile monogaphobic bigotry that subsidizes fornication. “Dan Quayle was right.”
Why do farmers want SNAP cut? Public spirit, perhaps? It seems against their interest.
Time to be angry? We Tea Party hobbits wonder when old orc Krugman is ever not angry. Can he even say “Cheese” for the NYTimes camera?
To Chatt Times 31 May:
Tell us how outsourcing sewer bills to Hemet, CA helps Chattanoogans?
Tell us why Ann from Credit Card Services isn’t in jail for making “Do not call” calls?
Make Patten Towers pay its bills? Yeah. Subsidize golf courses,
Tivoli, and Memorial Auditorium? Why should taxpayers do that? Jesus is libertarian: generous with Himself, not with other people’s money. Jesus or Hell.
Your regular fans may know, but on my first visit (from a comment on Doug Wilson’s blog) your undefined use of ‘oriental’ confused me. Pastor Wilson used North Korea and Zen as negative analogies; both are Oriental and so are you; is that what bothered you, or does ‘oriental’ have an established meaning here? Albania 40 years ago was what North Korea is now, and the confusion of deconstructionism might rival that of Zen, so if Wilson is perceived as racist here I see the perception as false, and the false perception bothers me more than what triggered it. All I see is a couple casual analogies, not anti-orientlism. Are we anti-ostrich if, knowing better, we use the analogy of ostriches with heads in the sand? You might ask Wilson to draw more of his negative analogies from the West, tho Rachel Held Evans and apostate churches are Western negative concerns. (My GUESS is Wilson holds the average Chinese evangelical church in higher overall esteem than the average American.) Your article struck me as isogetical, pouring a lot of stuff you have in mind into a couple casual references, only incidentally Asian, in Wilson.
That feminism and whatnot do at least partly react against actual evils I agree, and since these evils have been experienced they are deeply felt. (Re infant communion, since I was denied God’s Table as a child I have had a similar experience and feeling.) But reaction does not guarantee correctness: was the Third Reich a proper reaction to the evils of the Gulag empire and communism, however evil and in need of correction the Gulag was? Is fornication a proper response to sexual deprivation? (C.S. Lewis: widespread drunkenness is the mother of prohibition and prohibition of widespread drunkenness.) It is (usually) the duty of those who oppose an evil not just to react against it, but to find the truth. (Dig up “Feed God’s babies” on my web-archived old website, http://www.lohr84.com, or scroll down my blog to find it, and see how I do with infant communion, trying to be forceful, balanced, and loving.) So yeah, Wilson and co. would do well to heed what feminism & co. are saying and to deal with evils it opposes. But feminism etc may still be basically wrong. (“The cults are the unpaid bills of the church.”)
And was it you or Wilson contrasting grace with law and discipline? Why would anyone do that? It’s gracious of God, and His messengers, to tell us what He wants. It’s gracious of Him, and his gracious agents, to rap our knuckles to bring us to repentance. (He will use ungracious agents at times.) I try to correct my kids in love, not to hurt them for hurting’s sake. Love and grace include instruction and correction.
27 May ’13 Times-Free Press (Free Press, Drew’s Views)–article was from 19 Apr, and this may not have posted.
So, Hunter, do you oppose O’Romneycare, since it imposes insurance on those who haven’t asked to buy it? And since it is unjust to force healthy people to pay sick people to be sick; it destroys domestic Tranquility when we have our hands in each others’ pockets; it promotes not the general Welfare but only the welfare of particular groups; and it reduces Liberty by 2700 pages of laws and 13,000 pages of regulations?
Perhaps Mr Bennett will next receive the Nobel prizes for literature and peace?
Not sure if posted on blogger.com, Dead Theologians
I am–so one can–be for infant communion as Biblical without being for FV (I’m unsure on FV), without insisting on intinction (wait until weaning is OK), and without water regeneration (one might say Spirit baptism–in a reformed, not pentecostal, sense–saves or at least accompanies salvation.) We’re showing Christ’s death; he died (we suppose) for covenant infants; so how can the showing exclude them? Examine yourself specifically to see if you’re including everyone you should (read the context!) And if infants are saved, are they saved without faith? If so, where’s sola fide? (Hint: my pretalking infant trusts me, and hears the gospel. My 3- infant says “Jesus loves me best.”) For 30-40 pages on paedocommunion starting with 1-page summaries, try https://andrewlohr.wordpress.com/2013/02/page/2/; be ready to scroll.
To David Cook, 3 or 4 may, TFP:
A doctor who very nicely tells all his patients “You’re healthy” is killing people, and a moralist who tells all his sinners “you’re righteous” is sending people to Hell. Warning fornicators (of all stripes, please, not just one strange minority) to repent lest they perish is an act of love, just as a doctor telling a patient he needs rigorous treatment is an act of love. Let it be done as nicely as may be. Let no undue nastiness accompany it. But let it be done. The gospel in a word can be “repent!”–and this is indeed very good news compared to “You’re as good as you’ll ever be.”
(Speaking of gospel, the recorded sermons of Martyn Lloyd-Jones are now available for free download.)
To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 3 May
Inflation (rising prices) hurts those with money, since their money can buy less, and hurts those on fixed incomes. Falling prices would help. But why let the Fed cause inflation and enrich speculators rather than producers? Just legalize the use of gold, silver, and foreign currencies on a level playing field with dollars so people who want to evade inflation can easily do so. Competition will either keep the Fed honest or make it irrelevant. Would people buy more wine if all wine were watered down?
And how can “stimulus” spending do any good whatsoever? When D.C. stimulates Solyndra with a dollar taxed from Main Street, Main Street cannot spend the dollar, and Solyndra wasted it: the net effect is destructive, not productive. When D.C. borrows the dollar, someone else does not borrow it. When D.C. creates the dollar, it either causes inflation, or, as your column may suggest, simply does no good at all. (Is it storing up inflation for later?)
Force people to “serve one another in love” (Galatians) rather than pick each other’s pockets. The more transactions are freely entered into so that both parties gain something they prefer, and the fewer ‘transactions’ are forced at the point of an IRS or regulatory gun, the richer we all get.
To Human Events Dennis Prager/ response to Harvey Ardman comment on sex.
Not bad: God created it. Earned? I didn’t earn Wendy, but I did arrange and commit to honor her gift, and to reciprocate. Procreative? Yeah, but not always. Puritan? Saint Oliver Cromwell the Great, pray for us–a faithful husband who enjoyed a good time. People are sinful but can repent, and many pleasures need not be sins.
I hate and fear my impulse to smack you–should we indulge all our impulses?–but I will mirror your view of motives. Our President forcing people to pay for contraceptives sees sex as anti-procreative, something which must be subsidized (sex needs subsidies?), a good greater than religious freedom, a profoundly diabolical point of view based on the notion that human beings should be evil and must not be allowed “pleasures forevermore” at God’s right hand.
Andrew, husband of Wendy
Link to a defense of President George W. Bush’s record:
To Bennett cartoon, TFP, 23 Apr; the ??? refers to the first three comments
Two perfectly legal immigrants, one of whom in hindsight offered warning signs, murder three people, and Mr Bennett worries that illegal immigrants aren’t being sufficiently welcomed? If they enter his house without invitation, would he worry about that? (It wasn’t martial law that caught the younger murderer. It was a guy with a $50,000 boat.)
Maybe Mr Bennett should worry about the assault rifles our Attorney General shipped to Mexico, or the faux Eric Holder who was invited to vote without ID. Oh, well. Standards are things liberal hypocrites, on their road to Hell, want to impose on Republicans. Jesus (is libertarian) didn’t like hypocrisy, and He warned about Hell. Repent, guys. This means you, Mr Bennett.
To Chatt Times editorial 23 Apr
Call him Mayor Bowater because he’s so foggy, with an agenda behind the outer fog?
“Family development” ought to mean encouraging to parents to be married before they become parents, to get good advice before they get married and avoid getting into a canoe half a mile above Niagara Falls, and to work out difficulties and stay married afterwards. I see the hate-filed monogaphobe bigots in D.C. set some tax line at $400,000 for single people and $450,000 instead of $800,000 for married people. Maybe the city attorney and the ACLU could sue to stop this discrimination against the monogamous lifestyle, which is no doubt genetic, and thus improve society.
To Wash Post 22 Apr
“Stimulus” didn’t work, and can’t, because the stimulus dollars spent on Solyndra come from Main Street, producing a negative stimulus (cost) that balances any positive stimulus (spending), so the stimulus is and is bound to be completely worthless overall, though it may buy some votes. Borrowing, same thing: Pennsylvania Avenue borrows on behalf of Sesame Street and Main Street pays the bill and connot borrow Big Bird’s nest egg. New money, same thing: it reduces the value of the dollars in Main Street’s pockets, so that I can only buy 20 washcloths today for the price of 30 under Bush jr, and 2 gallons for the price of 3.
So do what? Jesus is libertarian. Legalize gold and make Ben Bernanke’s paper compete with gold, silver, platinum and foreign currencies on a level playing field, since his record shows we can’t trust Ben with the dollar or with the economy. Put D.C.’s spending on a new tax form on which taxpayers can vote to cut spending and give ourselves 1% of whatever we cut, limited to 5% cuts per year (about $250,000,000,000 per year) so as not to be too disruptive. Limit the effect of most regulations to 1 hr/day and 2% of spending total, so regs can’t overwhelm small businesses; with stupidity of the regulation a lawful defense in court. (Justin Amash said big biz asks for regulations to stifle small.)
To Human Events article, G. Will on Justin Amash, 22 Apr (George Will, Wash. Post 19 Apr)
AT the April 15 Tea Party rally in D. C. Amash and Mike Lee spoke. Both warned against crony capitalism, against big businesses using regulations to stifle competition. Amash said big biz asks him for regulations for this purpose. (He also remarked that not everyone in Congress is a crook, but there are a fair number.)
To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 22 Apr ’13
Don’t say we “can’t” be Greece. USA is the only superpower du jour, succeeding Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Macedon, Rome, Byzantium, Spain…We can, and probably will. Are we heading that way?
As for joblessness, when our government spends money it takes from us, whoever it was taken from can’t spend it, so whatever jobs are created at Solyndra are lost on Main Street: no net stimulus. When it spends borrowed money, Main Street cannot borrow the money: no net stimulus. When it spends new money, the value of old money is reduced: under young Bush, gasoline, whose price drives most other prices, cost less than $2 per gallon, not more than $3.
So how can D.C. create new jobs? Approve the Keystone pipeline. How does building Keystone across the sensitive Rockies to put oil into wreckable tankers for the polluting Chinese guard the environment? Approve the Institute for Justice agenda: cut crony capitalist regulations that keep jobs from being created, or that tell workers to stop working. Trim the “safety net” so it’s more affordable and less comfortable: make my family eat more potatoes on food stamps and cut out hazelnut coffee creamer. (Bill Buckley, 40 years ago, wrote that the cost of food stamps could be cut by three quarters by distributing a few staples instead of stamps.) Didn’t some study say firing bureaucrats results in job creation, and another that spending cuts best be six to one over tax hikes to balance a budget?
Worship Jesus the libertarian.