Krauthammer in the Post

Fantastic stuff from Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post today.  I particularly liked this:

Most people become aware of the hopeless inefficiency of sclerotic government by, oh, age 17 at the department of motor vehicles. 


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Charles Cooke’s ‘Gun-Control Dishonesty’

I rarely write about guns — and for reasons I won’t bore you with.

Instead I leave it up to people like National Review’s Charles Cooke, one of the the conservative movement’s most accomplished writers.

Have a read.

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George Will on Obama’s ‘epiphany’

This is a great line from George Will:

The day before Obama shared with MSNBC his conclusion that big government defends its irrationalities but is insufficiently big, his speech du jour deplored today’s increasing inequality and distrust of government. He seems oblivious to the mutual causations at work.


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Senate seats in 2014

A good write-up here about next year’s Senate races.

I think this point in particular regarding the race in North Carolina is worth noting.  A lot of these candidates benefited from the Obama bounce in 2008 and will have a major task on their hands trying to drive the same kind of turnout:

North Carolina: Kay Hagan (D). This race is a lot like Louisiana. Hagan was able to win against a weak Republican incumbent in 2008 in part because of turnout the Obama campaign generated. That turnout dissipated in 2010, as Republican Sen. Richard Burr won by the largest margin of any Senate candidate in North Carolina since 1974. Now it’s Hagan’s turn to run in the off-year electorate. Polling has steadily shown her narrowly leading state House Majority Leader Thom Tillis, although her margins are in single digits and she takes around 45 percent of the vote here.

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Ayn Rand Institute’s hit on Senator Mike Lee

This piece in the Daily Caller confused me a bit.

In sum, the piece takes Senator Mike Lee to task for the following sentence:

“The United States did not formally launch our war on poverty in 1964, but in 1776,” the senator said at a recent Heritage Foundation poverty forum. Since then it “has waged the most successful war on poverty in the history of the world” by becoming the wealthiest nation on earth.

Not much to see here, really.  However…

Really? American colonists fought the most powerful nation on earth as a precursor to a mid-20th century welfare program? Would it be too much to expect a simple “you did build that” from a senator put in office by the Tea Party? Apparently so.

I believe the authors have missed the point here.  What Lee is stating is that individualism has spawned “community and cooperation” which have improved the general welfare, not the state.  According to Merriam-Webster the definition of ‘community’ is:

a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Aligned interests.  This could include anything — creating a charity, a medical clinic, or a business.  If non-coercive it emanates from individualism and thus Adam Smith’s famous remarks about the “benevolence” of the “butcher, brewer, and baker.”

One could look at Tocqueville, who noted:

I met with several kinds of associations in America of which I confess I had no previous notion; and I have often admired the extreme skill with which the inhabitants of the United States succeed in proposing a common object for the exertions of a great many men and in inducing them voluntarily to pursue it.

Call them voluntary associations or Burke’s ‘little platoons’.  Improving the general welfare of others through non-coercive measures is hardly the same as leveraging the power of the state to do so.

This is another reason why some libertarians (or objectivists) can’t have nice things.

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Obama and Income Equality

Good stuff by Rich Lowry — think this sentence hits the proverbial nail…

There is no doubt that we long ago exited the economic Golden Age of the mid-20th century, and we aren’t going to return to it. Obama could give a speech about that and never need to make a questionable claim. But he wants to make a case for war.


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More great economic news

So not only is the U.S. labor market hemorrhaging workers, but it looks like luxury foreclosures are soaring.

Don’t expect to hear much about this though.  We’ve already been told what’s ‘good news’.

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