Archive for January, 2015

Oh, THAT liberal fascism!

January 27, 2015

In case you’ve ever wondered why the country keeps not having those conversations that we need to have about racism/sexism/class/whatever . . .

Jonathan Chait on political correctness version 2.0

This is a money quote

January 20, 2015

I think of myself as egalitarian more than complementarian, to adopt one polarity often used in discussing women in society, but given the current state of national discussion, I could not identify myself as a feminist:

Most young women would like to find a man who loves them, a man who wants to marry them, a man who is willing and able to provide them with a better life than a woman can have by herself.

No matter how much satisfaction she obtains from career achievement, she needs (and no, “need” is not too strong a word for her profound psychological urge) to have the love and support of a man. She wants babies. She wants to find a strong man, a masculine man who loves her so much that he is willing, for her sake, to shoulder the responsibilities inherent in the titles “husband” and “father.”

Feminism is not the solution to that young woman’s problem. [R. S. McCain, “Feminism’s Big Lie”]

Read the whole thing.

(more) Libertarian humor

January 14, 2015

These “What x thinks I do” were the rage awhile back, but I missed this one:

h/t Daniel Mitchell

FDR was right

January 13, 2015

Government employees should not be able to bargain collectively for wages and benefits. It has led to the pension crisis in this country that is going to cause enormous amounts of upheaval and civil disruption. Stephen Moore’s account of what’s going on in Scranton, Penn., is one example, though the number of examples from California make the point more vivid.

My current hometown, Omaha, Neb., for all its midwestern sensibility, has allowed its public employee pensions to get out of control, becoming what Warren Buffett described as a “gigantic financial tapeworm” eating up the resources of its host, the city government, funded of course by the taxpaying private citizens. There does seem to be signs of hopeful progress, as at least one of the unions has agreed to a new contract with pension reforms starting in January 2015. But nationwide, it doesn’t seem the problem is generally improving as a function of government reforms; recent stock market returns have helped, but that’s not a very reliable plan.

The question that nags at me as a citizen, of course, is what happens when the next crash comes and cities start failing?

Quote of the day

January 9, 2015

“As a matter of science, anthropogenic global warming alarmism is finished. It survives, like a dead frog whose legs are still kicking, by virtue of countless billions of dollars in government funding. The warmists will keep up the charade as long as the money holds out.”

John Hinderaker – “EIGHTEEN YEARS, THREE MONTHS WITH NO GLOBAL WARMING

Libertarian humor

January 7, 2015

I’m sympathetic to a lot of the values highlighted by libertarians, but this really made me laugh:

h/t Daniel Mitchell