Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009
I ran across this opinion piece by Walter E. Williams this morning and liked it. There is a growing number of states that are beginning to push back against the oppressive hand of the federal government.
“Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today it’s the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George’s actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance — perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that we’ve become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants — has made us easy prey for Washington’s tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit. There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans’ characteristic spirit of rebellion.”
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Educate yourself, Positive News | Tagged: Federal government, Rebellion, State sovereignty, Walter E. Williams | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009
Prelutsky just wants to help liberals get better from the mental illness that has afflicted them. What astounds me is that he was able to keep it to only 12 steps…ok, he made it a baker’s dozen at 13. Here’s my favorite:
“Step #7: Stop using the word “big” as a pejorative. There is nothing intrinsically bad about big oil, big agriculture or big pharmaceuticals. Overall, they do a very good job of keeping our cars on the road, food on our tables and most of us over 60 alive and functioning. On the other hand, big government, which so many liberals simply adore, represents a usurpation of the allegedly inalienable rights of individuals. A quick perusal of the Constitution should convince you that beyond declaring war, forging treaties, overseeing patents, printing money, running the post office, collecting taxes and protecting our borders — and a few other things that Washington doesn’t do at all well these days — the federal government has very limited responsibilities.”
Posted in Conservatism, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Lighthearted amusement | Tagged: 12 step, Big Hollywood, Burt Prelutsky, Liberal, Recovery program, Using "big" as a pejorative | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 9, 2009
Professor Perry has excerpts posted from an article by Charles Platt. He’s a former senior writer for Wired Magazine who, out of curiosity, took an entry level position at Wal-Mart. He’s been blogging about his experience and has some good observations.
“Some people, usually community activists, loath Wal-Mart. Others, like the family of four struggling to make ends meet, are in love with the chain. I, meanwhile, am in awe of it.
The company is rebuked and reviled by anyone claiming a social conscience, and is lambasted by legislators as if its bad behavior places it somewhere between investment bankers and the Taliban.
Considering this is a company that is helping families ride out the economic downturn, which is providing jobs and stimulus while Congress bickers, which had sales growth of 2% this last quarter while other companies struggled, you have to wonder why. At least, I wondered why. And in that spirit of curiosity, I applied for an entry-level position at my local Wal-Mart.”
“Coworkers assured me that the nearest Target paid its hourly full-timers less than Wal-Mart, while fast-food franchises were at the bottom of everyone’s list.
I found myself reaching an inescapable conclusion. Low wages are not a Wal-Mart problem. They are an industry-wide problem, afflicting all unskilled entry-level jobs, and the reason should be obvious. In our free-enterprise system, employees are valued largely in terms of what they can do. This is why teenagers fresh out of high school often go to vocational training institutes to become auto mechanics or electricians. They understand a basic principle that seems to elude social commentators, politicians and union organizers. If you want better pay, you need to learn skills that are in demand.
The blunt tools of legislation or union power can force a corporation to pay higher wages, but if employees don’t create an equal amount of additional value, there’s no net gain. All other factors remaining equal, the store will have to charge higher prices for its merchandise, and its competitive position will suffer.
This is Economics 101, but no one wants to believe it, because it tells us that a legislative or unionized quick-fix is not going to work in the long term. If you want people to be wealthier, they have to create additional wealth.
To my mind, the real scandal is not that a large corporation doesn’t pay people more. The scandal is that so many people have so little economic value. Despite (or because of) a free public school system, millions of teenagers enter the work force without marketable skills. So why would anyone expect them to be well paid?”
It’s a pretty interesting article. I’ve always wondered what it would be like doing one of those under-cover, on-the-inside type of investigations. Do you suppose I could masquerade as a lib?
Posted in Conservatism, Educate yourself | Tagged: Carpe Diem, Charles Platt, Economics, Wal-Mart | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009
Take a peek at Tami Michaels’ blog post from Saturday. Is there any part of life that our esteemed Washington State Legislature will not attempt to stifle, control, restrict or regulate? [For those of you not familiar with Tami, she has a Saturday morning radio show about home improvement and interior design on 770 KTTH Seattle. It’s a lot of fun to listen to if you’re interested in improving the appearance and functionality of your living environment–always a learning experience. Find out more at mynorthwest.com] Tami has issued a call to action because apparently, the Washington State Legislature is going to be considering a bill that would create licensing requirements for interior designers. From Washington Votes.org:
“Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 26, 2009, creates a state board for registered interior designers and sets forth registration procedures and standards of professional practice for registered interior designers. (See also Companion HB 1608).”
Tami’s reasoning for opposing SB 5514 is this:
- “There is no threat to public health and safety from interior design. In 2005, the Washington State Department of Licensing did a sunrise review of interior design legislation and found that no threat existed and that no licensing of interior designers was necessary.
- The state, the economy, homeowners and small businesses can’t afford this legislation. This legislation is a direct threat to the survival of many small businesses, putting jobs at risk – something Washington cannot afford. Customers of interior design services will see costs go up as competition decreases and designers will have to pay unnecessary fees if they actually do qualify. Established firms will go out of business, not because they do poor work or have done something wrong – but simply because they do not meet a very specific set of criteria.
- There is no gap in protection. An umbrella of governmental oversight already protects the public and ensures that those involved in design projects follow the appropriate building codes and laws. Plan reviews, building inspectors, code enforcement officials and licensed professionals (architects, engineers, plumbers, contractors, electricians and others) all verify that any work specified by interior design professionals meets the code and safety requirements enacted to protect the public.”
Do you really need the State of Washington to protect you from interior designers? Honestly! There’s a hearing on this bill scheduled for February 12, 2009. Tami’s blog has all the info you need.
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Government regulation, Home improvement, Interior design, Nanny state, SB 5514, Tami Michaels, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009
I’ve been hearing joyful news-bites this morning about Eric Holder’s confirmation as the first African-American Attorney General. It reminded me of something good that happened on Friday that didn’t get much play in the MSM. Michael Steele was voted in as the new chair of the Republican National Committee. And yes, he is an African-American. That said, it is my opinion that the substance of a person is so much more important than style. Character, principles and the capacity to lead are the criteria by which we should choose our leaders, not race and general “coolness.”
Michael Steele possesses the qualifications and the vision to lead the GOP back to the top. He understands the importance of articulating a clear message of Conservatism. Check out the RNC website for his “Blueprint for Tomorrow.” That’s our guiding plan, guys. He stresses the importance of leading with integrity, clearly defining the difference between Republicans and Democrats and upgrading our strategies to compete in the modern political arena. I have to tell you, I’m optimistic about Michael Steele. I have every hope that he will be a leader for Conservatives, not just party hacks.
Posted in Conservatism, Educate yourself, Future of the GOP, Main Stream Media, Positive News, Slavish media bias | Tagged: Blueprint for Tomorrow, Conservatism, Future of the GOP, Media bias, Michael Steele, MSM, RNC | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 24, 2009
This comes to us courtesy of Dr. Mark Perry of Carpe Diem. If you haven’t looked at Carpe Diem yet, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
I have to admit that the two editorials by Dick Morris did leave me gloomy. So, when I ran across this posting, I had to link to it. Here’s a quick quote:
“Well, why are Americans so gloomy, fearful and even panicked about the current economic slump?
In one of history’s most painful paradoxes, U.S. consumers seem suddenly disillusioned with the American Dream of rising prosperity even as capitalism and democracy have consigned the Soviet Union to history’s trash heap. Hard times are forcing some people to turn their back on the American Dream.”
The question is, which economic slump is this article about? I’m not going to spoil it for you–click on through to Professor Perry’s blog to find out.
Posted in Conservatism, Educate yourself, Main Stream Media | Tagged: Carpe Diem, Dick Morris, Doom and Gloom, Economy | Leave a Comment »