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THE WORLDWIDE PROBLEM OF TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The International Monetary Fund announced this past week that it expects world GDP growth to be only 2.9 percent this year. This is below the 3.2 percent in 2012, which was below the 30-year average of about 3.6 percent, and far below the one-of-the-best recent four-year periods, from 2004 to 2007, when it averaged 5.1 percent.

The differences may seem small, but the rate of GDP growth determines how quickly global poverty declines and real incomes rise.

Real global growth has declined owing to government spending growing faster than the private sector in much of the world, mounting environmental and financial regulation whose costs far exceed the benefits, and monetary policies forcing misallocation of capital in the major economies.

In other words, what's wrong with America's economy is not unique -- it's what's wrong with much of the entire world.
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DON’T OBSESS ABOUT THE LIFE YOU THINK YOUR KIDS HAVE TO HAVE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 17 October 2013

It's natural to want good things for our kids. We want them to grow into strong, good people; we want them to have work they love that enables them to live well; we want them to find good friends and a wonderful mate with whom they can grow a wonderful, loving life. We want them to succeed.

There is an expression of this natural sentiment, though, that I'm seeing more of and it troubles me.  I have talked with people who are freaking out because their 5 year old isn't measuring up, or their 10 year old might not be able to get into the top preparatory Jr. High School that will feed into the top preparatory High School that will get them into the top university.

It's not that these parents see certain talents in their kids, and support them to do their best and to flourish. It's different than that.  This is not about flourishing, or living a happy, successful life; it's obsessing about getting into a club. And, I fear, more accurately, that this club is a particularly seductive and dangerous one.  Here's why.
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THE DANCING BARASHIVA Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 18 October 2013

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This symbol combines Barashiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of life as we know it. The flaming wheel represents the never-ending circle of progress dotted with violence and destruction. Multiple hands serve to point in various directions, one of which is always correct after the fact.

Barashiva holds in his upper right hand the megaphone of community organizer.

His upper left hand holds the fire of the revolution that will destroy capitalism.

With his front left hand...
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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/11/13 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 11 October 2013

Gunwalker.  Benghazi.  IRS audits.  NSA surveillance.  All are overshadowed by Smokey the Bear becoming a Nazi, thinks the Weekly Standard.
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By refusing to pay death benefits to the loved ones of service members killed in action, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found a way to be more despicable that the National Socialist Parks Service.  * * * *

Zero is a lot more fond of the Muslim Brotherhood than he is of vets or our troops.  He's planning to slash aid to Egypt as punishment for ousting his buddy Mohamed Morsi. * * * *

The problems that plague Healthcare.gov aren't going to be fixed anytime soon, because, experts told the Washington Post, the "root cause is not simply a matter of flawed computer code but rather the government's habit of buying outdated, costly and buggy technology." A Canadian firm got a sole source contract for $634 million to build it, so the worst built Web site ever is also the most expensive ever.
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Gun rights advocates in Colorado have begun collecting signatures to recall a third state senator, Evie Hudak, who represents a district in the suburbs north of Denver. "Hudak's district is more conservative than either Morse's or Giron's," notes the Washington Post.
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North Korea has opened a luxury ski resort.  The Swiss are "human rights abusers," the Norks say, because the Swiss won't sell them ski lifts.
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Both sides are losing in the shutdown showdown, but Republicans are suffering most.
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GUADALCANAL IN AMERICA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  Idyllic, isn't it?  Everybody's dream of a South Seas island paradise.  But it wasn't in 1943.  On a moonless night back then, an American PT boat was tracking a Japanese convoy.  All ships were "running dark" with no lights.  Suddenly, a Japanese destroyer was on top of the PT boat, ramming it before the crew could get their boat out of the way.

Their boat sunk, the crew swam to this island, and were subsequently rescued.  An insignificant tale, save for the fact that the PT boat was numbered 109 and captained by Navy Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, who 17 years later would become President of the United States.  That's why the name of the island is Kennedy Island.  (The original native name is Kisolo.)

One can only imagine the rage, disgust, and contempt he would feel over his successor's treatment of his fellow World War II veterans by physically preventing them from visiting the memorials that honor them in Washington.  You have to think he'd say it's time for a Battle of Guadacanal to liberate America.
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THE MUSIC HAS STOPPED FOR BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA, CHINA, AND THE EURO Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

The International Monetary Fund has thrown in the towel on emerging markets. After years of talking up the BRICS club of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, it now admits that these countries have either exhausted their catch-up growth models, or run into the time-honored problems of supply bottlenecks and bad government. Yes, China too.

The Fund has cut its forecast for the developing economies by 0.5% to 4.5% this year in its latest World Economic Outlook, and by 0.4% to 5.1% next year.

The 2013 estimates have been slashed by 1.8% for India, for Mexico by 1.7%, and 1% in Russia, compared to forecasts made in April. Similar damage is expected for Turkey, Indonesia, Ukraine, and others with big trade deficits as details are fleshed out.

In what amounts to a mea culpa, the IMF hinted that it had for long been blind to festering problems in the BRICS and mini-BRICs.

It said the economies of Brazil, China, and India will be 8% to 14% smaller in 2016 than had been assumed just two years ago, a revision that calls into question some of the giddiest claims that the newcomers will soon surge past the decaying West. But the West, especially Europe's eurozone, is rapidly decaying just the same.
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IT'S TIME TO CRUSH CLIMATE ALARMISTS Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

With the release of its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it cannot be taken seriously.  A sample of reasons why:

IPCC lead author Dr Richard Lindzen has accused it of having "sunk to a level of hilarious incoherence."   *Paul Matthews has found a very silly graph; Steve McIntyre has exposed how the IPCC appears deliberately to have tried to obfuscate the unhelpful discrepancy between its models and the real world data; and this latest from Christopher Booker.

Now, of course, I fully appreciate how the climate alarmists are going to respond to these criticisms: same way they always do - with a barrage of lies, ad homs, cover-ups, rank-closings, blustering threats, straw men, and delusion-bubble conferences like the one they've just staged at the Royal Society in which one warmist pseudo-scientist after another mounts the podium to reassure his amen corner that everything's going just fine and that those evil denialists couldn't be more wrong.

There is more than enough solid evidence now to demonstrate to any neutral party that the doomsday prognostications the warmist establishment has been trying to frighten us with these last two decades are nonsense.

The man-made global warming scare story has not a shred of scientific credibility. It's over. And while I don't expect the alarmists to admit this any time soon, I do think the rest of us should stop indulging them in their poisonous fantasy.  It's time to crush them instead.
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THE REAL DANGER IN THE DEBT CEILING KABUKI DANCE ISN'T DEFAULT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 10 October 2013

The steps and gestures in the debt ceiling “kabuki dance” are the same whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat. When the president asks for an increase, the opposition party scolds him for poor fiscal management.

Lawmakers who approved the spending that make it necessary vote against raising the debt ceiling so they’ll have a “fiscally responsible” vote to show constituents.

Republican presidents asked for 49 of the 78 debt limit hikes since 1960. When a Democrat president seeks one, the news media are filled with alarums Republicans in Congress “hold America hostage” and “flirt with default” if they try to couple it with spending restraint.

Default would be bad. It would be worse if a giant meteor struck the earth, yet there is no media furor over meteor strikes. The odds a debt ceiling dispute would trigger default may be more remote than a meteor strike.
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GOVERNMENT WORKERS SHOULD NOT BE A PRIVILEGED CLASS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Should government employees have privileges and legal immunities that the rest of us do not have? The government shutdown battle is, in part, a dispute about the extra subsidies members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get from Obamacare.

Civilian government employees often whine about the lack of respect they receive from their fellow Americans. Part of the antipathy many feel toward the government class is because they, on average, are paid more, receive more benefits, are almost impossible to fire, and are rarely penalized for abusive, rude and even illegal conduct that would get civilian workers fired, fined and, in some cases, sent to jail.

It can be argued that it is unfair to paint all government workers with a charge that they are impertinent slackers when, in fact, many government employees work very hard and take many risks to help their fellow Americans. If civilian government employees were put on a more level playing field, where the real slackers and abusers were either fired or forced to shape up, the respect for all government employees would grow.

So what can be done to achieve this?
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OUR PETULANT, STUPID, SPITEFUL THUG OF A PRESIDENT Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

The presidency is a "bully pulpit," said Teddy Roosevelt.

"For Roosevelt, ‘bully' was an adjective meaning ‘excellent' or ‘first-rate' -- not the noun ‘bully' (‘a blustering browbeating person') that's so common today," the Merriam-Webster dictionary explains.  For Barack Hussein Obama, "bully" has the more common meaning.

To make the reality of the "shut-down" comport with his apocalyptic rhetoric, Mr. Obama is inflicting as much pain as he can on ordinary Americans. He's ordered all national parks closed -- including more than 100 privately staffed parks which make money for the government.

Mr. Obama's choices make it clear he's acting out of petulant spite. 
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NEVER NEGOTIATE WITH A TERRORIST Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 11 October 2013

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HALF-FULL REPORT 10/04/13 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 04 October 2013

The Obamacare rollout was FUBAR.  That's the acronym for F(ouled) Up Beyond All Recognition.
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Tom Clancy, "the military's Boswell," died Tuesday night at Johns Hopkins University hospital in Baltimore.  He was 66.
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Last week, Republicans were at each other's throats.  This week, Republicans watched in delighted amazement as Democrats made blunder after blunder.
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Things are looking up for the GOP candidates for the Senate in New Jersey and for governor in Virginia.
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Capitol police shot to death Thursday an apparently deranged woman from Connecticut when she tried to drive her black Infinity sports coupe into the Hart Senate Office building.
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Dingy Harry declared Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Tex, joint Speaker of the House.  That's mostly nonsense, but in one way it's true, because Cruz deserves credit for the excellent idea for the House to send to the Senate bill after bill to fund parts of the government
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The CIA's effort to train "moderate" rebels in Syria is, ah, a government program.  Max Boot sums up the strategy - imposed upon the Company by the White House - as "Go out and risk your lives for a stalemate."
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A CHRISTIAN ISLAND IN A MOSLEM OCEAN Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Dili, Timor-Leste.  East of Bali, west of New Guinea, and north of Australia is an island called Timor.  The western half belongs to Indonesia.  The eastern half did too, but no longer.  There are only two Christian countries in all of Asia.  One is the Philippines.  The other is here, the new nation, independent since 2002 after a horrific struggle, of Timor-Leste or East Timor.

You might wonder how this place became Christian surrounded by the world's largest Moslem country - Indonesia.  There are over 200 million Moslems in Indonesia which is almost three times the size of Texas, and only 1 million East Timorese on half an island the size of Connecticut.  But it turns out that Christianity came to this part of the world before Islam.

The Timorese had to suffer unimaginable horrors to achieve their sovereign Christian freedom.  It's a heroic saga and ought to be inspirational for us.  Here is their story.
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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD SHUTDOWN? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 03 October 2013

This is the 18th time since 1977 the federal government has been "shut down," which suggests Democrats and journalists exaggerate the harm they do.

Democrats are so confident this "shut-down" will end as that one did, they're refusing to negotiate with Republicans.  But even if Republicans lose this battle, they're poised to win the war.

Few Americans are hurt by the "shut-down." All essential services go on. Checks go out for Social Security and other entitlement programs. 

Mainly impacted are the roughly 800,000 (of 2.1 million) federal employees deemed "non-essential," who are put on unpaid leave.  Democrats get most of their campaign funds from public employee unions, so don't expect Republicans to shed tears for furloughed workers.
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HOORAY FOR THE SHUTDOWN! IT'S ATLAS SHRUGGED IN REVERSE Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Thursday, 03 October 2013

Bad news, everyone: the panda cam at Washington zoo has fallen victim to the US government shutdown.

Where before, US taxpayers (everyone else too: thanks US taxpayers!) were free any time of day or night to watch the pandas do exciting things like pacing around, sleeping and chewing bamboo on special government-funded spy cameras, now all they see is a black screen and an error message.

Sad, isn't it?

But I don't mean sad as in "Oh no you can't see the pandas." I mean sad that Western civilization has reached such a pitch of decadence that we consider it normal, acceptable even, for the government to confiscate our earnings through the tax system and squander it on fripperies like panda-viewing web cams.

Thus one of the most delicious ironies of this latest shutdown is that it's a curious inversion of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.
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