thudbits Feb 16 2012

TAXES

Using Other People’s Money.  No matter what it’s called, it’s taxation.  Whether direct, or indirect, such as a levy on the Fed, the banks or the insurance companies, ultimately, we the people, pay, and therefore, it’s a tax.  Rove offers a primer on the subject, with enough examples to make one nauseous.  He leads with the classic Thatcherism, “The problem with socialism is that, eventually, you ‘run out of other people’s money.’

POLITICS

Poetry, prose and vanity.  Obama uses the first two to disguise the third. What?  Obama is all about vanity? Nice column, Bill, with very fitting poem!!

Synthesis of the Liberal philosophy.  “If liberals like it, it’s subsidized; if they don’t, it’s prohibited. And now they can impose their left-wing authoritarianism on the entire country by calling their mandates and prohibitions “insurance.”   Coulter nails it.  She adds her perspective on all sorts of things and activities the government has butted into and screwed up.  When you get right down to it, is there any activity it has intervened in that it not only hasn’t screwed up but wasted millions, billions or more?

I found out today that Idaho hasn’t yet prohibited donating obsolete eye glasses to poor people, as Washington just did.  I just can’t figure out prohibiting charity as a proper role for charity.  In WA, optometrists used to catalog (measure Rx of glasses) and provide free eye tests.  Now, both are illegal.  They do neither in ID, but at least the glasses are available for self service, the same way readers are for purchase at every drug store in the land.

Aviation Security.  Would you rather trust a TSA agent or an armed pilot as the last line of defense of the airplane on which you are a passenger?  You lose; Obama is defunding the lunch money needed to keep pilots having the right to carry.  Pilots, however, do not waste time feeling up children and grandmothers, as well as letting handguns through their checkpoints way too frequently.

Obama’s Budget.  For the second year in a row, US Treasury Secretary calls it “unsustainable.”  That’s almost as powerful as a 97-0 Senate shellacking, last year.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Latvia: What’s my language?  Saturday, a referendum will poll whether Russian should be an official language.  Remember that Latvia was absorbed/occupied and obliterated in 1940 as a consequence of the Hitler-Stalin pact and returned as Latvia only in 1991.  I worked as a consultant for the government in the late 90s.  The Russian language was then and now, everywhere.  Latvians resent it.  But, 2 generations of occupation and immigration don’t disappear overnight.  It’s not as if they could return to the promised land.

ECONOMY

Who Killed the Jobs?  “inefficient spending cannot create jobs. Rather, wasteful spending destroys wealth and thereby destroys jobs, too. That thesis is amply borne out by the experience of recent years.’

 

 

 

 

 

Finally Figured it out  “For a long time conservatives have wondered how Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, otherwise a fairly orthodox conservative, could ever have sponsored that stupid ban on incandescent light bulbs that was in the 2007 energy bill.  Well, it turns out that the new Si swimsuit cover girl, Kate Upton, is his niece.  Now I get it.  The Upton family doesn’t need any bright lights at family gatherings.”  If you don’t know who Kate Upton is, you’ll have to open the link or stop by your newsstand to see if it has any SI Swimsuit issues left.  I am NOT putting a picture of her on my blog.  I saw a clip of the Congressman on TV at breakfast saying it was fun watching her grow up.  He and his brother, Kate’s dad, are apparently close, even living in the same town in MI.

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BA Wesleyan Univ, MBA Univ of Chicago, USAF officer. Commercial real estate: leasing, asset management, consulting, development. Active in civic/ charitable activity. Boards of social service agencies, Urban Renewal Agency. Developer of not-for-private senior housing. 10 years consultant to local Charter School.
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