Category: "Commentary"

Feeding the Goose 2018

Feeding the Goose 2018

unsplash-logoMartin Pegg

It's time to feed the goose again. Jim Rohn suggests this is a good way of looking at our tax burden. It's the taxes we pay that provide the structure we have to generate the immense wealth that we do in America.

If you want the golden eggs, you must feed the goose.

And I have no problem with this as far as it goes. But we're feeding that goose to pay a debt. $64,000 a person. This is twice the median income for full time workers in the US, but we only have 126 million of those.

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Let the Dreamers Dream

Let the Dreamers Dream

unsplash-logoNitish Meena

It's not the Dreamers, It's the Dream

The wall is bullshit. The problem is not the wall. The problem is that we don't want to pay for you to dream.

The problem is the New Deal. The problem is narratives of victimhood and subsequent entitlement.

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They're not Snowflakes; They're Blockheads

They're not Snowflakes; They're Blockheads

unsplash-logoNina Strehl

It's time to stop calling them snowflakes. It's time to call them what they really are, a bunch of blockheads.

How do I define blockhead? Anyone past the age of three who still thinks the appropriate way to make his point is to rant and scream and call names and then stops up his ears until he finds people who will tell him what he wants to hear. As they grow up, this turns into safe rooms, and teaching and university faculties that all spout a particular narrative and teach it as the truth.

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A Crisis of Meaning/Meanness

A Crisis of Meaning/Meanness

unsplash-logo"My Life Through A Lens"

Let me ask you a question. What do you think about the kid who gets everything he wants, but has nothing but complaints? You know the one. He got a car on his sixteenth birthday (it's the wrong color). He goes to the Caribbean for spring break (he was on the wrong side of the island), Colorado to ski (the snow was so much better last year), and might even made it to Paris in the summer (all it did was rain).

But nothing really makes him happy. He gets too loud, too drunk, too stoned, and if he drives after and gets caught, he'll get bailed out, and complain he can't drive for six months, but probably does anyway.

Now let's take this guy: Single mom, mostly gets enough food, tickled with a new pair of sneakers on Christmas (the rest is hand-me-downs), as soon as he's old enough, takes an after school job so he can have a little bit of spending money, and some of that goes to helping out at home.

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Thank You President Trump

Thank You President Trump

It's really simple, and President Trump got it at least 90% right.

Warning: I didn't feel like helping it. My language has got a bit colorful here. If you are sensitive to mild cuss-words, please refrain from reading further.

I read this New York Times article a few days ago. You'll notice the left leaning hand wringing about this “sensitive issue.” You'll notice the doubts about whether this will help or hinder.

There is no doubt. This will help. If you want to get on with negotiations, you get the “sensitive” issues out of the way. If the other side will not negotiate in good faith, you settle the issues you can, and offer them again to come to the table. If they keep refusing, you keep settling issues. At some point in time, they get it might make sense to show up at the table.

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