What Has Charlotte to Do with Jerusalem?

The Democrats have removed reference to God—specifically, to God-given rights—from the Democratic Party Platform. They’ve also removed recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is hugely important, and not for the reasons that most people think. The first is not just an expression of secularism, which has been integral to the Democratic Party for decades. It’s a full embrace of Rousseau, and a … Continue reading What Has Charlotte to Do with Jerusalem?

Tax Fairness

The President says he wants the wealthy to pay their fair share. What would that be? He never says. How would one decide whether a given level of taxation is fair? He never says. Neither do his supporters, who are remarkably calalier about the theoretical foundations of their policy positions. Let’s start by asking, Who pays how much now? And let’s consider not just federal … Continue reading Tax Fairness

Presidential Plunder

Throughout human history, people have had to worry about plunder. Foreign tribes might attack and plunder their villages, stealing their goods and perhaps even their women and children. Pirates might plunder their ships. Their own leaders might plunder them through excessive taxation or seizure of lands. The Obama administration, bringing that old concept into the 21st century, has excelled at exactly one thing—plunder. Its signal … Continue reading Presidential Plunder

Bayesian Birtherism?

Jason Kissner uses Bayes’s theorem to analyze the impact the 1991-2007 literary agency’s statement that Obama was born in Kenya should have on rational probability assignments. Even if one starts by assigning a very high probability to the assertion that Obama was born in the United States, reasonable assignments to the likelihood that an agent would claim him to have been born in Kenya if … Continue reading Bayesian Birtherism?

The First Post-Modern President

Doug Ross gives a terrific rundown of Barack Obama’s historic firsts: Yes, he’s historic, alright. • First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government • First President to Violate the War Powers Act • First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels • First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against … Continue reading The First Post-Modern President

If the United States were a business….

our stock price would be plummeting. That’s the upshot of this report, which is worth studying. The beginning: Our country is in deep financial trouble. Federal, state and local governments are deep in debt yet continue to spend beyond their means, seemingly unable to stop. Our current path is simply unsustainable. That’s what the Tea Parties have been all about. And that’s what the Left … Continue reading If the United States were a business….

That’s with a “T”, not an “L”

It seems like yesterday that the Obama campaign was mocking [disabled war hero victim of torture] Senator John McCain for not being able to use a keyboard.  And it seems like just a few minutes ago, the first crisis the Secret Service had to handle was when BO dropped his Bubble-Busting Blackberry. Well, all that too-cool-for-you cutting edge techno savvy networking is soooo 2009.  The … Continue reading That’s with a “T”, not an “L”

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

I saw “Borat” and I regretted it, until now.  Is Barack Obama really sure that Sasha Barron Cohen wasn’t on the other side of this conversation? President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office. The remarks came as … Continue reading Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan