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Fiscal Free Falling with Paul Krugman

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Deficit spending, Obama-style (with apologies to Michael Ramirez)

On the night before Christmas, Paul Krugman sent a present to all the high spending elves of Congress: When Prophecy Fails. Dr. Krugman would have us believe that those who oppose unrestrained deficit spending are unhinged “cultists.” He make this charge on the curious basis that the economy has not crashed as a result of unfettered federal deficits and mountainous federal debt (at least, not yet). Read more…

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Every Gun is an “Assault Weapon”

Following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we’ve heard the predictable chorus from the left for a reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 or even more stringent gun control measures. As a shooter, gun collector and sportsman, I find myself bemused by the ever evolving definition of “assault weapon,” and amazed by the nonsensical notion that banning such weapons will prevent incidents of mass violence.

The Bushmaster .223 allegedly used by Adam Lanza is only the latest incarnation of the “assault weapon.”

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In fact, nearly every gun I own was designed as an “assault weapon” and used as such at one time militarily.

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Illinoisans in the State of Nature

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down Illinois’ blanket ban on firearms carry for self defense outside the home. Read the decision here. As did Justice Scalia in District of Columbia v. Heller, Circuit Judge Richard Posner relied primarily on an historical analysis of prior law (going back to English Common Law) to support the Court’s decision. While historical analysis is certainly a valid approach to understanding and interpreting the Second Amendment, a larger moral argument can and should be made.

The Declaration of Independence informs us that we humans institute governments to secure our basic, unalienable rights. But what does that mean, really? At what point are you justified in the use of force against another, even to the point of taking another’s life, to protect your own life, and secure your own rights? The answer can be found by examining ourselves as we existed in the “state of nature,” before the advent of organized, formal government.

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Why the Fiscal Cliff is Unavoidable

The Republicans refuse to raise taxes. The president and his party want to raise taxes only on those nasty, conniving, thieving rich people. Who’s in the right? Perhaps neither; maybe it’s all political sophistry. The following graph tells the tale:

Image(courtesy of the custom graph function at Chris Chantrill’s really fun and cool website, www.usgovernmentrevenue.com)

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Howdy from Texas!

1830’s Texas was not a place for the fainthearted. Daily existence was as likely to be experienced in the state of nature, as under the protection of government. The town of Gonzales, capital of the DeWitt colony, found itself the target of repeated raids by fierce warriors of the Comanche, Karankawa, and other native tribes. The town petitioned the federal government in Mexico City to provide protection from the marauding tribes. The answer to the town’s request came in the form of a small cannon.

By 1835, the federalist system of Mexico’s 1824 Constitution had devolved to centralism bordering on totalitarianism. Heavy handed tactics by the central authorities spurred the Texian colonists towards rebellion. As tensions escalated, Mexican Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea demanded the return of the Gonzales cannon. To which the stalwarts of Gonzales, led by Alcalde Andrew Ponton, famously replied, “Come and take it!”

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The Con at the Core of Class Warfare

Yep, Paul Krugman, that worthy of the NY Times, is at it again. In “The Con at the Core of the GOP’s Strategy,” Dr. Krugman suggests Republican posturing on the federal debt and deficit is a con game. Perhaps so, but it’s not the only con game in town, nor even the best. Consider the following gem:

“We are proposing to let those rates [for the rich] go back to Clinton levels. Remember, that was a time of remarkably good economic growth, in this country – very strong private investment, strong job growth, strong broad-based growth in incomes. It was a good time for the American economy. It makes a lot of sense.”
-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Fox News Sunday, 12/2/12

Naturally, Chris Wallace didn’t follow up with the obvious riposte: If higher tax rates generate such economic bounty, why not return to the Clinton tax hike rates for all?

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