A Public Service


By:    Thomas Sowell

A Public Service

Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is.

The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association’s “fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.”

Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light of day in the New York Times or the rest of the mainstream media — show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year, without having to pull the trigger.

If someone comes at you with a knife and you pull out…

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Trump’s Border Wall: The Bill Was Passed and Signed Into Law

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One of the main issues that propelled Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to victory was the promise of a wall being built at the United States border with Mexico. The response by the news media, their favorite Democratic politicians and illegal-immigration advocates was astounding, with newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet awash in comments that Trump was a racist, a bigot, and a xenophobic bully.

But the truth — noticeably avoided by the media — is that the U.S. Congress passed a bill and it was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006 ordering a wall to be built at the U.S.-Mexican border and more Border Patrol agents should be hired for the Southern border.

“The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, required DHS to complete construction by December 31, 2008, of either 370 miles or other mileage determined by the…

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End Food Stamps as Part of a Federalist Agenda to Decentralize Redistribution Programs

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Learning from the tremendous success of welfare reform during the Clinton Administration, the entire Washington-based welfare state should be junked.

It’s a complicated and costly mess that traps poor people in dependencywhile ripping off taxpayers and creating very comfortable lives for “poverty pimps.”

It would be much simpler (and more effective) to simply take all the money that’s now being spent on these programs and send it to the states as part of a “block grant” and let them figure out how best to help poor people without some of the negative consequences caused by the current plethora of programs.

I’ve previously written about how this would be a very desirable reform of Medicaid. Today, let’s build upon some previous analysis and explain why it would be good to get Washington out of the business of Food Stamps.

Let’s start with the fact that the program…

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Shut Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Unleash the Free Market

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Remember the financial crisis and market meltdown from late last decade? That wasn’t a fun time, and we’re still dealing with some of the fallout.

Let’s specifically look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two privately owned but government-created housing finance institutions (also known as government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs). Fannie and Freddie receivedgiant bailouts during the crisis, but they weren’t shut down. Instead, they have continued to operate, continued to benefit from implicit government subsidies, and continued to dominate housing finance because of their government-protected status.

Under the conditions of the bailouts, however, the excess cash generated by this government-subsidized duopoly have gone to the Treasury rather than to shareholders (incidentally, I wrote “excess cash” rather than “profit” because I think of the latter as money that is fairly earned in a competitive marketplace, whereas the earnings of the GSE’s are the result of an artificial…

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The Lavish Life of Overcompensated Bureaucrats

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Yesterday I shared some very good news about Brazil adopting a spending cap.

Today, I also want to share some good news, though it’s not nearly as momentous.

Indeed, it’s not even good news. Instead, it’s just that some bad news isn’t as bad as it used to be.

I’m referring to the fact that the nation’s capital region used to be home to 10 of the nation’s 15-richest counties.

That was back in 2012, and I viewed it as a terrible sign that the DC area was packed with overpaid bureaucrats, oleaginous rent seekers, and government cronies, all of whom were enjoying undeserved wealth financed by hard-working taxpayers from the rest of America.

Well, now for the “good news.”

Terry Jeffrey has a column for CNS News about the current concentration of wealth in the national capital area.

The four richest counties in the United States, when measured…

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Gun Control Advocates Work to Retool Their Demand for Infringements | Give Me Liberty

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H/T Bearing Arms. I do not think these chicken littles will make any headway in red states. I know they will not get any traction in the Indiana legislature. Now that their candidate has officially…

Source: Gun Control Advocates Work to Retool Their Demand for Infringements | Give Me Liberty

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The US is Officially a Banana Republic: the CIA is trying to topple the Government


Regardless, we have moved another step towards what looks more and more like another US civil war… It’s not a long trip, now that we are a Banana Republic.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThey’d better hurry up and get ‘er started or else I’m gonna be too old to do anything but load magazines for my grand kids. — jtl, 419

There’s an electoral coup underway.via Global Guerrillas

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute  The number of potentially faithless Republican electors is now up to 50, more than enough to deny Trump the votes he needs for an EC win and/or give Hillary Clinton the votes she needs to win.The stealth effort, led by liberals who believe Trump is a danger to the US, has been underway since the election.That effort only gained traction with Republican electors when the CIA leaked that Russia had intervened in the US election to help Trump win.

Combat Shooter's HandbookOf course, the timing…

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Term limits for CONgresscritters

Barack Obama: Moving Lips

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Mr. Obama in the act... Mr. Obama in the act…

Among the things Americans—at least those willing to pay attention and accept actual evidence—have learned about Barack Obama is the one certain way to tell when he is lying is when his lips are moving. He also blames everyone else for his failings. He has only recently stopped–mostly—blaming George W. Bush for every real and imagined debacle. During the last few months of his presidency, Mr. Obama is desperate to preserve any facet of his legacy (go here to see Victor Davis Hanson’s take on that). In that pursuit, Mr. Obama is reaching new depths of deception, as Townhall.com reports: 

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A Republic If You Can Keep It!

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Anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall immediately after the U.S. Constitution was signed to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. According to Constitution signer James McHenry, a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin,

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Indeed, we are a republic, not a democracy as many would claim these days. Our Founders were steeped in World History and understood that, as Plato wrote in his Republic, tyranny can arise from democracyDr. Kuehnelt-Leddihn, a European scholar, linguist, world traveler, and lecturer, wrote in 1988 about “Democracy’s Road to Tyranny.” Click here for his description of three “organic” pathways for this unwelcome evolution to occur. It is worth a few minutes of your time to read.


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