The Left’s Siren Song of Coerced Equality

International Liberty

Since I can’t even keep track of schools of thought on the right (libertarians, traditional conservatives, neocons, reform conservatives, compassionate conservatives, Trump-style populists, etc), I’m not going to pretend to know what’s happening on the left.

But it does appear that something significant – and bad – is happening in the statist community.

Traditionally, folks on the left favored a conventional welfare state, which revolved around two components.

  1. Means-tested programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating poverty (e.g.., Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, etc).
  2. Social-insurance programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating sickness, unemployment, and aging (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc).

This agenda was always a bad idea for both macro and micro reasons, and has become a very bad idea because of demographic changes.

But now the left has expanded its goals to policies that are far more…

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An Open Letter to Meryl Streep

Socialism is not the Answer

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Dear Ms. Streep,

Congratulations on your award last night. You’ve had a long and successful career. Bravo for you. I’m sorry to say, I personally don’t like your films or your acting, but I guess I’m just another deplorable who watches football and “mixed” martial arts when John Wayne movies aren’t on TV.

In typical Hollywood tradition, you used your moment in the spotlight on stage to bash President-Elect Trump and soon to be President Trump.

As Jackie Gleason said, “How sweet it is…”

Your little tirade on stage consisted of a myriad of criticisms launched against Mr. Trump. In true liberal fashion, they were filled with emotion and fury and signified nothing.

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The Petulant Child Chronicles

Indyfromaz's Blog: The Thoughts of An Independent Arizonan

With 10 days left to complain and whine in Office, so he can whine and complain out of office incessantly, the Narcissist-In-Chief is pouting again.

WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Friday that criticism from the left wing of his own Democratic Party helped feed into the unpopularity of Obamacare, his signature health care reform law.

Obama has been spending part of his last two weeks in office urging supporters to speak out against plans by Republicans – who will soon control both the White House and Congress – to dismantle the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

At a town hall event with Vox Media, Obama acknowledged the politics have been stacked against his reforms, mainly blaming Republicans who he said refused to help make legislative fixes to Obamacare, which provides subsidies for private insurance to lower-income Americans who do not have healthcare plans at work.

But Obama also said liberals…

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World’s Best-Ever Receipt and a Serious Lesson about Tax Visibility

International Liberty

I don’t often use the literary tactic of referring to something as the “best-ever.” Indeed, the only time that phrase appeared in the title of a column was back in 2014 when I smugly wrote about the collapse of government-run single-payer healthcare in Vermont. Recalling what Justice Brandeis wrote about states being the “laboratories of democracy,” I asserted that the disaster in the Green Mountain State taught the entire nation a valuable lesson about the dangers of bad policy and that this was the “best-ever argument for federalism.”

Well, it’s time to once again use this superlative because consumers in California get the “best-ever receipt” when they make purchases at Firearms Unknown. Here’s the example that’s gone viral, and I’ve highlighted the relevant portion that gives an amusing description of California’s onerous sales tax.

By the way, not everything you see on the Internet is true (yes…

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

THAT'S WHAT I'M SCREAMING

By:   D.W.  Wilbur

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

While pondering the last days of Barack Obama as president of the United States – not something entered into lightly considering that wasting one’s time pondering the intricacies of the digestive process of a clam is more rewarding – but nonetheless watching the Obama Administration in its death throes one is reminded of the old saying about ‘doors slamming against posteriors.’

Certainly one would expect any president to remain on the job right up until the appointed time when the satchel with the nuclear codes is passed off to his successor, but one normally doesn’t expect to see such a flurry of last minute activity in an outgoing administration as we are now seeing with Barack Obama.

With his recent hissy fit over the supposed Russian interference in our November elections, the knifing in the back of Israel, our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle…

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It Ain’t Over

Indyfromaz's Blog: The Thoughts of An Independent Arizonan

You know in your heart that the Left has learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING  about their humiliating defeat. They learned nothing after 2010. They are not capable of it.

They are impervious to learning any valuable lessons. They just think us Neanderthals cheated or they weren’t pure enough and dedicated enough to beat us. It’s our fault they lost, not theirs.

They STILL want a word of “diversity” where you have no choice but do everything they want, when they want, because they want. They are very “tolerant” of that.

I wish I could tell you that, having dodged the naggy bullet that was Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit, we can now spend the next four years being left alone. But that’s not in the cards. Liberals won’t – because they can’t – pause to reflect on how they should stop being such insufferable jerks and live with us normals in peace and…

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Obama finalizes Social Security gun ban ‘rule’

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

Obama is dropping a whole lot of goodies down our chimney before he exits. As if selling Israel down the tubes at the UN with the latest abstention vote wasn’t enough to rile us, let’s tool up the gun rights folks. Of course SS folks are in the news everyday, brandishing their weapons. I was chewing on raw hide all weekend wanting to post this but did not in respect for Christmas. Here tis:

On Monday the Obama administration finalized a Social Security gun ban that could prevent “tens of thousands” of law-abiding elderly citizens from purchasing guns for self-defense.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that the ban would be sweeping; that it would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons–from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”

Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if…

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I’ve got to put this map up again

Cmblake6's Weblog

Can you believe that those few blue spots are so populated that they were supposed to have made the decision for all that huge swath of red? Thank God for the electoral college, and, at that, how was the electoral vote anywhere near as close as it was?

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Refugee Admissions Surge 86% YoY As Obama Rushes Arrivals Ahead Of Trump Inauguration

Mountain Republic

Nothing like completely ignoring the will of the American people to pursue your own agenda

In the first 84 days of the 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 – December 23, 2016), the Obama administration has accepted 25,584 refugees into the United States, according to data provided by the State Department.  Per Breitbart, compared to the same period in FY2016, that represents an 86% increase year-over-year.  And while we were expecting a large increase in refugee admittances in 2017 (see “Hillbama Administration Plans To Admit At Least 110,000 Refugees In 2017“), the ~30% increase that Secretary John Kerry estimated back in September is looking like a fairly modest increase now compared to actual numbers.

And while the new Trump administration will likely slow the rate of the new arrivals after taking office next month, the current Obama run-rate puts us on track to blow through the…

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The Local Government Extortion Racket

International Liberty

What do Andy Johnson, Anthony Smelley, the Hammond family, Charlie Engle, Tammy Cooper, Nancy Black, Russ Caswell, Jacques Wajsfelner, Jeff Councelller, Eric Garner, Martha Boneta, James Slatic, Carole Hinders, Salvatore Culosi, and James Lieto, as well as the Sierra Pacific Company and the entire Meitev family have in common?

They are all victims of brutal, unfair, capricious, and evil government actions. And I challenge anyone to read their stories and not feel at least some degree of outrage at their mistreatment.

And now we’re going to add Corey Statham to the list. The New York Times has an all-too-typical report of government greed and callousness.

Corey Statham had $46 in his pockets when he was arrested in Ramsey County, Minn., and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released two days later, and the charges were…

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