Category Taxes

Occupation Unknown

The beauty of the American Dream is that it’s whatever you make it out to be. If you want to be a graphical designer, you have the freedom to do so. Just like your freedom to be a banker, investor, bartender, hotel manager, trash guy, or business owner. The American Dream lies in liberty, not money or things.

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Can You Here Me Now?

“Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work….When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.” -Frederic Bastiat in The Law

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Ubiquitous Malevolence

If everyone was basically good, if we lived in Utopia, Wikipedia would work. But since politics exists, it doesn’t. They might have a date or an established fact you can get anywhere else, but it’s not a source for objectivity on hot topics. Wait, if Wikipedia is only good for information I can get anywhere else, doesn’t that mean it’s effectively pointless?

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Impetus Deductions

Carter left the Treasury dry with his inflation and spending, it’s impossible to add Carter’s bad revenues to Reagan and legitimately conclude that Reagan had bad revenues. You have to look at revenue growth relative to Presidents as they change their policies. Let’s consider relevant, hard facts. . .

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Dude, China’s So Rad!

Texas tried to do the only sane thing a state could do in the face of the TSA: Ban them. And what happened? A bunch of Feds showed up — probably dressed like mobsters — and threatened to cancel all flights to Texas if the bill passed. What a heart warming story. I wonder if […]

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Impotent Inimical Insanity

The democrats and republicans have spent most of the recent weeks dominating the news with talk of a government shutdown acting like old men arguing about the best placement of the deck chairs on the Titanic. Now they’ve settled: They’re going to narrow down the number of chairs they argue about. Okay, okay, really: They […]

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E-Race Life

All the hubbub surrounding the “victory” of IBM’s computer named “Watson” on Jeopardy! has sparked some of the strangest discussions in public debate.  It’s all so reminiscent of those Sci-Fi movies and TV shows. Watson is IBM’s big machine that calculates the answers to questions, I think they call it the “future.” Some people think […]

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Engendering Deleterious Vexations

Happiness and government seems to be a contradiction in terms. Just like “government efficiency,” or “brave politician.” You can be happy or you can have government. Tax time is coming around and people are getting downright grumpy, it seems like the government reverses the spirit of Christmas… Sort of… It’s easy to watch protests, dictators […]

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The Sky’s the Limit

In June and July “economists” and the Fed told everyone to watch out because of a “deflation risk.” Then suddenly, before you could say “Ben Bernanke” everyone is worried about the Fed and their warning of coming inflation. “[I]nflation surely remains a more serious danger than deflation.” Said George Melloan with the Wall Street Journal. […]

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The Economist — All the Latest Styles and Facists

The Economist tells us that they aim to, “take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.” Which side are they on? The Economist is widely accepted to be one of the best sources for international events abroad. But having read their magazines, I often […]

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Period of Consequences

The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” -Winston Churchill While this quotes context pertained to the days shadowing WWII, it still applies to the U.S.’s unsupportable spending and racking debt. A period of consequences […]

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Rulers Without Measure

The likelihood of Elena Kagan’s approval by the Senate is high, not because she’s qualified, but because she knows the right people, talks the right way and has the right mannerisms. While the people in Washington are often — and correctly — called “the ruling minority,” Angelo M. Codevilla with the American Spectator‘s latest issue […]

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