Issue CCXIV

October 24-26, 2009

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Economics
Medicare: The Mammoth in the Living Room:
Judy Kopulos
October 24, 2009
Our country is broke! The reason? The government’s “creative accounting” system, that has allowed us to deceive ourselves into thinking that we can perpetually afford gargantuan social programs, is now starting to blow up in our faces. The enormous amount of unfunded debt for entitlement programs has reached a critical level that has the whole world worried that the US is going under. Judy Kopulos writes that Medicare has brought our country to its economic knees, and nothing short of privatization of the health care system will save us. If we start by agreeing that we want to save our liberty, and acknowledging the facts, the path will become clear. Truth is always our ally and the only way to a real resolution.

Ethics
Life: Your Adventure in Entrepreneurship:
David Kelley
October 26, 2009
The entrepreneurial spirit is the spirit of enterprise: ambition to succeed, initiative in taking action, alertness to opportunity. It means being proactive rather than reacting to events and opportunities as they come along. It involves a full acceptance of the responsibility for initiating action to achieve one's goals, and for dealing with the consequences that arise as one does so. The managerial spirit is prepared to do likewise, but only up to a point. It is the attitude: "I'll take responsibility for achieving my goals—if someone else provides the opportunities and the necessary means. I'll work hard—if someone gives me a job. I'll take responsibility for the consequences of my actions—if I don't play by the rules, I won't expect rewards, but someone else has to make sure that the rules are enforced." This essay by Dr. David Kelley compares and contrasts the managerial and the entrepreneurial outlooks. 

Politics
Climate Change is Obama's Iraq:
Marita Noon
October 24, 2009
On the same day that Obama was presenting his dramatic message to the UN, the New York Times published an article acknowledging “global temperatures have been relatively stable for a decade and may drop in the next few years.” Clearly the debate is not as one-sided as our leadership wants us to believe. While Obama and his “alarmist” science czar, John Holdren, are moving forward, the polls repeatedly show lack of public and scientific support. Aggressive climate change measures rank last on almost any list of current crises; people do not think the issue is one on which our government should be focused. Marita Noon predicts that climate change will be Obama’s Iraq.

Environmental Facts the Greens Will Never Mention:
Tom DeWeese
October 24, 2009
Compact fluorescent light bulbs, mandated to replace the century-old reliable incandescent bulb (at four times the cost) contain poisonous liquid mercury over 300 times the EPA’s standard accepted safety level. In addition, days after a bulb has been broken, vacuuming or simply crawling across the carpeted floor where the bulb was broken can cause mercury vapor levels to shoot back upwards of 100 times the accepted level of safety. Tom DeWeese writes that  conventional environmentalists will never mention this and many other environmental facts that imply that environmentalist policies are bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and bad for our lives.

"Globally Acceptable Truth" and the Crime of Thinking:
Tom DeWeese
October 24, 2009
There is an all-out, vicious attack on anyone who doesn’t respond properly: ridicule, intimidation, public shunning, destruction of careers, removal from public meetings. All await those who express thoughts outside the politically-correct box. Why? Why the hatred? Why the venom? Why the intolerance to what used to be called a “personal opinion” or political debate? Tom DeWeese believes that we are witnessing an all-out drive to impose thought control that seeks to ban the ability – the right to think or speak for oneself. Thinking is becoming a crime.

Taking Away Your Choice:
Alan Caruba
October 25, 2009
The U. S. government has decided that, in 2012, you can no longer choose to purchase and use Thomas Edison’s iconic invention, the 100-watt incandescent light bulb. By 2014, all such bulbs will be banned from sale. That’s right; they will vanish from the shelves of supermarkets and other outlets. At this time, the U. S. government is also debating taking away your choice to purchase health insurance—or to not purchase it. If it gets its way, everyone, old and young, healthy or ill, everyone will have to buy health insurance—most likely the brand issued by the government, because it will drive most present insurance companies out of business. Alan Caruba believes that these coercive removals of choice are so un-American as to defy belief.


Iran: At War With Us for Thirty Years:

Alan Caruba
October 25, 2009
According to Alan Caruba, Iran has been at war with the United States for thirty years. From the earliest days of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, its leaders were determined to acquire nuclear weapons and the missiles with which to deliver them. From the beginning, America was always identified as Iran’s greatest enemy, the “Great Satan,” while Israel was called the “Little Satan.” Mr. Caruba believes that, in the near future, the Israeli government will have no choice other than to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities.


Freedom is Slavery (1953):
Ludwig von Mises
October 25, 2009
In this classic 1953 essay, Ludwig von Mises noted that one of the most remarkable features of our age is the propensity toward changing the meaning of political terms. A semantic revolution converts the sense traditionally attached to words into its opposite. George Orwell has ingeniously described this tendency in his 1984. The second of the three slogans of Oceania's party says, "Freedom Is Slavery." In the opinion of the "progressive" intellectuals, Orwell's dictum is the talk of a hysteric; nobody, they shout, has ever ventured to utter such a nonsensical proposition. Unfortunately the facts belie their denial. There prevails in the writings of many contemporary authors the disposition to represent every extension of governmental power and every restriction of the individual's discretion as a measure of liberation, as a step forward on the road to liberty.

Anything Less Than Full Disclosure is Unacceptable:
Ron Paul
October 26, 2009
With the economy in shambles, people are looking for answers - not just because of lost savings on Wall Street, but because of lost houses on Main Street. Because of the many problems we face, the Federal Reserve and its powers over the economy have come under scrutiny.  This translates into a lot of political pressure on Congress.  With all the House Republicans signed on as co-sponsors and over half of the Democrats, Ron Paul's bill to audit the Federal Reserve, H.R. 1207, has enormous bipartisan support.  It would be disingenuous for Washington not to embrace the principles behind this bill after all the promises for transparency.  How can one credibly argue for more transparency in government in one breath and defend the secrecy of the Federal Reserve in the next? 

Obama's Communists:
Alan Caruba
October 26, 2009
Alan Caruba believes that there are significant communist influences in the Obama administration. Obama is completely at home with communists, but is ironically being attacked by the nation’s far Left for not fulfilling their dream of the complete transformation of the nation from capitalism to socialism fast enough. The destruction of the nation’s economy is necessary to complete the transformation, and it is only the outrage and protests of Americans that will save us from a fate that has been and remains the goal of the nation’s communist enemies.


"Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day." 
~ Benjamin Franklin