American Elephants


Nashville is Having a Thousand-Year Flood, and Nobody Noticed! by The Elephant's Child
May 6, 2010, 12:09 pm
Filed under: News | Tags: , ,

Nashville is having a disastrous flood, and with the Gulf Oil Rig Disaster, and the Times Square Car Bomb, it’s relegated to the back pages.  Our deepest sympathy to the good folks of Tennessee.

(h/t: the Corner)



The Regulatory State Wraps You in a Network of Red Tape. by The Elephant's Child

The bigger and more intrusive government becomes, the less that it can do effectively.

Fredrich Hayek, the Austrian-American economist and Nobel Laureate, devoted much of his brilliant career to describing how rationalism could never work.  How can anything good happen.  Hayek asked, if individuals cannot think and act for themselves?  Rules preclude initiative.  Regimentation precludes evolution.  Letting accidents happen, mistakes be made, results in new ideas.  Trial and error is the key to all progress.  The Soviet system of rules and central planning is doomed to failure,  Hayek stated fifty years ago, because it kills the human faculty that makes things work.

ADDENDUM: Alexandria, Virginia residents soon will have to pay for larger home recycling bins featuring  monitoring devices. Also a mandatory $9 charge added to the waste collection fee.  The new recycling carts will be equipped with microchips which will allow the city to keep track of its bins and track residents’ participation in the city’s recycling program.

“If you know who’s participating in the programs, you can focus your education and outreach to those who are not participating.” New bin sizes range from 25 to 65 gallons, replacing the old 18 gallon bins.  Apparently the larger the bin, the more people recycle.  But you will notice that nobody mentions whether the recycled goods are sold, or go straight to the landfill.  Aluminum cans are always recyclable, but other things depend on the market, and there is often no market. Alexandria hopes to raise its current recycling rate from 29 percent to 35 percent.

I recycle.  The yard waste makes good compost which I get to buy back at an exorbitant price after paying to have it taken away.  I hate Nanny Government, and I just learned that the recycling truck drivers (unionized) here, make $125,000, and were striking for higher wages.



Congress Has No Money of Its Very Own. by The Elephant's Child
May 6, 2010, 12:18 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Taxes, The Constitution | Tags: , ,

From Economist Dr. Walter Williams:

“For Congress to guarantee a right to health care, or any other good or service, whether a person can afford it or not, it must diminish someone else’s rights, namely their rights to their earnings.  The reason is that Congress has no resources of its very own.  Moreover, there is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy giving them these resources.  The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces one to recognize that in order for government to give one American citizen a dollar, it must first, through intimidation, threats and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American.  If one person has a right to something he did not earn, of necessity it requires that another person not have a right to something that he did earn.”




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