American Elephants

Small Government Is Best! Here’s Why. by The Elephant's Child

We dastardly Republicans don’t keep saying these things because it’s a habit, or because it’s what we said before, and before, and before (though we did). We don’t say  it because it is an item of faith in our religion. We don’t say it because the big Cheeses in our think tanks told us to say it. We don’t do “talking points.” We say “Small Government is best” because that’s what the evidence shows, and what our own experience teaches us.

If you prefer EPA flyovers every day or two, checking up on how much you are watering, or whether you are growing the right plants, or if you like the BIG size of soft drinks, or if you want to pack your kid’s school lunch yourself because you know what he likes, or if you just like plain old incandescent bulbs, and don’t think it’s anyone’s business how long your shower lasts — well, you get the idea.

Small government is best.

Money, Money, Money: Gimme Some Money! by The Elephant's Child

The President did have a briefing this morning, but then he’s off to Andrews AFB for a flight to New York, where he will interrupt traffic and have several campaign events. The campaign contributions have not come in as generously as last time.

Here’s a list of the top campaign donors to the candidates in the 2012 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate. The money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.  Organization totals include subsidiaries and affilliates.

Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization’s members or employees (and their families).  The organization may support multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors— like EMILY”S List or Club for Growth are big bundlers.

  ROMNEY DONORS                                          OBAMA DONORS

This is revealing. On one side you have Wall Street, Corporations, Investors, and on the other you have Law Firms, the Government, and Academia. I heard on the radio that in the last 13 days, Obama has had fifteen campaign fundraisers. He has had more fundraisers than all previous presidents put together.  I don’t think this list is the same as last election. If you are interested in the rules for campaign contributions, they are here. Please read the rules. It will clear up so much confusion.

That was an ABBA song: “Money,money, money. Must be funny   In the rich man’s world   Money, money, money   Always sunny   In the rich man’s world   Aha-ahaaa
All the things I could do   If I had a little money   It’s a rich man’s world

See envy, below.

Thou Shalt Not Envy, Unless It’s an Election Year! by The Elephant's Child

In the news again, is the decline in the number of U.S. millionaires.  Boston Consulting Group does an annual study of global wealth trends, and the number of millionaire households in the United States fell by 129,000 or 2.5% in 2011.

The current number is a meager 5,134,000.  Millionaire households are defined in the study as those with cash, listed securities and other onshore and offshore assets exceeding $1 million in value, but excluding investors’ businesses, residences and luxury goods. If you have an enormous yacht, it doesn’t count, nor does your house.

Does it matter? The millionaires are suffering (slightly) along with the rest of us. Democrats are especially concerned with  inequality, which they define as the gap between those on the bottom and those on the top — in terms of income. Does cutting the numbers of millionaires help anyone? The growing inequality that Democrats whine about so much is largely caused by a few people becoming fabulously wealthy.

Dr. Sanity, a blogger who is a board certified 35 year psychiatrist, wrote recently about envy. Recent science investigations suggest that envy, a very human evil,  is hardwired into our brains. In a long article, she goes on to say:

The modern Democratic party is almost entirely based on hyping both envy and resentment, and appealing to the worse of human nature. By doing so, they have created destructive and wealth-destroying armies of entitlement whose goal, whether they admit it or not, is actually to destroy wealth and the source of wealth.

Without envy, there would be no Democratic Party today. …

The last thing that the today’s Democrats; or their leftist, Marxist base really want is for the poor to become independent of their virtuous and compassionate largesse. So they must stoke the fires of ENVY and RESENTMENT. They promote class-warfare and try to appeal to the worse aspects of human nature.

They cannot appreciate that capitalism and the free market — when conducted under the rule of law in a free society; and without special privileges granted from corrupt governments — offer a healthy channel for the redirection of negative emotions like envy and resentment and greed into something positive for both the individual and the larger society.

It’s an interesting article, and worth your time. I’m not convinced by the study. I can remember many times confronted with something lovely that I could not possibly afford, thinking “wouldn’t it be nice…” but real envy, eating away at me — never had any. But I don’t think my parents did either. I would suspect that it is learned, and grows under constant repetition, by those who are trying to stir it up for their own purposes.

The Occupy people tried desperately to get us to hate and envy the 1% without much success, probably because we didn’t believe that they were members of any 99% that included us. Yet they learned their class envy and resentment somewhere. And seemed unaware that their iPhones and iPads and fancy tents and sleeping bags told a different story. And their contempt for the hardworking people who had their life savings wrapped up in the little shops that the rioters destroyed, tells a different story as well.

I was looking for an article I had saved, and then inadvertently lost, on Google, and I was startled by the abundance of articles on the number of millionaires, and whether the number was growing or declining. They stretched back for years. Somebody is trying to feed our envy.

The Obama Administration Attacks Our Allies Again. by The Elephant's Child

How would Americans react if France”s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced negotiations should be held between Mexico and The United States over the sovereignty of Texas? This would be similar to Hillary Clinton’s statement in Buenos Aires alongside Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner in March 2010.

We believe that this is a bilateral issue that needs to be worked out directly between Mexico and the United States. That’s what we are encouraging both sides to do” said Acting Under Secretary for Press Affairs at the State Department Mike Hammer during an exchange with reporters on Twitter.

Likewise “we are encouraging Mexico and the US to work this out peacefully, to work it out through negotiations”.

We want very much to encourage both countries to sit down. Now, we cannot make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to proceed. So we will be saying this publicly, as I have been, and we will continue to encourage exactly the kind of discussion across the table that needs to take place.

Insert Britain and Argentina in the previous statement. That is the only thing I changed. In his talks with President Obama in March, David Cameron reportedly got assurances from the White House that Washington would stop pressing for negotiations. Now, after his ghastly gaffe over Nazi death camps in Poland, the President’s State Department is back talking about “negotiations.”

The Falkland Islands are  British Islands. Over 95 percent of the inhabitants of the Falklands are British and want to remain so. A clear-cut case of self-determination. The islands have never been Argentine, though Argentina invaded in 1982, and 250 British servicemen gave their lives to liberate the Falklands. Argentina has no claim to the islands.  Any idea that the British should sit down and negotiate is preposterous. And we are not negotiating over Texas either.

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