Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Freedom, Islam, Middle East, Politics, Terrorism | Tags: Egypt, Islamic Anger, Libya
Pat Condell, British comedian and political commentator is not one to be put off by excessive politenesse. He’s inclined to speak his mind, and it’s always refreshing to get a little clarity, or one might say political sanity.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Freedom, Politics, The United States, YouTube | Tags: Harrison Bergeron, Obama Campaign Media Wing, Redistribution of Wealth
This particular video is causing some outrage among the media wing of the Obama Campaign. “What’s the matter with redistribution” they ask plaintively? Redistribution is a good thing. How do you promote equality without redistributing wealth? Doesn’t the Constitution say that all men are supposed to be equal? Well, no it doesn’t. The Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal. What that promises is — equality of opportunity and equality before the law.
The Declaration is one of our founding documents, but “redistribution” is not in the Constitution or the Declaration.
The Left is always deeply concerned that some people are very wealthy while others are poor. It’s Not Fair they wail. Liberals are so concerned about the poor that that they are anxious to give them other people’s money. All that talk, which is particularly loud during campaign season, about classes, about the poor, about the 99 percent, about “the rich,”is designed to divide people into voting groups, promote envy, and win votes.
Liberals want to take money away from the wealthy and give it to the poor and permanently get the gratitude and votes of the poor. Much is made of the gap between the poorest and the wealthiest,with disdain and cries of it isn’t fair ringing over every dollar. Special enmity is reserved for anyone making big money on Wall Street or for Corporate CEOs. Oddly, no such disdain focuses on members of Congress who double dip, by after securing their retirement serve on multiple boards of directors or head foundations. Or, for that matter, members of Congress who unexpectedly manage to become multimillionaires on a bureaucrat’s salary.
The United States of America already has the most redistributive tax system in the world.
Liberals always want to move the poor into the middle class by giving the trappings of the middle class. You cannot take enough money away from the rich to give everyone a middle class life. There are those who need help, and that’s why we try to provide a safety net, and have done a pretty good job of it.
A few years back, Liberals decided to really go after the wealthy, and slapped on a luxury tax. It bit especially hard on yachts — big sailboats and motor cruisers. The wealthy just bought their boats in Bermuda, and the boat building industry was decimated, with job losses in the thousands. States raise income taxes and property taxes on their wealthiest citizens, and the wealthy pack their bags and move to a more welcoming state. The housing that Liberals build for the poor, meant to move them into the middle class, turns into slums; and contractors get rich while doing shoddy work.
If you want to move the poor (who are only the bottom 20% of the income pie) into the middle class, you need to provide a growing economy that offers good jobs. A growing economy has great mobility. Those who started out poor grow rich or at least richer, and some of the rich grow poorer. That has always been the nature of the American economy.
Most people would much rather have a decent job and be able to care for themselves and their families. Frightened people may depend more on government handouts. Encouraging dependence is not only unfair, but evil.
And about the notion of equality, go watch on YouTube:
A short film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal.
The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks, and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, Politics, Progressivism, Science/Technology | Tags: "Beyond Coal", Climbing Cost of Energy, Obama's War on Coal
Coal is the cheapest source of fossil fuel for electricity generators, usually about half as much per Btu as the next cheapest fuel, natural gas, and according to the latest energy forecast from ExxonMobil, the cheapest form of electricity will remain goal-fired generation units, with a total cost of about 6¢ per kilowatt-hour. So, naturally, the EPA always on the lookout for nice things to do for the American people, is trying to shut down all coal-fired electricity generation.
It is astonishing to consider the amount of damage done by putting ideology before science, ideology before inflationary costs on the American people, and ideology before common sense.
The EPA , policymakers and the media are focused on the amount of carbon dioxide that coal-fired plants emit. Discredited Climate Scientist James Hansen back in a 2009 opinion piece for The Guardian declared coal “the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet,” adding for good measure that “the trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.” Dr. Hansen is always up for modest exaggeration.
The Sierra Club, once a conservation-minded group intent on protecting the Sierra Nevada mountains, is now a radical environmental group, intent on preventing nasty things like energy, pipelines, and currently — coal, with their “Beyond Coal” campaign. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, always ready to ban anything useful, has donated $50 million to the campaign.
The EPA’s proposed new rule bans new coal-fired electricity generation. It results directly from a fear of climate change. They claim that greenhouse gases “endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations.” The rule would cap the amount of CO2 that new fossil-fueled electricity generation units can emit, at 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour. That would rule out coal-fired units, which emit about 1,800 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. (Natural gas-fired units emit about 800 pounds per megawatt-hour.) The EPA claims that it has the authority to regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act and therefore doesn’t need congressional approval to impose the ban. The EPA claims that it has the authority to pretty much do whatever it wants to do under the Clean Air Act.
The climate, of course, is always changing. The earth has been cooling for the last decade. And last Thursday, the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives held a public hearing on a bill to prohibit the EPA from issuing final rules imposing emission standards for CO2 on public utilities unless and until Carbon Capture and Storage is proven to be technologically and economically feasible. The most significant testimony came from Doctor John Christy of the University of Alabama, Huntsville. In his written testimony he summarized the significant scientific issues involved. The five point summary can be paraphrased:
- There is nothing unusual about current extreme weather events.
- The climate models are not supported by observations, and Arctic ice conditions are not meaningful unless discussed in light of Antarctic ice conditions.
- Recent research showing biases in surface data make the surface data sets of limited value.
- The claimed consensus reports are murky and climate science funding is highly biased.
- CO2 is plant food and increased CO2 benefits humanity.
Even if the EPA succeeds in banning new coal-fired generation of electricity in the US, it will leave global coal demand and CO2 emissions almost unchanged. Coal fuels about 40 percent of global electricity production.
Within the next three to five years, more than 200 coal-fired electric generating units will be shut down in 25 states due to EPA rules. The EPA is clearly waging a war on coal and on affordable electricity prices and on jobs. The EPA continues to ignore the damage caused to the economy by their regulations. They claim that they have no requirement to consider the effect of regulation on employment or inflation. The most affected states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Only last week, Alpha Natural Resources, a coal company announced layoffs of 1,200 workers and eight coal mines to be closed.
These are not random events, but the direct result of the Obama Administration’s regulatory war on coal. Obama lies about job creation, claiming that his policies have created 4.5 million jobs, which is false — because he knows that jobs are a major concern of the American people. He claims that he has a jobs program that the nasty Republicans won’t pass, but it isn’t a jobs program and it won’t create jobs. What is even worse is that he seems either unconcerned or unaware of the massive job-destroying effects of the actions of his administration.
But that’s not important, he is offering food stamps for all.