American Elephants


Why Are Americans Working Fewer Hours? by The Elephant's Child

Unfortunately, Democrats do not seem to understand cause and effect. They are always making foolish mistakes like this because they don’t understand business (they have a long history of this). President Obama made this clear himself, when he said he disliked the brief job he had as a copywriter, and believed that the more positive pursuit was “public service.”

Public servants are noble, caring, and ordering and administering the rest of us is a righteous career choice, while businessmen are greedy, mean, cruel, and often get rich on the back of the working man. They prey on the poor and business is bad, bad, bad, except for those who go out of their way to support the Democratic Party and its candidates. Or something like that.



Blog Inner Workings Were Not Working. FIXED! by The Elephant's Child
August 29, 2016, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Domestic Policy

Sorry about my absence, but the blog itself prohibited posting. You don’t want to know the details, and I will not bore you. But everything seems to be working again, thanks to the Elephant himself, who does speak computerese. Unfortunately I’m not good at it. But finally, everything does seem to be working.



The Surprising Virtues of Income Inequality by The Elephant's Child

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The Left, as is usual, smells opportunity in statistics  that they can use to win votes and attack the other side. Yahoo chimed in today: “THE ISSUE: The rich keep getting richer while more Americans are getting left behind financially. The average income for the top 1 percent of  households climbed 7.7 percent last  year to $1.36 million, according to tax data tracked by Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at the university of California, Berkeley. That privileged sliver of the population saw pay climb at almost twice the rate of income growth for the other 99 percent, whose pay averaged a humble $48,768.

“The” Income Inequality” critic’s faculty salary puts him in the top 1%. Decrying the iniquities of the American capitalist system pays off. Emmanuel Saez’ total wages in 2014, came to $549,350,” in case you were wondering why tuition at major universities is so high.

Yahoo accompanied the headline “WHY IT MATTERS: Income Inequality” with a picture of a gentleman driving a golf cart from his house to his golf club as a group of landscape workers take a break in Vista, California. “Calif. income inequality has surged near levels last seen before the Great Depression.”  Sounds like it was written by the Occupy Wall Street bunch.  “California Income Inequality” and where is Silicon Valley located?

You might notice that economic growth is the rising tide that floats all boats; except that for 7 years and 7 months, there hasn’t been any growth because the president is trying to regulate growth into existence.

The vague idea of what to do about income inequality seems to involve taking enough money from the 1% so they are not rich enough any more, or at least nor richer than anyone else. Because the rich are bad people and there are poor people. Being very rich is sometimes a result of creating a new thing that everyone wants and growing the economy and providing thousands of jobs.

On the other hand, there are rich people who are truly bad people. George Soros funded the protesters in Ferguson. He has funded #Black Lives Matter and urged them on, and  #Black Lives Matter in turn has been responsible for attacks on the police who are trying to protect crime-ridden neighborhoods where blacks are shooting other blacks. Over 60 officers have been killed in line of duty this year.

If everyone has an income equal to everyone else —where is the incentive to create something, work on an idea, or start a business? You cannot take enough money away from the very rich to make the rest of the people equal. Doesn’t work. You have probably noticed that the dictators and rulers and presidents-for-life of the socialist countries of the world don’t exactly live in the same circumstances as the people with whom they share a country.

Economist Tom Sowell in his book Basic Economics wrote:

Although people in the top income brackets  and the  bottom income brackets – ‘the rich’ and ‘the poor,’ as they are often called – may be discussed as if they were different classes of people, often they are in fact the very same people at different stages of their lives.

Sowell points out that many of those who quote statistics as proof of income inequality falsely “proceed as if they are talking about income differences between classes rather than differences in age brackets.

Drudge reported today that the Burning Man festival out in the desert, where Silicon Valley denizens and aging hippies gather to smoke pot, is having trouble now with those who have brought $10K tents and their own chefs to provide meals. Income inequality indeed.

Here’s an article from the Hoover Institution’s Richard A. Epstein on “The Hidden Virtues of Income Inequality.” Worth your time.



Socialism Makes People Selfish by The Elephant's Child

From Praeger University: quickie courses in stuff you should know about. Most are only around a few minutes long, this one is just over 4. Right size for busy people. This one features Dennis Praeger himself.



The Paranoid Style of American Politics and the Left. by The Elephant's Child

In The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left,  Kim Holmes addresses the “paranoid style of American politics” as described by political scientist Richard Hofstadter in the 1960s.

Liberal populists, … are big believers in conspiracy theories. Hillary Clinton once spoke of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” against her and her husband, and she is not alone in her paranoia. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (whose financial disclosure reports showed her to be worth about $8 million in early 2015) believes businessmen, bankers, and the rich are irredeemably selfish and make decisions solely for their own benefit which hurts the poor. To many progressive liberals, opponents of same-sex marriage are not honest people guided by conscience, but malicious bigots out to do harm. American history is not a complex unfolding of events but a cynical conspiracy driven by rich white people whose only interest is to keep their racial and economic privileges. Since the “enemy” is in control of everything—the radio waves, the churches and the banks—they are thought to be all-powerful. It is perfectly acceptable to apply any means whatsoever to dislodge them from power. It is justice of the revolutionary sort, because according to the paranoid’s viewpoint, one’s political opponents  are simply too evil to be given  fair shake in the debate. They must not be merely opposed. Them must be silenced and removed.

Oh, come on! Surely that’s an exaggeration. Surely you have noticed that you are being called a “white supremacist,”

The city of Seattle, WA, has offered a class on “white fragility” to white people in order to explain white guilt and why white people cannot “handle matters involving race.”Lecturer Robin DiAngelo, who coined the term, is teaching the taxpayer-funded class for the city Office of Arts and Culture. She defines white fragility as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.”

Critics say it is just the latest attempt at spreading white guilt, following in the footsteps of concepts such as “white privilege.”

From Richard Hofstadter:

Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated —if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention. This demand for total triumph leads to the formulation of hopelessly unrealistic goals, and since these goals are not even remotely attainable, failure constantly heightens the paranoid’s sense of frustration. Even partial success leaves him with the same feeling of powerlessness with which he began and this in turn only strengthens his awareness of the vast and terrifying quality of the enemy he opposes.

Unrealistic goals? I give you millions of jobs from repairing our infrastructure, or how about running the country on wind and biofuels? Or possibly handing control of the entire Middle East over to the Mullahs in Iran, so we can have peace. I’ll even bet that you can think of some other unrealistic goals.



At Last! A Grownup. I Hope It’s Catching. by The Elephant's Child

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From Economist Mark Perry at AEI— the quotation of the day:

The University of Chicago’s Dean of Students has sent a letter to the Class of 2020 incoming students:

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the College at the University of Chicago. Earning a place in our community of scholars is no small achievement and we are delighted that you selected Chicago to continue your intellectual journey.

Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago’s defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. This is captured in the University’s faculty report of freedom of expression. Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and  freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.

Perhaps a little publicity will help other universities to discover just what education is all about, and stop pandering to agitators.



Heather MacDonald: “Are the Police Racist?” by The Elephant's Child

The Data and the facts don’t support the accusations of racism. But the whole question is involved with feelings, not facts.  It’s past time to set the record straight.




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