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Apologies to Visitors by The Elephant's Child

Sorry about the light blogging. I’ve been down with headaches. Apparently some mixture of new glasses and the computer screen, that’s not working.  I’ll try to catch up, there’s so much to write about, and so much going on that is hard to understand.



Tax Time is Approaching: Why Are Your Payroll Taxes So High? by The Elephant's Child

Congress will soon be embarking on changing the tax code. They want to reduce taxes. If taxes are cut in such a way that they act to make doing business easier for businesses in the economy, the government will take in more money, rather than less. That seems highly improbable to the left who always want to tax the rich and big business much more, but when businesses are free to stop sending all their money to the government, they can do more business, expand and create, and they make more money than they would have under heavy regulation and restrictions on what they can do. The free market and free people produce prosperity.

 



Why is America So Rich? by The Elephant's Child



What is The Matter With the Left? Have They Simply Gone Nuts? by The Elephant's Child
February 15, 2017, 6:23 am
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy

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In his book Never Enough, William Voegeli wrote:

The liberal project makes no sense. Liberals cannot articulate basic principles such as conservatives do. Conservatives talk about the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and argue about freedom and liberty. Liberals, even when requested to come up with principles—cannot. The lesson is simple—their principles are all negatives—things that are not fair—slavery, race, women as chattel—could not vote.

This strikes me as spot on. I’m not at all sure that Leftists even understand freedom or liberty. Much of the Left’s current program concerns outrage at those who exercise their right to freedom of speech, the simple ability to speak freely. In our country, one of our most precious rights. You have no right to disagree with them.

The riots in Berkeley were over a planned speech by Milo Yiannopoulis who was invited to speak by a Conservative student group. Not protests over what he said in his speech, but riots and destruction of property because of Leftist views of what he might say.

A leader of the riot, a middle school teacher and leader of an “By Any Means Necessary” group claimed that gay immigrant Milo was “homophobic, fascist, misogynist, advocating violence against women, whipping up a lynch-mob mentality, funded by Breitbart and Steve Bannon, anti-immigrant, espousing genocide, calling for mass murder, rape, alt-right, lessons we draw from the holocaust, and he should not be allowed to speak in public to tell his lies about racism, whip up people to lynch people”—I think I got all of the rather amazing accusations from this middle school teacher, about a speech that he had not yet given.  The riot involved destroying property, $100,000 damages on campus and twice that in the town of Berkeley.

Remember the “Occupy Wall Street” camp-outs in 2011? That outrage was not caused by anything like the shooting in San Francisco of a young woman walking on a wharf with her father by a previously deported illegal alien who was protected by San Francisco’s sanctuary city designation.  No protest. That, apparently, was not an outrage at all. Nor was the planned shooting of 14 people and wounding of 22 others in San Bernardino in 2015 an outrage. No demonstrations demanding better vetting of immigrants who turned out to be terrorists. What caused outrage and had  young people with top of the line tents and sleeping bags, laptops and cell phones occupying city parks across the country to protest “social inequality” and the need for “redistribution of wealth.” Those protests caused $12 million in property damage, 500 thefts, more than a dozen rapes, 3 murders and a dozen deaths.

David Horowitz wrote:

Far from instilling humility in progressives…the collapse of socialism has revived their self-righteousness and re-energized their assault on the democratic West. The disappearance of the Soviet bloc has only one consequence of note. It has lifted the burden of having to defend an indefensible regime. Because the utopian vision is no longer anchored in the reality of an actually existing socialist state, the left can now indulge its nihilistic agenda without restraint.

And Andrew McCarthy, in The Grand Jihad:

Nihilism is the key. Today’s hard left is defined by what it is against: the United States, free market capitalism, and any foreign policy premised on defending American interests or promoting individual liberty. Only that part of the agenda is concrete, leaving neocommunism elastic enough to strike alliances with any movement that shares it. What neocommunists are for, by contrast, is a set of  abstractions—”social justice,” “equality,”redistributive rights,” “the rule of law,”and, of course, “our values.” The details of those can be worked out later, once the more pressing imperative of undoing the existing order has been realized.

The Left’s current outrage is purportedly about the recent election of Donald Trump, his inauguration, and three weeks of settling in at the White House. As soon as he finishes his vacation, former president Barack Obama, reportedly plans to return to Washington D.C. to his rented mansion with its newly installed wall to direct his troops, numbering more than 30,000 who will set up a shadow government to protect his “legacy”and to fight his Republican successor at every turn. Democrats are quite sure that Trump cannot be a legal president, and must be guilty of every horror expressed by the middle school teacher who led the Berkeley riots. How come every group that protests has an official name? Oh. You can’t write a check to a group if it doesn’t have a name. If it has seemed to Republicans that the Left has gone certifiably nuts, they may not be all that far off.

The Left’s real outrage is clearly about being removed from power—power to which they believe they are entitled. It’s because they are smarter, you see. They don’t protest real things—they don’t talk about principle, they don’t even care about principle. It’s what they think is not fair. And we’re supposed to trust them to fix things that are not fair? Not likely.



Tucker Carlson Interviews Leader of Berkeley Protests by The Elephant's Child

Published on Feb 13, 2017

Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher and “By Any Means Necessary” leader explains to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson her definition of fascism and why gay immigrant Milo Yiannopoulos shouldn’t be allowed to speak anywhere at any time.

Fascism seems to be any view that conflicts with her own, and she is quite sure of her diagnosis of all things fascist. Might be described as sheer venom. You may not disagree. Parents with a child in middle school might want to consider homeschooling.



Memo to Peter E. Nordstrom & Janet Napolitano, Re: Human Nature 101 by The Elephant's Child

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When confronted with young thugs ( I do observe the Che tee shirt and “We need Socialism”sign, and probably Mexican flag). In the case of the University of California at Berkeley, the Black Bloc who threaten to, or  do create havoc when you surrender immediately to their silly demands, you will get more of the same behavior. If they can bully you into dumping a supplier, what will they bully you into next, Mr. Nordstrom? Mrs. Napolitano, you have taught the Black Bloc that you are so frightened of them that you will stand down your police force and let them do whatever they want. Human Nature 101. They will.

Businesses who engage publicly in politics are apt to find that their customers are just as able, or even more, to engage in politics as well, and take their business elsewhere for a very long time.

This time the Black Bloc and Anarchists have learned that a little breaking of windows, setting fires and scrawling signs on buildings, or destroying banks will get little, if any response—they’ll be back to do even worse. It’s clear that they enjoy creating havoc.

In Seattle, the anarchists turned out to disrupt the World Trade Organization Meeting. They were successful. Now, every time there is something to protest—surprise, there they are again.

In his last hours as president, Barack Obama pardoned 78 federal prisoners and commuted the sentences of 153 others. Most were convicted of drug crimes —selling and trafficking, not being caught with a joint. At least one of them is already back behind bars, being found with a couple of pounds of cocaine. Nice going, Mr. President. Obviously, anyone convicted of a drug crime is convicted because of “racism,” not because of anything they did.

The reason we have laws, courts and prisons is not because we are a bunch of meanies. It’s because the bad behavior of a few hurts ordinary citizens, and we want to prevent more bad behavior, and hopefully teach those who behave badly not to do it again.

Incentives matter—because ordinary people respond to them. Plain human nature.  Wise to keep it in mind.

P.S. Probably not Nordstrom regulars. It’s the rest of us who are.



Planned Protests, Anarchists, Baseball Bats and Hammers by The Elephant's Child

berkeley_riot-1486069721-1414The Riots at the University of California at Berkeley were also not spontaneous. The “Black Bloc” arrived well equipped with metal baseball bats, hammers and clubs, The Black Bloc is not a group, but a tactic adopted by anti-capitalists and anarchists. According to Discover the Networks, they view capitalism as an “intrinsically violent and repressive” system that “cannot be reformed or mitigated.” Who’s intrinsically violent and repressive? The damage is estimated at $100,000 and rumors indicate that the police were told to stand down. Whether campus police or town police, or if true, I don’t know. Clearly the anarchists were there.

Black Bloc is not an organization, but rather a protest tactic employed by anti-capitalists and anarchists. Clad in black helmets, black ski masks, and black garments to conceal their faces and whatever distinctive clothing they may be wearing underneath their dark coverings, Black Bloc radicals make their presence felt by participating in all manner of left-wing demonstrations against free-market capitalism and Western culture; they generally are far outnumbered by fellow protesters who, while like minded, are more traditionally attired. Because the Black Blockers hide their identities, they are often able to engage in criminal behavior—most notably property destruction—with impunity. In instances where they are pursued by police—whom they contemptuously regard as nothing more than “guard dogs for the rich”—fleeing Black Bloc protesters typically shed their dark coverings and blend quietly into the surrounding crowd. When they are not protesting, these activists organize and communicate with one another mainly through Internet chat groups and websites.

The animating core belief of Black Block, as explained in the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective’s Black Bloc Papers, is that “private property—and capitalism, by extension—is intrinsically violent and repressive and cannot be reformed or mitigated.” Lamenting “all the violence committed in the name of private property rights,” this document charges that “corporate private property” in particular “is itself infinitely more violent than any action taken against it.” By this logic, the destruction of a storefront window can be redefined and justified as the laudable creation of “a vent to let some fresh air into the oppressive atmosphere of a retail outlet.”

We had around 300 of them here at the 1999 WTO protests, smashing windows and destroying property of multinational corporations, and helped force the meeting to collapse. They turn up whenever there’s a chance of a good riot,May Day, the Occupy riots.  Seem remarkably ill-informed but really like to uselessly smash things up. Do read the whole thing.

The riots at Berkeley trying to prevent Milo Yiannopoulus from speaking at the event to which he was invited, managed to make his message available to millions on the internet, and promote sales of his book. Nice work! But those weren’t spontaneous either, and Black bloc anarchists smashed up the campus and the streets of Berkeley, and of course banks (capitalists).

The Democrat establishment, the Left, has been gobsmacked. They have been firmly removed from power. They were expecting another, perhaps, eight years of the commanding heights, and they are no longer in control of much of anything. They have no bench, no heroes, and they don’t know what to do. Maxine Waters is a perfect example. She wants President Trump impeached right now. Never mind “the high crimes and misdemeanors bit.” She wants him out. They’re old. They have no new ideas. They don’t know what to do, and their predicament is just beginning to sink in.

I suspect they are doing an outstanding job of discarding all of those Obama voters who, fed up, voted for Trump. Democrats keep whining about the “popular vote.” But it is the popular vote individually in the states that matters, and Trump won those. If California manages to secede, which some of us are devoutly hoping for, Republicans will run the country for years and years to come.




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