Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Economics, Europe, European Union, Free Markets, Freedom, Politics, Regulation, United Kingdom | Tags: Brexit and its Aftermath, Europeans, The case of Switzerland
Britain’s stock market had erased all of its BREXIT panic losses, fueled by as surge in energy and financial shares. It had slumped 8.7% after the vote to leave the EU. May be more ups and downs as investors absorb the uncertainty about how it will all turn out. Markets don’t like uncertainty.
The President of the E.U. Parliament, Martin Schultz, got all huffy. “The British have violated the rules. It is not the #EU philosophy that the crowd can decide it’s fate.”
Europeans have never understood and never liked Democracy. They have been ruled by Kings and Queens and Dictators and the Church— and allowing the people to decide is mostly unthinkable. I have particularly liked Matt Ridley’s suggestion that when the individual is free to think and create and experiment, you get ideas having sex. Ideas build on other ideas. A new picture, someone else’s new idea may spark something completely different. “Having sex” is as good a way to describe it as any. What kills creation is regulation. The more stoppers a government erects, the less innovation.
Did you wonder why we never seemed to recover from the 2008 recession? The growth of government and the proliferation of regulation, especially on small business, which is where much innovation is hatched.
Few other countries have ever had the free markets and free people that have traditionally been found in America. And then there is Switzerland. (click to enlarge)
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economics, Economy, History, Humor, Regulation | Tags: A Little History, BREXIT, Henry VIII
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Economy, European Union, Regulation, Taxes | Tags: No Self-Awareness, The British Exit, The EU Hissy Fit
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Crime, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Immigration, Law, Progressivism, Regulation, The Constitution, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: President Baack Obama, US Court of Appeals, US v Texas
In the case over the Obama administration’s controversial immigration reforms, U.S. v. Texas, the Supreme Court confessed its inability to bring clarity to the broader debate over the scope of executive authority, splitting four-four and affirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by an equally divided vote. This essentially means that in all likelihood, had Justice Antonin Scalia not passed away earlier this year it would have been settled.
On Thursday the Supreme Court shot down Barack Obama’s illegal executive amnesty – something he alleged at least 22 times he did not have the authority to pass before he went ahead and pushed through his executive authority anyway.
“During his comments Barack Obama once again argued that we need illegal aliens to “make our beds.” Well, never mind. “Speaking shortly after the Supreme Court’s immigration decision, President Obama made it ‘very clear’ that deporting illegal immigrants is not a priority of his administration.”
We knew that. We are interested in why this president who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution believes that he should overrule it. Obama wants more Democrat voters. He has lied about deportations insisting that he has deported more people than any other president in history. That’s hooey. There are always consequences. Criminal immigrants reoffend at a higher level than ICE has suggested. A smuggling network brings Middle East illegals to our border. Obama accuses a judge of “scaring’ illegal aliens from signing up for amnesty. Here are the shoes handed out to many of the “unaccompanied children” who arrived last year, to remind them of just who allowed them in, and gave them shoes.
Six diseases that had been near eradication are making a comeback, thanks to Obama’s refugee resettlement industry. They are 1.Tuberculosis 2.Measles 3.Whooping Cough 4.Mumps 5.Scarlet Fever and 6. Bubonic Plague. The number of communicable TB cases, dubbed active TB, increased by 1.7 percent to 9,563 in 2015, after 23 years of steady decline in the United States. Parents who got all excited about the canard that vaccination is bad, should investigate those claims a little more thoroughly.
The problem is not so much illegal immigration, as it is that the President of the United States seems to believe that he is above the law and has no need to follow the laws. That’s really a problem.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Economics, Europe, European Union, Foreign Policy, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Politics, Regulation, United Kingdom | Tags: Brexit and its Aftermath, Fredrick Forsyth, The European Union
The markets are in turmoil. They just don’t like uncertainty at all. They may be confident of their own positions, but what about the other guy? This movie is quite wonderful, do watch.
The Presidents at the EU are furious. There are several — four, I think, heading up different commissions. All are unelected and the Members of the European Parliament have nothing to say about them, nor about their pronouncements. They are so indignant that they want to morph all the member nations of the EU into one giant Superstate, run by themselves, of course. The Europeans have never liked Democracy. They are loath to give away any power.
The foreign ministers of France and Germany will reveal a blueprint to do away with individual member states in an “ultimatum.” Under the proposals, EU countries would lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or a central bank, all those powers would be transferred to Brussels. This is going to be remarkably interesting.
Fredrick Forsyth (yes, that Fredrick Forsyth) has a long article explaining how the EU came about in the wake of the devastation of Europe after two World Wars. It’s worth your time to understand what’s going on in the present. Well, history is littered with bad ideas that promised a brighter future — the Thousand Year Reich was one of them, you can probably come up with quite a few others.
(Thanks to Maggie’s Farm for the link)
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Education, Politics | Tags: "Trigger Warnings", Camille Paglia, Christina Hodd Sommers
Christina Hoff Sommers interviews Camille Paglia — Feminism 2.0, or all about “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” from AEI. The universities are turning our children into sheeple who mindlessly follow the crowd — or good little collectivists.
The universities and colleges have become safe spaces for alienated intellectuals who can traffic in the realm of ideas. “Their alienation stems from the low regard that the modern capitalist world has for their utopias, even though to the intellectuals, these imagined worlds were self-evidently superior to the existing order.” They would restore the great universal harmony that was destroyed by the desire for profit. Social transfiguration. Isn’t that why you saved and saved to send your kids to college?