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Socialism Is a Bait-and-Switch Scheme by The Elephant's Child

The Federalist has an excellent column: “Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It” by Stella Morabito. It’s a political system that puts the reins of Power in the hands of just a few strongmen who end up calling all the shots. It’s a system in which suspicion nd the smell of treason tend to hang in the air.  She says:

Socialism, by the way, is just such a system. This is the case whether you call it by any other name, whether communism, utopianism, or collectivism. Oh, go ahead and slap some lipstick on that pig and call it “democratic” socialism or “progressivism” or “communitarianism.”

Socialism and communism both involve ceding to the state control over the distribution of goods and services for the masses. This involves giving up individual rights, and giving the state a good measure of control over our personal lives. This road always leads to tyranny, no matter what you pave it with, and no matter what you name it.

Do read the whole thing.



Tucker Carlson Takes On the Ruling Class by The Elephant's Child

I don’t know about you, but I am getting terminally fed up with Racism, sexism, white privilege, nationalism and all the other ‘isms and insults that are passing for news and facts in the media and in our nation’s capitol.

We have supposed candidates for the highest office in the land who are  apologizing for their white privilege. The governor of my state is running on climate . He doesn’t seem to know a thing about climate, thinks a changing climate is responsible for hurricanes, California wildfires, drought, tornadoes, and as far as I know, earthquakes and floods, and the orcas.

The “Green New Deal,” a sappy, quite impossible, national program dreamed up over a weekend by AOC’s Justice Democrats was signed on to by almost all potential Democrat candidates, proving nothing so much as the fact that the whole bunch of them know nothing. Absolutely nothing, and should be barred from political office of any kind at any time.

Democrats went certifiably crazy when Donald Trump was elected, along with a significant number of Never Trump Republicans. They have been throwing every vile insult at the elected president daily. Much of the problem seems to be that he did not have the qualifications that the Ruling Class considers essential for a president, either being a governor, or having served in the military. In other words, “He’s Not One of Us” We have a ruling class that cannot seem to manage the affairs of government, are handing off much of their jobs to federal agencies to manage, and are now demanding a raise in their pay. For What?

They are particularly interested in abolishing the Electoral College, so they apparently have no understanding whatsoever of why the founders created such a thing. If they do not understand that, Congress should shut down for a week and invite some of our most esteemed historians in to give them a quick course in the nation’s founding. And give them a significant list of required reading s well. If they feel no underlying deep need to be well informed on the matters that my come before them, perhaps we should come up with something like the SAT which would determine whether or not they are qualified to run for office.

So there!



Congressman Darrell Issa’s Exit Interview with Sharyl Attkisson by The Elephant's Child

California businessman Darrell Issa came to Washington DC in 2001. Now he joins a growing list of key Republicans in Congress calling it quits. He’s led many high profile investigations into corruption and fraud. Along the way, he says he’s seen many changes – not for the better. For one, he says party politics and money interests increasingly dominate the Capitol Hill agenda. And believe it or not, he’s not just talking about Democrats.

Darrell Issa was one of the good congressmen. At some point, I guess, you are just ready to give up the battle. He will be sorely missed.



The “Green New Deal” is, Unfortunately, Quite Impossible by The Elephant's Child

One might think that before you attempt to Re-Organize the Whole Country on wisps and idle thoughts in your first weeks in Congress, you might have consulted someone, (anyone?) who knows something about energy, in order to keep from embarrassing yourself and all the other newbies who have decided to run for president, and just signed right on. You see, you do not know what you are talking about. Yes, this informative video comes from the energy industry, but who do you suppose knows enough about energy to explain the facts?

These are the first two videos in  a projected series of six videos explaining the realities of energy, from the  Clear Energy Alliance.  There’s a  lot more that we need to know, like the wonders and  usefulness of nuclear power. What about Fukushima? Don’t we have to worry about something like that? That’s why I recommend watching for the rest of the series to come.

(h/t: Powerline)



A Fishing We Will Go, A Fishing We Will Go, Heigh Ho The Derry-O, A Fishing We Will Go. by The Elephant's Child

Some wag remarked that Congressman Jerry Nadler decided to impeach President Trump on the day he won the election.

According to the Constitution, “the President, Vice President And all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Since no one has been able, including Mr. Nadler, to present any evidence whatsoever of high Crimes  and Misdemeanors, Mr. Nadler in now embarking on a vast search — not for the high Crimes or Misdemeanors, but for the evidence that there actually were any Crimes, etc. This would seem to my untutored non-legal mind to be a highly questionable “fishing expedition.”

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Mr. Nadler on Sunday if he thought the President had obstructed justice?

“Yes, I do,” replied Mr. Nadler. “It’s very clear that the President obstructed justice. It’s very clear—1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to—he fired—he tried to protect [Michael] Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired [FBI director Jim] Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News.”

Credit Mr. Nadler for candor that Democrats didn’t display when they campaigned last year. Then they talked only about holding the President “accountable.” Now they claim they already have enough to impeach Mr. Trump, though as Mr. Nadler admitted Sunday, “you have to persuade enough of the opposition party voters, Trump voters . . . that you’re not just trying to steal the last—to reverse the results of the last election.”

That may be harder than he imagines, and not only because of Mr. Nadler’s Freudian slip there of “steal.” Based on the public evidence so far, Mr. Trump hasn’t obstructed justice in any of the examples Mr. Nadler cited. Mr. Nadler wants to turn the President’s exercise of his normal constitutional powers into impeachable offenses.

The Wall Street Journal goes on to cite the opinions of such legal heavyweights as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, David Rivkin, and Attorney General William Barr while he was still in private life. A president cannot obstruct justice when he takes actions that are consistent with his Article II powers under the constitution, which includes firing inferior executive branch officers like Mr. Comey.

Getting uglier by the day out there. I suspect that President Trump’s remarkable success in revitalizing the economy and improving the lives of everyday Americans is what is enraging the Democrats so much. They don’t understand economics, assume that tax cuts have no function beyond enriching the rich, and were quite sure Obama was correct when he said the economy could no longer grow at more than two percent because times had just changed.

ADDENDUM: House Democrats sent more than 80 letters on Monday, demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to President Trump, launching a sprawling probe into whether he and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

Receiving letters from the House Judiciary Committee have included the president’s two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump; his son-in-law Jared Kushner; his former personal secretary Rhona Graff; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization; and former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer and Stephen K. Bannon.

Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, Justice Department, Trump campaign, Trump transition team and the Trump Organization.

The three chairmen making the demands, Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel, and Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings. The overseer would seem to be Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s secret police head who once said “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”  (That last was a reminder from Tom Lifson of american thinker)

This is an outrageous fishing expedition.  The business of Congress is supposed to be legislation, not the poisonous political pursuit of something, anything, with which to charge the President of the United States because you don’t like him, and are furious that he defeated your candidate, and left you out of power.



This Is Our Moment! (didn’t someone else say that?) by The Elephant's Child

Our very own Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has finally finished his big announcement video and published it, so he can now hopefully get the attention to the fact that he is running, that he didn’t get when he just said he was running, and nobody paid any attention at all while they slobbered all over the previous 20 or 30 who are also running.

He is running on CLIMATE, in case you didn’t grasp that subtle moment in his brand new campaign video, above. Most of the others in this vast bunch of Leftist losers have already signed on to AO-C’s Green New Deal. Somehow, saving us from the ravages of  changing climate will create a more ‘Just’ world. Not sure how that works, but I guess they think that means that either everybody will get hurricanes like Florida’s or Florida won’t get them any more, like the folks here in Washington State, and the folks in New York won’t have to suffer devastating wildfires like northern California did. Is that what he has in mind for climate justice? No idea.

Let’s start with the fact that the climate scientists who measure the temperatures of the earth with satellites and weather balloons to give us the official measurements of earthly warming and cooling, say that over the last 40 years of measuring, the climate of the lower troposphere has warmed by approximately 6/100ths of one degree Centigrade. A one or two degree warming is roughly equivalent to the warming seen most Spring days between 10 a.m. and noon.

Lefties don’t seem to study anything, but just regurgitate what somebody else of the right political persuasion told them. Inslee went down to see the Northern California area devastated by wildfire that Jerry Brown said was caused by global warming–except that all the scientists said it wasn’t, and the Forest Service said it was mismanagement of the forest and too much uncleared dry undergrowth, and the power company has gone bankrupt after it was learned that sparking of some connection was what initially started it all off, and they’re going to get sued by everyone. But, you see, it was all because of climate change, and by golly, that’s what Jay Inslee is going to run for the office of the Presidency of the United States on.

He did try to get a carbon tax passed, but neither the people nor the legislature wanted any part of it. I should also mention that the carbon in the atmosphere is CO² — the same stuff we exhale every time we breathe. It it not a pollutant but a benign gas that is a natural fertilizer for plants, from the smallest blade of grass, to the world’s forests, and is greening the earth, feeding the hungry. Surely you remember photosynthesis from high school biology?

Neither wind nor solar energy can produce enough energy to even begin to power the United States economy. Wind is intermittent and seldom blows at the right speed to make those huge turbines turn, and much of the time it just doesn’t blow at all. The sunlight is too diffuse. It produces small amounts of energy, but powering an economy isn’t going to happen. Ivanpah, the great project in California’s Mojave Desert ended up as a total flop, producing only 40% of the promoter’s promises. Write Ivanpah in the blank over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar if you want more information. The only climate neutral source of energy at present is nuclear energy, and everyone seems to be afraid of nuclear energy, so there you are.

Climate change does not cause hurricanes, floods, forest fires, tornadoes, or any other disasters. It’s a matter of temperature. The Medieval Warm Period 900 to 1300  was the finest weather known to man, and produced a bounty of food, wine grapes grew in England, wheat grew in Sweden, and the Vikings named Newfoundand “Vinland,” and the Norse settled Greenland.

Beyond all the climate misunderstandings, Governor Inslee has another small problem. The Cato Institute, the Libertarian think tank, does an annual Fiscal Policy Report Card on the Nation’s governors to judge how they did at managing the fiscal policy of their states: spending, taxes, responsible mangement using statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records. The governors who cut taxes and spending the most, get the highest grades, whereas those who increased them the most receive the lowest grades, The report is here. Governor Jay Inslee has the distinct honor of coming in dead last with a resounding F, the worst governor in the country at fiscal management of his state. I don’t know Gov. Inslee, never met him, but as you can see, don’t agree with him on much of anything.



From Milton and Rose Friedman: by The Elephant's Child

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“If an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it.  Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there is  a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.”

“Ironically, the very success of economic and political freedom reduced its appeal to later thinkers. The narrowly limited government of the nineteenth century possessed little concentrated power that endangered the ordinary man, The other side of the coin was that it possessed little power that would enable good people to do good. And in an imperfect world there were still many evils. Indeed, the very progress of society made the residual evils seem all the more objectionable. As always, people took the favorable developments for granted. They forgot the danger to freedom from a strong government. Instead, they were attracted by the good that a stronger government could achieve — if only government power were in the “right” hands.”

“…the depression was produced by a failure of government in one area–money– where it had exercised authority ever since the beginning of the Republic. However, governments’ responsibility for the depression was not recognized — either then or now. Instead, the depression was widely interpreted as a failure of free market capitalism. That myth led the public to join the intellectuals in a changed view of the relative responsibilities of individuals and government. Emphasis on the responsibility of the individual for his own fate was replaced by emphasis on the individual as a pawn buffeted by forces beyond his control. The view that government’s role is to serve as an umpire to prevent individuals from coercing one another was replaced by the view that government’s role is to serve as a parent charged with the duty of coercing some to aid others.”




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