Filed under: Bureaucracy, Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Media Bias, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Pop Culture, Progressives, The United States | Tags: Journalism Today, Progressivism, The Decline nd Fall of Journalism
We need a little more of this. The media is not doing right by us, and they should be told that we are aware of what they are doing. Good for Tucker Carlson.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption | Tags: Drought, Environmentalists, Gov. Jerry Brown, Progressivism
California is having a water crisis, largely as a result of their own actions. It has been a four-year long drought. Both governor Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama have blamed it on man-made climate change. But in California history, droughts are common, and predictable as in 1920-34, 1976-77 and 1987-97 According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration droughts are more likely to result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures..
What is new and different is that California now has 40 million more residents, well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s. Much of the growth is in recent massive immigration. If you encourage immigration, legal and illegal, it is helpful to make sure you have the infrastructure, including water supplies, to support those new residents. A record one in every four current California residents was not born in the United States.
Victor Davis Hanson, a long-time California farmer as well as an academic, explains a bit of the history:
After the initial phases of the federal Central Valley Project and state California Water Project were largely finished — and flooding was no longer considered a dire threat in Northern California — environmentalists in the last 40 years canceled most of the major second- and third-stage storage projects. To take a few examples, they stopped the raising of Shasta Dam, the construction of the Peripheral Canal, and gargantuan projects such as the Ah Pah and Dos Rios reservoirs.
Those were certainly massive, disruptive, and controversial projects with plenty of downsides — and once considered unnecessary in an earlier, much smaller California. But no one denies now that they would have added millions of acre-feet of water for 40 million people.
Lower foothill dams such as the proposed Sites, Los Banos, and Temperance Flat dams in wet years would have banked millions of acre-feet as insurance for dry years. All such reservoirs were also canceled.
Yet a single 1 million acre-foot reservoir can usually be built as cheaply as a desalinization plant. It requires a fraction of desalinization’s daily energy use, leaves a much smaller carbon footprint, and provides almost 20 times as much water. California could have built perhaps 40–50 such subsidiary reservoirs for the projected $68 billion cost of the proposed high-speed rail project.
California’s Governor Jerry Brown, disrespectfully called ‘Governor Moonbeam” offered helpfully “This goes to the very foundation of what it means to be human in a world of living things. The heat-trapping gases that out society generates are creating alterations in the fundamentals of our whole atmosphere. We may have already passed a tipping point.”
Fixing the water shortage was not really one of the problems he believes he was hired to fix. It’s really a matter of “overpopulation,” he said, ignoring the fact that he invited illegal immigrants to call his state home.Californians will have to find a “more elegant” way of using and reusing water. “The metaphor is spaceship Earth” he explained. “In a spaceship you reuse everything.”
So far his only fixes are punitive, fining those who waste water, monitoring shower times, and urging neighbors to squeal on their neighbors. Expect more restrictions.
John Hinderaker described the problems after their spring break week in California:
In its early years, the intellectual and moral rot that liberalism represents may not be reflected, in obvious ways, in the physical world. But over time, the inevitable consequences of liberalism become apparent. If you visit California today, you will see, in the state’s embarrassing physical condition, the first stages of liberalism’s collapse.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Election 2012, History, Progressivism | Tags: A No-Growth Economy, Clive Thompson, Progressivism
After eight years of a presidency that liberals despised, presided over by a man who smirks, and squints and mispronounces ‘nuclear’, a man you have likened to Hitler and evil incarnate, you finally get a man who, endowed with a halo, seems to represent everything good in liberalism — elected to the White House.
Then after nearly four years, that man has not only failed to fix a failing economy. but made it far, far worse. What to do? Troy Senik at Ricochet points us to a “barking mad” article by Mother Jones’ Clive Thompson. Thompson proposes the idea that the nation should actually be aspiring towards an economy with no growth.
To move away from growth, we’ll all have to work a lot less…Handled correctly, this could bring about an explosion of free time that could utterly transform the way we live, no-growth economists say. It could lead to a renaissance in the arts and sciences, as well as a reconnection with the natural world. Parents with lighter workloads could home-school their children if they liked, or look after sick relatives—dramatically reshaping the landscape of education and elder care.
The vexing reality is that the no-growth thinkers simply don’t know how things would shake out. We don’t have any realistic examples to learn from, after all. In the past, the only no-growth societies were agrarian or consisted of hunter-gatherers.
This is just another emanation of Progressivism, way behind the times, as usual. The no-growth idea dates back to the Club of Rome’s 1972 book Limits to Growth, and Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring — books that created quite a stir at the time — but have been thoroughly debunked in the last 50 years.
I guess that if you cannot figure out how to improve the economy or create jobs, and the Democrats clearly cannot, then a no-growth economy sounds like a possible answer.
This is so unbelievably obvious. You have an enormous group of people,
businessmen, workers, corporate officers, economists, and Republicans in general waving their hands and shouting “Hey! Over here” “Cut Taxes, Cut Spending, Cut Regulation” and the Progressives sneer and go on beating their heads against the wall whining that “We need another stimulus!”
I think we have pretty much exhausted the possibilities of pumping money into the economy. We have stimulused and stimulused and our Total Public Debt is now up to $15,729,949, and the Statutory Debt Limit — rapidly approaching — is $16,394,000.
“Maybe each $1 of new federal spending doesn’t produce a multiplier of 1.5 times that in added output. Maybe the historic burst of regulation of the last three years has harmed business confidence and job creation. And maybe the uncertainty that comes from helter-skelter fiscal and monetary policy has dampened the animal spirits needed for a durable expansion. On Friday, the same architects who designed this economy built to stall were calling for one more rescue by the Fed.”
If you are going to look to history for ideas on how to help the economy to recover, you might want to look at ideas that have actually worked in the past.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Taxes | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Progressivism
Just a quick reminder. The Liberals in Washington are concerned about more taxes, bringing in more income, finding new things to tax and new ways to tax. Taxing wheelchairs seems more than a little crass. Taxing Tanning Salons seems silly, a VAT is terrifying, but anything is better than having to cut spending.
The British Government’s response to the financial crisis is to pay no attention, the Irish Government is taking quick decisive action. Ireland had embraced policies of low taxation, and transformed from one of the poorest countries in Europe to one of the richest. Financial services had become a huge part of Ireland’s economy— leaving the country vulnerable.
The world recession has hit Ireland hard. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan rejected resorting to a rise in taxes, saying “We will not create jobs by increasing the penalty on work and investment.”
Perhaps we could embroider that line on little samplers and send them off to Congress.
Highly paid public sector workers face 20 percent pay cuts, the Taoiseach is taking a huge cut in salary. Everyone else gets their salary cut, in decreasing amounts as salaries get smaller. Only pensioners do not get a cut.
Meanwhile, back in England — The voters say “Don’t raise taxes, cut spending,” and give Tory leader David Cameron an 11 percent lead.
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Middle East, National Security, Terrorism | Tags: Changing the Language, Fighting Terrorism, Progressivism
Wasn’t it Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, who came up with the memorable phrase “Man-Caused Disaster” to cover such events as the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers? Then there was the Fort Hood Massacre, and the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt. A full one-third of radical Islamist attacks on the United States have occurred in 2009, on Obama’s watch.
We’re back to improving our vocabulary. President Obama’s advisers plan to remove such terms as “Islamic radicalism” from national security strategy documents. New euphemisms will emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations “through the lens of terrorism.” Obama apparently believes that the previous administration based that relationship entirely on fighting terrorism. Goodness, we certainly don’t want to offend.
The previous document that outlined the strategy of the Bush Doctrine states that “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.” This possibly had something to do with radical jihadists who are ideologically motivated to slaughter Americans and shout “Death to America and Death to Israel.”
Obama’s Global Engagement Directorate, a 4– person team, is pursuing a “new beginning” in the relationship that will invest in Muslim businesses, study global warming, combat polio and support scientific research and health care. When officials from NOAA returned from Indonesia , the NSC got a rundown about research opportunities on global warming. Well, they’re a little too late on that one. I didn’t know we had “Directorates” here.
Most Muslims are not going to strap on bomb belts, nor plant roadside bombs, but the number who approve of such action is larger that those who take action. The Mullahs in Tehran continue to pursue nuclear weapons, they cheerfully execute their own citizens who dare to dissent, and they fund terrorists all over the world who will attack the West or America or Israel.
Changing the dialogue from terrorism to cooperation is a significantly unserious approach to foreign policy. Renouncing nuclear weapons will please the anti-war left and do nothing to improve American security. Sounds more like the effluence of a late-night gab session in a college dorm than serious efforts at National Security.
There’s a reason why everyone laughed at “Man-Caused Disaster.” Iran’s nuclear ambitions are unchanged, the world is a dangerous place, and Obama appears tone-deaf. The Obama Team insists that they do too take terrorism seriously. It’s just not very apparent.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Freedom, Statism | Tags: Anti-Business Mindset, Democrat lies, Progressivism
From the Wall Street Journal”s “Notable and Quotable” column.
Heather MacDonald writing at secularright.org, Dec. 26:
The anti-business mindset . . . is worthy of a pampered adolescent who is searching for a cause with which to display his unique moral sensibility. It is not worthy of an adult who should be able to use his imagination, if not actual experience, to appreciate the extraordinary human effort that has gone into creating the delightful tools that we daily take for granted. On my desk sit various humble objects—a tiny clock, a stapler, a paper clip box, a Lucite cook book stand for holding up drafts and other papers while I type. Each object represents a fractal geometry of complexity, composed as it is of parts that themselves require enterprise to manufacture, assemble, and deliver, all born along on waves of energy and infrastructure to which yet another set of entrepreneurs contributed. The fact that all of those distributors and manufacturers tried to make a profit does not detract from the fact that they offered goods which enhance our lives. . . .
It is the ingratitude that kills me the most among anti-business types. The materials that furnish a single room in an American home required daring, perseverance, and organizational skill from millions of individuals over generations. I hope they all got filthy rich.