Data Point – Why do we have to pay more taxes than spend on the family and clothing expenses?

by Skip September 2, 2017

Reformatted, emphasis mine: Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, according to BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more […]

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Disqus Doodlings – “…proving once again, environmentalist are the people of “you don’t and CAN’T have that”.”

by Skip October 5, 2016

Not a compelling message is how I ended one of my comments over at, where else, Treehugger at another Katherine Martinko screed about how much she hates meat eating (“Meat-eating is on the rise in the United States“).  Part of it: In bad news for environmental, health, and animal welfare advocates, the latest numbers show […]

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Why not, I did the vast majority of my business travel in coach?

by Skip September 10, 2016

“It is tough to ask a guy to travel coach…” So why should a political hack or flack get first class handling?  There mere statement of that line should tell us plenty about those that would spend other peoples’ money.  Seriously, what is the thinking that a public servant shouldn’t ride with the commoners who pay […]

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Notable Quote – Weiying Zhang

by Skip July 26, 2016

Under the planned economy, we did not pursue happiness by making others happy. Instead, we pursued happiness by making others unhappy. Our energies were spent fighting for power and gain. We were competing, even competing for life and death, but we were not creating value. -Weiying Zhang ( The Logic of the Market) Prof DonBoudreaux […]

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Notable Quote – R.W. Grant

by Skip April 27, 2016

The politician dispenses wealth which other men have produced, and we say he is “compassionate,” while the businessman who produces the wealth is dismissed as “greedy” and “materialistic.” -R.W. Grant  (The Incredible Bread Machine) I have said this for a long time – if you deem a “capitalist” as being greedy and don’t like it, the […]

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Notable Quote -Auberon Herbert, Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 10, 2016

T]here is no region of human thought which is so disorderly, so confused, so lawless, so little under the rule of the great principles, as the region of political thought.  It must be so, because that disorder and confusion are the inevitable consequence and penalty of the strife for power.  You cannot serve two masters. […]

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Notable Quote – Kerry Jackson

by Skip January 24, 2016

The REAL greedy ones are not the capitalists but the politicians: Like most on his side of the political spectrum, Sanders doesn’t know how to use the word. Greed is not a company or a person working hard to make more money, and then working just as hard to keep what they have earned, what […]

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The Four Horsemen Of The GOPe-ocalypse

by Mike January 4, 2016

At New Year, Conservative HQ published an article titled “2015: The Year The American Establishment Committed Suicide.” It lists a few of the most egregious failures of the Washington Establishment, and asks if the average American would call Government to solve the problems, which were mostly of government’s making anyway? No, at this point, if […]

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Socialism is the greediest of all political systems

by Skip October 15, 2015

After all, if you want to take stuff from others that isn’t yours, isn’t that entirely greedy of you?  Selfish?  Full of envy? Is that such a great way to go through life instead of being happy with what you earn (and not what politics gets you by stealing it)? (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Democrats think you are SELFISH if you want to KEEP more of your own money

by Kimberly Morin April 1, 2015

While torturing myself listening to this morning’s painful budget session in the House, I also was watching Twitter. You wouldn’t believe (actually you probably would) the Democrats and ‘gimmie, gimmie’ more tweets that are being put out there.

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Notable Quote – Prof. Thomas Sowell on true greed

by Skip September 20, 2014

Among the many other questions raised by the nebulous concept of “greed” is why it is a term applied almost exclusively to those who want to earn more money or to keep what they have already earned—never to those wanting to take other people’s money in taxes or to those wishing to live on the […]

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Notable Quote – PJ O’Rourke

by Susan Olsen February 5, 2014

H/T Walter Royal

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Something to think about – The Left’s view of “The Noble Savage” and “End of Empire”

by Skip January 12, 2014

Emphasis mine: In boring fact, Empire keeps the peace and spreads civilization. The end of the Roman Empire introduced the Dark Ages. The end of the Habsburg Empire was the prerequisite of European war and revolution. Various lands and populations were destabilized at the fall of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires, and again at the […]

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Notable Quote – Karl Denninger

by Susan Olsen July 22, 2013

‘If you make political promises that can only be met through increased tax rates, now or in the future, you begin the process of slitting your own throat. ‘ Read the whole thing here.

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Notable Quote – Daniel Hannan

by Susan Olsen July 2, 2013

Via David Thompson: ‘Daniel Hannan considers fracking and its opponents: When I spoke in the European Parliament in support of fracking, most of the negative comments I received did not focus on specific safety concerns. Rather, they complained in general terms that fracking would ‘poison the planet’ or ‘bleed Mother Earth’ for no higher cause […]

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EMail Doodlings – What do you think about the NYC group trying to influence NH political system?

by Skip June 23, 2013

This came over the transom a little bit ago: tell me what your thoughts are regarding NYC paying for a group that comes to NH and gets space in the House Calendar as a “not for profit type group”? Is this not coercion of NY on the political system of NH?   just a thought. […]

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Money for nuthin….

by Susan Olsen March 29, 2013

So let me get this straight, some 250 folks were trusting (nay, let’s be honest, greedy and stupid) enough to loan money to a Ponzi scheme in the hopes of making astonishing returns on those loans and when the scumbag operating it finally ran out of suckers and money and the game collapsed, these 250 […]

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Data Point – Govt doesn’t like you giving your money away without getting a cut

by Skip November 22, 2012

Sounds like the Mafia, right – “a cut”.  But what other takeaway can there be to this but that Govt wants us to be less charitable – but they want more: In 2012: you can give a tax-free gift of up to $13,000 per person. If you’re married, you and your spouse can each make […]

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Blogosphere Line of the Day – on Greed

by Skip August 13, 2012

From Instapundit “A higher form of justice” translates as “give me the money regardless of the law.” “Greedy” means “you won’t give me what I want, just because it’s yours, not mine.” So Occupyish…yet from Sweden.  Or, the DNC / Obama Administration for that matter  

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Problem is, Obama wishes to put everyone on the Government teat

by Skip May 13, 2012

You know, Grokster Tim is gonna give me SUCH a hard time over this image – time after time I have repeated my one inviolate rule for Groksters about strictures in posts (“Adult themes, kid friendly”) when he (deliberately, and with a smirk on his face – heh!) puts up something that pushes my buttons.  […]

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Internet Doodlings – Greenies want more, don’t like I’m pointing out we’re broke

by Skip March 29, 2012

Congress, Please Don’t Cut Funding for Bike and Pedestrian Programs In the U.S., cities and states provide most of the funds for bike and pedestrians developments, but the federal government also provides essential funds without which many very important projects wouldn’t have been possible. The previous transportation bill, which was signed into law in 2005 […]

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