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Monday, December 03, 2012

Cruising the Web

The New Republic recommends to the Democrats that they don't do away with the filibuster. It won't do them much good while the GOP controls the House.

Mark Steyn portrays our fiscal cliff drama as our modern version of The Perils of Pauline. And the prospect is not good.
You cannot simultaneously enjoy American-sized taxes and European-sized government. One or the other has to go.
Guess which is more likely to be tossed?

Conn Carroll pinpoints the two turning points of Obama's presidency when he had the opportunity to bring Republicans aboard for a grand compromise and decided instead to go the full partisan route. And thus we'll have no reform of entitlements or taxes, but some sort of band-aid put over our gaping fiscal wounds. Obama will be like Louis XV - "Après lui, le déluge"

And Robert Samuelson explains, once again, why we need to reform entitlements and chides Democrats for saying that Social security should be off the table.

Michael Barone ponders the statistics that an increasing percentage of American workers are living on disability rather than working.

George Will describes the sad situation on college campuses where the principle of free speech is fast fading away.

Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham argue for the Republicans' least bad alternative to going over the fiscal cliff - they should endorse the Simpson-Bowles plan. I agree. It is not ideal, but at least it would seriously address many of our problems and it has that golden bipartisan imprimatur.

Guess what happens when a country raises taxes substantially on the very rich? Britain is finding out - they leave the country.

Apparently psychologists are concerned that both men and women like gentlemanly behavior or, as they term it, "benevolent sexism" and therefore society needs to work harder to end it.

4 comments:

equitus said...

Re: Increasing numbers going on disability

It might just be my imagination and certainly anecdotal, but lately I'm seeing a higher proportion of occupied handicap parking spots (and, typically, the owner emerging and not visibly disabled). This could be related.

elkh1 said...

"The New Republic recommends to the Democrats that they don't do away with the filibuster. It won't do them much good while the GOP controls the House."

Ah, but they are thinking about the Supremes! They can confirm whoever Obama nominates, the leftistest the better.

elkh1 said...

"Guess what happens when a country raises taxes substantially on the very rich? Britain is finding out - they leave the country."

Ah, but our rich are trapped like roaches. They check in, they can't check out. We tax them wherever they are, we charge them at least two arms and two legs "exit" taxes on all their worldwide assets if they decide to give up their citizenship. The Soviet Union had a lot to learn from us when they levied an exit fee on the Jews. But the Soviet is no more, replaced by the United Soviets of America.

Rick Caird said...

elkh1 is pretty much on target.

The US government has erected its own Berlin Wall. The blue states, like California and Illinois, wish they could do the same. This government no longer exists for the people, but rather for itself.

Some people may be interested in this:

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1155-taxpayers-tea-party-and-take-back-your-government-bundle.aspx

One of the two books is by Heinlein and they can download to your kindle. Although, only the Heinlein book has downloaded so far for me. This was a reference from Instapundit.