“Trump’s $3.6 Trillion Budget Cuts Hit His Supporters Hard,” blares the Bloomberg headline. The subject, is of course, President Donald Trump’s leaner budget proposal released Tuesday morning. The Bloomberg story begins by fleshing out the headline: “President Donald Trump’s first full budget would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society, hitting hard many of the rural, working-poor supporters who propelled him into office as he cuts through the safety net for the poor and disabled, impacting farming communities and inner cities alike.” Why would he, as The Washington Post put it so pathetically, release a “budget that would bolster the rich, [and] remove benefits from the poor”? Continue reading
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We cannot vote away scarcity.
Our ongoing troubles with health care stem from an unwillingness to deal with certain facts. One of those facts is scarcity. “Scarcity” is a term from economics, and it refers to the fact that there is never enough of anything to satisfy every possible desire — the universe holds only so much, and human desire has a way of outgrowing whatever we have. So we have to come up with a way of dividing up that which is scarce. We have tried many different ways of doing that — war, caste systems, central planning — though mostly we’ve relied on the fact that everybody wants lots of different things, which makes it possible to trade. But buying and selling stuff is not, to be sure, the only way to divide up that which is scarce. Continue reading
A Chinese Factory Slave Explains Why Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back To America No Matter What President Trump Says
While we all loved President Trump’s campaign pledge to bring jobs back to America, there are powerful economic forces at work that suggest the shift to cheap labor is pretty much irreversible. Yes, Trump has spoken with the leaders of some of America’s biggest companies and he’s been successful at getting those chief executives to commit to creating or keeping a few thousands jobs here and there, but when you consider that the competing foreign labor force primarily responsible for manufacturing America’s consumer goods numbers in the hundreds of millions of people, the notion that we’re somehow going to see explosive manufacturing growth over the next four or eight years is nothing more than a pipe dream. Continue reading
Welcome to Episode 273 of the ongoing saga of, ‘The Whiners,’ starring the spoiled cry-baby’s of the Millennial generation.
Social justice wish lists have grown over the years by adding the impossible: reparations for slavery, controlling CO2 levels, eradicating offensive speech, selective homicide and regulating thought in general. Advocates of these causes have ramped-up assaults on anyone who disagrees. Flooding college campuses and spilling onto surrounding streets, their disruptions signal the disintegrating state of what we refer to as education. Continue reading
We are at a unique low in the history of American higher education but also at an opportune time to restore higher education to its former glory and grandeur if we can fully accept two simple facts and obtain cooperation among the four most important entities that control higher education (“Charles Murray shouted down on campus: ‘Liberal tolerance’ is an assault on self-governance itself,” March 5, 2017). Continue reading
Over the whole of this past weekend and the previous week I have been watching all the seemingly weird developments having to do with Comrade Obama’s (as well as his bosses behind him) attempt to remove Donald Trump from the presidency. To say that this is a highly organized and planned coup is to put it mildly. Obama never really wanted to relinquish the presidency. He fondly wished (had his puppet masters allowed it) to continue on as president so he could complete the task of culturally and socially dismantling the country–the fond dream of all cultural Marxists in America. His puppet masters, for reasons of their own, didn’t allow that, much to his chagrin. But they did the next best thing. They set him up so he could conduct a “guerrilla presidency” less than two miles from the White House, with over 30,000 “volunteers” across the country, to carry out whatever mayhem he directed them to. Continue reading
Just this past week I came into possession of a new book by Ron Kennedy called Dixie Rising–Rules for Rebels which was just published this year by Shotwell Publishing in Columbia, South Carolina. Shotwell Publishing is not a fancy, slick-paper outfit. They publish “meat and potatoes” books, mostly for Southern folks who want to know the truth of their history and have an accurate idea of what goes on in the South today.
This latest book by Ron Kennedy is the kind of book that tells you what you need to do to resist the federal leviathan and the political sucklings that live off of it, who promise you one thing at election time and then do the exact opposite once you have voted them into office. It is based on the same format as Alinski’s Rules for Radicals, but where Alinski presents a program for tearing down decent society, Ron Kennedy presents one for preserving decent society, especially Christian society. Continue reading
American statesman Ben Franklin once said, “We better all hang together or we’ll all hang separately.”
He referred to the fact that each signatory of the Declaration of the Independence faced death at the hands of the British back on July 4, 1776.
Today, we face the most fragmented and fractured electorate since the Vietnam War era. Democrats blame republicans for many ills facing this nation. And vice versa! Ironically, both parties equally contributed to America’s horrific $19.5 trillion debt. Both parties voted for the 15-year long war in Afghanistan and Iraq costing taxpayers trillions of dollars—but accomplishing nothing. Both parties watched America’s inner cities turn into war zones like Chicago, and unemployed Americans into the millions. Continue reading
That this country is divided and engaged in a cultural war is a fact that cannot be disputed. On the one side you have the Leftists, Satanists, most Democrats, RINO’s and the Transgender crowd who all realize this and they know what this war is all about–the destruction of Christian culture and influence. On the other side you have patriotic and conservative folks, many of them Christians, and, unfortunately, many of them don’t have a clue as to what this war is really all about, or that there even is a war. They seem to think that most of this is, somehow, a political issue and most of them have been taught that politics is “of the world” and so they shouldn’t get involved. That’s rotten theology, but it has been effective theology for the past 150 years, so why should the Leftists and their ilk change horses in midstream when this horse has been doing so well? Continue reading
Astute students of history understand that government agencies often further their own interests and not the administration they are designated to serve. Seldom is the genuine national security advanced when bureaucrats pledge their loyalty to their respective fiefdoms of projecting influence and power. Absent in this supremacy struggle equation is the abstract notion that state legitimacy is founded upon the will and consent of the people. Such a quaint concept does not reflect a chapter in the training manual that breeds the spooks who operate as above the law and unaccountable super spies. Continue reading
After 30 years of slanted, biased and false news reporting from major players in the Main Stream Media (MSM) —Americans turn toward more reliable sources—such as citizen journalists writing for Internet news services. Social media features speakers like British speaker Pat Condell telling hungry audiences what’s really happening with the Muslim invasion of Europe.
Whistleblowers such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden exposed deeper layers of fraud and deception continuing in Washington DC and in Europe. Continue reading
For years I have said that, at root, Leftism is really more religious than political. As a “religion” it usually manifests itself through political activism, but that activism is rooted in Leftist theology. If you want a brief description of Leftist theology you could sum it up with these three devout beliefs of those on the Left–Jesus is not the Christ; there is no such thing as original sin; and all private property is theft (except theirs).
Most Christians fail to grasp the theological implications of the Leftist worldview. All they see are the political events that transpire from that worldview and they never connect the dots that go from religious faith to political activism. Continue reading
To manipulate Americans, politicians before Trump have used the values cudgel. With respect to immigration, the idea is to impress upon gullible Americans that the world has a global Right of Return to the U.S. Fail to accept egalitarian immigration for all into America; and you are flouting the very essence of Americanism. (Or, to use liberal argumentation, you’re Hitler.) Continue reading
Now that he has assumed the office of President and is actually trying to fulfill the promises he made to the American people (something most politicians never do) Donald Trump is beginning to find out just how deeply entrenched the “deep state” or the “shadow government” or whatever you care to call it, really is. Continue reading
No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference,’ as a columnist in Israeli ‘Jerusalem Post’ attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending. If it was, indeed, just ‘another peace conference’, representatives from the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) would have attended as well.
Instead, it was a defining moment that we are likely to remember: as the one that has officially ended the peace process charade after 25 years. Continue reading
The following by noted contributor, Neal Ross – was originally posted in response to another reader’s comments about the potential for a citizen uprising in America today – a ‘Revolution’ as it were. Neal’s’ assessment of the then and now situations is worth a single posting of it’s own. ~ J.B.
The problem, or difference as I see it between then and now is that back then with the third that was Tories they either relocated to England when America declared independence, or they accepted the outcome of the Revolution when we won. The other 33% went with the flow and would have continued as British subjects had we lost, or continued on as free Americans. It didn’t matter one way or the other to them. Continue reading
I hope that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump will act immediately to restore equal justice, equal rights and equal opportunity to those whom the Obama administration has denied all these things — boys, men and fathers. An excellent starting point would be the Department of Education, which will be under his direct administrative control (“Donald Trump and Bill Gates find common ground,” Web, Dec. 28). Continue reading
While Donald Trump maneuvers to cleanse government’s cesspool, communities face a bigger challenge at home.
Academics, classroom teachers, newspapers and television, movie stars and the Cultural Arts are seducing our children into believing it is their duty to relinquish their rights for a coveted scrunch into the bloated backseat of the global collective.
Like a crafty Tom Sawyer, who made the drudgery of whitewashing Aunt Polly’s fence so glamorous his friends eagerly surrendered their apples, tadpoles and marbles for the honor, our government persuades Americans that loyalty to fairness, the environment and climate change outweighs their rights over their own property. Continue reading
“It seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances.
The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of him.
He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers From Prison
“The Populace Is Just As Stultified And Easily Distracted Now As It Was Then”
The year was 451, and the battle of Chalons (also known as Catalaunian Fields and Campus Martius) was fought between a coalition of Roman legionnaires, Germanic Visigoths, and Gauls against the Huns. Flavius Aetius was the Roman commanding general, and he led his forces to defeat Attila, king of the Huns and commander of the Hun armies. The loss caused Attila to withdraw and skirmish into Italy, but again (this time through diplomacy and concessions) he withdrew in 452, returning into what is now modern Hungary. Attila died in 453, and the Hun menace to Europe had ended.
Aetius had been the declining (and fragmented) Western Roman Empire’s best chance to restructure itself. He had fought in Gaul and throughout Italy and Europe for decades, sometimes even with support from the Huns before Attila began his quest for empire. A master strategist, tactician, diplomat, and warrior, he effectively stemmed the collapse of the Western Roman Empire for another 25 years. In all probability, he may have been able to turn things around for a longer period of time.
This was not to be, as he was assassinated by none other than the Emperor Valentinian III and his henchman Heraclius on 22 September 454. Continue reading
One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States.
After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would promote peace and prosperity. Globalization and trade would bind countries together. The U.S. economic and political model, mixing markets and government oversight, would be emulated. Higher living standards would bolster democratic ideas and institutions. Continue reading
Educators in Virginia back in the 50’s and 60’s should remember well that we had an example of Common Core enforced by the state for fifteen years. It was an example of what happens when government takes over the writing of history and government textbooks. The story is one I was involved in and should be a warning against letting he Federal Government take control of curriculum in local school systems.
To understand Virginia in the 1940’s and 50’s a description by historian V. O. Key, Jr. in his study of Democrat Party politics in the South summed it up very well. We were described as “the state with the most thorough control by an oligarchy.” While most Virginians alternated between the use of the term “organization” or “machine” for those who ran the state it was accepted that the dominant figure was U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. The organization had the ability to keep a tight rein on the government through strong courthouse control and a poll tax. Continue reading
The Death of Civilization
I used to wonder how civilizations die.
Oh, sometimes a small civilization is destroyed by the armies of a bigger and more powerful civilization. There’s not much mystery there.
But how do great and powerful civilizations die? What happened to the Roman Empire? To the Spanish Empire? To the British Empire? It’s no answer then to say that they were beaten by enemy armies. How did they get weak enough to be beaten? Continue reading
Most every child at one time or another has had his feelings hurt, This last sentence probably was offensive to some little girl who noticed I said his instead of her.
This concrete observation was at one time explained as convention to use one pronoun to include both genders. Then this explanation got lost because a loud noise was made ( as distinguished from a sound argument ) giving weight to a child’s cry on intolerance to the adult’s explanation of why we use one gender ( for economy ) and when this convention is known and understood it is not a slight of anyone. I am offended that this convention has been dropped and my feelings have been hurt but since I don’t get enough press, I suffer. Continue reading
When President Reagan took office in 1980, he promised to reduce the number of federal agencies and rules. Eight years later, his Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief failed to eliminate a single agency or even one of the thousands of federal regulations.
Today, President-elect Trump has promised to stop HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and reduce all regulations by 70%.
Unfortunately, it cannot be done with a “phone and a pen.” Continue reading
Big Business Warns Trump of Damage to Economy from Mass Deportations
Still grappling with Donald Trump’s surprise election, the nation’s business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.
The push, led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is still in its infancy as the business world struggles to understand the tough-talking Trump’s true intentions on an issue that defined his outsider campaign. Some groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are holding off, doubtful that Trump will actually create a deportation force, as he suggested before his election, to expel those estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
But others are assembling teams of public officials and industry leaders on the ground in key states to encourage Trump to embrace a more forgiving immigration policy — in the name of economic development, if not human compassion. Continue reading
What is Money?
What is money? Really. It’s a token, receipt or an electronic note we get or give for some thing or some doing. It’s a convenient marker to interchange value.
Oh, and it’s also the most powerful WMD ever been used against us, for centuries.
A small group knows lots about money but they don’t want us to know what it is or how to use it to prosper because they are the ones who have been using it against us.
Maybe it has crossed your mind that something is wrong with money; that it’s not working right; that maybe the whole monetary system is broken; that “economics” is just being used to justify money failures; that maybe banks get richer because we get poorer. Mostly we ignore it because it’s there. Hmm? Continue reading
The typical homeschool mom has been told this: “Beware of online education. Computers are bad!”
This is the sales pitch of homeschool curriculum producers that did not see what the Khan Academy would do to education. They do not know how to respond. They have “bet the farm” on Gutenberg, not video-based education. They are going to lose this bet.
So are the children of the mothers who stick with textbooks.
Homeschool moms are as blind to what makes for advanced education as are the members of the public school teachers’ union. They also use textbooks.
UPPER DIVISION UNIVERSITY COURSES
Here is what homeschool moms never do. They do not look at the reading lists of any upper-division college course in the social sciences and humanities. They would find that there are no textbooks. There are monographs. There are primary source documents. There are journal articles. There are classic modern books in the discipline. But there are no textbooks.
Why not? Because upper division courses are taught by senior professors, not low-paid assistant professors who are assigned the freshman courses. Textbooks are for freshmen, not upper division students. Upper division courses are designed for students who have gone through the grunt-work, “weed-them-out” freshman course. They are ready for serious work. Continue reading
Smart Diversity, Smart Governance, Smart Arming the BLM, Stealing elections, Coming for your Guns and Freedoms
Having failed in their sickening, carnivorous raid on the last redoubt of Truth, Justice, and the American Way—the god-cursed, flesh-eating bacteria Democrats, and their filthy banshee demons and thieving succubi—they are now going to Plan “B”?
Foreign trillionaire, Plan “B”?
Having lost the Election—are they now openly trying to steal it? They’re gonna “recount” the votes, until somebody finds another 500,000 hanging chads in a mail sack out behind Democrat headquarters? They’re gonna threaten the lives of Electors and scare them into voting for a stupid, accomplishment-free, physically ill, apparently demented criminal? They’re gonna bring in paid brownshirts to riot and burn down your streets?
Really? Continue reading
In his new article, my young Ugandan mentee Steven Lyazi makes a passionate appeal, asking that African and global leaders do much more to make fossil fuels and electricity available for poor families, nations and communities around the world. Only in that way, he convincingly argues, can the world’s poor improve their lives, living standards, health and life spans. ~ Paul Driessen
Poor countries have a right to use fossil fuels and will no longer let anyone stop us
Our planet is blessed with abundant resources that can generate enormous energy, provide raw materials for wondrous technologies, and build modern homes, roads and other structures – to support every man, woman and child on this earth. But can and will political powers make them available to the people who need them?
Of all these resources, energy is the most important. Nothing happens without energy. Continue reading