“This ‘purchasing power’ argument is, when one considers it seriously, fantastic. It could just as well apply to a racketeer or a thief who robs you. After he takes your money he has more purchasing power. He supports with it bars, restaurants, night clubs, tailors, perhaps automobile workers. But for every job his spending provides, your own spending must provide one less, because you have that much less to spend. Just so the taxpayers provide one less job for every job supplied by the spending of officeholders. When your money is taken by a thief, you get nothing in return. When your money is taken through taxes to support needless bureaucrats, precisely the same situation exists.”—Henry Hazlitt, Economics In One Lesson
I believe that there is a ‘moral [and] constitutional equivalence’ … between laws designed to subjugate a race and those that distribute benefits on the basis of race in order to foster some current notion of equality. Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law.
That these programs may have been motivated, in part, by good intentions cannot provide refuge from the principle that under our Constitution, the government may not make distinctions on the basis of race. As far as the Constitution is concerned, it is irrelevant whether a government’s racial classifications are drawn by those who wish to oppress a race or by those who have a sincere desire to help those thought to be disadvantaged. There can be no doubt that the paternalism that appears to lie at the heart of this program is at war with the principle of inherent equality that underlies and infuses our Constitution.
”—U.S. Justice Clarence Thomas, Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena
“Remember something, if you will, about voting: Voting is not a horse race, you’re not going there thinking “Gee, I gotta pick the winner so I can brag to my friends ‘Oh, I picked so-and-so and he or she won’”. Voting is voting your heart and voting your conscience and when you’ve done that, don’t ever, EVER let a Democrat or Republican tell you that you’ve wasted your vote because the fact is, if you DON’T vote your heart and conscience then you HAVE wasted your vote.”—Jesse Ventura
“Researchers, like other people, can become attached to their ideas, but when they bring their personal biases out into the open, science advances with increasing freedom and productivity. Within the realm of scientific research, a model’s failure carries no stigma. So-called “failed” models often illuminate and foster the growth of more successful ones. Determining what does not work often helps elucidate what does.”—Hugh Ross, More Than A Theory
I’ve been working on an article about bailouts, and as I was doing research on the topic, I figured I’d watch through this HBO special (film, maybe?) as part of it. It simply was astounding to see how these people thought they could control the markets. They genuinely believed that government intervention would be the right thing to do, a very Keynesian notion. Of course, central economic planning has never worked in the history of the world, and in fact, has been responsible for the collapse of currencies (and hence empires) for thousands of years. But people like Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner continue to delude themselves, thinking that they can avert the natural boom and bust cycles of the market. All this does is create bubbles… illusions, if you will.
Consider the following imagery: a child is riding his bicycle without any training wheels for the first time. His dad has let go, and he’s wobbling, but trying to get his bearings. As he starts leaning a little to the left, the government swoops in and whacks him to the right. Now, in the short run (within a millisecond), it may look like the kid is upright again, but that’s going to change pretty quickly. So now, as the kid starts leaning to the right, the government jumps in again to correct him. There is no end to this, and the problem, of course, is the kid never learns, but looks for a whack one way or the other. This isn’t independence, and this isn’t a free market. It’s all an illusion, one perpetuated by our government, and bought into by Americans. We need to stop this… now.
“Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping toward destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interest of everyone hangs on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.”—Ludwig Von Mises
If government stimulus money in this country went to a church, there’d be hell to pay once the ACLU was through, but the amount of foreign aid that goes to helping out mosques oversees goes unchecked. It’s not about one religion over another though - it’s about consistency in our government’s ideology. Believe one way or the other. You can’t eat your cake and have it too.
Of course, the best part about this article would be that it’s written by Chuck Norris.
“The essential teaching of liberalism is that social co-operation and the division of labor can be achieved only in a system of private ownership of the means of production, i.e., within a market society, or capitalism. All the other principles of liberalism—democracy, personal freedom of the individual, freedom of speech and of the press, religious tolerance, peace among the nations—are consequences of this basic postulate. They can be realized only within a society based on private property.”—Ludwig Von Mises
“The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.”—Alan Greenspan, Gold and Economic Freedom
“To understand the unitive purpose [of sexual desire], we must recognize that the sexes are not only different but complementary. God could have made just one self-sufficient sex. Instead he made two, each of which feels itself incomplete and longs for the other. The canyon between them is deep, but bridging it is well worth the patience and discipline it requires.”—J. Budziszewski, The Law of Nature and The Law of Man