Government Per Capita Spending, by William M. Briggs
- Estimate the annual rate of increase over the last hundred years.
- See if you can identify those times when the Democrats and the Republicans controlled Congress and the Presidency. Which party did better?
I’ve installed Pale Moon in place of Firefox, hoping Pale Moon doesn’t impose any political or religious litmus tests. It looks good, and all the extensions work so far.
It must be that what the left really hated about the anti-communist witch-hunts of the 1950s was not that they were witch-hunts, but that they were anti-communist. You can tell because today the Gay Rights Nazis for Tolerance are happy to black-list anyone who disagrees with them, or even anyone who doesn’t cheer with enough enthusiasm.
“In response to Eich’s move, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said that, ‘Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where Corporate America is: inclusive, safe and welcoming to all.’”
Well, Mozilla is not quite safe and welcoming to “all,” is it?
- People are looking for other browsers, since the Mozilla board reportedly forced out their CEO because he opposed gay
marriage. The left are enthusiastic for tolerance and diversity, until they get the upper hand. Then, everybody must conform. If Firefox is the PC browser, I’ll find a different browser.
- I’ll get to this when I can, because I just switched to Windows 8, and (in no way related) the BBC says everyone should change all their passwords right now. It sounds serious.
- The White House is in trouble because they pay the women on staff less than the men, after having made a huge deal about how bad it is when other people do this. What I don’t get is why? It’s not their money; nobody there has any sense of fiscal responsibility. Why don’t they just give all the women raises?
Before the collection today, the preacher read Leviticus 25:35:
“If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.” (NIV)
He didn’t continue with the next verses, which say
“Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you. You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit.” (NIV)
Those two are probably from the part of Leviticus Christians today regard as no longer binding. Still, it’s controversial enough to suggest that poor citizens should have the same benefits as undocumented workers.
A business plan that requires illegal immigrants is simply organized crime.
“More than 50 million working age Americans are either officially unemployed or not working, but George W. Bush’s former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez says amnesty and significant increase in legal immigration are needed because businesses can’t find suitable employees.” — Despite 50 Million Americans Out Of Work…
These business plans should be non-viable. Fortunately for these legitimate businessmen, we have the leadership of two political parties and several important non-profit corporations working hard to get them cheap labor. That’s just one example of our meritocracy’s approach to governance that’s helped make America what it is today.
“The international community must act on evidence that crimes against humanity are being committed in North Korea, says a long-awaited UN report.”
Uh huh. I expect a strongly worded condemnation any day now. Of course the US could act to end the North Korean regime, but that would involve killing people and blowing up stuff, and then hanging Kim Jong-un and half a dozen of his lieutenants. Then the world would be united in its outrage against the US. And you know, it isn’t really our turn. Let the EU, or China, or Brazil, or Turkey act, and we in American will sit home and sanctimoniously condemn the loss of life.
They don’t work. Moreover, some people find pictures of guns disturbing, even with a red slashed circle over them. So we’re scaring school officials to no purpose.
Now, neither do laws against murder work; not entirely. But laws against murder, and the prospect of punishment, discourage some would-be murderers. No-guns-allowed signs disproportionately discourage not would-be murderers, but the law-abiding. Those law-abiding people are the ones who should have guns. If a significant number of the adults at the school find a picture of a gun scary, I’m not sure they’re entirely prepared to respond to an actual threat to the children’s safety. We should be paying a stipend to people who carry, to help defray their costs.
When I say “we,” I don’t mean the government should give us a tax credit. Leave the government out of it. The United Methodist Church, and the YMCA, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, should pay stipends to people to carry concealed weapons. Harvard should pay their alumni to carry. Pope Francis should grant indulgences to people who legally carry a concealed weapon. Maybe there could be a religious order of armed knights.
But that’s crazy talk, and none of that will happen. We’ll just go with the no-guns-allowed signs, non-functional and disturbing though they be.
First we’d need two parties
This analogy may not really hold up to close inspection, but sometimes it seems like the Democrats and the Republicans mostly differ in that one wants to give the Ring to Galadriel, and the other wants to give the Ring to Boromir.