Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
MJ Perry's Carpet Diem: "Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole—with their common aim of legal plunder—constitute socialism. But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." ~Frederic Bastiat
Posted by RobertDWood at 11:22 AM
Friday, June 08, 2012
""Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped," McCullough said in his speech. “Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You've been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You've been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. ... But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."
After having suffered for 2 hours of a High School graduation last week, I believe this is a stellar antidote. Couple of thoughts on the graduation I did attend:
1. When did it become practice to run metal detectors and ban pocket knives and threaten me with arrest at these things?
2. When did useless 'we are prepared for life now' drivel become the banner cliche of high school completion?
3. When did it become proper to call a class that started as 450 freshmen and completed 220 graduates a success?
Posted by RobertDWood at 9:14 PM