Monthly Archives: February 2011

Behold the Gentle Unionista

Much gnashing of teeth has been made over the fact that the Right Wing engages in violent and aggressive rhetoric.  Hand in hand with that is the concept that the Left Wing is a bunch of gentle lambs seeking peace and love and overall gentleness.

Behold said gentleness:

Fire. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

Wherein The Economist Brings The Dynamite

I read the Economist because it annoys me.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love LOVE the cover art and the graphs are way cool; geeky cool.

But, they are Liberal Leftists from Europe and it just bugs me enough to net out annoyed.

Which only means I love it when they bring the whup-ass.

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Liberty Continues To March On

Further evidence that the sweet waters of Liberty will find it’s level is the fact that the largest social network in the world has included two new options for relationship status:

Facebook has added two new relationship status options users can include in their online profiles: “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”

Against every. single. odd. Liberty has proven to be resistant to oppression.  She will shine her light where ever she finds herself.

Go Liberty.

Behold The Unionista

These are teachers.

These are people who teach our children to love learning.  To respect others.  To play nice.

And this is what we get:  From Althouse

Unions!  Fire every single one of these union workers that called in sick to protest!

Caution Government at Work

Wanna know why the cost of Medicare is going up?

Raleigh, N.C. — If a wheelchair costs $160, why would Medicare pay eight times as much? That’s the question one local woman asked after her elderly father needed a wheelchair to get around.

As a WRAL investigation found, it’s all in the way Congress set up the spending plan.

A wheelchair seemed like a simple purchase for Jeanne Gunter’s 95-year old-father when he moved to assisted living, but she soon learned that Medicare’s payment system is not so simple.

Medicare rents to own equipment, such as wheelchairs. One wheelchair, for example, costs $104 a month for up to 13 months, which is about $1,300 total. Providers must maintain the liability to repair the chair during the 13 months of rental.

“We could’ve bought a wheelchair,” Gunter said. “I looked at a local pharmacy and looked at a wholesale club, and you could easily get one for $150 to $200 comparable to what we have.”

By all means, let’s have these people run my health insurance program.

Lending Money

There’s all kinds of reasons why people want to borrow money.  Mostly, though, there are two:

  1. They need the money now.  A bill has to be paid or service will be turned off.
  2. They want something now.  A purchase is to be made and saving the money isn’t desirable.

In any case, an individual is taking current value of money in trade for some future value of money.  And current money is more valuable than future money; I’d rather have $20 now than $20  later.  So, to compensate for that, money lenders charge interest.  While I would rather have that 20 bucks now, I might be willing to hold off if I could get 25 bucks next week.

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Man Crush

A continuation of my love affair with Chris Christie:

A leader leading is something to behold.

Hat tip:  The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute

State Union Shennanigans


A commenter noticed that I had incorrectly said that North Carolina State Employees have collective bargaining rights.

They do not.

stand corrected.

It’s the same ‘ol story;  The scorpion, needing passage across the steam, requests assistance from the frog.  The frog, justifiably suspicious of the scorpion demurs only to receive the promise from the scorpion that he will not sting him.

The rest shall we say, is history.

But the story is proving to be a fantastic parallel in North Carolina in specific and the rest of the states in general.

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Unions: The Beginning of the Beginning?

One thing is true.  Unions increase unemployment and raise the cost of goods.


The modern concept of Union is able to accomplish this by the force of sword and gun.  Laws have been passed that allow Unions to access the police force of the state to intervene on the Union’s behalf.  With this access, the Unions are able to negotiate benefits for themselves that would not otherwise be possible in a relationship between two parties.  In short, the Union uses legal coercion to obtain their benefits.

And this increases unemployment and raises the cost of good above what they otherwise would be.

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The Hits Just Keep Comin’

For better or for worse, it’s done:

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Friday evening introduced a revised 2011 government spending bill that the GOP said will cut at least $100 billion in spending this fiscal year, bowing to demands by Tea Party-backed House freshmen.

Kickin’ and screamin’ we’ll keep tryin’ to get this country back to where it needs to be!