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April 24, 2014

California Teeters on the Edge (Update)

A stern warning for California — and from a Democrat.

‘California is God’s best moment,” says Joel Kotkin. “It’s the best place in the world to live.” Or at least it used to be.

[Snip]

Now, however, the Golden State’s fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape. The first thing that comes to many American minds when you mention California isn’t Hollywood or tanned girls on a beach, but Greece. Many progressives in California take that as a compliment since Greeks are ostensibly happier. But as Mr. Kotkin notes, Californians are increasingly pursuing happiness elsewhere.

Read the whole thing at The Wall Street Journal   

(Update)

More from Hot Air:  http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/30/california-by-the-numbers/

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Atlas Shrugged: For Real

Ayn Rand’s prophetic book Atlas Shrugged seems to be playing out right before our eyes.  Wayne Allyn Root draws the parallels between fact and fiction in his latest Townhall piece:

The U.S. economy is crumbling. Businesses are collapsing in record numbers. The real unemployment rate approaches 15% (or higher). 45 million Americans are on food stamps. Over 10.8 million Americans are on the Disability rolls. Tax revenues are down dramatically. All this while Obama has added thousands of new IRS agents, added over 60,000 new mandates, rules and regulations, turned the National Labor Relations Board over to radical union hacks, passed rules to satisfy radical extremist environmentalists, and chooses to target, demonize, and punish the wealthy. Coincidence? Or are these tragic situations related?

But it’s only fiction — right?

Read the whole thing at Townhall.com     

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Obama’s Cure for Illegal Immigration Worse Than the Disease

My article as originally published in American Thinker:

President Obama’s economic policies amount to chemo-economics, as he is using these policies like a cancer therapy to “cure” the nation of what he perceives as the “disease” of capitalism.

With food stamp usage at an all time high, millions dropping out of the labor market and no longer being counted in the unemployment numbers, and 50% of the recent college graduates either unemployed or underemployed, Obama’s “cure” seems to be working quite brilliantly.

There does appear to be one unintended side-effect of chemo-economics, though, that Obama and the Democrats certainly didn’t count on, something that conservatives can actually be happy about. As pointed out in Rick Moran’s recent piece, and in this Washington Times piece that was mentioned by Rush Limbaugh on his show Wednesday, chemo-economics seems to have had an apoptotic effect on illegal immigration. Net immigration from Mexico has stopped and may have reversed according to a Pew report.

From the Times piece:

So the Mexicans have quit coming to the hopeless part of North America. Canada is just too far to walk.

Or, at least, the few final stragglers who have not kept up with America’s woes and are still sneaking into the U.S. are balanced out by all the illegal Mexicans already here who are now risking their lives to cross the desert to escape the American “dream.”

Now we know why all the politicians in Washington have finally agreed to beef up security and build a fence along the southern border. They’re desperate to keep all the Mexicans from leaving.

That’s right, who would raise their children and mow their lawns and do all of America’s dirty work if all the Mexicans left?

Authors of the Pew report call the stunning shift in migration patterns historic. Not since the Great Depression, they say, has a shift of this magnitude occurred along the U.S.-Mexico border. Not since the Great Depression?

Chemo-economics appears to be working a little too well. So why build a giant wall to prevent illegal immigration when all you have to do is kill the U.S. economy? Democrats may want to build that wall to help keep potential Democrat voters from leaving the country.

Let us hope that chemo-economics gets permanently removed from the market this November never to be used again.

Obama’s “cure” for our economy is not the way to cure the problem of illegal immigration.


Video: “If I wanted America to Fail”

Must watch video from Free Market America:

 

So do you?

More at FreeMarketAmerica.org    

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The Power of Profit

A very short and informative video on the power of profit by Walter Williams and Prager University.

Found at Biggovernment.com   

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Sweden as an Economic Role Model?

I’m not sure about that but this piece from Dan Mitchell at Townhall is an interesting read:

Sweden has a very large and expensive welfare state, but it’s actually becoming a bit of a role model for economic reform.

[Snip]

Notwithstanding the many admirable features of Sweden, I never thought they would be moving in the right direction on fiscal policy while the United States was heading in the opposite direction.

Read the whole thing at Townhall.com  

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Buffett Rule Would Run Government for a Few Hours a Year…

…assuming these millionaires don’t change their behavior.

The President is using class warfare again.

From Obama’s website :

Get his back

Middle-class families shouldn’t have to pay a higher tax rate than millionaires and billionaires.

So President Obama has proposed the “Buffett Rule,” which would require the wealthiest Americans to pay a tax rate at least as high as the middle class. Republicans are already calling this “class warfare,” and they will fight this plan with everything they have.

But it’s just common sense. Tell the President you’ve got his back on this one

John Hayward at Human Events points out our President’s game:

On Tuesday evening, the Wall Street Journal looked at the ever-shifting rationale offered for President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” obsession, noting that once upon a time Obama assured us this pitiful 0.1% increase in federal revenue would be enough to “stabilize our debt and deficits for the next decade,” but these days White House aides are saying it was “never intended to bring the deficit down and the debt under control.” Instead, it’s a all about establishing “a basic issue of tax fairness.”

Although the Journal has other fish to fry in their editorial, it should be noted that the Obama Administration is blatantly and openly lying about whether or not he ever claimed the Buffett Rule would address the deficit.

Read the whole thing at Human Events  

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Time to Rethink UC Education? (UPDATED)

Indoctrination centers?  This Big Government piece will come as no surprise to many:

Think a University of California degree is worth its weight in gold? Think again. According to a new study, you might want to rethink that second mortgage needed to send junior to a UC campus.

The California Association of Scholars, a division of the National Association of Scholars, have just released an incendiary report showing that all nine of the University of California’s campuses have been compromised by too many politicized courses and radical faculty members. CAS members include a number of current or past professors from the UC system who have taught at UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UC-Santa Cruz, and UC-San Diego.

Conservatives have long complained of a strong liberal bias in college classrooms, and this new study shows just how far off track it has gone in one of the most prestigious public university systems in the country. You can read the full CAS 81-page report here.

Read the whole thing at Big Government   

(UPDATE)

Zombie at Pj Media attended an educators lecture at U.C. Berkeley titled: “Teaching as a Subversive Activity — Revisited.”

I nearly fell out of my chair when he first said that he wished conservatives didn’t have freedom of speech, and then practically the very next phrase out of his mouth was that people like him believe in “a culture of open-mindedness.” I mean c’mon, does he have any self-awareness? How could someone say that with a straight face? And the audience just laughed, ha ha ha. This only confirms what I have long suspected: That liberals have banished overt conservative thought from many college campuses with “speech codes,” and that given half a chance they would implement the same thing society-wide, and feel sanctimonious and justified in doing so.

Read the whole thing at Pj Media

And more from Big Government: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/21/From-Education-To-Indoctrination-At-U-C

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Bill Whittle’s New Afterburner Video: Merchants of Despair

Bill Whittle sums up the Obama Administration a little too well in his new PJ Media Afterburner video:

Who is responsible for the current economic malaise? If you ask Bill Whittle, it’s Obama’s pals like David Axelrod, Harry Reid and Tim Geithner, some of the many Merchants of Despair. These merchants are costing taxpayers trillions and creating deep national divides based on class and race. Will the despair continue for another four years? Find out.

See more at http://www.pjtv.com

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Five ways to Destroy the US Economy

President Obama has found the perfect recipe.

John Hawkins at Townhall explains:

If America’s economy were a minority, Barack Obama would be guilty of a hate crime for the things he’s done to it. If the economy were a kidnap victim, Barack Obama would be telling it to “put the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.” If this were the movie Saw, Obama would have the economy chained to a radiator and he’d demand that it cut off its own foot to escape. Had Obama literally done nothing except watch Gilligan’s Island reruns since he was elected, not only would the economy be in considerably better shape today, but he could learn a lot of tips from the Skipper on how to properly handle Joe Biden.

More at Townhall.com  

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