Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Benevolence of Government

Margaret Thatcher died this past week. In reading about her, I came across this quote from her last speech to British House of Commons:

The hon. Gentleman is saying that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That way one will never create the wealth for better social services, as we have. What a policy. Yes, he would rather have the poor poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That is the Liberal policy.

If it pleases the lady, and I ever hope it would, I would like to introduce this fictional and entirely too simplistic scenario to help illustrate her point for where we are today, or at least where Obama would take us, in the United States.

Let's say I make $100,000 and someone else makes $20,000. That is "income disparity".

And income disparity is to be despaired above all things.

But unfortunately that someone else loses his job (because his evil corporate fatcat boss says complying with ObamaCare means he can't afford as many workers, but that's another story for another day). So, the government takes $20,000 of my income to help that guy while he's out of work.

We'll call the $20,000 the government takes from me "enhanced revenue". And we'll call the $20,000 they'll use to give to that other guy an "investment".

See, the government really, really cares for this guy, honest.

Now I've got $80,000 $70,000 (not having that $20,000 prevented me from making investments in my business and reduced my ability to market and produce the goods I make), and that guy has $20,000 $10,000 (after the government takes it's slice to pay administrators to determine what that guy should get. And for their staplers and laptop computers and buildings and offices and health insurance and pensions and their annual conference in Fiji for their workshops on better administrating).

I'm telling you, the government cares about this guy.

So now, we got ourselves a situation where we went from me having 400% more than that guy to a point where I have 600% more. Some might argue the income disparity just increased. But don't worry -- those people don't know what they're talking about. See, I used to have $80,000 more than he did, and now I only have $60,000 more. That's a 25% reduction in the disparity! Forward!

We'll call this, oh, I don't know, "fairness".

Ok, at this point, I'm a bit misty about just how much the government cares about this guy.

Of course, there used to be $120,000 in economic activity being generated between the two of us, and now there is $70,000. That's a 42% reduction in economic activity. But don't worry, taking the money from me and passing it through DC gives it a 4.652x multiplier (I rounded the number to save pixels, but government economists know the exact multiplier to at least 16 more places past the decimal point). This will juice the economy a lot more than if I had been allowed to selfishly keep the money I earned.

See, and this is perhaps the greatest lesson of all, the government helps me become a better, less selfish person.

We'll call all this. . . what's the phrase I'm looking for . . . The Obama Economy.

And just wait until they come for another $20,000 from me -- what a world that will be!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Now That March Madness Is Over

Now that the month of March has run its course, let's take a look at how The Sequester! impacted the growth of the total U.S. Debt compared to other years in the Obama presidency. This is the net change from the first day of March to the last day of March.

For example, in 2013 the debt was $16,640,135,316,625.30 on March 1 and $16,771,379,006,760.30 on March 29 (the last week day of the month). That works out to an increase of $131,243,690,135.00 (that is 131 billion dollars with a "b").

Here you go:

The Sequester and U.S. Debt

How we have survived as a nation with such austere measures is nothing short of astounding.

Friday, April 5, 2013

I Was Wrong

In one of my first forays into the bloggish new media whatever-you-want-to-call-it, I sent an email to Jonah Goldberg at National Review in 2006.

He posted it on the Corner:

It’s way too cute and conspiratorial, but it ain’t altogether crazy either. From a reader:

Wanted to propose a theory about Al Gore and other global warming alarmists. Maybe others have reached this conclusion, but I haven’t seen it.

Was just reading an article [which] starts out profiling Bill Gray, the preeminent hurricane guy. Talks about how he is a global warming skeptic and how he’s pissed at how he’s being treated in the scientific community. Etc.

But then I read this sentence, “In just three, five, maybe eight years, he [Gray] says, the world will begin to cool again.” and it hit me…Holy cow. The global warming alarmists KNOW the earth is going to begin cooling in a few years – and their alarm is that they have to have Kyoto-like programs in place that they can point to as the cause of the cooling.

If they can succeed at this – they effectively control the world. In a few decades they can revive the “earth is cooling and there’s an ice age coming” alarmism – and prescribe policies that ensure they have the power they want to manage that impending climate disaster.

For years now I have taken umbrage at Jonah calling me "not altogether crazy". I expressly aim to be exactly altogether crazy.

Anyway, I was waaaaay off base in that 2006 prediction. I was wrong. The Global Warming crowd didn't react to Bill Gray's accurate prediction of a pause in global warming -- indeed a cooling -- with some measure of crowing about how their efforts helped bring it about. Nope. They've just moved from the oh so restrictive "Global Warming" label to Climate Change. If it rains? Global Climate Warming Change! If there's a drought? Global Climate Warming Change! If it snows, if it hails, if it neither snows nor hails? Global Climate Warming Change! It rained in Dubuque! Ahaaaaa!!! It was dry in Dalhart! Proofiness!!!!!

If the temperature today is hotter than yesterday, then Climate Change! And if the temperature is cooler? ZOMG! CLIMATE CHANGIER!!!!!

I was naive in 2006. I was wrong. The earth has cooled, just like Dr. Gray predicted. But the Global Warmerists have no real reason to look at temperatures that diverge from what they predicted and pretend that that matters at all. The religion of Global Warmerism needs no empirical evidence, after all, it only needs faith.

There is a lot of faith -- much greater than a mustard seed -- going on up here in the Church of the Global Warmerism. And it will take a miracle for any of their predictions to come true.

But so far it's Dr. Gray 1, Global Warmerists 0.
(you can put me down for 0 too)

I Called On Obama To Bow Out For Exactly This Reason

The effort to resist saying I Told You So is not strong enough. Michelle Obama said this:

First lady Michelle Obama slipped up in a local TV interview Thursday and accidentally called herself a “single mother.”

“Believe me, as a busy single mother– or, I shouldn’t say single, as a busy mother. Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he’s there,” Mrs. Obama told Vermont CBS affiliate WCAX.

Four years ago, I said this:

I call on Obama to bow out

Here's wife Michelle on the campaign trail:

But seriously, with the exception of the campaign trail and life in the public eye, I have to say that my life now is not really that much different from many of yours. I wake up every morning wondering how on earth I am going to pull off that next minor miracle to get through the day. I know that everybody in this room is going through this. That is the dilemma women face today. Every woman that I know, regardless of race, education, income, background, political affiliation, is struggling to keep her head above water. We try to convince ourselves that somehow doing it all is a badge of honor, but for many of us it is a necessity and we have to be very careful not to lose ourselves in the process. More often than not, we as women, are the primary caretakers in our households, scheduling babysitters, planning play dates, keeping up with regular doctor’s appointments; this was my week last week, supervising homework, handing our discipline. Usually we are the ones in charge of keeping the household together. I know you men, I know that you guys try to do your part, but the reality is that we’re doing it, right? (laughter and applause) Laundry, cleaning, cooking, shopping, home repairs. You know Barack has my back, he’s right there with me, feels my pain, and all that. (laughter)

If she thinks it's hard out there as the wife of a Senator and the wife of a Presidential candidate, just think of the demands of being first lady. And the strains of having your husband and your kids' father being President. If she thinks raising her family is hard now, if she thinks she can barely keep her head above water now, she in no way should think that she could make it with Barack in the White House.

Besides, in Hillary's America, she will have a village to help raise her kids.

And if there one thing we've learned from her whining, it's that Michelle needs a village to raise her kids.

Yes, Michelle needs Hillary.

For the children.

For the love of God, won't somebody think of the children!

See, I did think of them. But nooooo, no one listened to me.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Break Your Foot

Kayak, which is a palindrome, and therefore evil (kayak live is evil kayak backwards), took its evil wrath out on my wife's foot.


The silver lining in this otherwise cloudy cloud, is that her bruising matches well with her toenail polish.