If you will watch this interesting exchange you will understand a little better at least one reason why we find ourselves in the present economic mess:

Samuel Blumenfeld writes a hard-hitting article in response to the passage of the health-care bill which he believes signals the end of the republic of the United States and ushers in a potentially dangerous socialistic agenda:

Non-violent, peaceful opposition is still a force to be reckoned with.

But socialists think otherwise. They believe in violent revolution, and the 20th century has shown how they will not hesitate to murder millions of people to carry out their plans for a coercive utopia. But Americans are loath to believe that any one among us would consider or condone such brutal massacres as a way of achieving political ends. But if you believe in man’s innate depravity, you will have no illusions about what some men are capable of doing.

Who would have believed that the civilized German people, with their universities, museums and opera houses, could descend to such barbarism under the Nazi government as to invent human extermination camps during World War II? So the impossible is not at all impossible.

Read the article here.

Michael Barron comments on our present state:

“It looks like a happy new year for you — if you’re a public employee.

That’s the takeaway from a recent Rasmussen poll that shows that 46 percent of government employees say the economy is getting better, while just 31 percent say it’s getting worse. In contrast, 32 percent of those with private-sector jobs say the economy is getting better, while 49 percent say it is getting worse.

Nearly half, 44 percent, of government employees rate their personal finances as good or excellent. Only 33 percent of private-sector employees do.

It sounds like public- and private-sector employees are looking at different Americas. And they are.

Private-sector employment peaked at 115.8 million in December 2007, when the recession officially began. It was down to 108.5 million last November. That’s a 6 percent decline.

Public-sector employment peaked at 22.6 million in August 2008. It fell a bit in 2009, then rebounded back to 22.5 million in November. That’s less than a 1 percent decline.

This is not an accident — it is the result of deliberate public policy.”

You should read the entire article here.

(HT: Doug Bandow)

Jeffrey Tucker argues that it is:

The Relentless Misery of 1.6 Gallons

Seems like there could be a cheaper way to do this.

George Will gives us the reason why: it will drive other insurance companies out of business and will become the sole provider. See his article here.

HT: Gene Veith

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” –Will Rogers

HT: George Grant

Doug Wilson has a great post on the loss of our freedoms from within our nation:

“This means that while our men overseas may well be fighting for our safety — a discussion for another time — they are certainly not fighting for our freedom.

I am quite prepared to admit that the principal threat to my safety (especially as I travel) comes from radical Muslims. But the principal enemies of my freedoms are ensconced in Washington. If you don’t believe me, let’s test them. How much of my property are they willing to put off limits, beyond their reach? Ah . . . exactly so.”

He also speaks of the difference between taxation and stealing. Read the whole article here.

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