Thursday, May 28, 2015


From Don Boudreaux’s latest column-  A slice:
This capacity to adjust our expectations to prevailing reality, though, serves us poorly when it comes to politics. Political reality is full of politicians who refuse to take principled stands out of fear that doing so will lose them votes, or who dissemble and even lie in efforts to bolster their prospects at the polls. Yet because such unprincipled behavior and deceit are so commonly practiced by politicians, we’ve grown accustomed to reprehensible behavior by politicians and accept it as being simply a feature that we must tolerate
An irony that would be comical if its consequences weren’t so dire is that government’s power expands as voters demand that politicians protect them from being deceived and cheated in private markets. Ponder this strange fact: Politicians whose deceptions in elections are readily tolerated are asked by voters to police against possible deceptions by entrepreneurs in private markets. It’s like asking the brute who just robbed you at gunpoint to serve as your personal bodyguard. True, he’s got a gun and isn’t afraid to use it, but why would you trust him to wield his weapon in your interest rather in his own interest?
Of course, deceptions perpetrated by merchants and employers in private markets are deplorable. But consumers and workers can avoid such deceptions much more easily than they can avoid deceptions by politicians. The plumber who fails to perform as promised or the employer who refuses to honor the terms of an employment contract will soon find his customers fleeing and his workers quitting. And any wronged customer or worker can walk away even if all other customers and workers continue to be duped. The very real threat of losing business and workers goes a long way toward keeping private businesses honest. Yet politics is different: Lyingimproves candidates’ chances of success.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

“The Political Order of a Free People,”

 “The Political Order of a Free People,”  of Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:

Current methods of taxation have been shaped largely by the endeavor to raise funds in such a manner as to cause the least resistance or resentment on the part of the majority who had to approve the expenditure.  They certainly were not designed to assure responsible decisions on expenditure, but on the contrary to produce the feeling that somebody else would pay for it….  The theory and practice of public finance has been shaped almost entirely by the endeavor to disguise as far as possible the burden imposed, and to make those who will ultimately have to bear it as little aware of it as possible.  It is probable that the whole complexity of the tax structure we have built up is largely the result of the efforts to persuade citizens to give the government more than they would knowingly consent to do so.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nothing like a Kerry

Nothing like a Kerry
Recently our ‘esteemed’ Secretary of State referred to the “cooperative road ahead.” Duh? His meaningless doublespeak mimics the oft repeated words from the Koran, “In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.”  Give me a break.

Nothing warm and personal emanates from Allah as channeled by Mohammed.

Everything human and caring emanates from Jesus as H e lived and died.