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September 14, 2008, 10:36 pm
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Celebrate Lemonade Freedom Day!
August 19, 2011, 12:26 pm
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The Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Page published the following piece in their “Notable & Quotable” column:

Blogger Ryan Young writing at openmarket.org, Aug. 3:

Kids have been setting up lemonade stands for as long as there has been lemonade. But in recent years, regulators have started shutting them down. Robert Fernandes, a father of two, has had enough. That’s why he has declared August 20, 2011 to be Lemonade Freedom Day. For more information, visit LemonadeFreedom.org.

Fernandes is encouraging kids and parents to set up lemonade stands that day without going through the permits, inspections, and fees that many towns require. . . . This is a minor battle, as these things go. But the same obstacles to lemonade freedom apply throughout the economy. Federal regulations alone cost nearly an eighth of GDP to comply with. That sizable burden is a major reason why the economy is still struggling. Lemonade Freedom Day is one way to tell overzealous regulators to back off.

We are inclined, in the face of silly or unnecessary regulation, to simply cluck, and then ignore it. But remember the Tea Party. Angry, fed-up people began going to demonstrations, making signs to tell why they were there, and they have become a major force in American politics.

Regulators assume that they are doing something good for society. They do not recognize the extent to which they interfere in our lives. Those who police the regulations are just following the letter of the law to keep from getting into trouble themselves. At some point, we just have to say stop!



Vizualizing the Debt
July 25, 2011, 1:01 am
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This you need to see! Here is a visualization of the United States debt from the felicitously named WTFnoway.com, totaled up in $100 bills.



Looks like it’s going to be a loooong recession!
July 10, 2011, 1:09 am
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When the June monthly jobs report came out, we had remarks from the President in the Rose Garden. The jobs report was dreadful. Obama said that “what matters most to me as President, in the wake of the worst downturn in our lifetimes, is getting our economy on a sounder footing more broadly so the American people can have the security they deserve.”

“And that means getting back to a place where businesses consistently grow and are hiring, where new jobs and new opportunity are within reach, where middle-class families once again know the security and peace of mind they’ve felt slipping away for years now.” Well, businesses consistently grow and are hiring, opportunity within reach— that sounds good, but my America is not a “class” society.

The Treasury has 5 divisions for convenience of tax tables and judging how the poor are doing. Americans move from low income, often to the highest income, and back again as they retire. Liberals are intent on sorting us into the poor and the rich and class envy. If you are poor, you are supposed to hate the rich who oppress you, and liberals will redistribute the wealth of the rich to make the poor stop being poor— except that never, never works. But this is a minor quibble.

It’s the “middle class families once again know the security and peace of mind they’ve felt slipping away for years” part that really gets to me. It’s all George W. Bush’s (as usual) fault, because all this began long ago before Obama had anything to do with it and it is obviously not his (Obama’s) fault.

“We’ve always known that we’d have ups and down on our way back from this recession.” Well, no we didn’t. Evidence from past administrations, Harding, Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan and — George W. Bush — have shown that targeted tax cuts and business-friendly policies can make recovery from recessions not only possible, but short. Democrats have been telling themselves for years that their hero, Franklin Roosevelt, saved the country from the Great Depression with a program of government spending. Keynesian economics. It didn’t work then and didn’t work now.

Obama goes on to blame natural disasters, spikes in gas prices, state and local budget cuts that “have cost tens of thousands of cops and firefighters and teachers their jobs.” This latter is pure hooey. And he claims that the problems in Greece and Europe, along with uncertainty about the debt limit are what has made business hesitant to invest more aggressively. Uh huh.

There are over a million construction workers out of work” so Obama is back to his “infrastructure” thingy. Crumbling bridges, railways, highways. He wants more money to invest in infrastructure. He tripled the deficit Bush left so he could invest in infrastructure, but the money ended up wasted and built nothing — nothing at all. But this time, he’s ready to invest some more. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves over the next several weeks and next several months.”

A line from Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins Jr.’s column this week comes to mind: “If ever a president seems to have learned nothing from the times he’s living in, Barack Obama is it. Economies around the world are foundering from an accumulation of policy excesses produced by the sort of straight-line, robotic thinking he’s applying…” Jenkins was writing about CAFE standards, but the observation applies.

So what has the president been doing to create the desperately needed employment? He’s been demonizing the corporate jet industry which had experienced a modest recovery. Potential buyers have second thoughts when the president suggests increased future taxation or increased regulation, and the airplane sector has been one of America’s greatest exports. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers point out that words have consequences for their industry. Ed Driscoll lists some of the other industries that Obama has demonized, careless of the effect of his words (and the threat of regulation or taxation included). Remember when he demonized corporate meetings in Las Vegas and business in Las Vegas collapsed?

There’s no recession for Obama’s 454 White House aides. They will make $37,121,463 this year. That’s up by seven staff members from the Bush Administration and up by $4 million in salaries from 2008. Six-figure salaries for more than a third, but some 54% got raises averaging 16%, which pushed payroll costs up by 8%. In the private sector, raises average 0.4% in these recessionary times. In his Twitter Town Hall, Obama denied any salary increases. Wasn’t there something about a government pay freeze?

There is an astounding disconnect with the real world and real problems, despite his words. He has no grasp of the spiraling costs of the government of which he is chief executive. He browbeats business and Congress but makes no connection between government action and the unwillingness of businesses to spend. It’s going to be a l-o-n-g recession.



Betty Ford, RIP!
July 10, 2011, 1:01 am
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Former First Lady Betty Ford, widow of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, has died. She was 93. An independent and courageous woman, she shared the news of her breast cancer with the nation at a time when that sort of thing mostly wasn’t mentioned, and undoubtedly saved a lot of women’s lives. Later, she faced up publicly to her addiction to alcohol and pain pills — and founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage where thousands have been treated., a lasting legacy.

Hot Air called our attention to a video on the former First Lady, which is in a format we cannot post. You will find it here. Lest you be confused, Hot Air features one video and links to the one we link here, which is a more complete story.



How to Wake-up Your Significant Other
June 21, 2011, 3:50 pm
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(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)



Junk Science Exposed.
June 21, 2011, 3:47 pm
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The Canadians have an enlightening discussion about junk science and how it comes about. Ignorance. Bad math. Misunderstanding. Foolishness. But people believe junk science all too often, and sometimes make bad decisions based on bad evidence. Here’s what to watch for.



Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for Conservatives
December 12, 2008, 11:05 pm
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Time for a little shameless holiday plug!

You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging much lately (perhaps not).  This elephant has been very busy in his workshop, adding new designs to The Elephant Trunk just in time for Christmas. The perfect stocking stuffers, and stylish gifts for men, women, kids and even baby! — every conservative and Republican on your Christmas list. We even have non-partisan designs! T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, bumper-stickers, bags and much more for all your favorite members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.

And we’ve got more designs on the way, so check back often. :)

Hassle free delivery is guaranteed by Cafe Press to arrive on or before December 24, if orders are placed by 11.59 pm by Tuesday, Dec. 16 for standard shipping — Saturday, December 20, for premium shipping — or Noon, Monday December 22 for 1 day shipping.

Every item comes with Cafe Press’ 30- day satisfaction guarantee.

We hope you’ll have a look, and even more, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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