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The worst-case scenario for gun control

While we're talking about the Arapahoe High School shooting and those who would politicize the crime, isn't this pretty much the worst-case scenario for gun control extremists?  The shooter employed a shotgun, the preferred weapon of Vice President Joe Biden, and one of the two firearms (the other being the hunting rifle) that gun controllers will never, ever try to take away.  If you like your shotgun, you can keep your shotgun, period. Dec 14, 2013 6:23 AM PT

Power beyond the law: HHS 'encourages' captive industries to save ObamaCare's bacon

A while ago, I was musing on the various levels of government power - short of outright and absolute tyranny - and it occurred to me that the highest level is power beyond the law.  It's one thing when the State uses taxes and regulation to control the populace, but quite another when the Ruling Class insists its whims and desires must be obeyed.  The public, especially at the corporate level, is expected to do what the Ruling class "really wanted," not just what they legislated. Dec 12, 2013 2:37 PM PT

Culture is conservative

Thanks to Time Magazine's selection of Pope Francis as Person of the Year, we're spared the spectacle of Miley Cyrus winning the award.  She was on the short list of contenders, but it's hard to see why.  And I don't mean that as a stern critic of her antics.  I just wonder how anyone could justify treating her as that consequential, for either good or ill.  Time is often at pains to note that its Person of the Year choice doesn't have to be someone they agree with, or view as a positive influence (or even be an actual person, which is a pretty lame cheat.)  They say it's a measure of influence and consequence. Dec 12, 2013 10:46 AM PT

Targeted benefits, diffuse costs

Sven Wilson at Pileus does a great job of taking one of my favorite hobby horses out for a trot: he thinks one of the reasons ObamaCare has gotten in so much trouble with the public is that it violates "an ironclad law of redistributive politics," namely the importance of providing targeted benefits to loyal political interests, while spreading the cost anonymously across the entire tax base.  This way, you get a group of happy beneficiaries who will eagerly vote to reward politicians for their "free" goodies (and later, when the whole thing turns sour, to protect their interests) without creating a corresponding group of grumpy taxpayers who resent covering the cost.  Santa's sleigh flies best when the taxpaying reindeer wear blinders. Dec 9, 2013 7:29 AM PT

ObamaCare: an object lesson in disaster

In a unique mixture of you-gotta-be-kidding-me humor and reasoned analysis, Politico reports that the private sector is taking advantage of the ObamaCare disaster by using it as an object lesson in what not to do when rolling out a new product or dealing with severe problems: Dec 9, 2013 6:53 AM PT

Obama and the magic feather

There have been some interesting attempts to explain the curious psychology of the Obama years, in which an executive office that was already too powerful seized incredible new powers, while conducting an unprecedented semi-nationalization of an entire industry... but the President himself is held completely innocent and blameless for everything that happens.  There's a stunning cognitive dissonance between the nearly religious belief of Barack Obama's followers that he's a superior, elevated being, the smartest man ever to hold the Oval Office - a belief he happily encourages while nourishing a cult of personality, and occasionally remarking that he's better qualified to do every job in the Administration than whoever currently holds it - and the absolute refusal to hold him responsible.   Dec 8, 2013 7:52 AM PT


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