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Apr

I just linked to an article talking about why ethanol living up to its hype. Now, here’s an article about the problems with government subsidies of alternative fuels. Part of me finds it hilarious that paper companies are getting millions (maybe a billion) in government money just for doing what they have always done. But the other part of me (the part that just paid taxes) is outraged. That’s my money they’re taking!

From a philosophical point of view, I think I would prefer that the government get out of the subsidy business alltogether. And from the looks of this article, I think I prefer it from a practical point of view, too.

Apr

I’ve always been slightly uneasy about traffic cameras. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. We used to joke about a nearby town balancing the budget through traffic tickets, and traffic cameras just seemed like a high-tech extension of that policy. I’m not sure if I’m gratified or disturbed to know that my suspicions probably were correct.

I’m fascinated by the research that says extending yellow lights decreases accidents. That seems like a solution that benefits everyone, instead of simply filling government coffers.

Apr

I don’t want to be petty, but I’m bothered by the news that Obama’s staff forced Georgetown University to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’s name before Obama delivered his speech there. It seems disrepectful, and I think it also points to a double standard.

I don’t think Obama’s staff would have done the same thing if he had been speaking at a Muslim university. They wouldn’t dare cover Allah’s name, because that would probably spark world-wide protests for weeks. Remember the cartoons?

David Horowitz wrote a recent editorial (Campus Leftists Don’t Believe in Free Speech) describing some of his recent campus speaking experiences.  He talks about protests, shouting, and guards. Apparently, leftists are so threatened by his ideas that they feel compelled to deny his right to free speech.

In both cases (the Muslims and the leftists) people are treating their opponents abominably, while expecting those same opponents to treat them with the highest respect. Have the Muslims and leftists stopped to think about what life would be like if this double standard were eliminated or even reversed?

Apr

I started spring cleaning my bedroom yesterday. The dust behind my dresser and under my bed was disgusting, but I slept better last night just knowing that it was gone.

I’ve got a pile of Firefox tabs almost as thick as the dust under my bed, so I’ll probably be sharing a few thoughts as I clean out my browser.

For now, two editorials:

Ari Fleischer: Everyone Should Pay Income Taxes

This article led to an interesting conversation about tax reform yesterday. Tim mentioned that I should read this editorial but cautioned, “It will just make you mad.” He was right. If any Myers-Briggs junkies are wondering, I’m a J. It just doesn’t seem right for some people to receive checks when they didn’t pay a dime of income tax to begin with. I don’t blame those people for taking the checks, but something is terribly wrong with the system.

Weems and Sasse: Is Government Health Insurance Cheap?

This is an interesting refutation of some common misconceptions about Medicare and private insurance. When you get to the end, make sure you look at the authors’ credentials.

Apr

If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know that I don’t like a lot of Obama’s ideas. His ideas about wealth redistribution especially disturb me.

It had not occurred to me to compare Obama to Huey P. Long, but a recent article by Michael Franc did just that. wow.

I watched some of Long’s speeches in my rhetoric classes, and he was scary. I’m having a hard time thinking of words to describe how Huey P. Long made me feel. Was he evil? Power crazy? Just plain crazy?  Incredibly confused? Misguided? I can’t decide.

Anyway, now I’m remember all of those icky feelings about Long. The thought that Obama is like Huey Long is almost more than I can handle, but maybe he is. I don’t want to think about it.

Mar

I just wrote about my indecisiveness about reading current events. Today, I chose to read a few opinion pieces. Rather than write my own opinions, which can sound so much more extreme on paper than in my head, I’ll just link to the articles and make a few (very few!) comments about each.

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Mar

This cartoon from World Magazine shows my thoughts after reading a New York Times article about recent White House demands on the Detroit automakers. Obama needs to figure out his own problems before presuming that government can make better business decisions than businesses can. He could start by balancing the budget.

Mar

Sometimes I wonder if we aren’t all a bit like Walter Mitty. We dream of living rich, exciting, adventure-filled lives. Ask kids what they want to be, and you’ll get answers like basketball player, actress, ballerina, president. When those kids say that they want to be president, they’re not talking about the Rotary Club, either. They’re aiming for the top. (more…)

Feb

Homelessness is one of those things that everyone cares about, but few people do anything about. So, I was pretty upset when I read this editorial about a town in California that actually is helping the homeless. What thanks do they get? A lawsuit! (more…)

Feb

I’m listening with amazement as my husband talks to a Charter tech, again. We’ve been trying to solve a problem for five days now, and we’ve spent six or seven hours on the phone with Charter people. We’ve had our calls dropped. We’ve been lied to. I’ve even called the corporate offices. The people at the corporate offices were nicer than the techs, but they did not solve my problem. (more…)

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