Sunday, January 25, 2015

Who Creates Jobs?

For John, BLUFBob Dylan may think E Warren (and President Obama) is wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Bob Dylan to AARP (!):  'The government's not going to create jobs.  It doesn't have to.'"

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Walker Gearing Up

For John, BLUFEverything is pointing toward 2016.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Professor Ann Althouse points us toward The Des Moines Register and an article on Texan David Polyansky and the fact that he has signed on to the Scott Walker campaign.  Ms Althouse quotes the paper as follows:

Iowa has been a home-away-from-home for Polyansky for years.  He was deputy campaign manager for Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann when she climbed to a surprise victory in the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll.  And he was senior consultant to [Joni] Ernst, who won a five-way GOP primary in June then defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley by 8.3 points in November to claim the U.S. Senate seat held for 30 years by a staunch liberal, Tom Harkin.
She then goes on to quote from an article in The New York Times on an event in Iowa today, hosted by Iowa Representative Steve King, a Republican.  The article mentions "favorite son" Governor Chris Christie and then goes on.
The forum on Saturday has the potential to become a gladiatorial matchup between Mr. Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 on the strength of conservative Christian voters, and Mr. Santorum, who won it four years ago with the same voters.  In 2012, nearly 60 percent of Republican caucusgoers in Iowa were born-again or evangelical Christians.
But, also on the bill are Wisconsin Governor Walker, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Conservative favorite Doctor Ben Carson.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  From The Deseret News (out of Salt Lake City) we have a report on "Religion's role in the Iowa caucus results".

Friday, January 23, 2015

Big Greek Vote This Weekend

For John, BLUFGetting one's economy in order is sometimes hard.  Will Greece duck?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Quartz has this blurb, with a link to the Reuters Article:
Over the weekend: Greece takes to the polls.  Alexis Tsipras, leader of the leftist Syriza party, is hoping for an overwhelming national election victory on Jan. 25, to give his party a mandate to reverse years of harsh austerity measures.  “On Monday, national humiliation will be over,” Tsipras told crowds.  “We will finish with orders from abroad.”
Hat tip to Quartz.

Regards  —  Cliff

The President's Update on Foreign Policy

For John, BLUFWe are number one and will probably muddle through.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at Hot Air Blogger Ed Morrissey uses MSNBC Reporters Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell to make the point that the State of the Union presentation was disconnected from the reality of our foreign policy outcome.

Regards  —  Cliff

A Dean of Journalism Says Limits on Free Speech

For John, BLUFSome Journalism Dean wants a suicide pact.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at Hot Air we have (Mr?) Allahpundit talking about the First Amendment, but more, Free Speech.  "Journalism school dean:  The First Amendment ends at insulting Mohammed".


Apparently for DeWayne Wickham, dean of Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication.  Dean Wickham, a regular USA Today Columnist, sums up:

If Charlie Hebdo's irreverent portrayal of Mohammed before the Jan. 7 attack wasn't thought to constitute fighting words, or a clear and present danger, there should be no doubt now that the newspaper's continued mocking of the Islamic prophet incites violence.  And it pushes Charlie Hebdo's free speech claim beyond the limits of the endurable.
So, if I am following Dean Wickham correctly, if I find that someone is insulting me my best resort is to enlist my friends and go out and wreck mayhem on this person and the institution for which he or she works.  Otherwise they will continue to do it and it will hurt my feelings.  So mayhem is OK, apparently.

What ever happened to the idea that in our culture we tolerate?  If cartoons of Mr Mohammed are verboten, are cartoons depicted Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a defaming matter sufficient to cause criminal charges, or failing that, I would assume, mayhem on the part of the offended?  What ever happened to the idea that it was tolerable for the American Nazi Party to walk through Skokie, Illinois?

Allahpundit debunks some of Dean Wickham's assertions about the First Amendment.

I just want to know Dean Wickham's home address, so the next time we get something like the Piss Christ I can go march in front of the Dean's home, probably with a sign saying "Charlie Hebdo was Right".

And I am gravely offended by Photographer Andres Serrano's work.

And, once the self-censorship starts we can't control where it will end.  It is likely the Press, the Internet aside, will cease its job as the Fourth Estate, policing Government.  Transparency will not just be reduced, it will end.  These things never end well.

You will know we are in trouble when Political Commentator Mark Steyn elects to move back to Canada.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Subsidizing Child Care

For John, BLUFI am thinking yes, we should provide tax credits for child care.  For those working.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is an interesting question:
Should the government provide tax credits for child care?  Or is it "fairer" to just provide tax credits (e.g., per-child benefits) for all families, and let the parents make their own decisions?
Jane the Actuary takes a look at this question in under 600 words.

Of course it is about more than the taxes.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Doing Bad, Trying to Do Good

For John, BLUF"We must destroy the village to save it!"  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is a quote that Mr Perry de Havilland, writing from London, likes:
Yet Oxfam also claims, without any real evidence, that excessive inequality hampers economic growth.  It suggests that, since we want that economic pie to be as large as possible, we should tax wealth and capital.  The problem is that all taxes destroy some economic activity, shrinking that pie.  And different taxes do so differently.  We also know that capital and wealth taxes destroy more of the pie than almost any others (other than that Robin Hood Tax Oxfam also supported).  So the argument is that we must shrink the economic pie in order to stop inequality shrinking it.  This has shades of having to destroy the village so as to save it.
The source is an article from City AM, by Mr Tom Worstall, "Why we should beware Oxfam’s claims about the world’s richest 1 per cent".

Hat tip to Samizdata.

Regards  —  Cliff