Demonized and Lionized, Feb. 25-March 3, 2013

Demonized                 Thought Crime

Al Gore believing in green energy; getting millions in illlicit government subsidies; getting rich for the wrong reasons
Obamacare forcing insurance companies to raise rates, “for the same reason Ghengis Kahn impregnated women all over Asia”
big banks getting too big. Noonan: break ’em up!
Recap Erdogan (Turkish President) leading edge of militant Islam’s plan to dominate the entire Middle East
Rachel Maddow “Scalia is a troll. He’s saying this for effect. He knows it’s offensive, and he knows he’s going to get a gasp from the courtroom which he got. And he loves it. He’s like the guy in your blog comment thread who’s using the n-word. … He’s that kind of guy.”
Donald Verrilli (US Solicitor General) defending Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act on the grounds that 1) history matters in terms of lingering racial prejudice in the South, and, 2) that the US Senate reauthorized the bill 98-0

Lionized                                                      Heroic Word or Deed

Copernicus The Obama administration is trying to pull us back into what astronomers would call the pre-Copernican world. Copernicus’ heliocentric system overthrew what was known as geocentrism—the belief that everything in the universe revolved around the earth. Beautiful maps exist depicting geocentrism.Economic thinkers since at least the time of, well Copernicus, have understood that national well-being derived from private individuals going out into the private world to produce goods and trade goods, an activity that for centuries has created wealth for many nations. No longer. Mr. Obama and his circle divide the economy into separate parts.

In the Obamaian universe, the units of the private economy—companies large or small—are satellites orbiting the great fixed planet of public spending. All material and economic life in the Obamaian model radiates outward from a central source of public spending.

Bob Woodward saying he was threatened by White House because of his accusing Obama of playing politics with the sequester
Howard Fineman mildly criticizing the White House for hyperbolic predictions about effects of the sequestration
Clark Havighurst (Duke Law Professor)

 

 

describing the regulatory, legal and tax subsidies that deprive consumers of both the incentive and opportunity to demand value from medical providers. Americans end up with a “Hobson’s choice: either coverage for ‘Cadillac’ care or no health coverage at all.”
Antonin Scalia “And this last enactment, not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same….I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
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