The letter that will follow below is a fascinating historical snapshot of the Nixon White House, and of early global warming hysteria. It is written by John Erlichman and provides Nixon with an overview of this new potential problem. I am not being critical of Nixon (on the global warming matter that will follow); the idea was new at the time. But still, for Erlichman to suggest going to Hugh Heffner for advice shows that the man was not thinking clearly. Continue Reading
Political corruption has always existed in the U.S., but our country has enjoyed relative protection from the kind of institutionalized corruption that is common in many parts of the world – mostly the developing world. Rule of law has been a significant competitive advantage for us.
But that legacy is rapidly changing. The Black Liquor scandal and other similar government initiatives, have demonstrated that the current Congress and President have stooped to levels of corruption and political favoritism that would have been intolerable during previous administrations – during times when the mainstream media actually served a purpose.
But, in regard to corruption, we haven’t seen anything yet. The government takeover of our health care system, in combination with energy subsidies and other proposed climate change legislation, will lead to an explosion of fraud and political corruption. The opportunities for cheating, and the lack of oversight, will be extraordinary.
Corruption associated with climate change legislation will, however, be an international activity. It is interesting that the United Nations, known for its own out-of-control corruption, has blown the whistle on its key climate change program Continue Reading
The Black Liquor travesty continues to mock us, rather than slink away and die from embarrassment – as it should. The Dead Tree Blog has posted an important update, IRS Brings Son of Black Liquor Back From the Dead; Ruling May Be Worth Billions to U.S. Pulp Makers . Continue Reading
The black liquor fiasco provided an example to those of us in the pulp and paper industries of just how blatantly corrupt the current Congress is, with the support of the President. (If you are new to the Blog, see Less Than Free Enterprise for a fascinating story that was missed by the mainstream media.)
Jim McTague wrote an insightful story in Barron’s over the week-end that demonstrated the failure of solar energy to earn its own way. Even with hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and loan guarantees, some companies will still not be viable.
McTague also pointed out that the recipients of these huge solar energy grants were “connected” to (not the Mafia but to its more dangerous counterpart) Congress and the President. Passages from Our Tough Luck President follow. Continue Reading
Do not skim over this post! If you have not watched this clip from The Daily Show, then take 8 minutes and see Jon Stewart Vivisects “Energy Independence”.
I have not heard anyone use the word “vivisect” since Vanessa Redgrave in Camelot in 1967. That was fun too.
This was a good follow up to yesterday’s post and too good to pass up. As we bail out California from its financial mess, it looks like we are subsidizing less appropriate activities than expensive early education programs. See the full report here.
Strip clubs are known for doling out risque entertainment — but welfare benefits? That has been the case in California, where more than $12,000 in welfare cash was dispensed from strip club ATMs from 2007 to 2009 as part of the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Los Angeles Times reported. It turns out that those needy families weren’t prohibited from using their state-issued ATM cards there, and some took advantage.
The report comes on the heels of an earlier Times report on $4.8 million in welfare cash withdrawn since 2007 from ATMs at casinos and poker rooms.
A friend of a friend of a friend was just hired by the state of California. I am not going to be specific in this short post, because I don’t want to create any problems for this new hire. I don’t want the management of the person hired to be able to identify him, I mean her. In fact, I did not even write this post, it was written by my friend… Mike.
Anyway, this person was hired into a state government program that is related to early education. This program is free, based on need. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the point is that the same program is available in few other states. So when the Federal Government comes up with extra funds for California, part of the reason these funds are needed is to allow the state to maintain programs that we can’t afford in the states we live in. Continue Reading
We are playing Russian roulette with every breath we take, every meal we eat, every glass of water we drink – or at least that is what the President’s Cancer panel determined. Americans are at grievous risk, and the only thing we can do about it, is increase government regulation massively. Passages below are taken from U.S. facing ‘grievous harm’ from chemicals in air, food, water.
A cover letter urges President Obama “most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.”
For a number of years international charitable organizations have been trying to convince the Mexican government to take control of its guards that monitor its southern border with Guatemala. It is common for guards to rape women coming across the border. This is the fee required for admittance into the country. Many of those entering Mexico from countries to the south are in route to the U.S. Continue Reading
In that classic movie, the Princess Bride , the villain known as Vizzini, sets several traps for the hero. But Westley is somehow always able to avoid being killed. Each time, when Vizzini realizes that Westley has once again overcome the latest challenge, he exclaims, “inconceivable!” After the third time, Vizzini’s comrade points out that, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
We have the same problem with the word illegal. Either we or our government doesn’t understand what it means. “Illegal” alien does not seem to mean “Forbidden by law or by statute”. It means something totally different. Continue Reading