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  • 7 Examples Of Liberal Unfairness

    08/02/2011 5:44:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 2, 2011 | John Hawkins
    If one child complains that he didn't get as much food as his brother because his frankfurter was cut into four pieces, while his brother's hot dog was cut into five pieces, we laugh. What we often don't realize is that the definitions of "fairness" that adults use are often every bit as arbitrary as those of children. This is why politicians are so in love with the word "fairness." Using that word justifies their attempt to swoop in, ignore merit, overrule the market, and take something from one group of people to give it to another group of people...
  • (It May Not be Constitutional, but) Let's Raise Taxes!!!

    08/01/2011 4:53:25 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 2 replies
    Vanity | August 2, 2011 | Oscar in Batangas
    Democrats want to help balance the budget and lower the debt by raising taxes, right?? Fine.Let's go along with their wishes and amend the tax law:   For Registered Democrats (or other ‘blue’ individuals): (a) Multiply your income from all sources by five (5) percent. (b) If Form 1040 calculations indicate that you have a tax liability, multiply your total tax due by 1.25.   Subtract any voluntary contribution you made to the "US Treasurer to Reduce the Debt" from the larger of (a) or (b).   The difference is your tax due for the year.   If the difference...

    07/24/2011 9:48:10 AM PDT · by chuckl · 18 replies
    Where's candidate Obamba's interview? I heard it on a financial planning program here in S Fla last week. He was questioned and admitted that lower taxes actually brought in more money as Regan and Bush proved. He replied that his higher taxes on the rich were just necessary to be FAIR. The Republicans should be replaying this interview across the Nation.
  • The Global Fairness Madness. The more we have, the more we begrudge others who have more.

    07/19/2011 7:22:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/19/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Whether in the fights over the U.S. debt limit or the rioting in Athens, the common global theme is not poverty in absolute terms, but more often fairness as in having about the same amount of things as others do. Here in America, the months-long impasse over the national-debt ceiling continues. President Bush borrowed nearly $5 trillion in eight years. But President Obama easily trumped even that staggering figure with his plan to borrow over $6 trillion in his first four years in office. The architects of his economic policy Austan Goolsbee, Peter Orszag, Christina Romer, and Larry...
  • Texas Execution Broke International Law, Says U.N. Official

    07/09/2011 10:25:38 AM PDT · by lbryce · 86 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | July 8, 2011 | Adam Martin
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay accused the United States of breaking international law when Texas executed Mexican citizen Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. Thursday night. The execution sparked controversy after the International Court of Justice in the Hague determined in 2004 that the U.S. had violated the Vienna Convention when officials failed to tell foreign inmates about their right to visit their consular officials. But the U.S. Supreme Court voted yesterday that Texas could go ahead with the execution, even over the objection of President Barack Obama. Pillay said today the execution "raises particular legal concerns" about the...
  • Probe finds widespread cheating in Atlanta schools

    07/05/2011 5:04:50 PM PDT · by Jean S · 94 replies
    AP ^ | 7/5/11 | Dorie Turner, Associated Press
    ATLANTA Educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests by either helping students or changing the answers once exams were handed in, according to the results of a yearlong state investigation released Tuesday.The report said that 178 teachers and principals cheated, though only 82 educators actually confessed to misconduct dating as far back as 2001 and affecting thousands of school children, according to a synopsis handed out by Gov. Nathan Deal's office. More than half of the district's 100 schools were examined, and 44 of those had cheating, the synopsis said.The investigators also...
  • America Has Two Choices, And The Time For Choosing Is Now

    07/01/2011 3:59:32 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-1-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Conservatives have been talking about this particular choice for decades, and the future is now. This isn't hypotheticals wrapped in high-minded rhetoric. California is now forcing online businesses that have any physical presence in the state to collect sales tax from business it does there. Here's why... The legislation was intended to eliminate a perceived business impediment for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state, according to California Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, who helped develop the bill. State and local sales taxes can total 10 percent in some California cities, and big-box retailers like Wal-Mart complained that tax-free sales on Amazon were...
  • President Obama Vows At Midtown LGBT Gala To Keep On Fighting For Same-Sex Marriage

    06/23/2011 6:31:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 1+ views
    President Obama Vows At Midtown LGBT Gala To Keep On Fighting For Same-Sex Marriage June 23, 2011 8:29 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) President Barack Obama urged his supporters to recapture their enthusiasm from his 2008 campaign even though he says hes old news. Speaking to high-dollar donors Thursday night, Obama said he may not be the new, fresh candidate anymore, but his vision for the country is still the same as it was in 2008. Obama spoke at a fundraiser at the exclusive restaurant Daniel on Manhattans Upper East Side. The dinner fundraiser which reportedly cost over $35,000...
  • Abortion Fight Heats up in Defense Budget Debate

    06/19/2011 12:18:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 16, 2011 | Huma Khan
    Jessica Kenyon was applying to become an officer in the Army and had just earned her spurs when she found out she was pregnant. Little did the now 30-year-old realize that her military career would be short-lived. Kenyon, who was sexually assaulted by another servicemember, was denied an abortion at the military hospital in North Korea where she was stationed. Instead, she was told her only option would be to find a facility in Seoul or leave the country. "You don't speak the language. You don't necessarily know how clean everything is, so you don't want to get sick,"...
  • California's plan to tax online sales hits a bump

    06/18/2011 9:43:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/18/11 | Dale Kasler
    California lawmakers have taken another run at taxing online shopping, setting up a major confrontation with online retailers like The Legislature this week approved a bill that would force Amazon and many other out-of-state Internet retailers to collect tax on goods sold to Californians. The Board of Equalization estimates the legislation could produce as much as $317 million a year in additional tax revenue. Still, backers insist it's not about the money; it's about being fair. The bill would force e-commerce retailers to charge the same taxes collected by their brick-and-mortar competitors. "We're finally on the way to creating...
  • Critics: Obamas media snub troubling

    05/18/2011 10:22:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 19, 2011 | Jessica Heslam
    The White House is engaging in a troubling pattern of heavy-handed dealings with the press, media critics said after yesterdays news that the Boston Herald was frozen out of full access to a presidential visit to its home city. Its always troubling when you have the administration deciding whats fair in the media or what is unfair because that clearly does create a situation where they are trying to select the coverage that theyre going to receive, said Boston University College of Communication dean Tom Fiedler, who covered the White House as a reporter for the Miami Herald.
  • Editorial: Why Wont Media Stand Up To White House?

    05/18/2011 5:02:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 18, 2011 | Staff
    Media: The Obama administration has picked another fight with a dissident newspaper, kicking the Boston Herald out of the press pool on an unprecedented claim that its coverage is unfair. Who died and elected them judge? If the mainstream media had any gumption at all, they would vigorously protest the strange, new self-appointed arbiter of "fair" press coverage as an implicit threat to their own capacity to cover the news fairly. What the White House has done by telling the Boston Herald it can no longer send a pool reporter to cover local campaign events on behalf of the media...
  • White House shuts out (Boston) Herald scribe

    05/18/2011 3:28:46 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 64 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 18, 2011 | Hillary Chabot
    The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obamas Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspapers front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news fairly. I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit. My point about the op-ed was not that you ran...
  • Obama to local/metro papers: How ya like me now, chumps?

    05/18/2011 9:12:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies ^ | 5/18/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Its time for the MSM to put its drool buckets in permanent storage. In the past month, weve had: The Pleasanton (CA) Weekly bullied by the White House press shop over a benign article that irked the administration because it made Michelle Obama look snooty. The San Francisco Chronicle punished by the White House because a print pool reporter used a cell phone to record video of protesters at an Obama Bay Area fundraiser. And now, the Boston Herald has been spanked by the White House forrunning a front-page op-ed by Mitt Romney: The White House Press Office...
  • White House alleged to have punished unfavorable press, again

    05/18/2011 9:21:34 AM PDT · by Justaham · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5-18-11 | Steven Nelson
    The White House Press Office received another dose of bad press Wednesday as the Boston Herald lashed out at the office after being denied full access to a third consecutive visit by President Obama to Boston. The Herald, the smaller and right-leaning counterpart to the Boston Globe, lashed out at the press office, printing correspondence that indicated that the papers front-page placement of an op-ed by Mitt Romney was the reason for its exclusion. Matt Lehrich of the White House Press Office wrote to the Herald, I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the...
  • White House shuts out Herald scribe (Too hot for der Leader?)

    05/18/2011 8:54:20 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 11 replies ^ | 05/18/11 | Hillary Chabot
    The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obamas Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspapers front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news fairly. I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.
  • Blame the Not-Too-Rich. Will Upper Middle Class Tax Payers be Asked to Spread-the-Wealth?

    05/09/2011 8:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2011 | Reihan Salam
    It is widely understood that the American middle class has fuzzy boundaries. Many relatively poor and relatively rich people identify as middle-class. In an ambitious 2008 survey, the Pew Research Center found that an extraordinary 53 percent of Americans described themselves as middle class. Yet its also clear that within this diverse, sprawling middle class, there are some households that are better off than others. College-educated households, for example, have largely been spared the scarring effects of unemployment and underwater mortgages. And upper-middle-income households, a group that overlaps fairly closely with the college-educated middle class, have seen fairly healthy improvements...
  • Savage: 'Redistribution' leads to mountain of skulls

    04/28/2011 4:24:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4-26-11 | unattributed
    On his top-rated nationally syndicated radio show today, Michael Savage took a page from history to warn of where attempts to institute economic "fairness" ultimately have led. "Be very careful, indeed, with your call for the redistribution of wealth, and fairness," he said. "It always ends up with a mountain of skulls." Noting that communism cost an estimated 100 million lives in the last century, he reminded his listeners of the dark saga in Southeast Asia in the 1970s that began with a "nice, mild-mannered professor" going to Paris to study Marxism. "He went back to his country, and he...
  • Obama Says It's Only "Fair" to Raise Taxes on the Rich. He's Wrong. Is Paul Ryan's Plan Unfair?

    04/27/2011 6:27:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 04/26/2011 | Arthur Brooks
    President Obama's criticisms of the Republican budget proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin center on one main objection: It is unfair. The Ryan plan is based on three premises. First, our economy is headed for a predictable disaster because of the ruinous levels of government spending. (Standard & Poors' decision this week to downgrade its outlook for U.S. debt only confirms this worry.) Second, we already have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, and we can't load more income taxes onto entrepreneurs without expecting collateral harm to jobs and economic growth. Third, therefore,...
  • Mark Dayton: It's time for tax fairness

    03/22/2011 7:22:28 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-20-11 | marx dayton
    Who pays Minnesota taxes? Every two years, the Minnesota Department of Revenue answers this question with its 'Minnesota Tax Incidence Study.' The newest study shows that low- and middle-income Minnesotans continue to pay a much larger share of their earnings in state and local taxes than our state's wealthiest citizens. This trend has worsened over the last decade. In 2008, the most recent year analyzed, the top 5 percent of Minnesota's income-earners, with annual incomes over $183,000, paid an effective tax rate of 10 percent of their incomes on all state and local taxes. However, middle-income Minnesotans, earning between $32,000...
  • Once upon a time, there lived a Giant

    03/21/2011 8:28:50 AM PDT · by MetropolisReporter · 17 replies
    Reporting on Metropolis ^ | March 21, 2011 | Geri Rutzen
    A story: Once upon a time there lived a giant. The giant had massive strength, determination and ingenuity. The giant worked hard and prospered. He accumulated great wealth. He generously shared his abundance with those in need and those who were suffering. And he was happy to do it. The giants neighbors saw him prosper and they were jealous. They said to the giant that even though the giant had been very generous, they had less than he. He owed it to them to give more. It is only fair, they said. The giant could easily afford to share, so...
  • House Republican wants everyone to apply for health law waiver

    03/10/2011 1:16:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    TheHill ^ | 03/10/11 | Jason Millman
    A House Republican is pushing a new bill that would allow individuals to get a waiver from major provisions of the new healthcare reform law, including the so-called individual mandate. Pointing out that the Obama administration has granted more than 1,000 waivers to organizations for a provision of the law, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said everyone should have the opportunity. "Its a matter of fairness," said Rogers, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Health subpanel. "Every American and employer deserves the opportunity to receive a waiver from the new healthcare law if its driving up costs and limiting...
  • Fairness Doctrine fight goes on

    01/16/2011 7:59:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/16/11 | Keach Hagey
    When some liberals called for reining in harsh political rhetoric after the Arizona shootings, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) took it one step further. He called for bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, in what was widely considered an attempt to clamp down on talk radio. A week later, those calls have abated, and no one is seriously pursuing the idea of returning to the long-defunct policy, which required media on the public airwaves to present both sides of controversial political issues. Not Clyburn, not another Democrat who echoed his call for regulatory remedies, Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), and not the Federal
  • Robert Samuelson: Let's Be Unfair To the Entitled

    12/27/2010 10:08:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 3+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 12/26/2010 | Robert Samuelson
    I received my Medicare card the other day, recognizing my 65th birthday and making me part of one of America's biggest problems. By this, I mean the burden that the massive baby-boom generation will impose on its children and the nation's future. There has been much brave talk recently, from Republicans and Democrats alike, about reducing budget deficits and controlling government spending. The trouble is that hardly anyone admits that accomplishing these goals must include making significant cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits for baby boomers. If we don't, we will be condemned to some combination of inferior policies....
  • At what point does merit supersede affirmative action?

    12/25/2010 7:33:22 PM PST · by Gum Shoe · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Red State Zombie ^ | December 25, 2010 | Red State Zombie
    In my childhhood, I always dreamed of being a professional athelete. I played football and baseball in high school. Though I was recruited to play football at a local college, my true love was basketball, a sport I did not play well in high school. I apparently lacked the requisite skills to play that particular sport and was not invited to play on the school basketball team. It really was no fault of my own. In fact, some of the factors that made me good at football and baseball were a hinderance in basketball. I was cursed with short legs...
  • The FCC heads toward full control of the internet

    12/20/2010 5:45:17 PM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-20-10 | DrJohn
    When he took office, Barack Obama began installing whacko after whacko in important positions. One such move was to make Julius Genachowski Chairman of the FCC. Genachowski was a fundraiser for Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. His latest actions appears to be one more effort by the Obama adminstration to bypass Congress and rule by executive fiat. It also smells funny. The more I read about it the more I hear in my head "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."The story in a nutshell is that Genachowski wants to take all the...
  • Our Dickensian Economy

    12/19/2010 7:48:14 AM PST · by Michael Tergent · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Jounal ^ | 12/17/2010 | Alan Blinder
    Season's greetings. And while I'm on the subject, this is a good time for us "haves" to start thinking more about America's "have nots." The national unemployment rate stands at a horrifying 9.8%. But unemployment is 15.7% among high-school dropouts, and an astonishing 42% of all unemployed workers have been jobless for more than six months. At press time, Congress appeared poised to pass a package of tax cuts that offers 19% of its benefits to the richest 1% of taxpayers. Earlier this month, the president's deficit commission proposed a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan with many virtues. But it included, among...
  • Hush Rush By Any Other Name

    12/07/2010 9:43:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | December 7,2010 | annem040359
    Hes back, Al Sharpton! And it looks like he is trying to take on conservative talk radio show host and new media giant Rush Limbaugh on the subject of racism and the radio airwaves. Now it is on what contains of Rushs show. Mr. Sharpton had said, while he is not against Rush saying what he wants to say, Mr. Sharpton says to keep it at home in the video interview. Mr. Sharpton, why are you trying to create a wild goose chase here, by going after El Rushbo over what he has or has not said? Could it be...
  • Hi, I'm a Liberal Democrat (or 'Don't ask a liberal for help' video)

    11/23/2010 8:33:47 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 28 replies
    youtube ^ | October 30, 2010 | youtube/lyricd
    A young colored lesbian poor single mother asks a white liberal for help and instead gets a lecture about how greedy rich people are responsible for all her problems. Every time she asks him for help he replies : I dont care. The government should do that for you and Greed did this to you. We must reign in capitalism to make sure the corporations cant hurt you anymore When she says the only job she can get is cleaning toilets he says: The government should force that business to pay you more money and give you health insurance by...
  • Destroying Schools to Achieve Racial Justice

    10/14/2010 3:26:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 57 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 14, 2010 | Robert Weissberg
    I've long suspected that the federal government is consciously subverting American education. Deep inside the Department of Education, there must exist a top-secret Bureau of Educational Disasters (BED) whose mission is to concoct alluring but guaranteed-to-fail, academic achievement-killing policies whose sole benefits are more jobs and mindless paperwork. These would be the folks who recently bribed states to retain academically troublesome students whose behavior hindered decent students so as to make America "better educated," i.e., a nation of high school "graduates" barely able to read their diplomas. Well, like all industrious Washington bureaucrats, BED, with Department of Justice support, soldiers...
  • Social Justice and Fair Taxes

    10/11/2010 6:22:47 AM PDT · by freedomfox · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-11-2010 | Bruce Walker
    Fairness is the mystic mantra of the left, and so when Obama responds to cries for extending the Bush tax cuts, he conjures the spirit of fairness. It is hard to argue against the vague, sweet whisper of fairness. Leftists, in tax policy, read fairness only one way: those who earn more pay more. That certainly redistributes wealth from the more productive to the least productive members of society, but is it fair?
  • Obama and the Age of Reaganomics

    08/01/2010 2:53:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 01, 2010 | Jon N. Hall
    Certain ideas get so firmly fixed in some folks' brains that no amount of evidence can dislodge them. Such ideas become articles of faith. And one article of faith that is particularly deeply stuck in the minds of "the faithful" is that Reaganomics doesn't work. The big idea behind Reaganomics is that cutting tax rates boosts the economy, which results in more tax revenue. The history of the last three decades bears this out. The faithful have tried to disprove Reaganomics by contending that the 1993 tax rate hike is what gave us the good economy and the balanced budgets...
  • A well-educated Black woman's take on Barack Obama.

    07/15/2010 4:33:55 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 23 replies
    SodaHead ^ | 03/03/10 | Anne Wortham
    Anne Wortham is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the Nation al Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's television series, "A World of Ideas." The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas. Dr. Wortham is author of "The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of...
  • New Bill Gives Obama Kill Switch To Shut Down The Internet

    06/17/2010 10:14:33 AM PDT · by csd · 24 replies · 574+ views ^ | June 17, 2010 | The St. Louis Tea Party
    Here is an Article from Prison Planet that describes the new Bill that would Give Obama Power over the Internet: "The federal government would have absolute power to shut down the Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative kill switch to seize control of the world wide web in response to a Homeland Security directive. Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over...
  • New Jersey, Little Greece (Gov. Christie asks NJ voters to reconsider notion of "fairness")

    05/28/2010 6:59:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 734+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/28/2010 | Mona Charen
    At a New Jersey town meeting, Gov. Chris Christie, the newest YouTube star for the limited-government set, was reproached by an unhappy teacher. The governor, facing a budget shortfall of $11 billion, has proposed, among other economies, a one-year salary freeze for New Jersey teachers. Her voice raised in anger (thats a normal speaking voice in my home state), Rita Wilson protested that she should be paid $83,000, the only reasonable compensation in light of her education and experience. Christies reply got an ovation: Well, you know what? Then you dont have to do it. Meet the newest conservative hero:...
  • Thomas Sowell : The Sources of Inequality (It can't all be blamed on the sins of society)

    05/25/2010 7:09:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 582+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/25/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    A heartbreaking social statistic is that children on welfare have only about half as many words per day directed at them as the children of working-class families and less than one-third as many words as children whose parents are professionals. This is especially painful in view of the fact that scientists have found that the actual physical development of the brain is affected by how much interaction young children receive. Even if every child entered the world with equal innate ability, by the time they were grown they would nevertheless have very different mental capabilities. Innate ability is the...
  • Warning: Free Speech in the Crosshairs

    05/16/2010 9:27:30 AM PDT · by StatenIsland · 5 replies · 288+ views
    Staten Island Tea Party ^ | 5/16/10 | Frank Santarpia
    Do you remember what it was like before the internet and talk radio and Fox News? Do you remember the suffocating cocoon in which we felt wrapped and trapped, desperate for someone, anyone, to simply tell the unspun truth about the direction in which our country was headed? To express an understanding of the love we felt for a proud America who need not apologize to any nation or people, unashamed of its independence, vitality and free markets? The Obama Administration remembers those days; so does the Left; so does the Mainstream Media. They long for those times times...
  • Life's not fair - get used to it

    05/15/2010 4:28:15 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies · 540+ views
    Menzies House ^ | May 14, 2010 | Stephan Knoll
    At some point surely we must realise that in this world there are accidents, mistakes and consequences, many of which we simply cannot control. We should therefore accept the idea that bad things ultimately do happen, some creating hardship, but that we are in many ways powerless to stop them. Instead of playing the blame game we should look to the responsibility of the individual and an acceptance of the fact that our own decisions have the greatest influence over the outcome of our lives. Upon finding ourselves in less than satisfactory circumstances, instead of looking for the nearest possible...
  • Obamas Medicare Tax Fairness

    02/23/2010 8:45:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 498+ views
    Commentary ^ | 2/23/10 | Rick Richman
    At the secret White House conference committee last month to put the finishing touches on ObamaCare, just days before Scott Brown was elected, one of the proposals reportedly being considered was boosting the Medicare payroll tax either by increasing the rate or extending it to unearned income. The ObamaCare proposal released yesterday by the White House does both. The proposal would increase the tax rate by 30 percent, from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent, for high-income households (defined as those making $250,000 or more, or individuals making $200,000), and extend the tax to their investment income, while not taxing...
  • Fairness Requires Winners and Losers

    02/11/2010 4:23:37 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 1 replies · 230+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | February 11, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Thomas Sowell is currently running a blistering series in his column at focused on the liberal perversion of fairness. In his latest entry, Part III, Sowell highlights the difference between genuine fairness and the Lefts contrived variety: People like philosopher John Rawls call treating everyone alike merely formal fairness. Professor Rawls advocated a conception of justice that nullifies the accidents of natural endowment and the contingencies of social circumstances. He called for a society which arranges end-results, rather than simply treating everyone the same and letting the chips fall where they may. Sowell later evokes the example of track...
  • Fairness in Education (At a Berkeley high school, equality means fewer science teachers)

    02/10/2010 9:11:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 612+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/11/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent flap in a Berkeley high school reveals what a farce fairness can be. Because this is ultra-liberal Berkeley, perhaps we should not be surprised that a proposal has been made to eliminate four jobs as science teachers and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers. In Berkeley, as in many other communities across the country, black and Latino students are not performing as well as Asian and white students. In fact, the racial gap in academic achievement at Berkeley High School is the highest in California no doubt a special source of embarrassment in...
  • The Fallacy of "Fairness": Part IV (Thomas Sowell)

    02/09/2010 3:20:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 490+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 9, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Mixed up with the question of fairness to individuals and groups has been the explosive question of whether individuals and groups have the innate ability to perform at the same levels, if they are all treated alike or even given the same objective opportunities. Intellectuals have swung from one side of this question at the beginning of the 20th century to the opposite side at the end. Both those who said that achievement differences among races and classes were due to genes, in the early years of the 20th century, and those who said that these differences were due to...
  • The Fallacy of "Fairness": Part III (Thomas Sowell)

    02/09/2010 3:13:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 359+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 9, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Most of us want to be fair, in the sense of treating everyone equally. We want laws to be applied the same to everyone. We want educational, economic or other criteria for rewards to be the same as well. But this concept of fairness is not only different from prevailing ideas of fairness among many of the intelligentsia, it contradicts their idea of fairness. People like philosopher John Rawls call treating everyone alike merely "formal" fairness. Professor Rawls advocated "a conception of justice that nullifies the accidents of natural endowment and the contingencies of social circumstances." He called for a...
  • The Fallacy of "Fairness": Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    02/09/2010 3:07:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 609+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 9, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent flap in a Berkeley high school reveals what a farce "fairness" can be. Because this is ultra-liberal Berkeley, perhaps we should not be surprised that a proposal has been made to eliminate four jobs as science teachers and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers. In Berkeley, as in many other communities across the country, black and Latino students are not performing as well as Asian and white students. In fact, the racial gap in academic achievement at Berkeley High School is the highest in California no doubt a special source of embarrassment in politically...
  • The Fallacy of Fairness (Thomas Sowell)

    02/08/2010 5:22:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 848+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | February 8, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    If there is ever a contest to pick which word has done the most damage to people's thinking, and to actions to carry out that thinking, my nomination would be the word "fair." It is a word thrown around by far more people than have ever bothered to even try to define it. This mushy vagueness may be a big handicap in logic but it is a big advantage in politics. All sorts of people, with very different notions about what is or is not fair, can be mobilized behind this nice-sounding word, in utter disregard of the fact that...
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. Additional information about RWJF can be found here....
  • The Ibbetson WrightRoad Victimization Index

    12/30/2009 5:27:07 PM PST · by ibbetsonusa · 2 replies · 286+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12-29-09 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    Turn on the television, switch on the radio, or open a magazine, and you are likely to hear a discussion on the continual victimization of one group or another based on race, religion, or gender at the very least. Centered within this narrative are the power-wielders with their thirst for absolute control, and the helpless victims that must continually gasp for air under the boot of domination. The Ibbetson WrightRoad Victimization Index offers an easy-to-understand guide to what happens when one group interacts with another, as well as a no-nonsense evaluation of how victimization works in the modern society.
  • Hugo Chavez Pulls 34 Radio Stations Off the Air (says those who share socialist vision will be back)

    08/02/2009 11:14:10 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies · 1,988+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/02/09
    Venezuelan president revokes licenses of 34, says those who share socialist vision will get back on the air
  • Of "Greed" and "Fairness"

    07/30/2009 10:16:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 1 replies · 180+ views
    QandO Blog ^ | July 30, 2009 | McQ
    One of the reasons weve reached a tipping point between freedom and welfare statism is because much of the country pays no taxes and increasingly the burden of taxes is being shifted to a smaller and smaller percentage of the population. Now Im not a tax advocate by any stretch. But it is obvious were not going to be able to avoid them, especially with this new crowd in town who wants to tax just about everything. But back to the point if youre not paying taxes, but the government is taxing others to your benefit, why wouldnt you...
  • Should Letterman be fired?

    06/10/2009 6:05:55 PM PDT · by James H. Shott · 83 replies · 2,534+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | June 10, 2009 | James Shott
    If Don Imus was fired for calling a female basketball team a bunch of nappy-headed hos, shouldnt David Letterman be fired for his troglodyte comment about Sarah Palins daughter? To wit: One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez. I wonder how Letterman would feel if he had a kid after he knocked up some broad? Oh, wait. He has one.