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  • WCU: Western Communist University

    03/22/2016 4:49:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | March 22, 2016 | Mike Adams
    The next time a college professor starts lecturing on the importance of a free and open marketplace of ideas beware. He’s probably going to offer a few platitudes before he throws in an awkward “but,” and then shows his true beliefs about free expression. As a general rule, you can ignore everything that comes before the word “but.” It is usually after he utters his first “but” that he really starts to show his ass. At Western Carolina University (WCU) the faculty senate recently showed its true colors on an important issue of academic freedom. They were approached with an...
  • Ten Reasons Why Capitalism Is Morally Superior

    09/26/2015 5:33:38 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 28 replies
    Contracting Business Magazine ^ | Sept 25, 2015 | Matt Michel
    As the owner of a contracting business, do you feel you are under attack? You should. You are. Capitalism and the free enterprise system are under the most relentless assault seen in the post war era. As a contractor you operate within the capitalist system, but may not feel comfortable defending it. Here are ten reasons why capitalism is morally superior to socialism, or statism (i.e., power and decisions are vested in the state or government). Talk about capitalism’s moral superiority the next time you hear someone parroting the politicians, entertainers, academics, clerics, and professional rabble rousers who are all...
  • Formula One Champion Ordered To Remove Instagram Post with AR-15

    08/24/2015 8:14:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 8/23/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton removed a video and photographs of him shooting an AR-15 from Instagram after his race boss—Niki Lauda—ordered him to take them down. The video showed Hamilton wearing ear and eye protection while shooting an AR-15 at a target down range, but some Formula One fans reacted negatively because the video appeared “just hours after a gunman” illegally used a different kind of gun to carry out an attack on a train in France.
  • The Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

    04/10/2015 4:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/10/2015 | Tom Petruno
    Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn't buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar's problem may be that it buys too much — a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments. The U.S. currency's value has surged over the last nine months, reaching levels against some world currencies last seen more than a decade ago. In Europe, it now costs just $1.09 to buy one euro, down from $1.37 a year ago and almost $1.50 four years ago. To put it another way, an American tourist strolling the streets of Paris this...
  • What Was Really at Stake in the Israeli Election: Free Enterprise

    03/28/2015 5:07:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 28, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    In terms of skills and education, Israel probably has the highest level of human capital per person in the whole world. Yet it’s per capita output is mediocre – in the middle of the developed country pack. Why is that? Because Israel has been slow to adopt capitalism. How do I know that? Because Bibi Netanyahu told me that in an interview in Dallas, several years before he became prime minister. Once he became Israel’s leader, he was been able to do something about it. In recent years Israel has become a center for entrepreneurship, innovation and capitalist spirit. But...
  • Another Fishy Regulation

    03/07/2015 7:28:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 7, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    All across the globe, people see the United States as a land of opportunity and dream of making their way here to work hard and enjoy the prosperity that our system of laws helps provide. Cindy Vong made that dream a reality by emigrating from Vietnam, becoming a U.S. citizen, and starting her own nail salon in Gilbert, Arizona. Thanks to a state occupational-licensing scheme, however, Ms. Vong may no longer be free to pursue her vision of happiness.The Arizona Board of Cosmetology—yes, that’s an actual entity—got wind that Ms. Vong’s spa offered a treatment that uses small fish to...
  • American Small Business Is Literally Dying

    01/28/2015 9:34:29 PM PST · by george76 · 71 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Mike Flynn
    When small and medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they’re being born, so is free enterprise,” writes Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. “And when free enterprise dies, America dies with it.” For six years, the number of small businesses closing has exceeded the number of businesses starting. The number of business deaths exceeded births in 2008 for the first time in US history and has gotten worse in the ensuing years. Since 2010, the rate of small business closures has increased. In the 1980s, the number of new businesses exceeded those closing by more than 100,000 every year....
  • Economic Death Spiral: More American Businesses Dying Than Starting

    01/14/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Wynton Hall
    “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.” Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls “an underground earthquake” that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available. “Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses. ... the numbers paint an ominous portrait of America in a dire state of decline. “I don’t want to sound like a doomsayer, but when...
  • Economic Recovery, Free Enterprise, and Keystone

    01/12/2015 5:36:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 12, 2015 | Star Parker
    Now that the U.S. economy is showing signs of life, President Obama is not wasting a moment to take credit for this recovery. “The steps we took nearly six years ago to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990’s,” he said in a recent speech. For sure we can expect the president to continue this message in his upcoming State of the Union address, as he works to rebuild his credibility, thinking toward his final two years in office and his place in history. And...
  • Leftists Promise "Street Theater" Protests on Black Friday

    11/24/2014 2:53:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | November 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Left wing groups are ramping up for “street theater” protests at retail stores this Black Friday. If prior years are any indication of the group’s projected success this year, we can expect a handful of union thugs showing up at a handful of Walmart stores, with a few mass-printed signs. As reported by the Free Beacon:“The fight against income inequality in this country starts at Walmart,” said Brooke Anderson of Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. “we are proud to stand with Walmart workers this Black Friday to speak out for the fair pay and the respect workers deserve.”Before diving into the...
  • Meet Four Business Owners Squeezed by Obama's Secret Operation Choke Point

    08/12/2014 12:03:46 PM PDT · by PapaNew · 15 replies
    With no explanation, Brian Brookman last month lost the bank account for his pawn shop. He had no idea why. Brookman says his store in Grand Haven, Mich., never had been in trouble with federal or state officials. And being in the pawn industry, he was required by law to get a city license every year. “If there was ever a problem, they wouldn’t renew my license,” Brookman, a former police officer and Army veteran, told The Daily Signal. After researching his case on the Internet, Brookman says he concluded that his banker, JP Morgan Chase, closed the account because...
  • Nevada Rancher: ‘The Founding Fathers Didn’t Create A Government Like This’

    04/15/2014 10:47:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | April 15, 2014 | CBS/Las Vegas/AP
    RENO, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A Nevada rancher said Monday he’s trying to determine if federal agents damaged his cattle when the animals were rounded up then released in a showdown with angry protesters over a decades-long dispute about rangeland rights. U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said the agency backed off to avoid a potentially violent situation over the weekend. However, he vowed to go to court to collect more than $1 million in back grazing fees he says Cliven Bundy owes for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s. Bundy, whose family has operated a...
  • Living under Democrat/Socialist rule can destroy your life

    01/14/2014 8:57:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/14/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    To celebrate the New Year a Californian who describes himself as a libertarian moved out of the state. In his frustration he has posted a list of just some of the ridiculous regulations he has suffered under at the hands of liberals who have been given unlimited power over the lives of everyday Americans. These are some of the regulatory nightmares he had to undergo. In order to merely remove a wooden deck that was condemned by Ventura County inspectors he had to pay for and secure SEVEN separate permits. In order to place a small concession trailer in his...
  • Media ignores this but 36 year study proves free market not socialism cures worst poverty worldwide

    01/09/2014 10:02:43 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/9/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    You will not see or hear a word about this in the American media. It doesn’t fit their narrative for the way things should be so it will be ignored. The American Enterprise Institute has reported on a startling piece of good news. What the AEI is trumpeting is that the rate of $1.00 a day or less poverty in the world has fallen by 80% since 1970. This has to be causing Lyndon Johnson to roll over in his grave so fast his big rabbit ears are flapping wildly in his coffin. Those who remember Ole Long Ears remember...
  • Terry Bradshaw Talks to Jay Leno About (Duck Dynasty's) Phil Robertson (Video)

    12/21/2013 8:08:57 PM PST · by montag813 · 60 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-21-2013 | TopClip
    Tonight’s TopClip shows a side of ‘Duck Commander’ Phil Robertson that many don’t know: when he was teammates with future NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw…
  • Lessons From A Capitalist Thanksgiving

    11/02/2013 1:11:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 27, 2008 | Jerry Bowyer
    It’s astonishing and a little horrifying that America’s elites know so little about their country’s history. Case in point: Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute. Jared is an influential left-ish economic polemicist and a sometime adviser to Barack Obama on economic affairs.....On Monday night, I told Larry Kudlow about the story of the first Thanksgiving.I explained that the first Thanksgiving was a celebration of abundance after a period of socialism and starvation. It seems Bernstein never heard about this chapter in U.S. history; he called it an “exercise in revisionist history.” Admitting that he had never read the memoirs...
  • Visa Subsidiary Cuts Ties with Nation's Largest Gun Shop

    10/13/2013 12:48:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 13, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Hyatt Gun Shop states that a subsidiary of Visa shut down payments for its customers' online gun purchases, effectively cutting ties with "the nation's largest gun store," Hyatt claims, because of legal online gun sales. Hyatt Gun Shop is located in Charlotte, NC, and owner Larry Hyatt says—described on its website as "a solution of Cybersource, a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa"—sent him an email saying they were ending their business relationship with his store over "the sale of firearms or any similar product." According to the Washington Examiner, the email said "that gun sales violated a section of...
  • The Starbucks Chick-fil-A Fiasco: Free Enterprise Amid Political and Cultural Chaos

    06/30/2013 7:43:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | June 30, 2013 | Austin Hill
    What do Chick-fil –A and Starbucks have in common besides food and beverages? Controversy – and lots of it – as the executive leaders of both companies have taken public stands on one of America’s most contentious cultural and public policy issues. You probably heard about the Chick-fil-A fiasco of last year. Founded by S. Truett Cathy, today the company is headed by Truett’s son Dan Cathy, and in June and July of 2012 the company and its franchisees was subject to maligning in the media and attempted boycotts by liberal activist groups because of public statements that Dan made...

    05/31/2013 2:01:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 31, 2013 | by JOHN NOLTE
    In South Portland, Maine, Dr. Michael Ciampi has done more to cut the cost of health care than anything any Democrat has done in the last 200 years. He has stopped accepting insurance and slashed his prices. The price for an office went from $160 to just $75, and patients that need a quick diagnosis for a specific problem like an earache or sore throat, will only pay $50. At the end of last year, I lost my health insurance, and immediately discovered a whole different world where everything medical-related is much, much cheaper. Upon learning I had no insurance,...
  • The Internet Sales Tax – More is Never Enough

    05/22/2013 3:37:00 PM PDT · by Noremac · 12 replies
    Blasted ^ | May 22, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    The Internet Sales Tax. Nothing illustrates the ravenous nature of BigGov and its insatiable desire to destroy even the smallest extant vestiges of Free Enterprise in America than the effort underway to pull millions of small businesses into their net of taxation. While the support this legislation is getting on Capitol Hill from Democrats is no particular eye-opener, it is the support from Republicans that should alert us to the hypocritical tendencies of that party. In one breath, they pander to us about smaller government and cutting spending and taxes – but when they think our backs are turned, they...
  • Pope Should Recognize That Free Markets Are Best Way To End Poverty

    05/20/2013 11:41:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 May 2013 | Editorial
    Statism: Pope Francis seemed to have an economic blind spot, to say the least, when he urged more "state control" to cut global poverty Thursday. On the contrary — the biggest poverty-killer in history is free enterprise.Before we go further, let us say that we know that the pope does seem to have the best intentions and his devotion to the poor is indisputable. But it appears he has been infected by the local economic pathologies of his homeland, Argentina, and its liberation theology among the Jesuits, at least when he warned ambassadors about "the tyranny of money" and called...
  • Urban Problem Bigger Than Detroit

    03/25/2013 4:29:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 25, 2013 | Star Parker
    We are now hearing the usual voices of protest in Detroit in the wake of Michigan governor Rick Snyder appointing an outside expert to take over financial management of the near-bankrupt city. Detroit is the largest city in American history to be seized in this fashion and turned over to an outside manager. Reported deficit of the city is $327 million dollars and long-term liabilities are in the range of $14 billion. But no matter to the unions, politicians, and bureaucrats who have been at the helm for years as the city has spiraled into the depths of the black...
  • Fossil-Fuel Divestment - Our free-enterprise system is facing a legitimacy crisis, especially...

    03/04/2013 10:37:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 4, 2013 | Stanley Kurtz
    Our free-enterprise system is facing a legitimacy crisis, especially among the young.Activist Bill McKibben Slowly but surely, America’s free-enterprise system has been bleeding cultural support. To be sure, Occupy Wall Street’s open anti-capitalism flamed out, and direct challenges to the system are few. Yet appearances are deceiving. Just prior to the 2012 election, a series of polls showed the millennial generation (ages 18–30) about evenly split between positive attitudes toward capitalism and socialism. We needn’t take that support for socialism literally in order to recognize that America’s free-enterprise system is facing a legitimacy crisis, especially among the young. The manner...
  • Same-Sex Wedding Cake Refusal Could Cost Christian Baker

    02/05/2013 9:14:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    EWTN ^ | 2/5/13
    The Oregon state attorney general's office is investigating a Christian baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Aaron Klein, owner of the Gresham, Ore. bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Oregonian newspaper he chose not to make the cake because he believes marriage is “a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible.” “When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.” His business, which he co-owns with his wife, could face as much as $50,000 in...
  • JP Morgan Chase Thanksgiving TV Commercial

    11/22/2012 6:36:34 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 16 replies
    I don't know how many have seen this commercial, and I know it's by JP Morgan, but dang if it didn't get my heart to swell with the message.
  • 60 Second Refutation of Socialism, While Sitting at the Beach

    11/18/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 41 replies
    Coyote Blog--Dispatches from a Small Business ^ | December 2, 2004 | Warren Meyer
    Last week [Nov. 2004], there were several comments in Carnival of the Capitalists that people would like to see more articles highlighting the benefits of capitalism.  This got me thinking about a conversation I had years ago at the beach: Hanging out at the beach one day with a distant family member, we got into a discussion about capitalism and socialism.  In particular, we were arguing about whether brute labor, as socialism teaches, is the source of all wealth (which, socialism further argues, is in turn stolen by the capitalist masters).  The young woman, as were most people her age,...
  • How America Got Rich

    09/13/2012 11:13:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Commentary ^ | September 2012 | Arthur Herman
    If you want to understand how the United States became the most prosperous society in the world, start with the ballpoint pen. László Bíró, a Hungarian who had fled the Nazis and gone to Argentina, invented the first working solid-ink pen. When the owner of Goldblatt’s department store in Chicago showed the contraption to a passing salesman named Milton Reynolds, Reynolds decided he could do it better. The year was 1944. American factories were producing a warplane every five minutes, 150 tons of steel every hour, eight aircraft carriers a month. Milton Reynolds knew nothing about this kind of heavy...
  • The Cult of Chick-fil-A

    08/03/2012 12:26:40 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07.23.07 | Emily Schmall
    Yadkowski, 33, came to Chick-fil-A when he was living in a group foster home created by Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy. "I tell the kids, 'This is not just selling sandwiches; it pays for your upbringing,'" says Yadkowski, a hardworking, happily married Southern Baptist who plans to work with Chick-fil-A for life. But Danielle Alderson, 30, a Baltimore operator, says she can't hire a good manager who, say, moonlights at a strip club because it would irk the company. "We are watched very closely by Chick-fil-A," she says. "It's very weird." Is it legal? There are no federal...
  • Anti-gay marriage controversy draws crowd to local Chick-fil-As [Chicago]

    08/02/2012 3:16:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | August 2, 2012 | JOSH MCGHEE AND CASEY TONER
    Photo gallery and article: "For many who went to eat at Chicago-area Chick-fil-As Wednesday amidst calls to support the company president’s anti-gay marriage stance, it didn’t come down to whether they agreed with him or not. Rather, they said, it was simply to show they supported Dan Cathy’s right to espouse his beliefs — beliefs that they said shouldn’t impact whether another Chick-fil-A should be allowed to open in the city. “I came out to support freedom of speech,” said Bob Matter, a paralegal and self-described atheist, liberal and supporter of gay marriage. Matter, like hundreds of others, flocked to...
  • Eat More Progressives

    08/01/2012 9:59:48 PM PDT · by Noremac · 4 replies
    Blasted ^ | 8/1/2012 | Richard Cameron
    Fellow Patriots, The Chick-Fil-A controversy has been bashed around and hammered silly at this point, so I forgive you if you are weary of the topic. As usual, however, I have succeeded in finding another salient aspect of this issue that is getting lost in the fog of the cultural war associated with it. If you will indulge me here, I believe a look at this from the 'other white meat' perspective, will be rewarding. If not, I pledge to refund every penny you spent.
  • Obama Considered Former Employer "The Enemy"

    07/28/2012 1:08:49 PM PDT · by RealTeen · 19 replies ^ | 7-28-12 | Justin Higgins
    The "Greatest Story Ever Sold" series intends to look into the distortions, exaggerations and falsehoods in Barack Obama's past. Yes, he was born in Hawaii and is a citizen, but he has not been properly vetted, by any means. His personal story is in many ways a mystery, and in too many ways, it's "made up". Get to know the real President of the United States.Aside from being a community organizer, State Senator, Senator and now President, how much do you know about the President's professional background? The answer is, not much, unless you delve into the oft-exaggerated pages of...
  • President Obama - You DID build this.

    07/26/2012 11:07:10 AM PDT · by Noremac · 1 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | 7/26/2012 | Richard Cameron
    Because Mr. Obama's loaded comments at a recent campaign stop about 'You didn't build that', have become more than merely a blip in the news cycle, but instead, a rallying cry for us to defend Free Enterprise and all its corollary values, I decided (with some gentle pushes from friends), to craft a stinging rebuttal to Obama' sentiments. However, since much has already been written, I endeavored to look at this from an inverse perspective and essentially turn the tables on the President. If the responses from the select group that has previewed this are any indication of success, I...
  • If you 'didn't build that,' they can take it

    07/20/2012 2:27:08 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 14 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 7-22-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Boarad
    President Barack Obama, who promised to transform America, told a campaign gathering this week, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." Whether you take his words at face value or prefer to infer he simply meant government can help businesses by building bridges and roads, the president's speech was troubling. Implicit in the president's message is that private individuals and privately held companies are not sufficient. Big Government is the engine that pulls the train, in his view. . .
  • Obama didn’t mean what he said? Really?

    07/19/2012 1:24:53 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 8 replies
    The latest spin is that when President Barack Obama put his foot in his mouth saying :“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he didn’t really mean it. Yeah, and if you believe that, you probably think he was talking about voluntary charitable donations when he said, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” ...
  • A Proud Moment

    07/13/2012 5:01:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | July 13, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Mitt Romney delivered one of the best speeches of the year at the NAACP meeting in Houston. It made me proud to watch him. Romney was wise to accept the invitation -- though, God knows, the temptation to decline must have been tremendous. The NAACP hasn't exactly covered itself in glory over the past few years. In 2000, the organization ran dishonest and disgraceful television and radio ads suggesting that George W. Bush had been somehow indifferent to the horrible lynching of James Byrd in Texas. More recently, the group -- theoretically dedicated to the best interests of black Americans...
  • The Surprising Moral Case for Free Enterprise

    07/10/2012 2:38:50 PM PDT · by NorseWood · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | July 10, 2012 | Arthur Brooks
    Government keeps growing -- and freedom keeps shrinking -- because we fail to make the moral case for free enterprise. Based on his best-selling book "The Road to Freedom," AEI President Arthur C. Brooks explains how we can win the fight for free enterprise by articulating what's written on our hearts. "We have to see that we're not in an economic battle for the future of America," Arthur says. "We're in a moral battle."
  • Face to Face: Rep. Paul Ryan on the State of the Union

    01/25/2012 3:38:33 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    CBS ^ | 1-25-12 | Paul Ryan & Bob Schieffer
    House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., tells Bob Schieffer that President Obama's State of the Union address was "predictable" and explains why he doesn't think Congress will accomplish much this year.
  • A Voice From the Past: Milton Freidman Addresses Today's OWS Whackos.... More than 30 years ago!

    11/02/2011 3:43:27 PM PDT · by fantail 1952 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1980+/- | Milton Freidman
    Milton Freidman made Phil Donahue look like a complete fool (mot a difficult task, even then)in this film clip of an interview from about 1980. It is particularly applicable to todays economy, and should be force fed to all OWS freaks when they finally get sense enough to come in out of the cold....
  • Cain: The Restaurant Years : He was already fighting the free-enterprise fight, back in the day

    10/20/2011 10:21:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/20/2011 | katrina Trinko
    In the 1990s, Herman Cain went to Washington and fought against minimum-wage hikes, worked to make welfare reform succeed, and advocated free trade. He did so, not from a perch at a conservative think tank, but as chairman and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Cain didn’t just use the National Restaurant Association to further free-enterprise aims. He also worked to make the group significantly more influential than it had been. (Cain even started calling the group the NRA, because he was so convinced the group would become more influential than the gun association that he refused to worry over...
  • California's mess not Texas' fault

    06/25/2011 2:19:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 25, 2011 | Steven Greenhut
    [snip] Everywhere I go, I am met by California taxpayers and business owners who love their state. But they share the stories of their search to go elsewhere – or else their exit plan if things get much worse, economically. Some of this is idle chat, but many people are serious,... .....Californians have always embraced a form of exceptionalism, believing that the normal rules don't apply out here. But while I love that the old Midwestern and Eastern social mores don't matter so much on the Left Coast, there's no escaping the laws of economics. Entrepreneurs go into the private...
  • Gov. Perry signs "Baker's Bill"

    06/20/2011 6:34:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1+ views
    KLTV- 7 ^ | June 19, 2011 | Annette Falconer
    Governor Rick Perry has signed "The Baker's Bill", leading Texas bakers in hope for another source of income, all while staying in their home. KLTV's Annette Falconer talks with one east Texas baker, who can't wait to start her baking business. It's the day that can't come too soon for baker, Stephanie Frazier. "September first you'll hear me calling around saying, hey, would you like a cookie?", says Frazier. Governor Perry signed the "Bakers Bill", allowing bakers like Fazier to sell their non-perishable goodies. "If you had a kitchen under the same roof where people slept, you were not allowed...
  • What Have the Tea Party and the Church of Satan Got in Common? Answer: the Sinister Ayn Rand

    04/24/2011 10:07:56 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 106 replies ^ | April 24th, 2011 | Tim Stanley
    Ayn Rand is recapturing the hearts of American conservatives. The Cold War writer’s individualist philosophy is back in fashion among the Republican faithful. Her 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged has just been released as a movie and while critics call it slow and two-dimensional, Tea Partiers are queuing around the block to see it. Something about Rand’s take-no-prisoners prose strikes a chord with people exasperated by Obama’s tax-and-spend liberalism and desperate for a road-map to liberty. But Ayn Rand is not a natural pin-up for American conservatives. Her individualism went beyond libertarianism. It was an exciting, revolutionary mix of greed, atheism,...
  • Shrug Off Some Of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged - Ayn's Too Much A Materialist

    04/15/2011 6:02:13 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 118 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 4/15/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    I am glad that Ayn Rand has been resurrected as of late, although, as an avowed atheist, she had no confidence in the afterlife, but rather, she bet everything on this earthly, materialistic life. Financial advisor Don Luskin, one of my favorites on Larry Kudlow's CNBC economy program, has written a beatifying piece on Ayn Rand in the Wall Street Journal, which exalts Rand to superheroine status, despite the fact that she was quite the unrepentant adulteress, pro death abortionist, God-denier, and ultra narcissist. Strangely enough, Ayn got her "big break" by working in the ancient movie King of Kings...
  • Congressmen Weiner and Waxman Set Gold Hearing

    09/17/2010 8:21:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 9/16/2010
    Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it's also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold, that compete with the paper dollars issued by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury. A press release from Rep. Anthony Weiner, Democrat of New York, not yet (as of this instant) posted on Mr. Weiner's Web site, announces that a September 23 hearing of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (a subcommittee of Rep. Henry Waxman's Commerce...
  • Obama's Soft-Core Socialism (by Steve Forbes)

    07/24/2010 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes ^ | July 24, 2010 | Steve Forbes
    The truth is that not even the Franklin Roosevelt Administration was as hostile to and ignorant about free enterprise as this Administration is. Almost every action Obama officials take underscores their belief in the stereotype that businesspeople are mostly amoral, corner-cutting, consumer-shafting, pollution-loving menaces. The economy itself needs to be tightly controlled and rigidly guided by Washington mandarins because free markets are inherently and destructively unstable. Incrementalism and the velvet glove over an iron fist are Obama's preferred methods. Thus, it will take several years for surviving health care companies to become full-fledged vassals of the federal government, which will...
  • Happy Now? What’s at stake in America’s battle over free enterprise.

    06/04/2010 5:36:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 908+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | June 2, 2010 | Arthur C. Brooks
    Happy Now?What’s at stake in America’s battle over free enterprise.  On May 13, 2009, at Arizona State University, Barack Obama delivered his first commencement address as President of the United States. At one of the most frightening economic moments in America’s history, it was a chance to be a mentor, a teacher, and the nation’s inspirer-in-chief. Did the president urge the graduates to get out there and create the growth and jobs our country needs? Did he inspire them to be the next generation of great American innovators and entrepreneurs? No; instead, he told the graduates that people who “chase...
  • America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control

    05/23/2010 9:53:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 615+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | Arthur C. Brooks
    America faces a new culture war. This is not the culture war of the 1990s. It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion. Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country's future. In one, America will continue to be an exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise... --snip-- To win, the 70 percent majority must come together around core principles: that the purpose of free enterprise is human flourishing, not materialism; that we stand for equality of opportunity, not equality of income; that we seek to stimulate...
  • Wall Street Firms Brace for Seismic Changes (will cut profits by 20%)

    05/21/2010 10:19:54 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 25 replies · 1,116+ views
    Yahoo News/WSJ ^ | May 21, 2010 | Randall Smith
    The Senate version of financial regulation hits Wall Street harder than expected, with some analysts estimating it could cut the profits of major financial institutions by roughly 20%. Guy Moszkowski, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch who follows banks and securities firms, estimates that derivatives account for half of all trading revenue at the biggest firms. The legislation could cut derivatives-related revenue by 30% to 50%, according to Mr. Moszkowski. Insurers also have expressed concerns that toughened derivatives regulation would interfere with routine portfolio-hedging activities.
  • Texas on top for Business once again

    05/07/2010 7:21:29 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Libertarian Republican ^ | Tuesday May 4, 2010 | Eric Dondero
    Thank the Fiscal Conservative climate set by the States' Elected Republicans From Eric Dondero: Number one again. The Lone Star State has just been rated as "America's best state in which to do business." And my homestate scored that distinction far above all others. The Republican Party of Texas reports:The Lone Star State stands alone as America’s best state in which to do business. That’s how more than 600 CEOs across America rate Texas. Chief Executive Magazine polled a total of 651 corporate CEOs, who, for the fifth year in a row, gave Texas top honors for the state’s openness...
  • Tax the Top, Hit the Middle

    03/13/2010 10:51:29 AM PST · by ezfindit · 2 replies · 458+ views
    American Thinker via CDS ^ | 3/11/2010 | Daniel Cross
    “Tax the rich” has been the inveterate battle cry of liberals from the beginning. The left believes in creating massive entitlement and welfare programs all in the name of fairness. Equal rights, it seems, don’t apply to the wealthy. Ironically, the idea only ends up hurting the very people it’s supposed to help. Early in 2009, Maryland raised its tax rate to 6.25% for income earners of $1 million or more and saw a decline in tax revenue as high-income taxpayers emigrated to tax-friendlier states. While it may seem that few families make an income of a million dollars, sole...