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Free to Lose

It is truly a testament to how ridiculous anti-capitalists are that they are now complaining about companies both when they lose money and when they make “too much”. So JP Morgan loses a couple billion dollars, and there are calls for the government to increase regulations because, I don’t know, losing money is bad and therefore shouldn’t be legal. Really.

Okay, a remedial course in basic economics is a general good recommendation for any politician, since most badly need it: I don’t think even a “liberal” economist would dispute that the way Capitalism is supposed to work is that people will tend to act in such a way as to make more money, because loss of money is a disincentive to behavior that causes loses. It is literally logically absurd to suggest that the behavior that leads to loss of money needs to be punished by the government: the loss of money is the punishment for such behavior and results from no government regulation.

What is especially ridiculous about this is that anti-capitalist actions after the 2008 crash prevented the disincentive of failure (the ultimate loss, reserved for the most egregious of errant business practices) from actually taking place. They not only didn’t disapprove of business making mistakes by doing so, they actively encouraged businesses to make mistakes! The only thing consistent aspect of their behavior is that they have continually stood in opposition to whatever they think would happen without them. They either desperately want to be relevant, or just revel in disrupting the natural order of a free economy. Whether they are trying to do so or not, the real point is that distortions of the natural market signals leads to malinvestment, inefficiency, and failure. At which point the anti-capitalists pretend that they haven’t disrupted the economy, and blame the failure on a unregulated, free market, and proceed to intervene even further.

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Already Messing Up

In January, the new Congress will come in, and Republicans will have control of the House of Representatives. But before that even happens, the GOP is preparing for their new, more powerful role in the Federal government. Unfortunately, based on what they are doing so far, it looks like they are not serious about their limited government mandate. They have decided not to waive the term limit on being committee chair for Energy and Commerce for Joe Barton of Texas, which in and of itself is not a bad thing, except who they are replacing him with is, well, horrifying. Fred Upton of Michigan is, in fact, the man behind the Light Bulb Ban (the Corporation behind the ban is, ironically, General Electric) and is just about the absolute worst choice they could make. And yet that is who they have named as the man they want to put in charge. Equally disturbing is the choice of Hal Rogers of Kentucky to head the Appropriations committee-they have just put an Earmark master in charge of deciding how money will be spent, essentially, in the new Congress. So much for the ban…

What the heck are the Republicans thinking? Are they under the impression that they have trust among us left to squander? Do they even believe in what they claim to stand for? These picks are not finalized yet, AFAIK, but they are almost inevitable. I have scarcely been so disappointed in my life.

On the tax “compromise” I have to say, I’m utterly baffled. Obama believes he is in a position to be making demands, and to insult and spit in the face of the GOP even as he claims to be seeking peace. He continues to remind people of how horrible the Republicans are, how they have forced him into this compromise which he deep down finds abhorrent. He keeps going on with all the same old class warfare crap. All this when he would get, if the Republicans stupidly agree to this monstrosity, an unfunded extension of unemployment benefits out to a grand total of THREE YEARS, already near two years now. All this when he is insisting on the return of the Estate-AKA Death-tax, albeit at lower rates than it would come back if nothing is done-in other words he is insisting that there be SOME tax increase!!! When he will be moving revenue out of the Social Security funds straight into the general revenue by cutting payroll taxes (not that they wouldn’t just raid Social Security as if it was not supposed to be separate funds anyway…). Obama gets so much out of this deal, and Republicans so little, you’d think that they must have lost the last election, instead of the other way around. This whole business makes so little sense, the Republicans are probably best to refuse this deal and tell Obama that he doesn’t get to make demands anymore. Much like Obama’s attitude after the 2008 election. I want to hear the GOP go up to Obama and throw his own words back at him:

We Won

Get over it.

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TSA Redux

Remember my TSA experience? I just thought it was useful to bring it up, given recent increasing asininity from the TSA (“for our own good” you know) which is now aggressively violating people’s fundamental right to not be sexually assaulted. But they can do it, and say it isn’t what it is, because they are the Government and they’re here to help.

I also never commented on our elections here in Florida, or the great results nationwide. Needless to say, there is a lot I would like to say, but won’t right now. About other things, too, not just the elections. See you later folks, and around Christmas time I’ll post “regularly” again.

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Sorry For The Absence

So, some things first. In the Weekend Journal today, Dawkins and a theologian have side by side articles on religion etc. Richard demonstrates his inability to grasp the term “Non-sequitor” again. See, his thesis is “God doesn’t exist because he isn’t needed”. What a dumb ass.

So how is FAU? Fattening. I can’t stop pigging out at the Cafeteria. I’m gonna end up being sent to fat camp.

Putin forever!

Now, folks, you know I’m a free trader. So I’m pissed that Obama is smacking a tariff on Chinese Tires. But not surprised. But this is disgusting.

Oh, by the way, more on FAU: the Swine Flu plague is going around. I’m pretty sure that was a nasty cold I had that made really gross goo flow out my nose, so anyway, I’m okay and totally not a carrier. Really.

Fundamentals of Engineering is pretty cool. Except for all the civil majors. The rest of my courses are pretty dull. But, again, the food is good.

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The World’s Revolting…

Sure seems that way. There’s Iran of course and now:

Honduras

Meanwhile…

In Argentina (get your minds out of the gutter pervs) The center-left leader is losing allies in mid term elections.

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Apparently being too thin is bad…

Better chubby than skin and bones, evidently.

So what does this mean? Maybe that the best information available, and the simplistic thinking which is popular with some, can be very, very wrong. If nothing else, it makes government weight control efforts by taxing soda all that more stupid. And yet some think that having a Department of Love-handles and a Secretary of Lard or a “Fat Czar” sound like good ideas. If they are going to regulate your BMI, well, what is the ideal? Is it even the same for all people? Nobody knows, but busybodies want to micromanage this stuff anyway…

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Europe-a move “right” or just a mess?

Apparently the new European Parliament elections have resulted in a rightward shift. At least that’s the buzz. But European politics is messy. And the Yahoo article pipes on about “far-right” parties quite a bit, including some who are said to be racist and anti-Semitic. It should hardly be surprising that, with our radically different histories, the European “right” looks a bit odd to the American right. So in my view this is neither good news nor bad news, just European news.

Still, let’s analyze this, shall we?

High unemployment across Europe has increased voter dissatisfaction with mainstream parties and made residents skeptical over the EU’s power to help spur economic recovery.

Good, good, they are properly skeptical that the government can solve the problem (at least the EU, anyway).

But the big winner in Austria was the rightist Freedom Party, which more than doubled its strength over the 2004 elections to 13 percent of the vote. It campaigned on an anti-Islam platform, with posters proclaiming “The Occident in Christian hands.”

Uh, hm…Well, I hate to judge a party by its blurb in the media, but if this is really just an “anti-Islam” party rather than a anti-Islamic-extremist party, then this is not the good news one would assume based on the cool sounding name “Freedom Party”-Are they being mischaracterized? What are their positions on the more important, economic issues? I actually don’t care. Let the crazy Europeans do what they want-they are doomed anyway.

In the Netherlands, exit polls predicted Geert Wilders’ anti-Islamic party would win more than 15 percent of the country’s votes, bruising a ruling alliance of Conservatives and Socialists.

Now this I know a little bit more about. My understanding is that Mr. Wilders is a guy who is being suppressed for saying politically incorrect things about Islam. But, again, the enemy of my enemy may have a right to speak, but he is not necessarily my friend. Still, if the socialists are hurting, that’s good.

Fringe groups could use five-year terms in the EU parliament’s 736 seats as a platform for their extreme views but were not expected to affect the assembly’s increasingly influential lawmaking on issues ranging from climate change to cell-phone roaming charges.

This is the best hint I can get as to the nature of these “far right” parties, and even this is actually more confusing than enlightening. Does this mean that the hold the mainstream positions on these issues? Or does it mean that speaking out against the stupid climate policies of the EU makes you an “extremist”? Still, if they will have no effect on policy, who cares?

In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party has steadily held the lead in polls, with the Socialist Party second.

Good for Nicolas and his wife who is way too hot for him. I don’t really know much about him other than that he is preferable to the socialists, which is easy. But he is French…

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Freedom People’s Party held a two-digit lead over his main center-left rival in the most recent polling despite a deep recession and a scandal over allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old model.

If only for the entertainment value of having a guy in charge of Italy who says Obama has a “good suntan” and sleeps with underage models, this is good news. Beyond entertainment, who cares? It’s Italy. They have like 9000 parties and god knows what they are up to half the time.

In Britain, dissident Labour legislators said a plot to oust Prime Minister Gordon Brown could accelerate after the party’s expected dismal results in the European elections are announced.

Opponents say the Labour leader has been so tainted by the economic crisis and a scandal over lawmakers’ expenses that the opposition Conservatives are virtually guaranteed to win the next national election, which must be called by June 2010.

Good news and bad news here. The good news is that Labour is hosed. The bad news is that from what I hear the British Conservatives have ceased to be Churchill or Thatcher party and have become something more along the lines of a Chamberlain party (and no, I’m not speaking of foreign policy, but other things). The other thing is that the “right wing” British National Party-arguably more a national socialist party really-is feeding off the resulting confusion.

In contrast, Greece’s governing conservatives were headed for defeat in the wake of corruption scandals and with a sharply slowing economy, exit polls showed. The Communists and a new environmental party, meanwhile, were expected to make a strong showing.

Okay, that’s bad. And Greece had done so well to escape communist takeover back in the day…

Advance polls also favored the left-leaning party in Portugal.

Well, it’s only Portugal right?

In Spain, where the recession has driven unemployment to 17.4 percent, Europe’s highest, a close race was expected between the ruling Socialists and the conservative opposition.

Recall that the socialists gained power after the panic from the Madrid train bombing, and they immediately pull out of the war. Typical left wing weenies. Hopefully the opposition takes this one (I take a special interest here, as my late paternal grandfather came from Spain-he actually lived under Franco before coming to the US on an education visa and marrying my grandmother. He taught us all so much about politics. I learned a lot from him indirectly through my father. I know he’d be pulling for those left-wing weenies to crumble to.)

Poland’s governing pro-business Civic Platform party was expected to claim around half of the country’s 50 seats, followed by the conservative nationalist Law and Justice party — a shift to the right for Poland at the European parliament.

What does “pro-business” mean? Mussolini/Obama style Corporatism? Turn of the 19th century Republican protectionism? Or is it convoluted code for pro-market and competition (hardly the same thing)? Similarly, what does “nationalist” mean? Patriotism? State worship? It matters, especially to the left/right characterization. The media always misses these subtleties.

In Hungary, where the governing Socialist Party raised taxes and cut social programs in a deep financial crisis, the main center-right opposition party, Fidesz, was slated to win at least 15 of 22 seats. Jobbik, a far-right party accused by critics of racism and anti-Semitism, was expected to win one or two.

Actually, our left could learn something from Hungarian socialists (another interesting point, my mother’s father came from Hungary-and though he barely escaped communism, he is left leaning and is divorced from my grandmother, so as much as I like my family, he is far from my favorite grandparent) as far as cutting social programs goes. And there’s that “far-right” term again. Jobbik doesn’t sound anarchist to me. So how are they “far-right”? Racism? So “right” is code for leaning towards whatever you don’t like? It explains the bizarre dichotomy that conservatives are “fascist”. Oh boy, here comes the small federal government to control you! Look out it has abstinence fliers!

In Sweden, the Green Party was expected to increase its support dramatically. The Pirate Party, which advocates shortening the duration of copyright protection and allowing noncommercial file-sharing between individuals, was expected to get one or two seats for the first time.

Crazy Swedes.

Romanian police set up checkpoints around the country after widespread allegations of voting fraud. Officials said parties were offering voters from 50-100 lei (euros 12-24, $17-$34) to vote in several towns.

Apparently in Europe you bribe voters, while in America, the Black Panthers intimidate you. Sounds like a pretty serious problem, eh? Where’s RACORN when you need them?

EDIT: Folks might enjoy Daniel Hannan’s comments in this interview with Glenn Beck:

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/26393/

Hannan is absolutely right on.

The term “Right” isn’t used in exactly the same way on this side of the Atlantic. First of all they mean really the big beneficiaries are the kind of Christian Democrat parties which would be Democrats, I guess, in the U.S. I mean, they certainly wouldn’t be what a Glenn Beck listener would recognize as a conservative rightwing party. And they’ve done pretty well because you know what? The left always does well when the right has sorted out under the circumstances. And the left always does badly when people realize that there is work to be done. So the leftwing party did really well after the Cold War because conservative parties had made Europe safe for them. And suddenly they thought they could splurge out of welfare and all this kind of stuff. And then the recession came along and people thought, that’s enough, we need the grownups now, we can’t have this anymore. And so there was a swing back. You are right, some of the parties that are called far right are, of course, nothing of the kind. There is an outrageous semantic trick being played whereby parties which are corporatist and socialist, that want nationalization, that hate free trade, you know, you are called rightwing because our media used the word “Rightwing” as a synonym for bad guy.

The media over here does the same thing, except they have a lot less in the way of examples.

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