Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

Does US Life Expectancy Data Discredit For-Profit Health Care?

Does US Life Expectancy Data Discredit For-Profit Health Care?

  Looks like this chart is going to be making the rounds. According to this author, a conclusion we can draw from the graph is, …Why is our system so terrible? Largely because it is built for profit…. In no particular order, here are some comments about the graph and the conclusion:


Why Nullification? Three Arguments

  Introduction Writing for the Tenth Amendment Center, a person finds oneself spending a lot of time and pixels defending the concept of nullification.  These defenses generally take the form of answers to two questions.  Is nullification a legally valid concept?  Is nullification a good idea?  The arguments about whether or not nullification is a […]


Don’t Bankroll Your Own Subjugation

Tip:  If you are giving your money to the RNC or the DNC or any national candidates, then this is you. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=055wFyO6gag&w=580&h=385&rel=0] And you are not Lucy. A number of years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend who has had some military experience.  I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about, […]


Why We Need a Constitution

Bear with me.  We need some background before I get to my point. In the article, “On Violence, Government, and Self-Deception”, I offered three possible philosophical stances on violence.  Those were, 1.) Pacifism: No violence under any circumstances; 2.) Non-Aggression: Defensive violence is allowed, aggressive violence is not; 3.) The end justifies the means.  Aggressive […]


Language Should Be For Communication, Not Control

Language Should Be For Communication, Not Control

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity”, George Orwell When I was a young child, maybe 4 or 5 years old, we had a house keeper named Emma, who happened to be negro. colored. Afro American. African American. black.   Forty or so years later, I still remember her humming while she dusted the living […]


PA-13 Rep. Allyson Schwartz – Balanced Budgets are "Extreme"

Personally, I’m not big on the balanced budget amendment either.  I think the 2/3 override vote will become a “rubber stamp” for future congresses (if there’s one thing both parties can agree on, it’s spending money!) and Constitutionally limited spending would be less than 18% of GDP anyway.  Rep. Schwartz’ commentary is stunning, though.  Balancing […]


Earmarks: More Than Meets the Eye

The popular press has been obsessed with the topic of earmarks for the last few days.  Some are arguing that the cost of earmarks is insignificant in comparison to the overall size of government.  Others are saying that small, though they may be, eliminating earmarks is an important symbolic step to show that the congress […]


On Thought Control and Same Sex Marriage

Introduction One theory about the origin of the children’s poem, “Jack and Jill”, is that it was a stealth protest against actions by King Charles I of England during his reign from 1625 until his execution in 1649.  Details about what happened are sparse on the web, but apparently, when the Parliament refused to allow […]


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