Tuesday, July 19, 2011
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The Costs of the New Sexual Economy | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
First of all, let me say that I think bullies are some of the weakest people on the earth. They prey on the weak, the peaceful, and the gentle because they know that they won't fight back. I think it's deplorable. Kids who do it have some serious problems, and society just tells them that it's okay. I think all violence is deplorable, but lest we forget, there comes a time when defending yourself does more good than bad, and can become a necessity. This bully obviously had done this before, and had been successful. Somehow in his mind, he had come to the conclusion that he was bigger and stronger than another boy 3 times his size. Probably from bullying him before, and getting no response. The bullied kid did the right thing in taking the first hit. I applaud him for letting the bully attempt to hit him multiple times, and attempt to block the attacks. Finally, he quickly and efficiently puts the attacker in his place and reminds him where he stands...at the bottom of the heap.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
What does car insurance pay for? Oil changes? New tires? New shocks/struts? New brakes? Gasoline? New radiator? Timing belt adjustment? See where I'm going? It pays for catastrophic problems - accidents/injury/body repair/etc. That's why is it relatively cheap. What do you do when you have to get new tires? You shop around for the best deal. New brakes? Shop around. You have to pay for those things, so you are more careful about the cost. If car insurance allowed you to go get 22" chrome rims with sport tires that were $350+ a piece, with just a $20 copay, you would do it for sure. What's cheap for you is that way because someone else is paying for it. Shifting your responsibility to others may be convenient, but it's not right.
The answer to controlling health care costs is to make people more responsible for their own decisions and allow insurance companies to do what they originally were created to do - provide catastrophic coverage, not routine maintenance.
We complain that health care costs are skyrocketing, but WE are the ones requesting and requiring insurance companies to may more and more, which they then pass back to us. If we really want the costs to come down, we have to stop expecting insurance to pay for everything, and take that responsibility ourselves. It will be somewhat painful for many, my family and I for sure, but hopefully it would save us some money. Plus, it's the right thing to do, and that's what matters.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Some may say, "You can't say that they raped her because they are illegals!" True. But you CAN say that this rape would not have occurred if the border was secure and these illegals weren't in this country. I'm all for immigration - LEGAL immigration. My ancestors came here for a better life, more freedom, and they did it legally. For their integrity I am grateful. I am in favor of immigrants from all nations coming to the US to find a better life, more opportunity, and greater freedom, as long as they do it legally. Border security is not about race, it's about ordered and civil society that lives by laws and therefore enjoys the freedoms those laws guarantee. If Immigration is done in an ordered and civilized manner, the whole country benefits. I must apologize for the length of this post, but I feel it shares what I truly feel to be the truth.
Now, close your eyes (or at least imagine you are while reading this next section), and let's listen to a little story:
Imagine a college football game. The game of the season. You bought tickets a year in advance. You have saved your money to watch this exciting game. So you get in the car and go to the stadium. When you go into the stadium, you go through a secure checkpoint where they check your tickets and when your tickets are validated, they allow you inside. So you walk into the stadium, go to the concession stand, and buy some nachos and a large drink...pregame snacks! Happily, you go find your seat and eagerly await the start of the game. Both teams enter to massive cheering, and the game begins. It's one of the best games you've ever seen. As you scan the crowd, you see tons of people like you, who spent their hard-earned cash to get in, and are enjoying the fruits of their labors. But as you scan one section of the stadium, you see people not going through the ticket check, but climbing over a fence to get it. There's a guard on duty that is walking by, but he just ignores them. You look around to see if anyone else sees them. IT seems that everyone does, including the group of guards, but over the loudspeaker, you hear "Ladies and gentlemen, please disregard the individuals jumping over the fences. They are very enthusiastic fans that didn't have tickets, but they really wanted to see the game. Please help them feel at home and comfortable." What? In dismay you look around only to find that one of them is standing next to you and motions to you to scoot over. You look at him, and refuse, and say "I paid for this seat, it's mine." But again, he just stands there, and looks at you, and then begins to push you to the side and slide into your seat. Over the loudspeakers, you again hear a booming voice, "Ladies and gentlemen, due to the increasing number of individuals who would like to see the game, we need to to scoot to the middle of your rows, so that we can give them a seat too." As you fight your intruder for your seat back, a security guard comes over and says to you, "Please make room or I'll have to escort you out."
"I paid for this seat! He has no right to it!" you scream at him.
"Do you hate this person?" he asks you.
"Of course not. It's just that I paid for this seat at this game and want the seat I paid for, it's not his right to take it from me."
"You must not want him sitting by you because you don't like his nationality." he insists.
"What? That has nothing to do with it! I paid for that seat and he has no right to it."
"Well, he is one of this team's biggest fans. Shouldn't he have a right to watch the game?"
"Only if he pays for a ticket to watch it!" you reply.
"No. He has the right to enjoy this game just like everyone else. He's a fan too." he snaps back. "Either you let him sit here, or I'll have to remove you from your seat."
As you look at him in disbelief, he reaches over to your nachos, takes them from the tray, and hands them to the intruder smashed next to you on the seat.
"He's would also like some nachos. I'm sure you wouldn't mind. Oh, and by the way, here's a translation dictionary. You'll need it so that you can translate the play-by play for him. You'll need to keep him up to date with every play and every call that is made. Thanks for your cooperation."
As he walks away, you yell to him, "Those are my nachos, I will NOT translate for him, and that is my seat!"
"He turns and looks back with contempt in his eyes, glaring at you, and angrily says, "You cold, racist hater." Stares you down for a moment, then walks away.
You are not the only one this has happened to. Other families have been pushed out of their seats. Season ticket holders are being smashed together to allow for the imposters to be seated. People's memorabilia and food are being confiscated and given to the imposters, And the loud speakers glare, "Thank you for respecting these individuals' right to watch this game and enjoy themselves. As you see others that come over the fence and need a seat, please scoot together further to accommodate them. In 15 minutes we will be collecting an extra $5 from each ticket holder to allow these newcomers to purchase some refreshment at the concessions. Please have your ticket out. If you do not have your ticket out or refuse to give $5, you will be removed from the game. Thank you for your cooperation."
Think it's just a story? This is reality. Immigration should be happening, but there should be in points and out points. Anyone who comes in illegally should be removed. It is only fair to those that have earned their citizenship and obey the laws.
Wanting to "seal" the border is not "hateful" or "racist". And sealing the border does not mean to completely seall it, but to make sure that those coming in and going out are allowed to by the law. It is because of adherence to a laws that we are truly free. If we want others to enjoy those freedoms, we must insist that they too, obey the law that allows them to enjoy that freedom.
Friday, July 9, 2010
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This post will probably end up on the White House's "watch list".
Friday, August 7, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class.
That class consensus was that socialism worked – no one is poor and no one is rich, a great equalizer.
The professor proposed an experiment on socialism for this class: All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade.
After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little for the first test studied even less, and the ones who studied hard on the first test decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
The average on the 3rd test was an F. Ouch. To the students great surprise, all failed.
Test scores plummeted as bickering, blame, name calling caused hard feelings. Finally, no one wanted to study for the benefit of anyone else.
The lesson: socialism ultimately fails because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but, when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.
Not very complicated, at all …"
Remove the profit motive, and innovation and expansion cease. There is no reward. Trying to equalize everyone does not mean that you are trying to lift the lower income to the higher, it means that you destroy the higher income, and bring them down to the lower.
It seems that we are waking up. This soldier tells it like it is. The "welfare clause" of the Constitution was NEVER intended to include health care for all.
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