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(Video) 1948 cartoon: “Make Mine Freedom!”

Posted by: Phineas on July 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Here’s a neat animated short from almost 70 years ago that does a darned good job showing the differences between a society based on individual liberty and the free market, on the one hand, and those based on statism (Socialism, Communism, and Fascism) on the other. It makes good use of humor […]


Hide your IRAs: Obama admin. — “We think you’ve saved enough!”

Posted by: Phineas on April 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Or maybe it’s the off-ramp to Cyprus. Over at lefty blog Talking Points Memo (h/t Joel Gehrke), Brian Beutler has noted an interesting item in the White House’s latest budget proposal: a cap on the amount one is allowed to save in tax-deferred accounts. Anything over that is open to the taxman. Per the budget, […]


Eurozone Chief: Cyprus was just the start

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Hoo, boy. I just had a feeling that, once the the EUrocracy learned it could take depositors’ money at will without a total meltdown, the temptation to do it again (and again and again and again…) would be too great to  resist. Thus we read in the Telegraph: Cyprus bail-out: savers will […]


Spreading the wealth: ObamaCare to tax home sales?

Posted by: Phineas on July 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Remember when Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it? Surprise! Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income of “high-income” taxpayers which could apply to proceeds from the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and […]


This is why California can’t have nice things: idiotic local governments edition

Posted by: Phineas on July 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There are so many levels of “dumbass” in this, I scarcely know where to begin. If encouraging banks to issue unsafe mortgages that are then bundled by the US government and sold into the securities market lead to a national financial crisis, how much stupider is it to seize underwater mortgages under […]


The forgotten lesson of Thanksgiving

Posted by: Phineas on November 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Happy Turkey Day, everyone. I remember in grammar school we used to be taught the “lessons of Thanksgiving,” including such wonderful things as sharing and gratitude. It seems one lesson never gets taught, though, and so reporter John Stossel wrote to remind us of it in this 2010 article: Had today’s political […]


Sunday Book Review: FDR’s Folly

Posted by: Phineas on September 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas   Many years ago, when I was doing my undergraduate degree in History, I read “The Historian’s Craft,” by the great French historian Marc Bloch. One lesson he taught that’s stuck with me all these years is that “objective” history is a myth; the historian, by declaring what is significant through his […]


“Red” Jan Schakowsky: “You don’t deserve to keep all of your money”

Posted by: Phineas on September 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm » 11 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I’ll give Comrade Congresswoman Schakowsky this much: she’s at least honest, although I’m sure it wasn’t intentional. On the Don Wade & Roma Show on WLS-AM this morning, the host tried to tie her down on the question of how high the tax rate should be: “I think you need to pay […]


Obama: Your “unneeded money” belongs to the government

Posted by: Phineas on July 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And “unneeded,” of course, is defined by Obama. Historian John Steele Gordon noticed this appalling assertion during the President’s news conference two days ago: And I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing, in fact, I’m able to keep hundreds of […]