“The Minimum Wages of Politics”

You can also pretend that the law of supply and demand has been repealed.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/365634/minimum-wages-politics-editors?splash=     … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 7

The Sea of Galilee, showing the general area in which the resurrected Jesus's interview with Peter took place

    So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?  Peter was grieved … [Read more...]

A few thoughts on rising income inequality

Let us now praise famous men

      I've been asked how I respond to the issue of widening income inequality raised a couple of days ago by President Obama and discussed here.   I have a number of thoughts about it.  Here are a few, hastily assembled (upon my return from the annual ward Christmas breakfast) in no particular order and with absolutely no claim to completeness:   Government tends not to help on this issue.  In fact, it often tends to hurt.   1. … [Read more...]

James Madison on the “Affordable [sic] Care Act”

James Madison
fourth president of the United States
often called "the father of the Constitution"

    "It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow."  (James Madison, Federalist #62)   But, of course, that was then.  This is … [Read more...]

“A date which will live in infamy”

On 7 December 1941, the forward magazine of the destroyer U.S.S. Shaw explodes, having just been hit by a Japanese torpedo bomb.
(Click to enlarge.)

  I realize that it's the season of Christmas, a time of joy.   But, well, today at least, if only for a few minutes, we should remember this:     There are relatively few still alive now who actually remember this day, and their number is beginning to dwindle rather rapidly.  But it should never be forgotten.     … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 6

"The Angel Appears to the Shepherds" (Rembrandt)

    God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  (Acts 10:38)   “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the … [Read more...]

My ongoing feud with Pope Francis

Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006)
Was he seeking a this-worldly utopian paradise?
Did he want your grandparents to die in order to achieve it?

    I first questioned Pope Francis's apparent economic views here, and then continued the quarrel here.   As a follow-up, I pass on to you three more items -- for those who might be interested in reflection on a serious, morally-engaged, Christian view of economics.   -1-   First, there is this, from an Evangelical who argues that Pope Francis is actually a conservative.  (The piece was suggested to me by a Latter-day Saint friend of mine … [Read more...]

Semper Fi

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

  It's surely proof that I'm not really much of a Christian, but . . . well, this little item put me into the Christmas spirit when I read it:       … [Read more...]