Still not rock bottom

The smug-junkies are lining up for the latest designer drug to hit the streets, a hot-shot of fentanyl-laced oblivion that is viewed, in the perverse logic of the addict, as the really good stuff. The Pursuit of Offendedness is never pretty, but don't avert your gaze from the horrors of what you're about to see. [Read More...]

Health care reform

The last few moments of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs present an astonishing twist and an unexpectedly joyful conclusion. Only later, after the euphoria of that surprise has worn off, do you realize that the happiness of this happy ending doesn't really make sense. It doesn't add up. Or, rather, this happy ending adds up, [Read More...]

Hell and the Credit-Card Lobby

I've mentioned before that I don't believe in the idea of "Hell" as a place of infinite, eternal torment for those beyond or outside of the grace of God. And neither, apparently, does Edward L. Yingling. Yingling is the head of the credit-card lobby. He's spent the past several months vigorously fighting against any limits [Read More...]

Post-apocalyptic anarchy day

The anti-tax Tax Foundation gets a lot of attention each year when it announces its annual calculation for what it calls "Tax Freedom Day." I don't understand why we're supposed to take this seriously. What they do, more or less, is divide total tax collections by total income to arrive at a rough estimate of [Read More...]

None of your business (cont'd.)

Imagine a newspaper with no "Business" section. Where the Business section is now, there is, instead, a "Work" section. It would make sense for the paper from a, you know, business standpoint. Higher circulation means more revenue for the paper, so it makes sense to focus on the needs, concerns and interests the largest number [Read More...]

The undeserving poor

Following up on Rick Santelli’s concern that any effort to aide aid families facing foreclosure will wind up “rewarding bad behavior,” here are some recent pics from the Associated Press. This is Mary Ann Herrera, photographed in front of her San Antonio home Monday by AP photographer Eric Gay. She asked her brother to paint [Read More...]

The workers in the vineyard

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing [Read More...]

50 states

On the subject of President Obama's economic recovery plan, I side with the Keynesians who argue that America needs a big, bold, aggressive infusion of government spending. The bigger the better. This approach is "controversial" to the extent that there's a hard-core anti-Keynesian faction of economists who argue that Keynes was wrong and that President [Read More...]