Archive for March 14th, 2010

Andy Morriss, a professor at the University of Illinois Law School, is having a debate about so-called green jobs at The Economist. For some strange reason, the British magazine picked the nutjob Van Jones as his opponent (you may remember that he was forced to resign from the Obama White House after he was exposed for thinking the U.S. government was complicit in the 9/11 terrorist attacks). Andy has a much stronger argument, but see for yourself. And if you agree that government should not be engaged in corrupt, special interest pandering that destroys more jobs than it creates, then cast a vote for Andy’s side of the debate. Here’s an excerpt from his opening statement:

…virtually none of the analyses supporting green jobs programmes make calculations of net jobs. Shifting power generation from coal to solar undoubtedly boosts employment in solar energy but it also reduces employment in coal industries. Since solar power is more costly than coal power, the increase in energy prices wipes out jobs in other industries. If their employment effects are a reason to support these programmes, we need to know that the expenditures will actually create more new jobs than they destroy. …We know how to improve energy efficiency, develop new technologies and create new jobs: unleash entrepreneurs and take advantage of markets to solve what the Nobel Prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek called “the knowledge problem”. Put simply, Hayek’s point, on this issue, is that we do not know enough to plan on the grand scale green jobs that proponents propose.

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The left pretends to care about fairness, but they have no problem taking money from ordinary people to help fatten the wallets of overpaid government bureaucrats. Pat Buchanan asks what’s fair about redistributing from the poor to the rich:

…government work is becoming a sweet deal for those who can get it, which may explain why government has begun to crush the private sector that has to carry the government on its back. Consider. Between 2000 and 2010, U.S. manufacturing, backbone of the nation, lost 5.7 million jobs, one-third of all the manufacturing jobs America had. But government employment rose that same decade by 1.9 million jobs to 22 million, with three-fourths of the new workers being added to local government payrolls. States like California, whose public employees are among the best paid in the nation, are the states closest to chapter 11. …Should middle-class Americans be forced to subsidize $100,000-a-year pensions for middle-aged California retirees? Yet, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, in that $787 billion stimulus bill, shoveled billions of federal tax dollars into California to pay salaries, pensions and health benefits of Californians who have been paid more than private-sector workers all of their lives. Where is the fairness here? Not another federal dime should go out to any state government whose employees receive more in pay and pensions than the average worker in that state or the other 49. As for the U.S. government, Republicans should call for a one-year freeze on federal salaries and a two-year freeze on congressional salaries. If sacrifices are to be made, the people who had a fat decade at taxpayers’ expense should make them sacrifice, not a ravaged private sector that has contributed almost all of the conscripts to today’s 15-million-man army of the unemployed.

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Senior Health Care Solution According to Maxine

So you’re a senior citizen and the government says no health care for you, what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets.  You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives.  Of Course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, and all the health care you need!  New teeth, no problem.  Need glasses, no problem.  New hips, knees, kidney, lungs, heart?  All covered.

And who will be paying for all of this?  The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care.  Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay income tax anymore.


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