Monthly Archives: October 2015

Scandinavia Socialism

“Socialism has been wonderful for the countries of Scandinavia, and America should emulate their example.” Bernie Sanders, U. S. Senator

“The real key to Scandinavia’s unique success isn’t socialism, its culture.” Jeff Jacoby

WHEN BERNIE SANDERS was asked during CNN’s Democratic presidential debate how a self-proclaimed socialist could hope to be elected to the White House, he gave the answer he usually gives: Socialism has been wonderful for the countries of Scandinavia, and America should emulate their example.

“We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people,” Sanders said. When the moderator turned to Hillary Clinton, she agreed that America has to “save capitalism from itself” and that, yes, Scandinavia is great. “I love Denmark,” declared Clinton. It was the only time in the debate a candidate uttered the verb “love.”

Liberals have had a crush on Scandinavia for decades. “It is a country whose very name has become a synonym for a materialist paradise,” observed Time magazinein a 1976 story on Sweden. “Its citizens enjoy one of the world’s highest living standards. . . . Neither ill-health, unemployment nor old age pose the terror of financial hardship. [Sweden’s] cradle-to-grave benefits are unmatched in any other free society outside Scandinavia.” In 2010, a National Public Radio story marveled at the way “Denmark Thrives Despite High Taxes.” The small Nordic nation, said NPR, “seems to violate the laws of the economic universe,” improbably balancing low poverty and unemployment rates with stratospheric taxes that were among the world’s highest. Continue reading

Debt Everywhere!

brat1“Congressman Dave Brat warned of the nation’s $18 trillion debt and $127 trillion in unfunded mandates…Brat said mandatory spending already consumes two-thirds of the [national] budget, so the Budget Committee can only actually budget the remaining one-third.” J. C. Derrick

“Brat argues it’s preferable to implement spending cuts now, rather than suffer the ‘terrible pain’ that will come in 10 years.” Ibid

Sounding the alarm

GOVERNMENT | The only economist in Congress, newcomer Dave Brat never tires of warning about the government’s reckless fiscal habits

By World magazine, Issue: “Pregnant pause,” Oct. 17, 2015

CULPEPER and RICHMOND, Va., and WASHINGTON, D.C.—Presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump headlined a September rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol, but they weren’t the only ones to receive star treatment. Virginia Congressman Dave Brat was barely inside the rally perimeter when a Maryland woman stopped him to get an autograph. Others shouted for his attention, shook his hand, and posed for pictures—including a recent Virginia Tech graduate who proudly informed Brat that she wrote her senior thesis about his 2014 victory.

“Keep spreadin’ the word,” said a smiling Brat, whose energy didn’t diminish even as sweat soaked through his clothes in the 90-degree heat. It’s evident this is the favorite part of his new job: meeting people. He estimates meeting 200 per day.

When Brat took the microphone, he laid blame for the Iran nuclear deal at the feet of U.S. leaders and drew hearty boos when he named the two in his own party: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner.

“The situation we’re in right now is a result of poor leadership,” he told the crowd. “I’m Dave Brat from Virginia—I know what happens when leaders in Washington don’t listen to their voters.”  Continue reading

Mass Murder Complex

images-2“Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.” Harper-Mercer

“I have noticed that people like [Flanagan] are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who you are.” Ibid

“Roseburg reinforced the case made by the NRA. Often, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Patrick J. Buchanan

Editor’s Note: The Umpqua Community College was a gun-free zone college and its lone security guard was equipped with a Ruger Bear Spray can or another pepper spray variety. He was basically disarmed as were the innocent students. The president of the college said there would be no changes made in defending her students. The president and her board should be held to some responsibility for such a massacre.

The Allure of Mass Murder

Patrick J. Buchanan, brigade@eweber.com. October 8, 2015

“Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.”

That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman.

“I have noticed,” said the blog post, “that people like [Flanagan] are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who you are.”

Harper-Mercer had found the key to his future, and given us a truism for our time.

For the world now knows who Harper-Mercer is. Continue reading