Daily Archives: February 5, 2012

Girl Scout motto: be kind

Chip Skowron settles in to new digs

Empathy for former Greenwich residents: Girl Scouts collect socks for weasels.

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Does Walt have a son in college?

hey y'all, watch this!

Plaintiff: Defendant owed a duty not to shoot bottle rockets out his anus. At least it wasn’t hot coffee.

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Here’s something most of us can get behind

One against many

UN wants a global tax on rich nations to pass along to the poor.

The focus of the forum was “universal access to basic social protection and social services.”

“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.”

These services were presented at the forum as basic human rights equal to the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The money to fund these services may come from a new world tax.

And why the hell not, ask I? After we decided that we owed a moral obligation to support the poor who were citizens of the United States it was an easy leap to discover that same obligation to anyone who waded the Rio Grande and took up residency here. So why should a citizen of Bogu Bumpo, deep in the African jungle, have to make such an arduous journey? Why can’t he just mail it in?

Obummer himself has declared that “we are our brother’s keeper” and, though he himself won’t support his own brother in Africa who earns $12 a year, I’m sure he’s be willing to make the rest of us support our own “brothers” – just so long as its ours, not his money.

Glenn Reynolds writes that the battle now is between takers and makers and the takers are winning. Time to put a stop to that.

The problem, Sykes points out, is that you can’t run an economy like that.   If you tried to hold a series of potluck dinners where a majority brought  nothing to the table, but felt entitled to eat their fill, it would probably  work out badly.  Yet that’s essentially what we’re doing. In  today’s America, government benefits flow to large numbers of people who are  encouraged to vote for politicians who’ll keep them coming.  The benefits  are paid for by other people who, being less numerous, can’t muster enough votes  to put this to a stop. Over time, this causes the economy to do worse,  pushing more people into the moocher class and further strengthening the  politicians whose position depends on robbing Peter to pay Paul.  Because,  as they say, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can be pretty sure of getting  Paul’s vote. But the damage goes deeper.  Sykes writes, “In  contemporary America, we now have two parallel cultures:  An anachronistic  culture of independence and responsibility, and the emerging moocher  culture.

…. And an  important point of Sykes’ book is that moocher-culture isn’t limited to farmers  or welfare queens.  The moocher-vs-sucker divide isn’t between the rich and  poor, but between those who support themselves and those nursing at the  government teat.

Plenty of the wealthy are doing the latter, and that has its own  consequences, which are often worse than those stemming from goodies for the  poor.

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Say Good night, Occupy Wall Street

 

Go home, bathe and don't come back

One of the readers/commentators on this site (probably Dollar Bill, but who remembers?) claimed some months ago that OCW was the start of a new revolution and would be around for a long time to come. This in response to my estimation that the group of unwashed, angry unemployed college students and winos would soon retreat to the sewer holes they’d crawled from.

So who was right? Me. On Friday the beloved pundit of the Left, Bill Maher, called the handful of OCWs still hanging around were “a bunch of douche bags who should go get a job”. Just as Johnson knew he’d lost the Vietnam War when Walter Cronkite turned against him, DB and his crowd must acknowledge that they’ve lost their attempted insurrection now that the modern-day equivalent of Cronkite (and how sad is that?) is disparaging the useless bitter-enders. Bye Ku.

BILL MAHER: Let me ask you about another occupation,  because this is – and you would be good on this too, panel -, the occupation,  the Occupy Wall Street, because similar to Afghanistan, when you occupy anything  for too long people do get pissed off. And as I watch them on the news now I  find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich. Like, you know what – get a job.  Only because, you know, the people who originally started, I think they went  home and now it’s just these anarchist stragglers. And this is the problem when  you, you know, when your movement involves sleeping over in the park. You wind  up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway.

[Laughter and applause]

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