In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.
The argument is between conservatives who say U.S. politics is basically about a condition, liberty, and progressives who say it is about a process, democracy. Progressives, who consider democracy the source of liberty, reverse the Founders’ premise, which was: Liberty preexists governments, which, the Declaration says, are legitimate when “instituted” to “secure” natural rights.
With the Declaration, Americans ceased claiming the rights of aggrieved Englishmen and began asserting rights that are universal because they are natural, meaning necessary for the flourishing of human nature. “In Europe,” wrote James Madison, “charters of liberty have been granted by power,” but America has “charters of power granted by liberty.”
"If women were paid 77 cents on the dollar [relative to men for the same work], a profit-oriented firm could dramatically cut labor costs by replacing male employees with females. Progressives assume that businesses nickel-and-dime suppliers, customers, consultants, anyone with whom they come into contact—yet ignore a great opportunity to reduce wages costs by 23%.
They don’t ignore the opportunity because it doesn’t exist."
The ‘77 Cents on the Dollar’ Myth About Women’s Pay (via laliberty)
So very true but don’t count on anyone actually injecting reason into this “income inequality” argument.
There are other statistics that disprove that there is in fact gender pay inequality. My favorite is the one where never married, middle-age college educated women make roughly 10% more than men of the same cohort. If there is a vast right wing conspiracy to pay women less how do you square it?
"It is commonly, and carelessly, said that Washington bailed out “the” automobile industry. Actually, government bailed out two of the three companies in one of the two U.S. auto industries — the UAW-organized one. The other industry, located in the South and elsewhere — Americans making 30 percent of the vehicles Americans purchase — did not need rescuing because it does not have a UAW presence, which helped ruin General Motors, Chrysler and their headquarters city, Detroit."
— George Will (via timlebsack)
Oh yes, the POST OFFICE inspires SOOOO much confidence in me that I want them to have my money.
…what? Is this for real???
This is actually true, nutty as it is. Think about it. GovCo already controls the two biggest financial transactions individuals make: home-buying and college loans. She wants to dig the Federal claws into personal finances even further. Sounds like the government will now be a loan shark as well the collection agent being the IRS. Not too many steps away from a mafia protection racket.
"The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything - and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’"
— Thomas Sowell (via moralanarchism)
It is difficult to recall and hard to believe that just three months ago some conservatives, mirroring progressives’ lack of respect for the public, considered it imperative to shut down the government in order to stop Obamacare in its tracks. They feared that once Americans got a glimpse of the law’s proffered subsidies, they would embrace it. Actually, once they glimpsed the law’s details, they recoiled.
Counterfactual history can illuminate the present, so: Suppose in 2012, Barack Obama had told the truth about the ability of people to keep their health plans. Would he have been reelected? Unlikely. Suppose in 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts, instead of rewriting the health-care law to save it, had been the fifth vote for overturning it. Would Obama be better off today? Probably.
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/will122813.php3#.Ur-pmouzKph (via gordontrenchard)
Maybe you didn’t notice . . .
Maybe you didn’t notice, but the government never did shut down. The news media said it had shut down, but they lied (how odd!). It didn’t shut down. They stopped paying some high-profile but low-level types, but the government kept right on keepin’ on.
I think we’d all be better off if the damned thing was shut down for at least a year, maybe two.