Only the Media Baffled that More Guns Lead to Less Crime
by Daniel J. Mitchell,
November 28, 2012
I don’t like to spend much time commenting on media bias. But every so often I find an example that cries out for attention.
In previous posts, I’ve discussed this slanted AP story on poverty, the Brian Ross Tea Party slur, this example of implicit bias by USA Today, and a Reuters report on job creation and so-called stimulus.
And I’ve also commented on a Washington Post story that turned a spending cut molehill into a “spending slash” mountain, a silly assertion in the New York Times that education spending has been reduced, and a Washington post claim that Germany is fiscally conservative.
The latest example comes from the Associated Press, which is mystified that crime is falling “despite” record firearm sales.
Gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales, according to a university professor’s analysis. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker compared state crime data from 2006 through 2011 with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Baker’s analysis shows [....]http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/danieljmitchell/2012/11/28/only_the_media_baffled_that_more_guns_lead_to_less_crime/page/full/
obama Wants Power to Raise Debt Limit By Himself, Anytime
by Amy Payne,
December 5, 2012
President Obama wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country’s legal debt limit. Instead of getting permission from the people’s elected representatives to borrow and spend more money, he wants to do that all by himself.
It seems typical of the President Obama we know, but just a few years ago, he spoke vehemently against putting America in debt. Here is then-Senator Barack Obama on March 16, 2006:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.Of course, in Washington, one’s [....]
obama's Economic Lumps of Coal
by Donald Lambro,
December 5, 2012
President Obama would have failed Negotiations 101, if there was such a course, the first rule being "do not insult" the people you're dealing with.
Hitting the road to campaign for his plan to raise taxes on small business employers, investors and people in the top two income brackets, he hurled some mean-spirited accusations and insults at House Republican leaders even before they got down to serious negotiations to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff."
House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team, whom Obama likened to Charles Dickens' hard-hearted, skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge, were offering the American people nothing more than a "lump of coal" for a "Scrooge Christmas" this year.
It was, shall we say, an inauspicious opening gambit in a round of negotiations on which the economic well-being of the nation hangs in the balance. But it sent a very clear message that the president wasn't taking this seriously.
In a few weeks, our country could be pushed back into another recession if both sides cannot agree on a way to prevent everyone's taxes from rising sharply on Jan. 1.
Yet there was Obama pretending his political blood sport campaign wasn't over, going on the attack, and making a meaningless offer to [....]http://townhall.com/columnists/donaldlambro/2012/12/05/obamas_economic_lumps_of_coal/page/full/
Choke The Life Out Of obamaKare
by Chuck Norris,
December 4, 2012
Now that Obama has been re-elected and Democrats still control the Senate, Republicans no longer have the chance to repeal Obamacare.
But all is not lost. There's still an opportunity for America to stop this disaster by choking the life out of the federal monstrosity. Obama's signature legislative achievement is likely headed back to the Supreme Court.
Just last week, the high court ordered a lower federal court to take up a lawsuit by the patriots at Liberty University, who claim Congress violated the college's religious freedoms by forcing it to provide federally mandated insurance and requiring payment for abortion-related services.
Liberty University also argues that the individual mandate is unconstitutional because it infringes on the free exercise of religion by forcing citizens to fund abortion.
"God created human life. Its sanctity and dignity are protected by God," said Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, who represents Liberty University in the case. "We have no right to take innocent human lives, and certainly we cannot be forced to fund the taking of innocent life — basically forced to fund murder. We can't do that. That's a line that we simply cannot cross."
Staver is absolutely right: There's no middle ground in this fight. Citizens and employers shouldn't be forced to choose between obeying the law and honoring the Sixth Commandment.
This month, federal courts have blocked the Obama administration from imposing its contraceptive mandate on [....]
Capitalism: The Only Moral Economic System.
We live in exciting times. As the world economy continues to stumble, people are beginning to question the political establishment, and the notion that our leaders have any idea how to run centrally planned economies.
This economic uncertainty is pushing people to extreme views. Some want to abolish socialistic central planning by the “elite”, while others believe that our economic woes can only be solved by politicians and less economic freedom.
At the Capitalism Institute, we’ve taken a side. All of our economic problems aren’t caused by economic liberty — they’re caused by coercion, corruption, and the government. Capitalism — the economic system that protects individual rights — is the only moral economic system in the history of the world.
Learn Why Capitalism is Right
Capitalism is an economic system based on protecting property rights and enforcing contracts — and that’s it. Politically speaking, it’s unpopular — few politicians in the history of man have supported the system, because it takes power from their grip and places it in the hands of individuals to live their own lives.
While the main goal of capitalism is the protection of rights, it also happens to be the greatest economic system for everyone involved — it enriches the poor, increases the standard of living for the world, increases life expectancy, etc. Free markets are behind the greatest intellectual and technological boom in the history of mankind. No socialistic system comes [....]
The 85 Books About Capitalism You Should Read
Perhaps capitalism’s greatest asset is that it has a rich intellectual heritage. Unfortunately, this heritage has been lost and ignored over time. With the rise of progressivism in 20th century America and the widespread disdain for capitalism by many academic elites, it’s not necessarily easy or popular to tell your sociology professor that free markets are the most significant benefit to mankind in all of human history.
However, pure free market capitalism has a rich heritage that can be discovered if one picks up the right books. That’s exactly what this page is for.
It’s essential that people who defend free market capitalism understand the theory behind it in order to survive in the midst of an otherwise hostile intellectual environment. This includes reading books by brilliant defenders of capitalism as well as books by those who were critical of capitalism or who articulated ideas that are hostile to free market theories. [....]
The Capitalism Institute Book List:
Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
Principles of Economics by Carl Menger
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman
Part 3 to follow....