Obama’s ready to cut military pensions. But recall which benefits he wants to expand…

Shame on them.

Fake penny-pinchers.
Fake penny-pinchers.

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Welfare as ‘transitional living’ … at Disney World

Transition therapy.

Most transitional place on earth.
Most transitional place on earth.

Sheila Jackson Lee, as noted earlier today at Liberty Unyielding, wants to change the term “welfare” to “transitional living fund.”

That’s apparently Ms. Jackson Lee’s contribution to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.  And I say, let’s go with the flow.  Trying to “win” this war by eliminating Continue reading “Welfare as ‘transitional living’ … at Disney World”

California auto-enrolling health plan exchange customers in food stamps?

They’ve got your numbers.

There’s automated efficiency, and then there’s the Brave New World.  Writer Nicole Hopkins’s mother, a resident of Washington state, found that out when she used Washington’s health plan exchange website to find a new insurance plan, and was presented with exactly one “option”: Medicaid.  Ms. Hopkins mère has always paid for private insurance, and fully intended to continue doing so, even when Obamacare caused her preferred policy to be cancelled.  But the new health plan exchange in Washington doesn’t offer her an option to buy insurance.  It has simply determined that she will be a Medicaid beneficiary.

If that seems high-handed, consider the report of a California business owner to Continue reading “California auto-enrolling health plan exchange customers in food stamps?”

Actually, I AM concerned about the very poor

Big-government burdens on the poor.

Romney’s verbal blips tend to be revealing.  His brief but telling discussion of which American demographic he’s concerned with shouts “objective-oriented upper management” louder than it shouts anything else.

The reason Romney hasn’t had that much real political success is that he doesn’t have much in the way of a political philosophy.  When political conditions are set for him by outside agency, he’s an effective manager.  His admirable record at Bain, and his achievement in organizing a faltering Olympics for success, attest to that.  But his record as governor of Massachusetts indicates that in a political role, he accepts existing conditions as given, and seeks merely to optimize certain narrow priorities within them.

He is not committed to political principles, but to management.  The two things are different, Continue reading “Actually, I AM concerned about the very poor”

Logic, Chopped

Logic, facts, and narrative.

There are times when errors in logic seem minor and picayune – and there are times when they undermine the whole point being made.  In this piece by Joe Keohane at the Boston Globe’s website, we find a case of the latter.

Keohane’s thesis is that people’s beliefs about public issues are impervious to facts, and that this is partly because people hate to admit being wrong.  That’s not actually news, of course; people on both the left and the right would say that about each other within the first 45 seconds after being awakened out of a dead sleep.   Keohane backs it up with information from a study, however, and that’s where the poleax is applied to the logic.

Here’s the relevant paragraph: Continue reading “Logic, Chopped”