Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt Click here to download a pdf
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy By the Rev. Robert Sirico Is written so well and so conversationally it is a very easy read. Buy it on Amazon here.
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BY THE NUMBERS BLOG This is my nerd friend David's blog about economics. You've heard him on the show and now you can read his stuff too!
BLUEGRASS INSTITUTE Free market solutions for Kentucky
MICHELLE MALKIN Great blog site with interesting links
BREITBART.COM Even dead he's still shaking things up from the grave
BLUEGRASS POLITICS If you are glutton for punishment
METRO COUNCIL SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED Because Barbara Shanklin, whose sense of responsibility for squandering tax payer dollars is still zero, remains on the Council. Why? Because she's nice? Well liked? Or black? Considering that all five black members of Council voted to keep her, I think it's fair to say race came into play here. At least for them. She is, at the minimum, incompetent. She was found guilty of unethical behavior. Why does she get a pass? And that's not a particularly flattering commentary on the ethics of those who voted no to remove her. I'd like to ask Attica Scott, David Tandy, David James, Mary Woolridge, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Dan Johnson and Brett Ackerson what one has to abuse to get kicked off council. And if Brett Ackerson thinks this didn't meet that legal standard to kick her off, is he going to sponsor an ordinance to change that? This is shameful. SHAMEFUL. At least the Charging Committee has the good grace to be embarrassed. From their late night press release:
“Seven members of the Metro Council Court weighed the evidence and made a determination that the well documented wrongdoing and unwarranted benefit received by Councilwoman Shanklin and her family did not require her removal from office. Needless to say, we disagree with the decision. We fully anticipate the constituents of these members will remember tonight’s decision.
The Ethics Commission, without the benefit of subpoena power, unanimously recommended removal of Councilwoman Shanklin. We, the Charging Committee did our duty to the Community by bringing these charges. While this decision allows her to stay on the Council, we believe this episode has severely damaged the public’s view of the entire Metro Council. We hope that one day; the Council can recover the respect of its electorate."
THIS IS JUST MEAN If these allegations are true, what a jerk Terrence Jones is. They say you learn the most about a man's character by how they treat someone who can do nothing for them. This isn't a very flattering picture of his character.
BUT I'M SURE AN ADDITIONAL 300,000 PEOPLE WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM As the Guvnah prepares to add 300,000 more people to the Medicaid rolls, more doctors are dropping out of the system. The disastrous, mismanaged, incompetent rollout of managed care is to blame. I wonder why other states have managed to do managed care without these kinds of disasters? I wonder how Passport has been so successful here yet they were shut out of managed care business around the state? Failure. Of. Leadership.
GO SKYLER, GO! I love this story! Larue County's own Skyler Hornback set a new record on Jeopardy! Congrats to Skyler! Well done!
WHY DOES THIS NOT SURPRISE ME? More evidence that our no-dad-around culture is having long term damaging effects: this study on disability. Sure, they don't care about working. But the most telling stat to me is how many don't have a clue about their father's level of educational attainment. We have to stop this cycle of fatherless children.
COULD A MURDER CASE UNDERMINE KENTUCKY'S TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT? Two lesbians who entered into a civil union in New Hampshire are creating some questions in a Kentucky courtroom about recognizing such unions. Should one of the women be forced to testify against her partner in a murder trial? Prosecutors point to Kentucky's traditional marriage amendment that says only a marriage between a man and woman will be recognized as such. But the Commonwealth's Constitution also provides for equal protection under the law. This could get very interesting very quickly. Expect some serious legal challenges on this one.
I CAN TELL YOU WHY RATINGS ARE DOWN Because watching MSNBC requires a suspension of logic and rational thought that most people can't sustain after they sober up. Conservatives don't watch it because they know it's tripe. Liberals don't watch it because they know when you talk about liberalism too long, it starts to sound like tripe to them. It's why progressive radio doesn't work.
BEAR WITH ME TODAY The Q woke up sick and it's been a madhouse in our house this morning. How does she know the one day neither Chuck nor I can stay home with her? It's like she's the world's most inconvenient psychic.
BRADLEY MANNING ACQUITTED...OF THE REALLY BAD STUFF But he still faces a very long prison stretch. He does not, however face the death penalty for aiding the enemy, of which he was acquitted by a judge. What does this mean for Edward Snowden?
ALISON'S MULLIGAN WENT WELL She launched the predictable attacks on Mitch McConnell during her campaign launch do over. Then his campaign fired back. This should be fun to watch, especially if McConnell lands any serious blows and she begins to try to use the bully card.
AND SO THE GOP PRIMARY BEGINS With Chris Christie saying Rand Paul should cut the pork that comes back to Kentucky. Rand Paul fires back that Chris Christie should know pork, as he demanded and got billions in Hurricane Sandy aid. I hope this doesn't devolve into some kind of rhetorical girl fight. I don't want to see these two pulling hair. And taking on the money that has been procured by the Republican Leader in the Senate may not be the best long term strategy for Chris Christie.
DON'T TICK OFF THE GEEKS The folks who came out to Fandom Fest were not happy with the poor organization of the event and took to social media to spread the word. This does not make Louisville look good when one of the stars invited to the event urges people to ask for their money back. With social media, you need to get it right the first time, or Twitter will ruin you.
MIDWIVES DELIVER MOST BABIES AROUND THE WORLD...BUT NOT HERE Why does Kentucky have such a problem with midwives? Why have we made pregnancy and delivery a medical condition when most places around the world use midwives for a vast majority of deliveries? I was going to use a midwifery group in Florida until Q decided to make her arrival very dramatic and we did a c-section instead. What is the problem here other than a fear of competition?
REMEMBER WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT WHY PEOPLE DON'T TESTIFY? Greg Sawyers did not always do the right thing. But he witnessed a murder and was going to testify and now he's dead. And we wonder why people don't cooperate with the police.
THE PROFESSIONALS OF THE TSA...GIGGLE. The TSA is gonna keep us safe, y'all. Unless they are stealing from bags, or sleeping on the job. Or letting friends go through without being screened. But at least they are earning a government pension, right?
THE CASE FOR DEFUNDING OBAMACARE Is a strong one, even if Democrats count on American ignorance of the Constitution to try to make the GOP look bad for following the Founding Document. This is a great explanation of why defunding Obamacare is not only feasible, but exactly what the Framers intended to check an arrogant out of control POTUS like the one we have now.
THIS MADE ME LAUGH TODAY And I thought you might laugh too. That is all.
CHRIS TOBE KNOWS ABOUT THE PENSION SYSTEM And his new book about how screwed Kentucky's pension system is a must read. The collapse is imminent even as politicians in the State Legislature crow about how they solved the pension problem. They didn't even sniff a solution. This book should be required reading for every member of the House and Senate. I'll have Chris on at 10am today to discuss it. Find the book at Carmichael's and in Frankfort at Poor Richards. Or click here for the website.
THE HEADLINE IS EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG BShank is facing a removal hearing for misusing taxpayer dollars. The headline of this story is exactly what's wrong with so many in positions of power. She has no idea what her job is.
ANOTHER STATE ANNOUNCES INCREASES IN HEALTH INSURANCE Florida is the latest state to announce significant increases in health insurance premiums because of Obamacare. At least there's is only 30-40% instead of the whopping increase Indiana faces.
FUN WITH ASHES! When I die, I am going to cremated and turned into an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. Seriously. It's a thing. But if you've got a music lover in your life, check this out. For the record, I think this is awesome.
SARAH PALIN IS HOLDING HER BREATH Waiting for an apology from Democrats who wrongly lambasted her for pointing out the rationing board/death panels in Obamacare. And now Howard Dean is on record agreeing with her.
POT IS BAD FOR KIDS. It's my thinking that anything a kid introduces into their bodies while their brains are still developing is a bad thing. Pot is no different. Just like kids shouldn't drink alcohol, or use other drugs, they shouldn't use pot. This study shows just that. Interesting though that on adult brains, there was not a significant impact.
THIS IS JUST FOR ME The Real Houswives of New Jersey is one of my least favorite of the ridiculous Bravo TV franchise, mostly because of how annoying the women are. Now the most annoying woman has been indicted. You know why? Living beyond her means and lying to do it. Nothing good comes from showing off.
HOW MUCH IS A JOB IN FAST FOOD WORTH? There are strikes in New York today at fast food workers DEMAND $15 an hour for making fries. No offense to anyone working in fast food, but it isn't rocket science and if you don't like the money then get a marketable skill and do something else. Fast food is an entry level job. Period. You think the McDouble is a dollar because the workers are getting rich?
I HATE MISLEADING HEADLINES And this one got me. "Average Americans working less than their parents did" got me thinking, how is this possible? Well, it is if you only consider the average work week for any JOB. Which is different than the average work week for any PERSON. More part time jobs don't mean people work less, it just means they work less at any ONE job.
DO YOU GIVE YOUR KID AN ALLOWANCE? I never got one, but I'd like to use this as a tool to teach The Q about money. Is this an outdated concept or do people still do this?
THIS IS JUST SO GROSS. SO GROSS. Need new teeth? Researchers in China have grown new teeth. Out of urine.
ONE SLUSH FUND JUST ABOUT BITES THE DUST Of course I refer to the BP Oil Slush Fund of 20 billion dollars. It was demanded by the government to bribe compensate business owners who were damaged by the oil spill. And it's almost gone. Seriously. 20 billion doesn't go as far as it used to.
SO THIS PEACE PROCESS SHOULD GO WELL Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian State will be 100% Israeli free. Imagine if Israel took that stance about Palestinians. But it's okay because libs love Palestinians.