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
DAVID ADAMS IS SUING FOR YOU And today at 10:10, I'll talk to him about the latest on his Medicaid expansion case and why he filed a complaint with the Bar Association about Governor Beshear. Call David at 859-537-5372 or email him at email@example.com. You can find his website at kyprogress.com
BSHANK'S TRIAL STARTS TODAY Well, removal hearing, but whatev. I can't wait to here about how Aubrey Williams yelled, "If the slipcover don't FIT, you must A-CQUIT" when trying to defend her taxpayer funded upholstery class for her family and friends. And we won't be hearing from the Mayor on this, as that subpoena was rejected.
WHO KNEW THEY EVEN HAD KID'S MEALS? Taco Bell is doing away with kid's meals nobody knew they had. Q's kids meal at Taco Bell is...well...a taco. That usually does it.
MISATTRIBUTED QUOTES DRIVE ME CRAY CRAY And I've heard the one about how when the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because everything happens there 20 years late. And I've seen it attributed to Mark Twain. But I've never been able to find out WHERE or WHEN he said it. And now we know he likely didn't say it.
WE SHUT DOWN THE PILL MILL PIPELINE and now people are turning to heroin. Seems to me I said this is exactly what would happen. So what's next, Governor? Let me guess, put them all on Medicaid? This is going to get worse before it gets better, and people are going to die. Opiate addiction is so sad. And if you aren't talking to your kids about what can happen when they take an oxycontin for fun, you are doing them a disservice.
OUR BROKEN BORDER FAILS ANOTHER AMERICAN I saw this story the other day but it didn't have any reference to the status of the rapists who gang raped a 13 year old girl. But now we know they are here illegally. And they raped a 13 year old girl with 11 of their friends. Awesome. How much you want to bet these guys 11 friends have scattered like roaches back into Mexico so they will never face justice?
WE WEREN'T WRONG AS LONG AS WE KEEP PREDICTING THE FUTURE The Warming alarmists are trying to mitigate the damage their wrongness has done for the cause. Now it's oceans absorbing heat and "oh yeah, we knew there would be plateaus even though we drew a hockey stick to scare you". Whatev. You guys were wrong and now you are trying to get the egg of your faces so you can claim relevance again.
DID POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILL TRAYVON MARTIN? As there are cries to do away with the Stand Your Grand laws that had nothing to do with the case ring out nationwide, another culprit in the death of Trayvon Martin rears it's head: political correctness. Trayvon Martin was in trouble in school in Miami. But not ENOUGH trouble. What do I mean? The Miami-Dade Chief of Police had decided that there was too much crime being committed at his high school. So in order to give the appearance of a drop in crime he ordered his men to not charge kids with crimes at Krop. Even if they were caught with stolen jewelry that matched the description of jewelry taken in a nearby burglary, as Trayvon was.
WHY DO REPUBLICANS WANT AMNESTY AGAIN? Because the people they are desperately trying to give the vote to are more than likely going to vote for the other side.
ONE DEMOCRATS WAR ON WOMEN AND PELOSI'S COMPLICITY The Mayor of San Diego is a Democrat and allegedly a real scumbag. He's been sexually harassing women for years and now one of them has filed suit. Somehow California Democrat Nancy Pelosi can't quite seem to call for his resignation. What's that about a War on Women? I guess telling female staff members to come to work not wearing panties is okay with San Fran Nan.
BLUEGRASS MONDAY WITH JIM WATERS! The Bluegrass Institute does great work. And at 10am Jim Waters will be in to chat. Some of you asked about the latest BIPPS.ORG blast about how much Kentucky owes in pension costs vs. it's annual income. It's right here.
DID YOU MISS THE FRIDAY PRESS RELEASE? The one that says Kentucky ended up with a budget surplus this year? It was sent out on Friday afternoon, or the Day News Goes to Die. Why? Wouldn't the Governor want to talk about how great the Commonwealth is doing? Because the follow up questions about why we are expanding Medicaid and what the heck is going on with the pension system would be very uncomfortable. That's why it was a Friday news dump.
OBAMACARE IS WORSE THAN THE IRS! One of the reasons I love the Fair Tax is I think it is none of the government's business how much money I make, or where it comes from. The collection of my personal data ticks me off. And now we've seen what happens when a "low level staffer" (read: IRS General Counsel) decides to access that private info and use it for political purposes. Now imagine all the information about your medical AND financial records in ONE database that lots of "low level staffers" or political hacks have access to. THAT is Obamacare. If you trust EVERY single person who works for the government or a government contractor, than you have nothing to worry about. Me, not so much.
THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DISAPPEARING ALRIGHT. BUT. Where are they going? An analysis of census data shows the middle class IS disappearing. But where they are going? Not down. Much to the chagrin of the class warfare crowd, who will come up with any excuse they think of to deny this is real.
BOEHNER WANTS AMNESTY? And he just may get it. Well, we don't KNOW if he wants amnesty because he isn't telling anyone his position on amnesty. But there is growing fear among actual conservative members that he is going to allow any House bill dealing with ANY part of immigration to go to a conference and come out amnesty. Boehner needs to go, we shouldn't be wondering about his position on an issue this big. Ever.
WHERE ARE YOU ON THE HAPPINESS RANGE? If you are 23 or 69, you are at your peak happiness. Anywhere in between could mean you are okay, or dealing with regrets about things not done or accomplished. Me, I'm good. Live in the now and you will never be unhappy. This article explains.
SHOULD THE POOR GET A BREAK ON TOLLS? Metro Council members are trying to figure out a way to let poor people get a break on tolls. As much as I don't want to pay tolls, this chaps my hide a bit. I've lived in several communities where tolls were a part of life, and I've never heard of a program to let certain people use the roads but not pay the freight. Why don't we talk about a reduced toll program for EVERYONE who uses the bridge on a daily basis?
FOOLISHNESS MAY BE TEMPORARY, BUT THE INTERNET IS FOREVER Rand Paul's social media director has resigned. This after Jack Hunter's writings and appearances as the Southern Avenger were unearthed. Kids, this is what happens when you share your inflammatory opinions with others. Back in the day, this would've been relegated to the stacks of history, but with the internet, it's all there, all the time, forever and ever, amen. Take note.
I FEEL LIKE IT'S BEEN A MONTH SINCE A FREE FOR ALL FRIDAY Oh wait, it almost has been. I hope you guys make it a great one!
AND SO IT BEGINS Alison Grimes is off to a less than auspicious start after her fumbling announcement (which she is taking a mulligan on at some point with a new "official launch") but she's trying to recover by beginning to distance herself from President Obama. Unfortunately, she did support him in 2012 (I don't know if anyone cared enough in 2008 to ask her, but it stands to reason she supported him then too) by being a delegate to the DNC. And the local media is all over itself reporting how the coal industry supported her in her run for Secretary of State. But last I checked, Sec of State does not set the agenda for energy in this country, and we all know the coal industry is not in love with the Democrats in charge who are trying to put them out of business. I think it will be interesting to see if they stick to party line votes or really consider who will look out for their best interests.
BUT SHE ALSO UNVEILED HER STRATEGY Which is to claim bullying. I'm sick to death of grown people claiming they are being bullied. For criminy's sake, this is politics, not cotillion. She also was rather indignant about how seriously she takes her job as Sec of State. I guess it's just not serious enough to finish out her term like she promised during the campaign.
BRING THE GOVERNOR'S RACE INTO THE MODERN ERA John David Dyche nails it with this column on why early slates are bad for our governor's race.
CHUPACABRA IN LOUISVILLE! Okay, maybe not, but still mysterious creature attacks local dogs, so I'm going with chupacabra.
DEMOCRAT RULE COMES HOME TO ROOST If you want a case study in what happens when Democrats rule a municipality for too long, look at Detroit. Democrat run since 1962, it's now the largest municipality in history to declare bankruptcy. We'll see how...or if they bounce back. The reason you should care? The pension system is broke and eventually the Supreme Court will decide who gets paid or not. Kentucky's pension system is a wreck so this could have serious ramifications for our retirees in the future.
I THOUGHT LIBS LOVED SCIENCE? The Obama administration is continuing to support biofuels, even as most are beginning to realize they aren't a good idea. Aside from driving up world food prices and not being green AT ALL, they aren't any more cost effective now then they were when subsidies first started. And yet, the science loving POTUS says he's gonna keep pouring money down the rat hole. Hey, it's not HIS money, so who cares, right?
BUT WHAT ABOUT WHITE HISPANICS? Chris Matthews is speaking for all white people now. Except those of us who find him to be a no talent a** clown.