Politics: Notes, spin, and commentary


  • There are actually some school officials who are suggesting we rename the game of “Tug of War” to “Tug of Peace.” Good Lord…really? Do we fear healthy competition that much?
  • How in the holy hell did maintaining a lawn around your home become a symbol of white supremacy? What is happening to us? Good Lord….
  • Watching the demise of Hong Kong before our very eyes is gut wrenching, seeing democracy and freedom snuffed out, in real time, right in front of us. You’d think others would learn lessons from this. Sadly, no.
  • Speaking of lessons missed, again, you’d think others would learn lessons from seeing the thousands of demonstrators protesting authoritarian rule in Cuba, desirous of freedom. Again, sadly no lessons learned…
  • Watching the political discourse around stimulus and infrastructure spending has become an obscene joke. Our political leaders continue to throw around all these figures in the TRILLIONS. The sad thing is, most people cannot even fathom that amount of money, let alone understand its ramifications. Not sure when it will happen, but some day, we’ll have to pay the piper for our debt and deficit spending, and it will be a swifter fall than the Roman empire…
  • Yet another large organization has been mocked on social media for photoshopping a team photo to make it look more diverse. Can’t we just present who we are to the market place, and let the market decide? I’m not sure what frustrates me more: the photoshopping itself, or the fact that an organization feels that it has to photoshop…
  • Amused at the news that Trump is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google (WSJ, 07.07.21). Amused for two reasons: that someone finds it so important to be on those networks that he’ll sue them, and two, I will admit that it makes me chuckle that those legal departments have to deal with this lawsuit for a while. Oh, the entertainment…
  • Politics is entrepreneurship for people who prefer power to money. (National Review, July 1, 2021)
  • WSJ headline, 30 June 2021: Biden Weighs Executive Order to Rein in Business / Shaking my head. I feel like I’m actually living in Atlas Shrugged. No words…
  • Athletes using the anthem as a means of protest is getting old. Very, very old…
  • Look, in complicated societies and in complex markets, things happen. As in, sometimes a building will collapse and people will be killed. But I can’t shake the feeling that some authority, some governmental department didn’t do it job with regards to the condominium collapse in Miami. Feels more and more that government is broken and not working, and I don’t know how we turn the corner. Our political leadership no longer seems interested in even doing so….
  • Every decision a government makes ought to focus on two things: how to perform the function well, and how to perform it efficiently without disrupting market forces…in other words, without restricting our freedoms…
  • The leak of personal tax records by partisan bureaucrats from within the Internal Revenue Service is downright frightening, and should make people shudder with fear. What have we become?
  • Trust me, I get how politics works. I did it for years. But the fact that a politician has to be handled and prepped for public interaction says an awful lot about our state of affairs…
  • Oh, to serve the people and those in need rather than the donor base…
  • Don’t like Nike’s politics? Don’t buy their product. Don’t like Apple’s app store policies and protocols? Build your own online app store that reaches hundreds of millions and do it your way. Don’t like how the press pushes slanted opinion rather than pushing straight reporting? Don’t consume it. This is actually very simple…
  • Don’t attempt culturally compliant humor…you can’t be woke and funny. (h/t Gerard Baker, WSJ)
  • Best to pass infrastructure bills that actually fund….infrastructure. Definition below:
  • in·fra·struc·ture/ˈinfrəˌstrək(t)SHər/ noun / the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. (Oxford)
  • People may not like most politicians, but they understand them. But what they truly hate, more than anything, are hypocrites…
  • I just saw a report in the WSJ that the teaching of mathematics, in California, is racist, and that there is too much objectivity in math. How is subjectivity possible in math? I just don’t understand how we can turn something such as maths studies, and make it racist. When will the madness end?
  • “People who believe in absurdities will eventually commit atrocities.” Voltaire
  • In politics, the focus seems to be on politics, not problem solving.
  • If you think politics is brutal bloodsport today, you have never read a history book.
  • Our politics turned even more sour with the birth of the 24-hour cable news problems. And Twitter.
  • Evident from my observation of our political leaders that most of them have never read, let alone understood, a basic economics text. Thus, please read the following: Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

Image: Nixon campaigning on LaSalle Street, Chicago, 1968


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