‘Response to a Blog’ Archive

Progressive Consumption Taxes April 26, 2011 1 Comment

I agree with Frank, not with Henderson.  I have a lot less problem with progressive consumption taxes on the rich than with progressive income taxes.  That way if the rich use their money constructively, for capital investment, saving, or philanthropy, they are less likely to be penalized for making the money.  Note that consumption or […]

Club Wagner April 15, 2011 3 Comments

I have asked to become a member of Club Wagner. I cannot be both that and a California Republican, that has been made abundantly clear. Related: “Club Wagner” by Douglas Holtz-Eakin at NYTimes.com Blogs Related: “Conservatives for Higher Taxes” by David Leonhardt at NYTimes.com Blogs

The Triumph of Politics Over Economics April 8, 2011 No Comments

In this article, David Stockman, although both a hard-money man and a social liberal, comes out against continuing the G. W. Bush tax cuts!  Read it to find out why. Related: “The Triumph of Politics Over Economics” by Nick Gillespie at Reason.com

Inflation January 24, 2011 No Comments

Michael Brendan Dougherty says that the Fed has, under Bernanke, pursued an expansionist philosophy of letting asset prices rise and never trying to limit or deflate “bubbles.” This is a different one than it followed in the Paul Volcker era, when it allowed interest rates to spike in 1981 to stop the Great Inflation of […]

In my youth, people knew that the only way to stop arbitrary exercises… December 22, 2010 1 Comment

It is a pity that, apparently, no one got arrested. In my youth, people knew that the only way to stop arbitrary exercises of government authority like this one was to force them to arrest you or give you your way. This is especially true in dealing with unelected administrative ‘authorities’ such as fire marshals, […]

A New Word – ‘Blurb’ December 4, 2010 No Comments

In the old days a ‘blurb’ was a positive promotional recommendation statement on a book jacket.  I have done a few myself.  Now we are informed by the developer of Civita, an urban infill project in San Diego, that ‘blurb’ really means a cross between suburban and urban.  Are they going to put a picture […]

Schrag on Voters’ Muddled Thinking December 1, 2010 No Comments

Peter Schrag is a man of the left, but he is strikingly honest here on the desire of Californians for well funded education in the face of lower taxes. Even more interesting is his theory that after Proposition 13, “fiscal conservatives” and business interests lost interest in local governments and school districts, after these entities […]

Bahnsen on D’Souza and Catholic Protestants November 27, 2010 1 Comment

This is my opportunity to introduce my friend David Bahnsen to Blue Kennel readers. I myself happened to be under the impression that before D”Souza relocated to NYC he was in fact attending an evangelical megachurch in San Diego. But be that as it may. Yes, the Protestants mostly abandoned the Protestant “world and life […]

The Passive Aggressive Public November 26, 2010 1 Comment

Joel Fox here reflects on the inconsistency that the people seem to oppose “higher taxes” but favor many well funded government services. His conclusion is that there has been a breakdown of trust in our leadership, not any move towards “smaller government” in theory. I think that if the distrust has now gone beyond our […]

Partido de Accion Nacional Norte November 24, 2010 No Comments

My suggestion: Shut down the Republican Party in California for four years, then launch a new political party to be called Partido de Accion Nacional Norte (PAN Norte). Depending on what position this party decided to take, I could probably even join it. The Mexican PAN is pretty good for a Mexican political party. Meanwhile, […]

Back to the Nineties November 4, 2010 1 Comment

The current election results are making us remember 1994, when also, under a Democratic President, and with health care issues in the air, the Republicans won control of the U S House of Representatives.  I’m concerned with social issues, and what I remember is that Republicans did not fight to the death to oppose Clinton’s […]

New World Order June 26, 2010 2 Comments

A sample of the new pessimism that transcends typical categories of right and left. Is Chinese fascism our future? In Response To: “New World Order” by Patrick J. Deneen at Front Porch Republic

Northern Country Music May 5, 2010 3 Comments

Anyone who judged American history by its popular vocal music would get the impression that the South had won the Civil War [perhaps freeing the slaves in the process, but] if you count both blacks and whites dominating the scene.  Someone might be a native of Seattle, Toronto, Glasgow, or even Sydney, but when they […]