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VOTE NOW: What should Republicans' Top Legislative Priority Be?
Repeal the ObamaCare individual mandate
Stop the NSA's warrantless spying on Americans
Refuse to reauthorize the Import-Export Bank
Stop the ObamaCare bailouts of insurance companies
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Mark Levin: Obama trashes the Constitution and NOBODY SAYS A DAMN THING!
Mark Levin opened his show last night explaining in much detail how Obama is trashing the Constitution (with the help from a feckless Congress), from its very own Articles to the Bill of Rights to the post Civil War amendments.
And Levin says nobody says a damn thing about it, not a damn thing.
Wow, and he talks about the forgotten 9th Amendment:
Article [IX] (Amendment 9 - Unenumerated Rights)
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
America Is Not Japan, and ‘Common Sense’ Won’t End Mass Shootings
By Trevor Burrus
Yesterday, another horrendous and tragic shooting occurred on an American college campus. I will hold off conjecturing about the shooter, how he obtained his weapons, and whether he was able to evade existing restrictions to acquire his guns and ammunition.
Such decorum, however, is not the modus operandi for President Obama and others who never tire of using these horrible occasions to call for “commonsense” gun regulations. Our Conscience-in-Chief believes “common-sense gun safety laws” can stop these tragedies, and his strategy is once again to essentially blame such acts on people who oppose his “common sense” and, in particular, on the NRA. Few shibboleths are as vacuous as the call for “common sense.” The implication is that such things are easy to stop and that, if Obama were king for a day, with no dullards standing in his way, then he could stop it.
Similar piffle is posted on social media, as the self-styled caring class takes the opportunity to sanctimoniously post the Onion article headlined “ ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens,” or to link to a YouTube video of a comedian riffing on America’s love affair with the Second Amendment. People will claim that this doesn’t happen elsewhere (it does), or ask a “commonsense” question like “How can you need a license to drive a car but not to own a gun?” (Actually, gun-rights advocates would be pretty okay with regulating guns like cars.)
Our conversations about guns in America are imbued with sanctimony and indictment, and you’re certain to lose a few friends on Facebook if you post something sufficiently provocative. You might even lose friends by posting this article.
Start with the fact that there are more than 300 million guns in the United States.”
So let’s have a serious conversation about how to stop these tragedies. First, understand that there are more than 300 million guns in America, and that’s not changing anytime soon. You can bemoan this fact as an indication of America’s barbarism, you can be disgusted by anyone who owns a gun, or you can talk about the excellent policies they have in Japan, where gun ownership is almost non-existent. Fine.
But all of that is just policymaking in fantasy land until you accept that there are 300 million guns in America. And, in case you haven’t noticed, America is not Japan.
Perhaps you think all guns should be confiscated. Okay, tell us how you will do that without stormtroopers roaming the country systematically violating our Fourth Amendment rights in a way that makes Donald Trump’s call for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants look like taking a census.
Or perhaps President Obama’s moral exhortations will work wonders on the American psyche and over the next two months an astounding 90 percent of American firearms are turned over to the government. That still leaves 30 million guns in private hands, and you can imagine how law-abiding those who didn’t turn in their weapons are.
Perhaps you think that all guns should be registered and licensed. Again, explain how you will do that without a battalion of stormtroopers kicking down doors. Sure, some people will voluntarily register their guns, but they are unlikely to be criminals or would-be mass shooters. Canada tried to register guns and eventually gave up. New York’s attempt to register “assault weapons” has been a glorious failure.
Or let’s talk about “commonsense” restrictions like “universal background checks” and whether they can stop mass shootings. Colorado is trying “universal background checks,” and of a predicted 420,000 checks, they’ve carried only out 13,600. Oregon’s universal-background-check system, which went into effect in August, is also off to a shaky start.
Unfortunately, mass shooters look an awful lot like normal, law-abiding gun owners before they commit their atrocities. And highly motivated, would-be mass shooters would be unlikely to subject themselves to increased screenings when obtaining guns illegally is relatively easy.
Mass shootings should not be the centerpiece of gun-control policy. Mass shooters are motivated, difficult to detect, and commit only a tiny fraction of gun violence in America. Pretending that stopping these psychopaths is a matter of passing “commonsense” laws is just moral grandstanding for cheap political points. If all that is keeping us from being mass-shooter-free is failure to heed the suggestions of Obama and other champions of “common sense,” then I invite them to try — and then to take personal responsibility for every one that they miss.
Passing effective gun-control policies in a nation brimming with 300 million guns is difficult; don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Have we come to accept that a certain amount of gun violence in our country is inevitable? The hard truth is that we have, just as we accept that deaths by automobile accidents, drowning in swimming pools, and industrial accidents are inevitable. This doesn’t mean that there is nothing we can or should do, but the first thing that we must do is to stop pretending that ending mass shootings is merely a matter of “common sense.”
On The Ropes: 60 % Don’t Trust Media
A new Gallup Poll has found that six in ten Americans do not trust the mainstream media. The numbers are even worse for the MSM among the young. The Washington Post is worried that the continuing decline in US trust in the mainstream media will mean that there are no “referees” to let us know what to think and most importantly what we dare not think. Here is a special Saturday edition of the Liberty Report to ponder the panic in MSM newsrooms…
If 60% of the people do not trust the media then I would guess many of those are here on FC but then why are people falling for what the media says?
The Pro-Freedom Legacy of Ludwig von Mises
BY LOGAN ALBRIGHT
September 29th marks the 134th birthday of Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), one of the most visionary and revolutionary economists in history. He won no Nobel Prizes, and he spent much of his life unappreciated, teaching in obscurity, but the work he left behind has served as the intellectual bedrock for libertarian economic and political theorists of the last half century. The ideas he pioneered are the ones upon which FreedomWorks was found, so on the anniversary of his birth, it's worth taking a moment to remember his contributions to the history of freedom.
Among the simple and most profound of Mises' teachings was the seemingly obvious realization that economics is the science of human action. People act to render their situations more satisfactory. Once they are satisfied, they stop acting. In his 900-page treatise of the same name, he develops this concept from self-evidence through its logical conclusions, tracing an entire system of economic thought. This stands in sharp relief to collectivist ideologies which ascribe action to communities and invoke mystical causes for recessions and expansions of the economy.
Only individuals act, not communities or countries or governments, and all economic events have a cause that is traceable to those actions.
Mises did not invent the idea that value is subjective, but he developed it to show the futility of utilitarianism and the misuse of economic statistics. Value is not inherent in goods and services; we ascribe it to them based on our preferences. Everyone's preference is different, and they change over time. You can't compare how much I value a set of goods to how much other people value them using numbers, because numbers are constants. Human beings are never constant, and they cannot be controlled like variables in a science experiment.
Mises' insight was that all economic statistics are merely historical data. They can tell us what happened, but they can't tell us why, and they can't tell us what will happen in the future. Today, too many economists think they can control people and micromanage economies through "big data", but the work of von Mises shows why this is never possible.
The Calculation Problem
Perhaps the most influential of Mises' books, Socialism, undertook a systematic refutation of the collectivist economic system. The central problem with socialism from an economic standpoint is that the lack of a functioning price system makes efficient calculation impossible. When prices are centrally controlled, entrepreneurs and investors get bad information, leading to bad investments, leading to economic pain for the citizens. Only when prices are free to fluctuate can business react to changing conditions and consumer preferences efficiently, and create wealth for a society.
Today, minimum wages, trade barriers, and interest rates set by the government instead of the market are having exactly the effects Mises predicted.
Why Does This Matter?
Its easy to consign decades-old books on economic theory to the dustbin of history, ignoring their relevance to modern life, but this is a mistake. Ideas matter, and action taken based on the wrong ideas can, and has, had devastating consequences.
The next time someone tells you we need a government policy for the good of "society", ask which individuals will benefit and which will lose out. The next time someone uses economic statistics to claim that government can "save or create" X number of jobs, ask how historical data can reliably predict the actions of free-thinking individuals. The next time someone tells you that the Fed needs to set interest rates at a certain level, ask how businessmen are supposed to make plans based on artificial prices.
The enduring legacy of Ludwig von Mises is that no central authority - no government - can ever know enough to manage an economy, and that all attempts at intervention invariably lead to less efficiency, less productivity, and less wealth. His books remain as enlightening and relevant today as ever, and should be read by everyone who wants to understand how the economy really works.
Happy birthday, Ludwig. Your memory lives on.
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