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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

Archive for April 9th, 2009

CNN’s Lou Dobbs on colleges illegally violating free speech rights.

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2009

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This first video features film maker Evan Coyne Maloney. Maloney made the hit documentary “Indoctrinate U”.

The second video features civil rights hero David Horowitz. Horowitz was beaten by police and firehosed for marching for equal rights for minorities in the 50’s and 60’s. His latest book is called “One Party Classroom”.

The third video features Robert Shively from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The subject is colleges illegally punishing speech about the Second Amendment.

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Rush Limbaugh Video: New York raising income tax up to 31%. Wealthy leaving the state.

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2009

By the way, Donald Trump has had it with New York as well, he is moving his operations out of the state and says he knows about 30 more wealthy people who are leaving as well. 

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Tammy Bruce on why modern ‘Feminism’ doesn’t look out for women. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2009

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Former L.A. National Organization for Women President Tammy Bruce.

UPDATE – David Horowitz on how major university ‘women’s studies’ programs are designed by out of the closet communists.

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Norton’s First Law in Action: How Philip Morris benefits from new tobacco regulation & taxes.

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2009

Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner has a very informative column on why it is that the biggest players in an industry like more regulation and taxes.

Philip Morris, openly and without qualification, backs Kennedy’s and Waxman’s bills to heighten regulation of tobacco.

Philip Morris stands to benefit from this regulation in many ways. First, all regulation adds to overhead, and thus falls more heavily on smaller firms. Second, restrictions on advertising help Philip Morris’ Marlboro, a brand everyone already knows, by keeping lesser-known brands in the shadows. (Existing restrictions on advertising have already helped Philip Morris in this regard, with an added benefit spelled out in Altria’s annual report: “Marketing and selling expenses were lower, reflecting regulatory restrictions on advertising and promotion activities. … ”)

Finally, if the bill passes and the FDA gets added control over the industry, Philip Morris, more than any of its competitors, will have access to those bureaucrats and agency heads making the decisions. For all these reasons, RJ Reynolds and other tobacco companies oppose the bills Kennedy and Waxman are pushing.

This is exactly why ‘Corporatism’ and ‘POLITICAL MARKET ECONOMICS’ is hardest on the poor and middle class consumer.

For those of you who don’t know, corporatism is political market economics on steroids. Political market economics is not like regular market economics which is a meritocracy (where you make the best product at the best price for consumers), in political market economics the goal is to manipulate and lobby regulators and politicians to tilt the rules in your favor, which in turn enriches politicians by donations.

This brings us to Norton’s First Law:

Big business loves big government, which is why big business loves domestic taxes and regulation because it keeps the small and medium sized competition out of the competition. It also causes inflation, so ultimately it is you who pays and the poor who are hardest hit. (Big business often gets loopholes written in the laws for themselves such as Nancy Pelosi trying to get a part of the tuna industry exempted from the minimum wage law).

Posted in Big Bizz Loves Big Govt, Chuck Norton, Corporatism, Economics 101, Energy & Taxes, Obama and Congress Post Inaugration | 1 Comment »

Paglia: Something very ugly has surfaced in contemporary American liberalism

Posted by iusbvision on April 9, 2009

Camille Paglia is an old school liberal professor; you know back when liberal actually meant liberal and not leftist.

Yes, something very ugly has surfaced in contemporary American liberalism, as evidenced by the irrational and sometimes infantile abuse directed toward anyone who strays from a strict party line. Liberalism, like second-wave feminism, seems to have become a new religion for those who profess contempt for religion. It has been reduced to an elitist set of rhetorical formulas, which posit the working class as passive, mindless victims in desperate need of salvation by the state. Individual rights and free expression, which used to be liberal values, are being gradually subsumed to worship of government power.

The problems on the American left were already manifest by the late 1960s, as college-educated liberals began to lose contact with the working class for whom they claimed to speak. (A superb 1990 documentary, “Berkeley in the Sixties,” chronicles the arguments and misjudgments about tactics that alienated the national electorate and led to the election of Richard Nixon.) For the past 25 years, liberalism has gradually sunk into a soft, soggy, white upper-middle-class style that I often find preposterous and repellent. The nut cases on the right are on the uneducated fringe, but on the left they sport Ivy League degrees. I’m not kidding — there are some real fruitcakes out there, and some of them are writing for major magazines. It’s a comfortable, urban, messianic liberalism befogged by psychiatric pharmaceuticals. Conservatives these days are more geared to facts than emotions, and as individuals they seem to have a more ethical, perhaps sports-based sense of fair play.

Fair play and facts… like how the press had a cow over President Bush holding the Saudi King’s hand and has almost ignored president Obama giving the guy a full hip bow.

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