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Month: January 2019

Look What the Bra-Burners Have Wrought: Women Merchants of Death

According to Politico, four major military/security contractors are now headed by Women CEOs. Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Phebe Novakovic of General Dynamics, Kathy Warden of Northrop Grumman, and Leanne Caret of Boeing’s “defense” (sic) division. So I hope they are proud of their accomplishments, with blood on their hands as the Merchants of Death continue to supply the Pentacon racket in its bombing and destroying cities, towns and villages, schools and churches, businesses and homes and murdering one innocent human being after another throughout the Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Related posts and articles: Do We Need More Warmongers in the U.S. Congress?

Mainstream Media Whitewashing and Fawning Over War Criminal George H.W. Bush

Government and Military’s Faithfulness to Constitutional Oath

The Drone Strike Initiators Are Feeling Bad About Killing Innocent People?

And as I wrote in my article, U.S. Government Interventionism and Wars Provoke More Violence: NYC Bombing,

The U.S. government and other Western governments’ own terror attacks on the Muslim world continue to this day.

See U.S. airstrike kills family of eight, U.S. drone strike kills three civilians and four “suspects,” US admits Syria airstrike that killed 46 but denies targeting mosque, Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians are reported killed in U.S. strikesU.S. airstrikes kill at least 43 civilians in Syria’s RaqqaU.S. military airstrikes kill many more civilians in just 48 hours, and U.S. military battles Syrian rebels armed by CIA.

Western government violence and drones target weddings, funerals, rescuers, and civilian hospitals.

And it continues, even escalates under Donald Trump.

The women’s movement has shown that women, too, can be at the top. (Of killing, death, and destruction. Good one, ladies.)

Clueless Clowns: Elizabeth Warren and Mitt Romney

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced that she is forming an “exploratory committee.” No, she’s not going up to explore the other side of the moon with the Chinese (although I think that would be a good idea).

She’s exploring a run for President (of the United States). Now, now, hold your laughter, please.

But Ms. Warren was just reelected to a 2nd term only two months ago! She spent the campaign reassuring voters in Massachusetts that she planned on serving the full 6 year term and that she wouldn’t be running for President in 2020! And then immediately after winning her reelection she goes and begins her two-year run for President. (I am not. Making. This. Up.)

Talk about a lying fraudster! And she’s the one who as a Harvard “law” professor was at the White House cahooting with Obama devising her “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” which is allegedly to protect the American people from…fraud! Talk about a phony baloney!

If she were serious about protecting us from fraud, she would have been the first one to call for prosecuting or impeaching Obama who lied when he told us “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” (And now it is Elizabeth Warren lying to the people of Massachusetts. I know, candidates are allowed to lie and cheat their voters, especially only weeks after they were elected. That is what politicians are all about, after all.)

And then there is Warren’s Republican Senatorial counter-part, Willard Romney, a.k.a. “Mitt,” who recently wrote a column in the Washington Pest criticizing Donald Trump.

“A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.” wrote Willard.

Oh, and from someone of such great “honesty and integrity.”

Barf. Me. Out.

What is WRONG with these people?

The Damage That Minimum Wage And Other Government Controls Cause

A much established and supposedly beloved landmark Boston restaurant, Durgin Park is closing. It opened in 1827, and according to Wikipedia it “is also a partial hold-over from the time of its founding as the waitstaff have been encouraged to adopt a ‘surly’ attitude and ‘backtalk’ the clientele.”

Why, I remember being there once in the early 1980s, and the waitresses seemed to be “big and strong,” carrying heavy trays (that I probably wouldn’t have been able to carry), and they did seemed to be “surly” and wisecracking, etc.

But now the restaurant is closing, and so no more “surly,” sarcastic waitresses.

The manager stated that the main reason for the restaurant closing is the minimum wage, which Massachusetts has just increased from $11 to $12, and to go up to $15 at some point after many more jobs will already be lost due to minimum wage.

In California, with several cities having raised their minimum wage, San Francisco saw the closing of 350 restaurants in 2017.

Sadly, many proponents of minimum wage laws don’t understand the costs involved in running a business and employing workers. Investor’s Business Daily writes:

Economic Illiteracy: This week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “swung by” to say goodbye to a restaurant where she used to work. What she didn’t say is that it is closing because the owners can’t afford New York City’s soon-to-be $15 minimum wage — the very job-killing policy Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Democrats want to impose nationwide.

Co-owner Charles Milite told the New York Post that the main reason was “the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”

As a result, Milite’s 150 workers will soon see their actual wage drop to zero.

As Murray Rothbard shows, government-forced minimum wage laws make it illegal to pay a worker less than what bureaucrats like Ocasio-Cortez order by diktat.

And as George Reisman wrote, minimum wage forces low-skilled workers to have to compete with higher skilled workers. Following the imposition of the government-mandated higher wage, such as $15/per hour, the now

unemployed clerks, telemarketers, factory workers, and whoever, who otherwise would have earned between $8 and $15 per hour, will have no reason not to apply for work in fast food, which will now pay as much as any other occupation that is open to them. And since those workers are more capable, it is overwhelmingly likely that to the extent that they do seek employment as fast-food workers, they will be preferred over the low-skilled workers who presently work in fast-food establishments. Thus, the rise in the wage of the fast-food workers will serve as an invitation to the competition of large numbers of workers who do not presently think of working as fast-food workers and who, being better qualified, will almost certainly take away their jobs.

Listen to economists Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell discuss minimum wage laws.

There are all sorts of unintended consequences of the commands and plans forced on the rest of society by bureaucrats. But it isn’t just with minimum wage laws.

Michael Rozeff recently commented on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s big plans for society, including her supposedly wanting to retrofit every building in America for “state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety.”

It is amazing how ignorant of economics and history these bureaucratic intruders really are. As Rozeff noted, “The experiences of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Venezuela will prove instructive, as they instituted their widespread plans.”

Do Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow comrades know what is going on in Venezuela right now? It’s in the news right now, for crying out loud. Now, if they have never heard of “Soviet Union,” I’ll forgive them for that, given the quality of today’s education, most of which is run or controlled by government.

One major problem in Venezuela is that the ruling bureaucrats, led by President Nicolás Maduro, seized the means of production of food, the producers and distributors. And when government expropriates the means of production, or imposes wage and price controls, this causes shortages (or overstocks), empty store shelves, long lines, mass starvation, violence, and chaos. “Planned chaos,” as Ludwig von Mises would call it, as referenced just today by Jacob Hornberger.

These empty store shelves or very limited choices and a much lower standard of living are what most characterized the Soviet Union. In great contrast, in mostly capitalist America, we have stores and shelves filled with food, many choices and varieties, and at low prices that most people can afford. That is because of the freedom that the producers and distributors have to control their own resources and economic activities.

Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren and many others now are either ignorant of economics and history or they are just intentionally manipulating emotions with their rhetoric to get people to vote for these bureaucrats and to support the policies that empower the bureaucrats and enrich them as well. Or if they really are that ignorant, they need to learn about freedom, and how it was freedom including economic freedom that led to the biggest rise in the standard of living of most people in society.