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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Do You Care?

Last night, the president of the US gave a speech before Congress, it is a ritual played out each year called The State Of The Union speech. Since I am writing this on Tuesday, I have not heard what he said. But I will listen in and I will read the various news articles claiming to analyze it accurately.

They won't be accurate, they will be biased... either for or against what he proposed... and those on the left and right will argue about what he said, how he said it, and whether it was a good or bad speech. I really don't care. No, really, I don't care.

He has already stated that he will veto legislation giving the go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline project. The interesting thing about that pipleine project is that it is not a "pipeline down through the center of the country to the country to the Gulf of Mexico", as I heard it descibed. It is merely a shortcut that comes down from Canada through Montana and South Dakota into Nebraska where it will tie into an existing pipeline which takes it down to the Gulf.

The fuss is about an aquifer through which this section will pass.

It has been litigated to death, it has been demagogued to death, I am sick of the politics of it. But I suspect I will hear even more about it. Here's a link to the map of it from the Washington Post, decide for yourself.

I suspect the proposed section will be built and then the fight will continue on...

The president is alleged to be asking for more taxes on the higher incomes while extending some tax breaks for the so-called "middle class." He will also be asking for government to pay for the first two years of college, for those who qualify, and who can demonstrate a need. When any president says the government should pay for, he means the taxpayers. Because the only money the government has is what we taxpayers give it.

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