Monday, July 23, 2012

Trickle-down employment

In a recent speech by Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute, it was clear that the corporate oligarchy isn't ready to build a broadbased economy in the United States.
Mr. Tanner maintains that outsourcing is good for America.
"Outsourcing jobs has allowed U.S. companies to penetrate foreign markets, be more competitive and hire more U.S. workers at home," states Mr. Tanner.
Mr. Tanner goes on to say "If we're going to sell cars in China, it makes sense to build a plant in China."
In Mr. Tanner's world, we export jobs, not cars.
Here is Tanner's idea of the bright side of outsourcing:  'Overseas profits are brought back to the United States "and then those new profits enable them to hire new and more skilled jobs in this country."
Mr. Tanner doesn't get very specific about what these jobs will be or where they will be found.   But we can be sure that trickle-down employment, like trickle-down wealth, will never reach the millions of Americans who need work.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What is a dissident?

"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic.  He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched.  He is not a bad citizen turning to crime;  he is a good citizen driven to despair."

H. L. Mencken

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Does God ruminate?

For example, does He ever say to Himself:  "If I knew then, what I know now...?"

On Age and Death

Open one more book.
Read one more page.
Find one more man thinking about death.
Learn there are no answers, no reasons.
One's unwanted death is the completion of one's unwanted birth.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Penn State Revisited

The Freeh Report on the Penn State-Sandusky scandal confirms what most people already knew.

It also puts the lie to that old axiom spoken by every dumb-ass coach I ever had:  Football builds character.