Archive for July 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill responds to minimum wage hike

Chipotle responded by raising it’s prices in San Francisco by 14.4% in response to the City’s raising the minimum wage by 14%. Businesses don’t pay taxes and they don’t pay for minimum wage hikes. They pass those costs on to their customers because taxes and minimum wages are a cost of doing business. Of course,…

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How did we get to this point?

“How did we get to this point, where my students know nothing?”, asks David Gelernter. His answer: It seems to me that there was an event that needs to be understood. You may have noticed the glove on Professor Gelernter’s right hand. He was a victim of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

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The new totalitarians and the revenge of lost boys

Tom Nichols tries to make sense of current social phenomena in America: The New Totalitarians Are Here. There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between “authoritarians” and “totalitaritarians.” Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience, while totalitarians, whose rule is rooted in an ideology, want obedience and conversion. Totalitarians are a different breed. These are the people who have a…

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Deja Vu all over again in New York City

Roger Kimball at Quadrant Online: The ’70s Again, with a Transgender Bonus Muggers are prowling Central Park once more while public nuisances shake down New York’s motorists and crime soars. Welcome to the increasingly bruised Big Apple of Mayor Bill de Blasio, his progressive agenda — and the inevitable results Welcome to the 1970s! In…

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Greece proves socialism does not work — except for the ruling class

From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt: Take a good look, Millennials. This is where quasi-socialism, with unaffordably generous pension programs and early retirement, runaway borrowing and spending, and a kleptocratic unenforced system of tax collection leaves you: helpless, penniless, and crying in the streets. Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece’s second city…

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Celebrate Freedom Today, Not Political Correctness

Political correctness is tyranny disguised as justice. It would have us burn the artifacts of our history for no more reason than to appease a small group of perpetually malcontented individuals consumed by anger, hatred and resentment for their miserably empty lives. Fight back, on this day of independence from tyranny, celebrate the freedom to…

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Deflecting blame to the stars for our faults

In this new book Theodore Dalrymple [pen name of Anthony Daniels] argues that “most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications, …they are socially harmful in that they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and to put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats:…

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Anti-gunners Undermine Their Cause With Big Lies

From the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action: Fact Checkers at a prominent newspaper [the Washington Post of all places] have denounced a lie being told by a supporter of expanded background checks on gun sales. Today (Monday, June 29th), the Washington Post gave Four Pinnochios to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) for repeating a claim originated by Michael Bloomberg’s…

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