Obligation to Work

It is a characteristic of human nature that man must work in order to survive. That is, man does not possess physical advantages to forage for survival nor does he have an instinct to guide him in self-preservation. The defining attribute of man is his mind. He must think and act in accord with a chosen path of productiveness in order to survive. Anything that obstructs or impairs him in this quest that is not present in nature is destructive and evil. Barriers placed in the way of man’s creativity and productivity by other men are immoral. One must keep … Continue reading Obligation to Work

Fiscal Cliff Notes

Allegedly, it is crucial that the US Congress and the Administration come to terms on tax and spending to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. What is the fiscal cliff? When Congress failed earlier to come to terms on taxes and spending amidst concerns about the looming debt ceiling a deal was struck in exchange for raising that borrowing limit for the US government. The deal involved an array of automatic spending cuts that would take effect at the start of 2013. It also allowed that the already extended Bush tax cuts would expire on January 1, 2013. Now I hear … Continue reading Fiscal Cliff Notes

Some Observations on US Political Debates

Romney versus Obama, Wednesday, 03 October 2012 “The second topic, which is you said you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas. Look, I’ve been in business for 25 years. (Unlike you who have no real work experience.) I have no idea what you’re talking about. (And neither do you, I would add.)”—Governor Romney (Subtext added.) The President, who was so arrogant as to assume he need not prepare properly for this debate was unpleasantly surprised. Ryan versus Biden, Thursday, 11 October 2012 A win for Ryan was unacceptable to the Democrats; there was too much downside following the … Continue reading Some Observations on US Political Debates

Crude, Aristocratic and Mean

The president of the United States holds a dim view of humanity. It is crude, aristocratic and mean. This was revealed in his famous “you didn’t build that” speech. First, despite the media reprieve afforded him—first by the Colorado movie theatre massacre, and now by Olympic sports coverage—Barack Obama’s alleged gaffe is still news. While Obama’s defenders argue he was quoted out of context, Charles Krauthammer and Philip Klein have both noted that quoting more from Obama actually makes matters worse. Mr. Krauthammer suggests that Obama’s comments could be so damaging to his re-election campaign that opposition Republicans should replay … Continue reading Crude, Aristocratic and Mean

Lessons in Buck Passing

President Truman famously said of his office “the buck stops here”. President Obama apparently believes that the buck stops wherever and whenever he finds it most convenient. In levelling yet another spurious attack against candidate Romney relative to his former role at Bain Capital, president Obama was quoted from a recent interview at a television station in Virginia: “So, you know, as president of the United States, one of the things I’ve learned…was anything that happens on my watch is my responsibility. That’s what people expect.” A couple of observations come to mind. One is that I guess there really … Continue reading Lessons in Buck Passing

Felon Protests

The 2012 Quebec Student Protests (for which an adequate informational summary may be obtained on Wikipedia) are in essence an event reminiscient of 1960s social unrest. There is no rational connection between the dominant activities of these “protestors” and the facts of reality. Consider the following: Quebec students pay the lowest levels of tuition in North America. the key issue in the protests is a tuition fee increase to be phased in over a period of time. like all welfare states, education costs in Quebec and the rest of Canada are subsidized in excess of 50 percent by taxpayers. the … Continue reading Felon Protests

Rocket Redo

On 25 March—from a position safely outside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea—US President Barack Obama warned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) against taking any “provocative” measures. It was a meaningless warning of empty rhetoric. For years this regime has drawn attention to itself in order to gain benefits, much as a horrid little child would by throwing a tantrum until mommy gives in and provides more treats. That is approximately the level of sophistication the US and other nations have demonstrated in dealing with North Korea, a socialist dictatorship featuring the usual famine and … Continue reading Rocket Redo

The Simple Summit

The recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena ended on a down note. There were two issues of contention: the simple possibility of decriminalizing the illicit drug trade—as suggested by Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Columbia—and Cuba’s  representation at the summit, advocated by the Latin American constituency. So contentious were these points that the usual closing statement could not be issued. The US and Canada, represented respectively by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper, were united in opposition, effectively exercising a North American “veto”. The position on Cuba is clear enough. Cuba has not been involved in the Organization of … Continue reading The Simple Summit

Semi-Free Trade

I applaud the efforts of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to promote free trade. Over the course of many months we’ve heard about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the United States and several Asian-Pacific nations. Discussions are ongoing with specific countries or regions, including Europe, India, China and most recently, Japan. News reports suggest that free trade is a good thing for Canada and for Canadians.  It is indeed, if it is the simple concept of free trade they’re all talking about. Ordinary Canadians however, are distanced from the facts of the “negotiations” surrounding the multiple “free-trade agreements” currently being … Continue reading Semi-Free Trade

What Would the Ayatollah Do?

A Reuters story in the National Post (23 March)indicates that various intelligence sources “agree” that Iran does not have “the bomb”, may not even want one, and in any event is years away from developing a deliverable weapon. In the context of recent talk about pre-emptive strikes this relaxed position seems to be predicated largely on “what would the Ayatollah do” in this situation. Iran Does Not Have a Nuclear Weapon Let’s have a look at the points of agreement. First, it is agreed that Iran does not have a nuclear bomb now. That’s pretty believable. If it did, this … Continue reading What Would the Ayatollah Do?