Mayor DeBlasio, Meet Milton Friedman

 

Bill DeBlasio, in his inaugural address yesterday as the new mayor of New York City:

We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history….[The progressive] movement…sees the inequality crisis we face today, and resolves that it will not define our future.

AP: Americans Have Lost Faith in Washington

 

President Obama’s disastrous 2013 has deeply eroded Americans’ faith in government’s ability to solve health care, unemployment, world conflicts and anything else for that matter. For fans of big government, today’s AP poll has disastrous implications:

Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds.

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I’m watching the Winter Classic from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  It’s the end of the first period, and there’s been an awesome band playing live in the snow and freezing temperatures.  This is so much better than the over-hyped, over-produced fodder we’re subjected to with the Super Bowl! I’m hoping these guys are back after the […]

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Charles C.W. Cooke in NRO: It is a rare and happy day on which I shed my well-worn Eeyore outfit and clothe myself instead in optimism and in buoyancy, but today is one of those days. Having recently read the self-audits that a handful of my fellowwriters have been brave enough to undertake, I cast […]

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            The Oregon legislature just passed laws increasing the cigarette taxes to $1.31 a carton, and increasing the fines to $500.00 for texting and using a cell phone while driving, or smoking with children in the car. By unanimous vote it also passed HB 2612 which will now allow mothers to […]

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Freeing the American Mind

 

Over the holidays, I read two articles that had to do with freedom in the new year. One was here at Ricochet, a post linked to James Poulos’ piece at the Daily Beast titled “How to Fight for Freedom in 2014.” The other was Kathleen Parker’s “Dream the American Dream in 2014” at the Washington Post. Both focus on freedom as the message Americans need to hear, and both recognize that it takes courage to live freely and to pursue one’s dreams.

“The tangible returns of hard work, the ordered liberty sustained through community consent and opportunity honed over time to apply equally to all men and women—these were the currency of what we called the American Dream,” Parker writes. “Essential to these achievements was courage. The Founding Fathers were, above all, courageous as they challenged a king, fought and died for freedom and created a country from scratch with little more than mettle and intellectual vigor.”

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One of the nice things about being on vacation is having the time to think deep political thoughts and engage in discussions with the Ricochetti.  I’m still in a state of shock and denial about how Americans could elect and re-elect the current occupant of the White House but my analyst side keeps trying to figure […]

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I came across this post on Cracked.com via my morning perusal of Instapundit.  While the writer is unnecessarily foul-mouthed (although given his demo — 20-something males — he obviously thinks it’s needed to be relevant), he makes a very good point: You are what you do and society assigns the value of you to what […]

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A recent study was performed where a group was shown a pair of doors and forced at gunpoint to choose between them. After choosing they were informed that the result of their choices they would spend an hour in the personal company of either columnist Ann Coulter or HBO star Lena Dunham. After an hour […]

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The 2012 election was a bit of a let down for many of us.  There was much  punditry before and mulling after.  What bother me the most about it, however, was the holiday season post elections.  My youngest was getting ready to start college and the older one was home from college.  My usually optimistic […]

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Without ever using the term “secession,” Walter Williams suggests that irreconcilable differences exist between those who wish to control others’ lives and those who wish to be left alone. The former group, like an abusive spouse, have no intention of changing their ways and restoring their marital vows. He documents the fact that Constitutional constraints […]

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We have so many confrontations that are focused on episodes. For once, I’d rather skip the episodes and talk about the larger issues that are driving the episodes behind the scenes. I intend to provoke. I want to challenge Ricochet to confront some assumptions that need to be looked at. Before going any further, I’m […]

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Yes, brilliant crack news ace David Kirkpatrick of the Times (he looks like 40 going on 12) was grilled by that tough news anchor guy Anderson Cooper (your know the one that looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy).  Kirkpatrick restated his profound hypothesis that Muhammad Jamal and al Qaeda were not linked. Right away that annoying  THOMAS […]

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I authored a post asking What is Republican? And this is the follow up to the fine comments offered there. In the post of December 14th I laid out that although I disliked democrat policies if someone claimed Democrat status I knew exactly what they were fighting for even if every thing they did was […]

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Michael Moore took to the pages of The New York Times yesterday with an admission that no doubt startles the Times readers, who, based on the Times’ reporting, will have no idea what Moore is talking about: TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which […]

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I must preface this by admitting I don’t get out much to the movies, so my tastes are not cutting edge.  One of my favorite writers has always been James Thurber and I was prepared not to like the movie ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ too much, but my husband and I saw it […]

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Steve Allen was an amazing polymath. He was a comedian, he hosted the Tonight Show before Johnny Carson, he wrote music, played the piano, sang, acted in movies, and wrote the screen plays for the amazing Meeting of Minds. (For whatever reason, someone seems to be grossly neglecting the Allen estate, and Meeting of Minds episodes […]

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