Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Assorted Links

Thomas Sowell: Venezuela is currently giving us a lesson on the consequences of price controls. The government of leftist President Hugo Chavez has imposed price controls -- and seems to be surprised that lower prices have lead to reduced supplies, even though price controls have led to reduced supplies in countries around the world and for thousands of years.

Walter Williams: The worst thing the West can do to Africa is to give more foreign aid. For the most part, foreign aid is government to government. As such, it provides the financial resources that enable Africa's grossly corrupt and incompetent regimes to buy military equipment, pay off cronies and continue to oppress their people. It also provides resources for the leaders to live lavishly and set up "retirement" accounts in foreign banks.

The worst thing the West can do to Africa is to give more foreign aid. For the most part, foreign aid is government to government. As such, it provides the financial resources that enable Africa's grossly corrupt and incompetent regimes to buy military equipment, pay off cronies and continue to oppress their people. It also provides resources for the leaders to live lavishly and set up "retirement" accounts in foreign banks.

John Stossel: How many shootings at schools or malls will it take before we understand that people who intend to kill are not deterred by gun laws? Last I checked, murder is against the law everywhere. No one intent on murder will be stopped by the prospect of committing a lesser crime like illegal possession of a firearm. The intellectuals and politicians who make pious declarations about controlling guns should explain how their gunless utopia is to be realized.

7 Comments:

At 2/27/2008 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Stossel: "How many shootings at schools or malls will it take before we understand that people who intend to kill are not deterred by gun laws?"

Couldn't agree more. The problem isn't the possession of a gun but some psychiatric defect infused into the American psyche that results in so many Americans (relative to many other nationalities) killing so many of their fellow Americans.

I'm sure that elimination of nearly every American is not what is meant by "Out of one, many."

 
At 2/27/2008 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell us how the Goldilocks economy can withstand $102.00 oil, a $1.50 Euro and $4.00/gallon regular gas.

Tell us the economy doesn't look like it is in a recession.

Tell us that we won't see 1970s style inflation and stagflation but explain to us how inflation and stagflation with similar results are just as possible and happening right now.

Tell us that no matter how bad things get that they will always get better because it is our nature to overcome adversity, compete and win.

 
At 2/27/2008 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only in America would a rash of murders with guns prompt a large segment of the population to defend guns. Thank God our country has so many natural resources because we clearly didn't get this powerful on our brainpower.

 
At 2/27/2008 8:07 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

Unfortunately, this phrase is trite, last anon above me, because I wish you could be reading it for the first time:

If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.


You may dance around that all you like, but it is, unfortunately, true. Name call all you want, but you can not argue with the logic of that.

 
At 2/27/2008 8:08 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

...the other funny thing is...without our brainpower, those natural resources wouldn't be worth a damn. :)

 
At 2/28/2008 12:03 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

We hear the term “gun-related violence,” so why don’t we hear the term “food-related fat”? Both seem to personify objects that are not capable of performing actions. Should we eliminate high-fat food to solve an obesity problem? I don’t think so. Let’s put the blame and the solution where it belongs—on people.

 
At 2/29/2008 1:20 PM, Blogger juandos said...

anon @ 8:33 AM whines about the economy: "Tell us how the Goldilocks economy can withstand $102.00 oil, a $1.50 Euro and $4.00/gallon regular gas"...

I got a better idea since Professor Perry has already shown on many occassions over the last thirty days that your darkest fears are obviously your own, why don't YOU show us how we in this country are going to recession hell in a hand basket?

Try to use some credible information (BTW Krugman isn't credible) and try to make a rational argument for your doom & gloom mantra...

 

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