Tag Archive for 'Clueless Leftists'

Gay Marriage

Estate tax dodge?

I think it is obviously so. Now think about the tax advantages of polygamy; they’re even better.

This is the one thing that makes me think the Supremes will uphold DOMA. The IRS has sent someone over to tell the Supremes about the mess gay marriage will lead to in the tax world.

It is a constant source of wonder that the left can not see past the first order effects.

Minimum Grade

Don Boudreaux in a satirical knockdown of the proposed increase in the minimum wage has this witty little bit:

“It’s impossible for students with ‘D’s and ‘F’s on their transcripts to succeed as they deserve in life,” remarked Sen. Bernie Franken, an Independent from Elitia.

It took me too long to realize with Boudreaux had done here. I got the grade parody right away, but I almost googled Elitia. (I probably shouldn’t admit being stupid on the internet.)

I have a 15 year old son. Both he and I would like him to get a part time job this coming summer. I don’t think it will be easy if employers are forced to pay him $9.00 per hour. He’s not worth that much. Yet. I think he’ll be worth a lot on an hourly basis someday, just not right now. Because he’s not worth $9.00 per hour to an employer today, it will be more difficult than it needs to be for him to learn how to work for someone.

I don’t believe that most democrats actually think raising the minimum wage is a good idea. I just can’t figure out if there is any motivation for the move beyond the symbolism of the act. Those democrats that believe raising the minimum wage is a good thing, well there’s no help for them.

We want to rule you because you are stupid and powerless and we are wise

Samizdata points us to this wonderful book: Against Autonomy, Justifying Coercive Paternalism.

From the Samizdata Post:

But as the example above shows, once supposedly “academic” and “scientific” people put about the idea that we are nothing more than puppets in a deterministic universe, certain consequences follow. It can – although it needn’t – lead to fatalism and nihilism. It can also mean that certain intellectuals and the like, rather as the Marxists of old, consider themselves able to rise above the herd, diagnose the ills of we meat-puppets, and lead us “for our own good”.

The philosopher Stephen Hicks tells us we should be forced to buy the book.

From the Hicks post we learn that:

Conly’s faculty page indicates that her next book will be about the goodness of using force to prevent people from having the wrong number of children.

Conly is a professor at Bowdoin. Neither the Ace or the Deuce will be attending.

Hat tip for this whole mess goes to The News Junkie.

Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Four Resolutions from Pedagogy of the Oppressed « Cooperative Catalyst.

I can’t believe people that believe this sort of thing are allowed anywhere near children.

From the article, written by a student teacher (?):

I resolve to make my classroom one that challenges the status quo, that takes sides on issues of social justice, that encourages students to create their own visions of reality. I resolve to take student opinions seriously, to continue passing out surveys, to more deeply discuss their input in classroom and school culture. And finally, I resolve to take a more active role in the struggle for education justice – to end poverty, inequality, and oppression – and to support allied struggles in the U.S. and around the world.

I’m glad my children won’t run into her.