Month: November 2014

The Thanksgiving Dissolve

Black Friday now begins on Thursday, a Thursday which also happens to be Thanksgiving. Since it now begins on Thursday, it follows that Americans are essentially Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving. This may explain why such a holiday is becoming less and less important and why Christmas trees and festivities are up …

On The Politics Of Welfare…

“A program to lift by transfers and preferences the incomes of less diligent groups is politically divisive-and very unlikely because it incurs the bitter resistance of the real working class. In addition, such an effort breaks the psychological link between effort and reward, which is crucial to long-run upward mobility. Because effective work consists not …

The Minimum Wage Cage

“As the price increases, the quantity demanded falls.” Since last Tuesday night, five states have increased the minimum wage: South Dakota (+$1.25), Nebraska ($0.75), Illinois ($1.75), Arkansas ($0.25) and Alaska ($1.00). Many were thrilled with the Republican victory……yet also thrilled at a Democratic wage hike. Now Democrats, in light of this success, …

The Half-Nerd Moksha

Why does our culture find it amusing, and even “cool,” to be dumb? Dumb: Lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted. It was like that when I was in high school in the ’90s. If you failed or did poorly, you were “cool,” and if you got an A, you …

Sing The Psalms: Psalm 33

Psalm 33 is a hymn of praise. Here is the breakdown: v. 1-3: Shout for joy and sing praise to God Why? The Psalmist exhorts us with these reasons to do so: v. 4-9: The word of the Lord is upright. By it, all things were made, all that he …