1. With Q&A Charles Alan Kors’s speech, Socialism’s Legacy: Lest We Forget, lasts one hour and 33 minutes; it is worth every second. Leftists continue to commit intellectual fraud by evading the extent of socialism’s evil. Dr. Kors reminds us of a most important lesson of the 20th century. His speech is an inspiring act of justice.
Milk. A gallon of skim. At the local Giant in Central Pennsylvania:
January 11, 2011: $3.20
February 28, 2011: $3.24
March 6, 2011: $3.34
April 23. 2011: $3.48
That would be a 28 cent rise in a mere 102 days, from January to April of this year. The third year of the Obama misadventure.
Then there’s the celery. Same sized bag. Same store.
January 11, 2011: $1.99 a bag.
March 6, 2011: $2.49 a bag.
A rise of 50 cents in 54 days.
Vodkapundit has charts.
From 1940 to 2000, average annual American defense expenditure was 8.5% of GDP; in war and mobilization years, 13.3%; under Democratic administrations, 9.4%; under Republican, 7.3%; and, most significantly, in the years of peace, 5.7%. Now we spend 4.6%, but, less purely operational war costs, 3.8% of GDP. That is, 66% of the traditional peacetime outlays. We have been, and we are, steadily disarming even as we are at war.
5. Keynes vs. Hayek. Is it my imagination or are the production values in this video higher than those seen in the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 trailer?
6. The Democrats released an ad claiming Paul Ryan’s budget would “end Medicare,” hoping to scare seniors. I always fall for these negative ads and think better of the Republicans. Going by Democrat attacks, I’d be ready to put Paul Ryan’s face on Mt. Rushmore. Turns out, alas, the ad is a lie. Ryan’s budget increases spending on Medicare. His budget is an attempt to make the welfare state run on time. The Democrats are so locked into their playbook of demonizing Republicans and fear-mongering pressure groups that their claims have no relation to reality.
UPDATE: Revised the description of the socialist in item #4.