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Sander Levin’s Latest Statist Efforts

July 26th, 2014 by Mike N · Comments Off on Sander Levin’s Latest Statist Efforts · Politics

On (July 21) I received his newsletter from my US Congressman Sander Levin-D District 9 Michigan. In it he reports, New study: “Affordable Care Act (ACA) lowers uninsured rate” according to which 9.5 million additional adults ages 19 to 64 are now covered by insurance, and the national adult uninsured rate declined from 20 percent […]

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Advice to Republicans

June 18th, 2014 by Mike N · 1 Comment · Politics

In the wake of Eric Cantor’s defeat at the hands of a grass roots unknown both the GOP establishment and the Tea Party groups are wondering what next? The GOP is wondering how to prevent future defeats and the Tea Party groups are wondering how to engineer more of them. But as conservative pundit Byron […]

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One reason Republicans Keep Losing

April 8th, 2014 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Politics

It’s not often that an article will provide glaringly obvious proof of why conservatives and Republicans have been impotent at stopping or even slowing the liberal’s march to dictatorship. Ayn Rand has said repeatedly that conservatives keep losing to liberals because conservatives share the same moral values as the liberals but don’t preach those values […]

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Sander Levin’s Republican Bashing

March 14th, 2014 by Mike N · Comments Off on Sander Levin’s Republican Bashing · Politics, Socialized Medicine

My US Congressman Sander Levin of Michigan sent out his Congressional Connector newsletter this week and like usual never misses a chance to bash Republicans. Here is his first paragraph: House Leaders Push Through “Polluter Protection Act” “Instead of taking action to create jobs, or restore benefits to the 2 million Americans who have been […]

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The Anti-Philosophical Nature of Today’s Intellectuals

March 9th, 2014 by Mike N · Comments Off on The Anti-Philosophical Nature of Today’s Intellectuals · Culture

In the introduction to Ayn Rand’s book “Philosophy: Who Needs It” heir to her intellectual estate Leonard Peikoff wrote “Ayn Rand was not only a novelist and philosopher; she was also a salesman for philosophy–the greatest salesman philosophy has ever had.” Boy was she ever. The first of her writings I read was the title […]

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It’s the Principles, Detroit

December 22nd, 2013 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The Thursday 12/19 Detroit News carried an editorial by Reynolds Farley who once conducted the Detroit Area Study at the University of Michigan. Titled “The often-overlooked roots of Detroit’s bankruptcy” it looks at these ‘roots’ only in terms of details, of concrete particulars as if no underlying principles were involved. This detail caused that detail […]

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Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz Right?

November 30th, 2013 by Mike N · 2 Comments · Politics

Gary North, former staff economist for Ron Paul, has a blog called Tea Party Economist in which he posts links to current political and economic news. His latest posting carries an article on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that the Democrats will win in 2014 because they will stand solidly behind the Affordable Care Act aka […]

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Citizens Can See What the Press Can’t

November 1st, 2013 by Mike N · Comments Off on Citizens Can See What the Press Can’t · Politics, Uncategorized

I normally post on editorials or news stories in the media but today I want to post on an excellent letter to the editor in the Nov 1st Detroit News titled “blame the media” by Walter Konarzevski. It’s in response to an editorial by News editor Nolan Finley criticizing the White House press core’s way […]

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The Same Old Medicine for Detroit?

October 27th, 2013 by Mike N · Comments Off on The Same Old Medicine for Detroit? · Politics

Ever since Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July of this year there has been a flood of articles in the media on the suggested causes of Detroit’s demise and almost as many on suggested solutions. The solutions invariably call for more of the same poison that made Detroit sick in the first place: a political […]

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Used Car Salesmen Wouldn’t Try to Sell This

September 22nd, 2013 by Mike N · 2 Comments · Education

On the editorial page of the Sunday 9/22 Detroit Free Press is a local commentary purporting to show “6 conservative reasons for Common Core” by two conservatives. They are identified as “Chester E. Finn jr. and Michael J. Petrilli are, respectively, president and executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-of-center education […]

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Liberals for Gun Rights?

June 24th, 2013 by Mike N · Comments Off on Liberals for Gun Rights? · Culture

I almost fell off my chair yesterday 6/23 when I read an oped by James Hill, the politics editor at the left wing Detroit Free Press titled “Why I Carry: why having a firearm is like having insurance.” This is strangely unlike the usual editorial policy of the Freep. Normally the paper is teeming with […]

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Evading the Premises in Detroit

March 27th, 2013 by Mike N · 4 Comments · Politics

I have spent most of my 70 years living in and outside of Detroit. I’ve watched it go from a booming town to a near ghost town with jobs and people and of course money, leaving for greener pastures. In its earlier years if there was a problem, there was no problem. Somebody would step […]

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Phony Self Esteem

January 1st, 2013 by Mike N · 7 Comments · Education, Uncategorized

The Dec 28th 2012 Detroit News carried two opeds on gun control, one by Charles Krauthammer and one by Clarence Page. While Mr. Page blames the NRA and Mr. Krauthammer blames Hollywood, neither gentlemen focus on a mindless injustice that certainly contributed to such horrific events as Sandy Hook. I’m talking about the absurd practice […]

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The Immorality of Gun Control

December 23rd, 2012 by Mike N · 1 Comment · Politics

The Dec. 18th 2012 print edition of the Macomb Daily (a northeastern suburban county of Detroit) carried an oped by Roger Simon of www.creators.com, not to be confused with Roger L. Simon of PJTV fame. This Roger Simon, without the L, writes a screed pushing “real” gun control which according to him, has never been […]

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This Selfish July 4th

July 5th, 2012 by Mike N · Comments Off on This Selfish July 4th · Culture

Yesterday was July 4th. The wife and I didn’t go to any picnics or BBQs. Good thing too. It was 101 degrees at Detroit’s Metro airport. So we decided to do the things for which our founding fathers created this country: to go forth into the marketplace to pursue our rational self interest and trade […]

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Another LTE Printed

March 21st, 2012 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

This LTE was printed in the Detroit News on March 7th. Letter: Focus on nation’s founding values “The Feb. 18 editorial brief “Appropriate driving law” is an example of a true statement that can be misleading in terms of the principle involved. The sentence: “This new legislation expands a smart law that rightly punishes drivers […]

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LTE Printed

February 16th, 2012 by Mike N · 2 Comments · Culture

I had the following LTE printed verbatim in the Macomb Daily a countywide newspaper serving Macomb county which abuts Wayne County home of Detroit. “We must return to basic principles I applaud George Will’s Feb. 5 opinion column, pointing out the dictatorial desires of progressives from Woodrow Wilson to Franklyn Roosevelt and President Obama. Americans […]

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Why we seldom get principled leaders

January 16th, 2012 by Mike N · 7 Comments · Culture, Uncategorized

The Friday Jan 6th print edition of the Detroit Free Press carried an oped by Leonard Pitts Jr of the Miami Herald titled “Ron Paul is foolishly consistent in his extremism.” He starts it out with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” I’ll skip the fact that […]

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Headlines of 2012, Hopefully

January 1st, 2012 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Culture, Politics

It’s that time of year again when I put together my list of a dozen or so headlines I would like to see in the New Year 2012. I normally do this on New Years Eve day. But Obama and both political parties have left so much to be desired that yesterday I could have […]

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Sacrifice as Moral?

September 21st, 2011 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Since altruism holds that sacrificing oneself for the sake of others is man’s highest moral duty and any concern whatsoever with one’s self is condemned as selfish therefore evil, I wondered what it would be like to live in a society where the concept trade and all related concepts were outlawed. It would mean I […]

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