I have lined up my Christmas presents this year for our President, Barack Obama, and for his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. I will send them both a copy of the last book written by one of greatest economists of the last century, and winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 1974, F.A. Hayek. The book is called The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism.
Although the language and discussion of the book is not all that simple, the basic point is, I think, pretty straightforward. Hayek summed it all up in his acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize.
He noted the critical importance that we know what we don't know. Thinking you know what you don't and can't know, the illusion that men can plan, organize, and control things far beyond their understanding, is the "fatal conceit" of socialism. more >>
In a recent interview with the BBC, Oprah Winfrey made a racist comment about Barack Obama. Her statement was "There's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he's African American," she said. "There's no question about that. And it's the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody's thinking it."
Well Oprah, maybe you are the one who is thinking it yourself because in case you haven't noticed, the world has moved on, but your own racist views remain.
Pardon my candor but someone needs to say it! When Barack Obama is criticized on his performance, the subject is frequently shifted to racism in order distract from the issue at hand. And when one of the most famous women in the world, who happens to be black, purposely uses the race card in order to shift the blame of Barack Obama's abysmal performance to racism, Obama avoids all accountability to the reality of his record. more >>
Several well-known conservatives spoke out against President Barack Obama on Tuesday after he left out the words "under God" from a reading of the Gettysburg Address.
"After five years of tearing down religious liberty, it is neither surprising nor unexpected that President Obama disregarded 'under God' when reciting the Gettysburg Address," said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, in a statement. "He has certainly failed to acknowledge God and Biblical values throughout his presidency."
Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, said the omission points to the president's disrespectful attitude toward the Christian faith. more >>
As the Obama administration continues efforts to restore Americans' faith in the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's job approval has hit a new low, according to a CBS News poll.
Obama's approval rating now lies at 37 percent, down from 46 percent in October, the poll showed. The Affordable Care Act suffered an even greater drop, down 12 percent from last month to 31 percent approval in November. Of all the respondents to the poll, 61 percent said they disapprove of Obamacare, with 46 percent disapproving strongly.
Since the healthcare.gov website was unveiled at the start of October, several glitches and technical problems were reported that prevented some Americans from signing up. And although the president has promised that the website would be fixed by the end of November, it remains to be seen whether that deadline will be met. more >>
California and New Jersey passed new laws this year barring counselors from talk-therapy that would aid minors in getting rid of unwanted same sex-attractions. Equating conversations with lobotomies and electric shock treatments, the two states assert that they are well within their rights to dictate how mental health professionals should go about their counseling.
Though "reparative therapy" has been stigmatized by the media, sexual attraction does in fact change for many people throughout their lifetimes. Mounting evidence proves this kind of counseling can be invaluable to those seeking to change their attractions.
As Nicholas Cummings, former president of the American Psychological Association, who treated thousands of gays and lesbians in San Francisco throughout his career asserted, "Contending that all same-sex attraction is immutable is a distortion of reality. Attempting to characterize all sexual reorientation therapy as 'unethical' violates patient choice and gives an outside party a veto over patients' goals for their own treatment." more >>
According to a recent news report, President Barack Obama has for over a year secretly conducted negotiations with Iran (through his adviser Valerie Jarrett) and the Geneva talks on Iranian nukes now appear to be just a facade providing international legitimacy for Obama's secret deal with Iran.
Secretary of State John Kerry's contradictory criticism of Israeli objections to that deal only suggests more bad faith by the Obama administration. Kerry claims that Israel has been kept fully apprised of the negotiations with Iran but then argues that Israel has never seen the terms of the proposed deal with Iran and therefore shouldn't question it. The Obama administration apparently wants to present the nuclear deal as a fait accompli that Israel must simply accept as is.
In what is becoming a familiar pattern, Russia is readily moving in to the Mideast areas where U.S. influence has waned because of Obama's many fumbles in the region. Last August, Saudi Arabia made it clear that it would happily replace US aid to Egypt (highlighting one of many issues straining U.S. relations with yet another Mideast ally). more >>