A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter Ch-47 assigned to the 2/3 Aviation Group waits for detainees to come aboard in Baghdad, May 28, 2008. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Richard Del Vecchio.
Things I don't believe
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The day's news continues to deliver a bountiful crop of theories, explanations, analyses, opinions and observations that I don't for a minute believe.
Raising the tax on capital gains is going to produce more capital. But when you tax something, aren't you bound to make it less, not more, plentiful?
This brilliant idea is as sound as putting a "windfall profits" tax on the oil industry and expecting it to produce more oil.
Didn't we try this with the Carter administration at the tag end of the 1970s? The results were as disappointing as much of the rest of the Carter administration: another bureaucratic maze that did little or nothing to help the consumer and a lot to hurt him.
The windfall profits tax of the Carter years was, however, a dandy way to cap every small well in the country. And reduce production in general. (Why produce more in order to have the profits taxed away?) A tax is a great way to cut down on supply and therefore increase demand and, with it, prices.
(Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, please note.)
Here's another tried and failed idea, or rather assumption: Appeasing dictators — like North Korea's Kim Jong Il — will make them tractable and forthright.
Abandoning the Iraqis will bring peace in our time.
(Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, please note.)
The current economic bump/slowdown/recession will continue indefinitely. But it's no more permanent than the boom that preceded it. Not till the business cycle is outlawed will economic trends go only one way.
Remember how the dot.com boom was the New Paradigm? Before that, the Roaring Twenties were going to be the start of a permanent New Era. Instead, we got the biggest Depression of them all. There is still a tide in the affairs of man, and it goes both in and out.
How about if we wall ourselves off from the world's economic troubles by going back to high tariffs and forgetting free trade? The way the historically high Smoot-Hawley tariffs, imposed during the Hoover administration, guaranteed the prosperity of the 1930s. Right.
The best solution to any economic problem is to lower interest rates even further, print more dollars, and in general inflate the economy.
Economics is an impersonal science in which individual personalities — their innovations and contributions — don't matter.
Politics has nothing to do with culture, and vice versa.
Our basic problems are economic, not cultural.
Ethanol will cure our energy problems without creating others. The law of unintended consequences has been repealed.
Economic reforms will make Communist regimes — like Mainland China and Castro's Cuba — model democracies.
Arms control ended the Cold War, not American determination to win the arms race and confront the Communist threat.
Manners are only superficial.
Abortion is the answer.
Shorter sentences and more paroles will discourage crime.
Leaders don't matter.
Character doesn't tell.
Moral authority isn't essential in a president.
Television is a cultural boon.
The traditional family is outdated.
It takes a village to raise a child. (Actually, it takes a family.) Teachers' unions have improved education.
Religion is the opiate of the masses. (Actually, socialism is.)
Give people bread and circuses, and they'll be satisfied.
The masses, unlike you and me, don't know any better.
Government has the answers. (It may not even have the questions.)
And so unbelievably on. Name your own favorite fallacy.
A U.S. Marine hands out candy to the children of a local village in the Salah Ad Din province, Iraq, May 18, 2008. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Light Armor Reconnaissance, Task Force Mech, Ground Combat Element, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, Multi-National Force - West. U.S Marine photo by Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus.
A teacher in Lafayette, Tennessee asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans.
Not really knowing what an Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny.
The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different…again.
Little Johnny said, ‘Because I’m not an Obama fan.’
The teacher asked, ‘Why aren’t you an Obama fan?’
Johnny said, ‘Because I’m a Republican.’
The teacher asked him why he’s a Republican.
Little Johnny answered, ‘Well, my Mom’s a Republican and my Dad’s a Republican, so I’m a Republican.’
Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, ‘If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?’
With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, *’That would make me an Obama fan.’
Lance Cpl. Fix, 21, a scout team leader from Cleveland, Ohio, with Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, runs down a set of stairs followed by Pfc. Bradley R. Clifton, 18, a scout from Frankfort, Ky., with Delta Company, during a patrol through western Al Anbar province, May 18, 2008. Photo by Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson, Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs.
BAGHDAD, (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Saturday that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shiite and Sunni militant groups.
Ryan Crocker's comments came as Iraqi forces have been conducting crackdowns on al-Qaeda militants in the northern city of Mosul and on Shiite militiamen in the southern city of Basra. Thousands of Iraqi forces also moved into the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad last week imposing control for the first time in years.
But truces with the powerful Mahdi Army militia that have calmed violence in Basra and paved the way for the Sadr City deployment have been strained in the past two days.
CHENGDU, China — One of the most powerful aftershocks to hit quake-ravaged central China killed a person, left dozens more injured and leveled many more homes Sunday, as soldiers carrying explosives hiked to a blocked-off river to alleviate the threat of floods.
Some 260 people were injured in the aftershock Sunday afternoon, the government-run China News Service said, with 24 in serious condition. The agency said many homes had collapsed and roads were damaged, but gave no specific figures.
The magnitude 5.8 aftershock was among the most powerful recorded since the initial May 12 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The China National Seismic Network, which uses a different measurement system, said the aftershock was the strongest of dozens.