A January 5th 2010 article from heritage.org explains that government spending has been shown over the past decades to be incapable of stimulating the economy. Unfortunately, we’ve had to endure repeated failed trials of this government spending theory instead of just using common sense that for every dollar you inject into the economy, you had to extract it from somewhere else or place the burden on future generations through borrowing. And usually, the government trying it only counts the dollars spent and the jobs “created” while ignoring the jobs lost and the dollars confiscated. Here’s an abstract of the article:
Abstract:Despite decades of repeated failure, President Obama and Congress continue to promote the myth that government can spend its way out of recession. Heritage Foundation economic policy expert Brian Riedl dispels the stimulus myth, lays out the evidence that government spending does not end recessions–and presents the evidence for what does end recessions. Hint: It’s not another “stimulus package.”
It’s kind of like pulling money out of the bottom of your piggy bank and then stuffing it back into the top and fooling yourself into believing that you just made a bunch of money. Why is this so hard for some people? Go read the article and enjoy some common sense.
In the spirit of Obama the Marxist winning and more and more democrats “coming out” as socialists now, I present this wonderful article entitled “Why Socialism Failed” by Mark J. Perry (blog), Ph.D. Professor of Finance and Business Economics, about why Socialism has failed in so many countries already. I think the practical reality of historical evidence is crucial in our day when it’s so easy to sell Socialism as a wonderful cure-all – in theory. (I also updated my Barack Obama and Global Warming articles if you’re interested.)
With all of the bailouts, automotive and bank takeovers, health-care reform, and wealth redistribution going on under the Obama administration lately, Socialism has become a popular topic. I oppose Socialism because: 1) It doesn’t achieve its most important stated goals, 2) it is immoral and unchristian, and 3) for a bunch of other reasons (to be explained below). First, let’s define some terms and then we’ll get to the details. Continue reading →
After receiving a speeding ticket and taking an on-line driver’s safety course, I found a link in that course that took me to trafficwaves.org. Absolutely amazing! It describes how a single driver can completely destroy a huge traffic jam by putting some space in front of him before entering the jam. It talks about the wave patterns in traffic and many other things. The author of the site has single-handedly broken up many traffic jams already with these simple techniques. It’s also interesting that virtues such as patience and generosity are through this experiment shown to increase efficiency in traffic flow. It also shows how the vices of impatience and greed can cause a backward travelling wave of jammed cars behind him that can last for hours and it decreases the efficiency of the highway – so the most aggressive person in the jam is causing and increasing the jam and is slowing himself down without knowing it. Check out the site – it’s quite interesting!