Tesla owes its survival to subsidies from taxpayers, who are usually less well-heeled than its plutocratic customers; this Silicon Valley start-up has gotten $4.9 billion in state and federal support over the past decade…
Sorry folks, but I don’t know of any business that could miss making a big splash – just like Mr. Musk has – with $4.9 billion in taxpayer handouts.
If renewable energy, EV/hybrids, and other so-called green options are so competitive and so desired by consumers, they should be able to produce products that compete without receiving just south of half a billion in handouts each year.
Of course the article goes on to note that Mr. Musk’s payout is just scratching the surface as U.S., government subsidies to the EV market will be “$7.5 billion through 2019.”
This is not capitalism and the free market. This is crony-capitalism, corporate welfare, and direct handouts to preferred companies and technologies. The renewable, EV/hybrid world needs to put on its big-boy pants and quit sucking off the government (taxpayer) tit.
Stop robbing the middle class and poor to pay for green play toys for the rich.
Well worth the time it takes to watch this video by Dinesh D’Souza.
It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.
The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.
Whenever a Government assumes the power of discriminating between the different classes of the community, it becomes, in effect, the arbiter of their prosperity, and exercises a power not contemplated by any intelligent people in delegating their sovereignty to their rulers. It then becomes the great regulator of the profits of every species of industry, and reduces men from dependence on their own exertions, to a dependence on the caprices of their Government. Governments possess no delegated right to tamper with individual industry a single hair’s-breadth beyond what is essential to protect the rights of person and property.
— William Leggett
Should a robber break into my house, and with a dagger at my throat make me seal deeds to convey my estate to him, would this give him any title? Just such a title, by his sword, has an unjust conqueror, who forces me into submission. The injury and the crime is equal, whether committed by the wearer of a crown, or some petty villain. The title of the offender, and the number of his followers, make no difference in the offence, unless it be to aggravate it. The only difference is, great robbers punish little ones, to keep them in their obedience; but the great ones are rewarded with laurels and triumphs, because they are too big for the weak hands of justice in this world, and have the power in their own possession, which should punish offenders.
— John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government 
The unbridled arrogance of Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, clearly knows no bounds.
If you dare to express concerns about the “Affordable Care Act,” you are nothing more than a small, noisy child in Gruber’s mind. His words indicate a seething contempt for you and your perceived inability to comprehend the nuanced import of the legislation, or to express an intelligent argument against it.
It doesn’t matter what your abilities, education, experience, or background might be. Even “a former senior policy adviser in the White House” can be quickly dismissed as an “adolescent” by this towering intellect, who has been made wealthy by the very tax dollars to which you juveniles so desperately (and ignorantly) cling.
You won’t hear these arguments from the mainstream media, so you should listen to President Obama as he becomes his own best critic on the issue of whether or not he should unilaterally move to grant amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S.
“I am not a dictator, I’m the President.”
It’s worth reading this amusing Spectator blog post that looks at the decline of “pop-science” author/speaker/professor Richard Dawkins in the eyes of the politically-correct left. Now that they recognize his anger, vitriol, and invective have not been saved solely for the Christian church, he’s suddenly become a ‘bigot.’
Pass the popcorn bowl people, this one should be good for a laugh.
As I said at the time, that article — in the Washington Post, no less — ‘conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.’ But Dawkins has not become any crazier in the intervening four years; he’s simply widened his attack on blind faith, as he sees it, to include Muslims and feminists.
In the process, he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists. That rift is growing fast: non-believers, having exhausted their anti-Christian rhetoric, are turning on each other with the ferocity of religious zealots. Enjoy.
Hillary was out stumping for her 2016 Presidential run and burnishing her anti-2nd Amendment cred last night. In a CNN town hall she advocated for reinstating the “assault weapons” ban and attacked firearms owners, arguing that they “terrorize the majority” of Americans.
Asked by an audience member whether an assault weapons ban and magazine capacity limit would affect gun violence in the United States, Clinton answered, “We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority, of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
In other words, Clinton equated gun owners and gun rights advocates with terrorists. …
But the most galling aspect of Clinton’s response is her flippant dismissal of a substantial section of the population, and her flagrant disregard for Constitutional liberties. According to her, supporting the right to bear arms and protecting that right by being vocal about our liberties is terrorism
Jake Tapper picked up on the same thing in a recent Tweet.
Referring to gun restriction bills not becoming law, @HillaryClinton in town hall refers to minority that "terrorizes" the majority
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 17, 2014
What … can the government do to help the poor? The only answer is the libertarian answer: Get out of the way.
This Heritage Foundation article quite rightly describes the following statement as a “sobering” thought.
The federal government could cease all other operations (other than major entitlements), including its core constitutional duty to provide for the national defense, and would still end up in a fiscal hole within a generation.
They also provided the following graphic, which describes how each dollar is spent.
Our never-ending expansion of entitlement programs is crushing our ability to pay for what most Americans consider basic functions of government. It is clearly time for a serious overhaul and a rethinking (by people) of what one can reasonably expect government to provide, but I doubt that the country has the will to do anything serious about this situation.
It seems far more likely that our government will entertain (and eventually implement) programs like confiscating the retirement savings of citizens to “spread the wealth around” before they seriously consider cutting spending. A good example of this is the fact that, in the face of our crushing debt, and the sure knowledge that costs would skyrocket, we have gone ahead with a multi-trillion dollar expansion of public health care costs. We’ve almost doubled our debt in the past 5 years and we’re forging ahead with our tax and spend ways.
The truly unfortunate fact is that we still have an opportunity to stop this train before it reaches the cliff and we are forced to endure a far more wrenching and destructive correction. However, I can’t see that anyone in DC has the stomach for even slowing spending to kick the crash down the road a bit further.
The more numerous public instrumentalities become, the more is there generated in citizens the notion that everything is to be done for them, and nothing by them. Every generation is made less familiar with the attainment of desired ends by individual actions or private agencies; until, eventually, governmental agencies come to be thought of as the only available agencies.
– Herbert Spencer
“The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.”
–Samuel Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771
“[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land.”
–John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819