Jason Hayes

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The future

On this inauspicious occasion – the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade – as we consider that approximately 58 million completely innocent lives have been snuffed out, it is worth it to consider the following.

“A nation that kills its children has no future.”

Pope John Paul II, 1996

EV & hybrids don’t “compete” without corporate welfare

From WaPo,

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.

Yale students excited to sign petition to repeal the First Amendment

This is what $50,000/yr in annual tuition fees will get you at Yale – you are surrounded by coddled, self-obsessed whiners who are willing to sign away their right to free speech so they can feel “safe” from opposing viewpoints.

Truly amazing that this is what the nation’s “top” universities are turning out now.

Powerful presentation by Dinesh D’Souza

Well worth the time it takes to watch this video by Dinesh D’Souza.

You sir, do NOT ask Her Royal Hillaryness a real question

Clearly this fellow forgot his place. One simply does not ask Her Royal Highness Hillaryness a real question.

“Do you think the American public is that stupid?”

Hillary’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad week keeps getting terribler. If even MSNBC’s hosts won’t stand up for her anymore, Hillary has to be getting a little bit concerned.

Industrious and decent men

H. L. Mencken (Source: Wikipedia)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.

— H.L. Mencken [1926]

Gun buy-back programs

Clint Eastwood (Source: El Mundo)

 

“Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.”
— Clint Eastwood

Dr. Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate

I have decided to work with Dr. Kelli Ward’s campaign to send a fresh new voice from Arizona to the U.S. Senate.

I would encourage Arizona-based readers to support and join Team Kelli, so we can bring some new ideas to DC.

“Free” Healthcare

Once more, for those who missed the memo, Canadian healthcare is not even remotely “free.”

From the Fraser Institute’s new study – “The average Canadian family with two parents and two children earning $119,082 will pay $11,735 for public health care insurance in 2015. A single individual earning $42,244 can expect to pay $4,222.”

The man-child is at it again

Childish attacks like this on anyone who has a reasonable disagreement with the President’s policies are why it is impossible to take anything Mr. Obama says seriously.

There are the people on his side on the Iran deal, President Barack Obama said Monday evening. Then there are “the crazies.”

The man is a walking contradiction, demanding “civility in politics” and then acting in the most uncivil and unprofessional manner at every turn. It is not possible to work with a person whose life is so full of cognitive dissonance, but who still demands complete fealty to his every whim, as this President does.

You either march in lock step with the man or you are castigated as “crazy,” “racist,” or you’re described as being in league with Iranian hardliners. The man acts like a petulant child who can’t be seen as serious on any reasonable level.

Mencken on “The government”

H. L. Mencken (Source: Wikipedia)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.

— H.L. Mencken

Morality and force

Auberon Herbert (Source: Liberty Fund)Do you not see, first, that — as a mental abstract — physical force is directly opposed to morality; and, secondly, that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces? How can an act done under compulsion have any moral element in it, seeing that what is moral is the free ac of an intelligent being? If you tie a man’s hands there is nothing moral about his not committing murder. Such an abstaining from murder is a mechanical act; and just the same in kind, though less in degree, are the acts which men are compelled to do under penalties imposed upon them by their fellow men. Those who would drive their fellow men into the performance of any good actions do not see that the very elements of morality–the free act following on the free choice–are as much absent in those upon whom they practice their legislation as in a flock of sheep penned in by hurdles.

— Auberon Herbert

“Dead broke” Clintons give massively to charity … their own

You really can’t make this sort of thing up.

Hillary Clinton late Friday afternoon released her 2007-2014 tax returns, showing that she and Bill reported $139.1 million in adjusted gross income, paid $43.9 million in taxes (a 31.6% tax rate), and made $15 million (10.8% of their AGI) of charitable contributions, $14.9 million of which went to the Clinton Family Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Yes, you did read that correctly $15 million on charitable giving (a bit less than 10%), but 14.9 million of that went to their own foundation. How many of us could get away with claiming these sorts of write offs for “charitable” giving.

How high are gas taxes in your state?

The Tax Foundation just published an eye-opening map, showing the cost of gas taxes (cents/gallon) in each state. It’s instructive to also note that the rates listed on the map do not include the 18.4 cents/gallon federal excise tax.

How high are gas taxes in your state?

Remember that we regularly hear about the “excessive” profits made by oil companies on their product. But compare their profits of about 8 cents / gallon, plus the gas station owner’s profit of about 1 cent / gallon to the various levels of government that are making as much as 70 cents / gallon and then ask yourself, “who is making windfall profits on gasoline?”

Exposing this Administration’s Immigration Enforcement failures

This is a frightening 8 minute long expose on this Administration’s deliberate negligence and gross legal malfeasance in the area of immigration enforcement.

To forestall complaints and charges that I am anti-immigrant, this post is not an attack on immigration in any way. My wife is a LEGAL immigrant to this great nation. Furthermore, I support the broadening and radical simplification of the immigration system to allow more people to enter this country.

What this post and Sen. Cruz’s video are opposing is the wanton disregard of basic immigration laws and the willing role this (and previous) administrations have played in turning a blind eye to the need for controlling this nation’s borders.

Liberty

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

John Adams (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

– John Adams

Harry Reid described as “poisonous,” “abhorrent,” and “destructive”

More on the Harry Reid front.

Interesting comments from Dana Perino after another one of Harry Reid’s personal attacks.

The more you hear about Harry Reid, the more convinced you are that he is a truly base, degraded, all-round failure of a human being.