Jan 31, 2009

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

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Our politicians just don’t seem to get it. We’re now in a
depression but they think it’s open season on spending in the name
of “stimulus” or “recovery.” It’s only piling more debt and
inflation on the liability heap, guaranteeing a more violent
economic blowout in the near future.

James Quinn is a strategic developer for the Wharton School of
Business. His recent op ed piece “Unintended Consequences”
performed a detailed chronology of unintended consequences
that lead us to the current crisis along with a sober projection
of where our politicians are steering us; there’s a wide gulf
between congressional attitudes and economic
reality, making them irrelevant.

The movie “Valkyrie” with Tom Cruise hit movie screens recently.
Each day fewer people remain who remember the brave actions of
small heroes during World War II. It’s important to hear their
stories. Diet Eman was a member of the Dutch resistance who
sheltered Jews. Her life story is contained in “Things We Couldn’t
Say,” and she imparts some of those to us.

We hear a lot about “common good” nowadays. John’s boralogue
analyzes the difference between the old meaning of that term and
the new progressive collectivist meaning. One means you are taken
care of by society and the other means you’re just taken for what
you have.

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