Random Friday Thoughts

Congratulations to the Republic of Georgia (one of my all time favorite places)!  They ranked #7 in the World Bank’s annual list on easiest places to start a business.  The US didn’t even make the top ten.  Sigh.

I think Amity Shales rocks when it comes to economic analysis.  Her book, The Forgotten Man, is a must-read for anyone interested in the Great Depression.  But I have to take issue with her latest article in Bloomburg arguing that Halloween and fantasies like Harry Potter are on the rise because religious faith is on the wane.  As an economist, she should know that correlation is not causality.  (I probably should mention here that I love love love Halloween, write paranormal mysteries, and I’ve got faith of the traditional, Christian sort).  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

The commander of the US Cyber Command testified before Congress today that the UN should not regulate the Internet.  I’m torn between being glad someone in the US government has sense, and outraged that the question even has to be asked.  Regulating the Internet???  By the UN?!

I’m baffled by the reaction to the verbal punch up between Perry and Romney at the last debate.  What baffles me is that it’s still getting news play and that it seems to have helped Perry.  I like Perry and wish he’d do better in the debates, but found myself wincing when he kept harping on that illegal alien business.  The first time it worked, the second time… not so much.  But it seemed to ruffle Romney and that is a Big Deal, I guess.  About time the other candidates started going after Romney.

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, and an early Happy Halloween!

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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