The One State Solution, a Question

I seem to be getting a lot of traffic to my post where I embedded Andrew Klaven’s video promoting “The One State Solution”. Now, can anyone tell me what that music is that plays when the little Jews are dancing?

An Ice Age?

From Hot Air. Apparently more scientists are concerned that a decrease in solar sunspot activity could cause the Earth to grow colder. The last such extended period was the Mauder Minimum, which lasted from about 1645-1715 and coincides with the Little Ice Age.

According to three studies released in the United States on Tuesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century.

The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles, said experts from the National Solar Observatory and Air Force Research Laboratory.

‘This is highly unusual and unexpected,’ said Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO’s Solar Synoptic Network.

‘But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.’

So now we should put all the carbon we can in the air, or maybe not.

Don’t buy your mukluks for Florida just yet.  This is still a hypothesis, not yet an immutable fact.  The NSO and USAFRL still needs to conduct research to see whether a new Maunder Minimum will come, or if this sunspot cycle has just hiccuped. (NASA notes in a sentence that The Register didn’t include that “The connection between solar activity and terrestrial climate is an area of on-going research.”)  That will take at least a couple of years to see what direction solar activity takes and what its impact on global temperatures might be, so no one should rush into policy “solutions” for climate in either direction.  Of course, this is also good advice for AGW hysterics who have been predicting the end of the world in the other direction for 20 years, and whose predictions have so far all failed to materialize.

Of course, if those AGW advocates suddenly convert to Maunder Minimists, why do I have the sneaking suspicion that the same solutions — central control of energy production and usage, elimination of fossil fuels — will be pushed?

I’m sure they any solution they come up with will involve them telling us how to live.

Into the Abyss

John Stossel writes in his latest column about the coming fiscal emergency.

America is falling deeper into debt. We’re long past the point where drastic action is needed. We’re near Greek levels of debt. What’s going to happen?

Maybe riots — like we’ve seen in Greece?

We need to make cuts now.

He doesn’t give up hope. Instead he points out how Canada and Puerto Rico have managed to get their houses in order.

When I think Canada, I think big government. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know that in the mid-’90s, Canada shrank its government. It had to. Its debt level was as bad as ours is today, almost 70 percent of the economy. Canada’s finance minister said: “We are in debt up to our eyeballs. That can’t be sustained.”

Economist David Henderson, a Canadian who left Canada for the United States, remembers when The Wall Street Journal called the Canadian dollar “the peso of the north.” It was worth just 72 American cents. “Moody’s put the Canadian federal debt on a credit watch,” Henderson said.

The problem, he added, was that Canada had a government safety net that was more like a hammock.

“When I was growing up in Canada, people who went on unemployment insurance were said to go in the ‘pogie.’ You could work as little as eight weeks, taking the rest of the year off.”

So in 1995 Canadian leaders cut unemployment benefits and other programs. It happened quietly because it was a liberal government, and liberals didn’t want to criticize their own. The result was that Canada’s debt stopped increasing. As the government ran budget surpluses, the debt went down.

“The economy boomed,” Henderson said. “Think about what government does. Government wastes most of what it spends, and so just cutting government and having that money in the hands of people means it’s going to be used more valuably.”

Canada fired government workers, but unemployment didn’t increase. In fact, it fell from 12 percent to 6 percent. Canadian unemployment is still well below ours. And the Canadian dollar rose from just 72 American cents to $1.02 today.

Fortuno is governor of Puerto Rico. Two years ago, he fired 17,000 government workers. No state governor did anything like that. He cut spending much more than Walker did in Wisconsin. In return, thousands of union members demonstrated against Fortuno for days. They clashed with police. They called him a fascist

Fortuno said he had to make the cuts because Puerto Rico’s economy was a mess.

“Not just a mess. We didn’t have enough money to meet our first payroll.”

Fortuno’s predecessors had grown Puerto Rico’s government to the point that the state employed one out of every three workers. By the time he was elected, Puerto Rico was broke. So the new conservative majority, the first in Puerto Rico in 40 years, shrank the government.

What was cut?

“Everything. I started with my own salary.”

The protesters said he should raise taxes instead of cutting spending.

“Our taxes were as high as they could be, actually much higher than most of the country. So what we’ve done is the opposite.” Fortuno reduced corporate taxes from 35 percent to 25 percent. He reduced individual income taxes. He privatized entire government agencies.

“Bring in the private sector,” Fortuno said. “They will do a better job. They will do it cheaper.”

Fortuno’s advice for leaders who want to shrink the state: “Do what you need to do quickly, swiftly, like when you take off a Band-Aid. Just do it. And move on to better things.”

Unfortunately one of our major parties would rather play politics and watch the country go down the drain.

We badly need more grownups in Washington.

The Real Revolutionaries

I sometimes see people wearing t-shirts with a picture of Che Guevara on them.

I guess they wear these because he was a “revolutionary”. Well, he wasn’t. Guevara was a tyrant, and murderer, and a thug. He headed Castro’s secret police and ran his concentration camps. His master, Castro, wasn’t really revolutionary either, just one of the many tyrants that have tormented humanity since the dawn of time.

But, there were real revolutionaries more than 200 years ago. They led their country to freedom and changed everything. These are the men I want on my t-shirts.

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