The price of socialism is very high.  But Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez don’t worry much about that.  Both are touting “universal” government funded healthcare.  But the cost for this proposal will be (depending on whose study you prefer) between $16 Trillion and $32 Trillion of additional federal spending over 10 years.  (The US government currently spends about $4 Trillion a year.)  This would amount to a minimum 10% increase in overall taxes to pay for the proposal.  (It takes “universal” taxes to pay for “universal” healthcare.)  And this does not take into account the affect on the economy of such a massive shift in health care costs.  You can read more here and here.

What does embracing communism get “the people”?

U.S.S.R.: 20 million deaths; China: 65 million deaths; Vietnam: 1 million deaths; North Korea: 2 million deaths; Cambodia: 2 million deaths: Eastern Europe: 1 million deaths; Latin America: 150,000 deaths; Africa: 1.7 million deaths; Afghanistan: 1.5 million deaths; The international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power: about 10,000 deaths… The total approaches 100 million people killed.

  • from The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression by Stephane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louise Panne, Adrzej Paczkowski, Karel Bartooek, and Jean-Louis Margolin.   Translated by Jonathan Murphy and Mark Kramer. 1997.



Portland, Oregon is a Mecca for protest.  Right now, it’s “Occupy ICE.”  It will be something else in a month or two.  But as protests often do, it has caused collateral damage.  The ICE protesters have threatened and harassed a local, non-profit food truck that raises money for the homeless.  (Portland has a big homeless problem.)  The police under the current protest-supporting mayor, have done nothing.  The protesters have so successfully prevented the food truck from doing business that now it is closing.  Read more here.


The Reader – Edouard Vuillard

Once again, historian Victor Davis Hanson asks the compelling questions.

If there is evidence of collusion, shouldn’t we follow it … even if it leads away from Candidate Trump and to Candidate Clinton?  Read more here.

What is “white” and what is “privilege” ?  Who actually benefits from “white privilege”? Read more here.

Which is better, “mellifluous illegality” or “crass lawfulness”?  Apparently, it depends on whom you are talking to.  Read more here.


“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”  – Thomas Sowell