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Something to think about

The worst part of Obamacare, the expansion of the IRS, NSA, EPA, gun control, immigration reform and all the other state-expanding stuff (legislative and executive) that’s happening or about to happen isn’t that it’s happening.  The damage  that we should fear isn’t the actual programs, it’s that the bureaucratic infrastructure created for the programs will […]

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It sounds so inocuous

In case you haven’t been paying attention (like me) for whatever reason (I live in an apartment and have no intention of buying a house in the foreseeable future) there is considerable talk now of a foreclosure moratorium.  Give home buyers who are in over their heads a bit of breathing room.  Prevent the greedy […]

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Quote of the day

From tjic: Doing away with a politician’s ability to borrow would be like cutting off one of his arms – it takes two hands to really get a good choke grip on a citizen when you’re anally penetrating him, and thus losing the ability to borrow, like losing an arm, takes away much of the […]

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Vacation wrap-up

I’ve been on vacation this past week, although at times it’s been hard to tell.  Mostly it’s been some running around punctuated by periods of near vegetative stupor.  That, and we’ve watched a whole lot of NCIS re-runs. Sunday, the Head Rat and I joined my folks at the Neal Reunion and then visited cemeteries […]

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A feeble attempt at getting back in the game

A few links of potential interest: Animated currency route of travel tracking map. Feel like bailing out mismanaged union pension funds? No, me neither, but apparently Congress does. Don’t feel up to going to (or can’t get to) the doctor’s office for that sinus infection you’ve been putting up with for days?  How about an […]

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A first

I’ve never been one to get too involved, politically.  Oh sure, I’ve got plenty of opinion and I’ve not been terribly shy about sharing it here at Ratlands.  But, out in the real world, I’m well aware that my opinion and $5.21 will get you a quad shot, venti latte at Starbucks.  It’s one thing […]

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Trying to catch Santa in the act

Why else would I still be up at 3 AM on Christmas Morning?  Other than I had to go outside with the dog.  (Something about that -11° wind chill dampens her enthusiasm for the “doing her business” process.  Then there’s the “how do I squat to pee when the snow is already higher than my […]

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Stream of consciousness linking

There is no consistent thread here, just stuff I found interesting. Q and O has a chart that shows what our tax rates would have to be raised to in order to eliminate the deficit. (That’s just how much more the Feds are currently spending than taking in.  It assumes that nothing stupid like reducing […]

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Magical Thinking: Coming soon to a Government near you!

OK, that was a stupid title for a post, since magical thinking seems to be a requirement for a government job. I found an interesting article on the likelihood of significant inflation in our near future.  Disclaimer:  Denninger publishes at a website called 321Gold.  There is an obvious bias towards investing in precious metals.  I […]

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Quote of the day

From David Harsanyi: But once we start rationing health care, externalities will only become more of an issue. If we collectively pay for health insurance, then what is to stop the majority of us from dictating to the minority what it can eat or drink? What would stop Republicans — after they roar back to […]

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