Go on, take tax money and run

This here's a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue,
two college students with lots of school to do.
They both wanted a college education,
and this is how each paid their tuition...

They headed down to the U of El Paso,
where paying for school was a great big hassle.
Billy Joe worked, nose to the grindstone,
Bobbie Sue partied and got a student loan.

Go on, take tax money and run...

Billy Mack is a politician in Congress,
you know he don’t know what the facts is.
He ain't got a clue ‘bout fairness or justice,
he makes his livin' off of the people's taxes.

Bobbie Sue, whoa, whoa, she didn’t have to repay.
Billy Joe got shafted, wouldn’t you say?
She got the money, hey,
You know she got away.
Her degree was worthless, she’s on welfare today,
Singin' go on take tax money and run...

Go on, take tax money and run…

The Great Myth of the Great Depression

Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR. The man. The myth. The … worst president of the twentieth century. He has some competition for the title, but here are three reasons to nominate him as worst:

  1. FDR was responsible for the unconstitutional and unconscionable imprisonment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry (over 75k U.S. citizens) during WWII.
  2. FDR was sympathetic to communism, and coddled and propped up Joseph Stalin, the mass-murdering Soviet scum responsible for 10s of millions of deaths and untold suffering behind the iron curtain.
  3. FDR’s “leadership” during the Great Depression was directly responsible for deepening and dragging out the depression much longer than it would have lasted without his inept interventions.

Particularly persistent is the perception that FDR somehow saved America during the Great Depression. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sadly, most Americans are ignorant of these three damning facts. Particularly persistent is the perception that FDR somehow saved America during the Great Depression. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is one of the great myths of the Great Depression, one which dedicated and courageous historians and scholars have been debunking for years.

Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, has written an excellent summarization of the history and related research, titled “Great Myths of the Great Depression“. I highly recommend that you read it, and pass it on to your friends and family. Here are some excerpts:

Old myths never die; they just keep showing up in economics and political science textbooks. With only an occasional exception, it is there you will find what may be the 20th century’s greatest myth: Capitalism and the free-market economy were responsible for the Great Depression, and only government intervention brought about America’s economic recovery….

The Great Depression was not the country’s first depression, though it proved to be the longest. Several others preceded it. A common thread woven through all of those earlier debacles was disastrous intervention by government, often in the form of political mismanagement of the money and credit supply. None of these depressions, however, lasted more than four years and most of them were over in two. The calamity that began in 1929 lasted at least three times longer than any of the country’s previous depressions because the government compounded its initial errors with a series of additional and harmful interventions….

If this crash had been like previous ones, the hard times would have ended in two or three years at the most, and likely sooner than that. But unprecedented political bungling instead prolonged the misery for over 10 years….

The Great Depression finally ended, but it should linger in our minds today as one of the most colossal and tragic failures of government and public policy in American history…. It was not the free market that produced 12 years of agony; rather, it was political bungling on a grand scale.

Here is a PDF of Lawrence W. Reed’s article:

The Fight for Free Speech

Fundamental to freedom is free speech. Free speech is the first freedom lost as despots seek and solidify power over people.

In his excellent article “The Fight for Free Speech” the late Walter E. Williams makes a compelling case for free speech and against the tyrannical trends trying to take away freedom of expression from political opponents. In the remainder of this post I excerpt several portions of Williams’ article.

“The violence, looting and mayhem that this nation has seen over the last several months has much of its roots in academia, where leftist faculty teach immature young people all manner of nonsense that contradicts commonsense and the principles of liberty. Chief among their lessons is a need to attack free speech in the form of prohibitions against so-called hate speech and microaggressions… It is a tragic state of affairs when free speech and inquiry require protection at institutions of higher learning.”

Right on. I’m going to say here what many so-called intellectuals will consider to be a “microaggression” (or macro, perhaps), or may even be considered by some as “hate speech”: I utterly disrespect and despise anyone — particularly the supposedly “educated” of academia — who seeks to silence or censor their political opponents. Their efforts are evidence that the beliefs they so desperately seek to shield from questions and criticism are wrong.

A monopoly of ideas is just as dangerous as a monopoly in political power or a monopoly in the production of goods and services.

A monopoly of ideas — i.e. the silencing and censoring of opposing ideas — is precisely what leads to and perpetuates monopolies of political power, and the inevitable totalitarianism, oppression and suffering inflicted upon the masses by those who hold the monopoly.

We might ask what is the true test of a person’s commitment to free speech? The true test does not come when he permits people to say those things he deems acceptable. The true test comes when he permits people to say those things that he deems offensive.

Anyone who claims the right to free speech for themselves, but denies that right to someone else they deem “offensive” or “wrong”, is not just a hypocrite, but is also a tyrant.

Tyrants everywhere, from the Nazis to the communists, started out supporting free speech rights. Why? Because speech is important for the realization of leftist goals of command and control. People must be propagandized, proselytized and convinced. Once leftists have gained power, as they have in most of our colleges and universities, free speech becomes a liability. It challenges their ideas and agenda and must be suppressed.

I can only imagine the self-recriminations and regrets rampant among the “useful idiot” academics, journalists and news people who used their free speech rights to propel to power Lenin and Hitler and Stalin and Mao and Ho Chi Min and other brutal despots, only to later be compelled to be pathetic propagandists or, if they dared oppose their masters, to be numbered among the expendable millions of cold corpses. The complicit professors and pundits of today may find themselves in such a predicament one day in the not-too-distant future.

Rest in Peace, Walter Excellence Williams

The “E” stands for “Excellence”, Walter E. (Edward) Williams would sometimes say about his middle initial, and, judging by his accomplishments, he was right.

Born in 1936 to a devoted and determined single mother, Walter overcame adversity to become a leading economist, scholar, political philosopher and defender of truth and reason. He passed away on December 2nd, 2020.

Walter achieved many things in his lifetime. He was a true champion of liberty, particularly of economic freedom, and was an outspoken and unapologetic critic of government policies harmful to minorities, and of false narratives blaming whites for the problems in minority communities.

I recently came across Walter’s “Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon Granted to All Persons of European Descent.” A bit tongue-in-cheek, it is a classic evisceration of the racist “white guilt” mentality that pervades society today. Here is the text of the proclamation:

“Whereas, Europeans kept my forebears in bondage some three centuries toiling without pay, Whereas Europeans ignored the human rights pledges of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, Whereas, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments meant little more than empty words, Therefore Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny.

“But, in the recognition Europeans themselves have been victims of various and sundry human rights violations to wit: the Norman Conquest, the Irish Potato Famine, Decline of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Napoleonic and Czarist adventurism, and gratuitous insults and speculations about the intelligence of Europeans of Polish descent

Therefore from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry.

Walter E. Williams

“I, Walter E. Williams do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry for both their own grievances and those of their forebears against my people. Therefore from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry. Walter E. Williams, Gracious and Generous Grantor.”

Amen. Rest in Peace, Walter Excellence Williams, and may your liberty-loving legacy live on in the hearts and minds of those who have the privilege of learning from your lifetime of courageous scholarship.


For additional information about Walter E. Williams, I recommend:

Walter William’s personal web site

Wikipedia: Walter E. Williams

This video biography of Walter E. Williams:

Trump vs Biden: Who’s the real racist?

The epithet of “racist” is used as a powerful political weapon by the Democrats and their allies to smear conservatives. I have yet to see any evidence of their claims of racism by Donald Trump, or by any other conservatives that they target. Nobody I have challenged to provide evidence of their supposed racism has ever produced any. Meanwhile, I have seen evidence of racism by Joe Biden and by other Democrats and their supporters, evidence that is hypocritically ignored, all in the name of partisan politics.

Being racist, or calling someone “racist” is not a laughing matter. But Joe Biden and the Democrats deserve to be mocked and ridiculed for their lies and hypocrisy, and this video does a great job of doing that:

Nothing to see here, it’s just Colorism

You would really have a hard time making this stuff up, never mind getting someone to believe it. But it’s true.

The University of Florida’s Anthropology department recently sponsored a town hall they specifically told white students not to attend. It was just for so-called “BIPOC” students, meaning students who are black, indigenous, or “people of color”. Here is part of the text from an email sent to all students who were enrolled in an anthropology course:

“We have some amazing graduate students in Anthropology that are holding a virtual Town Hall tomorrow… to discuss future directions and goals for a BIPOC Anthropology Group (open to non-anthro BIPOC majors and minors).

“To ensure this event is a safe space, the organizers are asking that you reach out to them for the Zoom link. An important message from them: ‘We kindly remind all that you respond to this space is only for those who identify as a BIPOC individuals in this department. While we appreciate white students may want to join to learn more about the BIPOC perspective, we ask they respect this space as a chance for BIPOC students to come together as BIPOC. We cannot hide our skin color… We ask white students to respect that this is a space where BIPOC students can come together without the need to perform any emotional or mental labor to explain their experiences as BIPOC. Additionally, we acknowledge colorism exists within our own BIPOC communities, and therefore we kindly ask all BIPOC students to be mindful that we will be a diverse group of BIPOC students, and it is expected we will respect differences in experiences due to colorism.'”

I can look past the bad grammar (barely). But I can’t turn a blind eye to the blatant and disgusting racism — what the organizers euphemistically call “colorism”.

The fact is that nobody can hide their skin color, and everybody is a person of color, whether pink, peach, tan, brown or black. Each and every person has a unique background, perspective and outlook. To pretend that because a person is light-skinned they somehow contribute less to diversity than a darker-skinned person is the epitome of “colorism”, which is, of course, racism.

The racist organizers and complicit attendees of this blatantly discriminatory and overtly racist event need to emerge from their silly “safe space” and experience the “emotional and mental” growth that real diversity engenders.

They are the real racists.