Codger on Politics

Monday, September 01, 2014

Critical of Unions

Critical of Unions
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119272/labor-day-are-unions-dead-interview-rich-yeselson

""Conservatives make all kinds of criticisms of unions—they're inflexible, they tend to be corrupt. Pick one of their complaints that you find the most reasonable and tell me how you'd address it.

There are several reasonable critiques of unions. I'm not sure they're really intrinsic to unionism—in other words, unions could accommodate these critiques and still do what they do. Also, it must be said, the most cogent critiques of unions don't come always come from conservatives. Sometimes they come from the left, which argues, for example, that most unions are structured to limit rank and file democracy. 

That said, the strongest critique I hear from the right (and some centrist Democrats too) about public sector unions is that their first priority needs to be the excellent provision of services, rather than the job security of public sector workers. And you know what? I agree! Who isn't in favor of excellent provision of public services? But given how little revenue we raise and how little we spend on public services, relative to other countries, it is easy to imagine public policies that would boost public sector services and end up creating more employees, too.""

Excellence is undermined by unions. Since unions insist that workers be rewarded equally, reward for excellence is not possible since all will not be equally excellent. You can reward small groups, but only if all group members can influence the work of the least excellent.

Response to reward is built into our DNA. As can be seen in any union, lethargy prevails. The teacher unions are the worst, because our children are being short changed.

In the second paragraph, the response is non responsive: if in doubt, mumble. He says the first priority is members and follows up with, the second priority is more members. Excellence was forgotten, as it always is in a union operation.

Critical of Unions

Critical of Unions
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119272/labor-day-are-unions-dead-interview-rich-yeselson

""Conservatives make all kinds of criticisms of unions—they're inflexible, they tend to be corrupt. Pick one of their complaints that you find the most reasonable and tell me how you'd address it.

There are several reasonable critiques of unions. I'm not sure they're really intrinsic to unionism—in other words, unions could accommodate these critiques and still do what they do. Also, it must be said, the most cogent critiques of unions don't come always come from conservatives. Sometimes they come from the left, which argues, for example, that most unions are structured to limit rank and file democracy. 

That said, the strongest critique I hear from the right (and some centrist Democrats too) about public sector unions is that their first priority needs to be the excellent provision of services, rather than the job security of public sector workers. And you know what? I agree! Who isn't in favor of excellent provision of public services? But given how little revenue we raise and how little we spend on public services, relative to other countries, it is easy to imagine public policies that would boost public sector services and end up creating more employees, too.""

Excellence is undermined by unions. Since unions insist that workers be rewarded equally, reward for excellence is not possible since all will not be equally excellent. You can reward small groups, but only if all group members can influence the work of the least excellent.

Response to reward is built into our DNA. As can be seen in any union, lethargy prevails. The teacher unions are the worst, because our children are being short changed.

I the second paragraph, the response is non responsive: if in doubt, mumble. He says the first priority is members and follows up with, the second priority is more members. Excellence was forgotten, as it always is in a union operation.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

You Break It You Own It

You Break It You Own It

http://online.wsj.com/articles/henry-kissinger-on-the-assembly-of-a-new-world-order-1409328075

""The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U.S.—strengthened in its economy and national confidence—began to take up the torch of international leadership and added a new dimension. A nation founded explicitly on an idea of free and representative governance, the U.S. identified its own rise with the spread of liberty and democracy and credited these forces with an ability to achieve just and lasting peace. The traditional European approach to order had viewed peoples and states as inherently competitive; to constrain the effects of their clashing ambitions, it relied on a balance of power and a concert of enlightened statesmen. The prevalent American view considered people inherently reasonable and inclined toward peaceful compromise and common sense; the spread of democracy was therefore the overarching goal for international order. Free markets would uplift individuals, enrich societies and substitute economic interdependence for traditional international rivalries.""

The first rule is: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. John Karry (Hillary Clinton) and Barack Obama misperceived the world as broken because it didn't conform to the latest progressive views. They therefore need to own the problems they have created.

That is not to say they should be allowed to keep fiddling with things they don't understand.  A smart drunk let's the reins drop depending on the horse to get him home.

It is time for the dems to drop the reins and let the elephant bring back stability.

Friday, August 29, 2014

It is time to defund intolerant Universities

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/she-was-the-wrong-kind-of-christian/

""By the end of the story, it seems that that's exactly what some of the Christians on campus are doing. Good for them. Interestingly, when you look at the list of religious student groups still officially recognized by the university, there are exactly three: the Muslim Student Association, Chabad, and Zion's Inspiration, a black Bible study group. I find it impossible to believe that the MSA, which is rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood (see Husain Haqqani on that point) and the Chabad Lubavitch ultra-orthodox Jews, would be willing to sign off on the university's requirement (and if not, G-d bless them for it). I'm willing to bet the truth is that Vanderbilt's administrators lack the spine to tell Muslims, Jews, and black Christians to comply or get off the campus. I could be wrong. Anybody know? If they signed the statement, why did they? How could they do it with integrity?

Anyway, as a father who has children who will soon be of college age, it's important to know that Vanderbilt has become a place that is anti-Christian.""

Universities, physical campus versions, are out of date.  No longer liberal, with a clique of progressive professors acting a gatekeepers to  keep out new ideas, it is no place to send untrained minds. Fortunately there are better and cheaper alternatives.

Any group of people off the street would be better mentors, and the acedemics are available on line. It will take some effort, but to avoid a life time of indebtedness, some effort would be worth it. And as to accreditation, with the progressive destruction of the economy, the surviving companies should be looking again at there valuing of a progressive university education.  An education showing individual initiative should be preferred.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A solution to current illegal resident situation

A solution to current illegal resident situation

1. Identify the illegals by all means available
2. Update laws regarding employment and public services to decertify benefits for individuals who are identified as illegal.
3. Notify employers and government services of their status
4. Notify individuals of their status and suggest they leave
5. Start deportation proceedings for people who don't take the hint.
6. Aggressively identify and remove government employees who obstruct the process

If they can't work and can't get food stamps, they will get hungry and leave. Others, not yet identified will leave before the benefits are cut off.

Extremely far apart but which side is extreme?

Extremely far apart but which side is extreme?

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119248/gop-extremism-action-rubio-immigration-inhofe-climate

Stop and think about the following  quote for a second.

""Stop and think about that quote for a second. Global warming is a worldwide problem, which means it requires worldwide action, which means the U.S. will have to be part of some kind of worldwide regulatory scheme. Inhofe won't even think about it. And while Inhofe has a reputation as an extremist, he's not an outlier here. Yes, John McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade plan when he was the Republican nominee for president in 2008. But he's basically disavowed that idea. Good luck finding a prominent Republican in office who will even speculate about such a proposal today.""

If the author cannot convince the legislators of the truth of their assumptions (and the truth of global warming is an assumption), shouldn't they question their assumptions? Here the assertion is made with no supporting evidence.

From my viewpoint, the democrats are extreme and moving to be more extreme. Why is my view wrong and the progressive view correct?

You can't change my mind by filibustering the issues and shouting down opponents. You need to engage intellectually.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Kinder and Gentler Killing Machine, Doesn't

A Kinder and Gentler Killing  Machine, Doesn't work
http://thefederalist.com/2014/08/25/if-you-want-to-stop-isis-here-is-what-it-will-take/

""Killing the IS requires neither more nor less than waging war—not as the former administration waged its "war on terror," nor by the current administration's pinpricks, nor according to the too-clever-by-half stratagems taught in today's politically correct military war colleges, but rather by war in the dictionary meaning of the word. To make war is to kill the spirit as well as the body of the enemy, so terribly as to make sure that it will not rise again, and that nobody will want to imitate it.

That requires first isolating the Islamic State politically and physically to deprive all within it of the capacity to make war, and even to eat. Then it requires killing all who bear arms and all who are near them.""

We don't need nation building, we need nation destroying.  We can't be the good guys in white hats, and get this done. We need to be the berserkers with black hats no one wants to piss off. War is hell, and it needs to be to make war less popular.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

gumball immigration

gumball immigration

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=T4X6U8TdA6i_8QHy2ICoBw&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DLPjzfGChGlE&cd=1&ved=0CCIQyCkwAA&usg=AFQjCNHpitMGAQq_besZs-87vQRbVLQ72Q&sig2=akwf4JHSBZ8Qxk1V7KLUxw

This disturbs progressives. why is that? If the numbers are wrong, challenge them. The presenter  has made some assumptions about why progressives want more immigration. Are they wrong?

Critiques:
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/01/immigration-debate-in-perspective.html

http://openborders.info/blog/roy-beck-unwittingly-makes-the-case-for-open-borders/

http://www.snotr.com/video/6720/Immigration__world_poverty_and_gumballs

asseretions
1. our taking in millions of immigrants, will not significantly reduce world poverty, and may increase it.
2. our taking in more immigrants than we can assimilate will harm our economy.
3. no matter how many we take population growth will be orders of magnitude greater.
4. must help the people where they live.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Soul Mate from the recent Past

A Soul Mate from the recent Past

""A German-born Jew who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and who, at the peak of his career—from 1949 to 1967—served as a professor in the University of Chicago political science department, Strauss was the author of more than a dozen books and some 150 articles and reviews about political philosophy. He examined the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns on the importance of religion, the moral and scientific premises of the social sciences, the impact of persecution on the manner in which great works of political philosophy were composed and, not least, the centrality to politics and justice of education. He was a brilliant and beloved teacher.""

Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/16/leo_strauss_political_philosophy_reviled_but_redeemed_123642.html#ixzz3AewfAf3k 

""Strauss also provided powerful support for constitutional democracy through his unorthodox, spirited, and multi-layered readings of Greek political philosophy. The classics, he showed, furnished weighty arguments for limited government, representation of the people's interests in a regime that constrained popular will, and the indispensable role of education in the formation of responsible citizens.

The liberal education once built around the Great Books that Strauss championed and practiced also nourished the liberal spirit. It involved not the inculcation of a doctrine but the cultivation of an understanding of the material and moral preconditions of freedom, and of the political moderation that secures them. Indeed, study of the invigorating debate among the best minds across the centuries about what justice requires and what nobility demands itself provides a powerful lesson of moderation.""

It is always comforting to find support for your ideas. It is always cheering to discover arguments that discomfort our supposed moral superiors.

Leo Strauss' Political Philosophy: Reviled But Redeemed