Category: Rants

Email Scams


Of course there is a Nigerian prince who needs your help. Duh!

Qui Bono? Who Benefits?


Can you make good rules and fail to define crucial terms?  Unlikely but most regulation follows that style. The Income Tax Act in Canada is essentially Subsection 1 of section 2.  Everything else is rules, exceptions and special cases. An income tax shall be… Continue Reading “Qui Bono? Who Benefits?”

Housing and Social Justice


According to the local newspaper, a recent all candidates debate unanimously held that housing is a right.  I looked up the definition and found that there are many for this word.  I selected the 19th at dictionary.com as being the relevant one for this… Continue Reading “Housing and Social Justice”

Why Must Socialism Fail?


Some think the question “Why must socialism fail?” is hypothetical.  I suppose it is in some places.  Greece is no longer among them.  Greece is clear evidence that nature sides with the hidden flaw. Greece can expect a very difficult time.  It will be… Continue Reading “Why Must Socialism Fail?”

The Roots of Violence


Perhaps someone could send this to officials in Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, and St Louis.  Somehow it addresses important issues they presently overlooked. The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality,… Continue Reading “The Roots of Violence”

What Exactly Is A Government Liability?


You might think it is a bond or something similar.  There are others. There is a recent case in Illinois wherein the State Supreme Court decided unanimously that the government could not change the terms of employee pensions.  They had tried to do so… Continue Reading “What Exactly Is A Government Liability?”

Only Some Laws Add Value


Sometimes there are easily discovered facts that lead one to question the common orthodoxy. For example. The Russian intelligence agency estimated that in late 2014, there were 70,000 to 100,000 ISIS fighters in the Middle East.  The American estimate was 31,500. The Chicago Crime… Continue Reading “Only Some Laws Add Value”

Taxes, Politics, and Governance


Does income splitting make sense?  Maybe, but not for everyone, and not always. In Canada, the government is talking about a form of income splitting for families with a child under 18.  The maximum benefit is $2,000 per year.  The left is up in… Continue Reading “Taxes, Politics, and Governance”

The Value Of Income Redistribution Is Theoretical


I happened to catch a television show “Justice with Professor Michael Sandel” on iChannel.  It dealt with social justice and the work of American moral philosopher John Rawls.  Good show, but it troubles me. Rawls proposed that society is organized in ways that benefit… Continue Reading “The Value Of Income Redistribution Is Theoretical”

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan


The Ontario government is asking for comment on their proposed government pension plan.  If you paid any attention to the last election, you may recall it was one of the promises.  Unfortunately, they do not intend to break this one. All government activity has… Continue Reading “The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan”

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