If anyone ever tries to tell you abortion is really about “choice” remember to just follow the money-trail. Choice is but a ruse and the abortion profiteers have found many who have unwittingly become complicit in their schemes. Only those who who stand to gain much, like Planned Parenthood, would offer discounts on Black Friday!
Apparently the “anti-choice” crowd (pejorative duly noted) had the audacity to speak out against such a practice. This caused the “pro-infanticide” rabble (pejorative returned in kind) to hysterically denounce those who have the audacity to try and save lives. Only the blackest souls wouldn’t be saddened by this.
Here is another example of something that sounds good on paper but in reality has the opposite effect. From the UK:
In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs.
This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election….
It is believed that rich Britons moved abroad or took steps to avoid paying the new levy by reducing their taxable incomes.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, announced in the Budget earlier this year that the 50p top rate will be reduced to 45p from next April.
Money is agnostic. It will always flow to where it can be used the most efficiently. The US wants to raise taxes on monies earned over 250k, which in reality will be enough to fund the US gov’t for a mere 8 days; on paper. The reality that is borne out over and over again is that this money will go elsewhere and this tax increase will result in lower revenues, much like what has happened in the UK. Cutting entitlements and spending must be the course. It isn’t a revenue problem; it’s a spending problem. Taxing the rich is a symbolic gesture and it will be to the gov’ts detriment.
The movie Act of Valor is a good action film with decent acting; considering the main Navy Seal characters are played by actual Navy Seals. I will not spoil any of the movie but there is a scene at the end where a letter is read to an unborn child. The letter quotes the following words from a native American, Chief Tecumseh:
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Now, if valour, virtue, honour, character, and integrity were the chief pursuits of mankind, what a different world this would be. How will you view your life when you come to die?
Western society is doomed. It’s long slow decline has in recent years picked up speed and has become most evident during the financial crisis that started in late 2008. Many socialists have laid the blame at the feet of “evil capitalism,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Capitalism is not the culprit, consumerism is; the need to have more, to want more, to need more.
What has this consumerism wrought? A nation of narcissists! We have become obsessed with personal happiness and have bought into the notion that happiness is in things we can buy. The search for more has created a people bent on acquisition without a thought to the amount of debt that is overwhelming them or the personal cost that comes from it. ‘Hey, if the government can do it why can’t I?’ We’ve all been shaped in some form or another by a big brother.
We have become a people that cannot delay the gratification we desire; desires that have us spending and behaving irrationally. We are narcissists through and through; but what do we care?!
An interesting paper was published recently that outlines what appears to be a long trend tracking alongside many female advancements: a decline in overall female happiness. The whole paper can be read here but I will extract the salient point:
By most objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved dramatically over the past 35 years. Moreover, women believe that their lives are better; in recent polls asking about changes in the status of women over the past 25 or 50 years, around four in five adults state that the overall status of women in the U.S. has gotten better (and the remaining respondents break two-for-one towards “stayed the same” over “worse”). Additionally, the 1999 Virginia Slims Poll found that 72% of women believe that “women having more choices in society today gives women more opportunities to be happy” while only 39% thought that having more choices “makes life more complicated for women.” Finally, women today are more likely than men to believe that their opportunities to succeed exceed those of their parents.
Yet trends in self-reported subjective well-being indicate that women are less happy today than they were in the 1970s. This finding of a decline in women’s well-being, both absolutely and relatively to that of men, raises questions about whether modern social constructs have made women worse off, or alternatively about the interpretability of subjective well-being data analyzed over long-time periods. In 1974, Richard Easterlin pointed to a related puzzle—as countries got wealthier there was little evidence that their populations got happier, despite the existence of a robust relationship between income and well-being in both individual data and across countries.
The panacea that Feminism promised, while being socially rewarding for some, has not manifested itself in an increase in female happiness, but rather, a decline. Men and women are different, despite what the social engineers that tell us otherwise. Men and women have complementary roles and dispositions yet the egalitarians will continue to experiment with the lives of women until their relative happiness pales in comparison to what it once was. It has almost become axiomatic that if an academic posits great improvements through radical changes, they have generally been proven wrong over time. Let this decline in female happiness serve as Exhibit A.