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Hope Via Oil, Gas and Coal

Hope Via Oil, Gas and Coal

In spite of the best efforts of this Administration, America is on the verge of an energy revolution with consumer costs plummeting due to secure North American sources of oil and natural gas. Innovative technologies for unleashing huge oil shale deposits in North Dakota and neighboring Canada combined with natural gas discoveries primarily located in the northeastern United States will be the building blocks for a second American century.

Why the Economy is Stifled

Why the Economy is Stifled

Why is the economy still stalled? As Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus put it (and I agree with him), the business community is in an extended holding pattern until we see whether we’ll have four more years of this anti-business Marxist in the White House.

Rep. Noem: Child Labor Changes May Undermine Family Farms

Rep. Noem: Child Labor Changes May Undermine Family Farms

Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) sent a letter to President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor flagging a proposed change to regulations impacting children who work on family farms across the United States. Specifically, Noem is concerned with the changes to the definition of a family farm within this new regulation and further restrictions for hiring youth. The proposed rule could seriously undermine traditional family agriculture if the exemption for family farms does not include those partly owned by close relatives.

John Quinn on the American Economy

John Quinn on the American Economy

John Quinn was one of the featured speakers at the Dec. 10 meeting of the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. Quinn spoke about the American economy, what makes it great, and what holds it back. He also spoke about economic theory and how the political state of affairs affects the strength of our economy. This is the complete video of his presentation.

Economic Lessons from “Farmville”

Economic Lessons from

Zynga was already the leading Facebook platform developer when it launched Farmville in June 2009. The idea was not original, but Zynga implemented it better and advertised it more than other companies. A year later Farmville had 80 million users, with most people coming back every day and representing about 10% of the Facebook population. If we celebrated our efforts at financial responsibility as much as we do Farmville, the savings rate in this country would rise significantly.

South Dakota #1 Most Business Friendly State

South Dakota #1 Most Business Friendly State

Recent national rankings released by three different organizations prove that South Dakota has one of the best business environments and among the strongest economic policies in the nation. For the seventh year in a row, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council named South Dakota as the No. 1 state in the nation for friendliness toward small businesses.

Critical Differences Between Left and Right

Critical Differences Between Left and Right

Socialists on the Left would have us believe that their “progressive” (an Orwellian term designed to obfuscate the fact that they are liberal–modern liberal, not classic liberal) ideas can work in the real world. However, it only takes a cursory examination in the real world to realize these fantasies won’t withstand contact with reality. This video provides some insight into how and why these principles contrast, as well as how they work…or, in the case of liberalism, don’t work.

Millionaires: You Can Spend Your Money Better Than Govt Can

Millionaires: You Can Spend Your Money Better Than Govt Can

After visiting the website of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, the group demanding higher taxes on wealthy Americans like themselves, one may lament the defiant, don’t-tread-on-me spirit that once defined our national character. They believe that there is no problem that can’t be solved by giving more money to the federal government. Yet any millionaire could easily make better, more productive use of their money than the government ever will.

Organized Anarchy Leads to One Last Question

Organized Anarchy Leads to One Last Question

Symbiosis is the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms as in parasitism. What we are witnessing today is symbiosis on steroids wherein the parasite isn’t merely along for the ride but instead demands the driver’s seat. America has taken such a bizarre turn that oxymorons are the only things that make sense any more.

Seven Reasons I Lean Libertarian

Seven Reasons I Lean Libertarian

Last week I listed the first three reasons why I lean libertarian. First, centralized power in government corrupts. Less government power means less government corruption by special interests. Second, controlling another person’s life through force is inherently wrong. Third, government-supplied security is an illusion. By its nature, government cannot function in that role.

We don’t want to end up like Italy

We don't want to end up like Italy

The Wall Street Journal calls the economic implosion now taking place in Europe “a crisis of the welfare state.” For America, this is a time for decision and definition. Not a time for splitting the baby. Are we going to continue in the direction of materialism and bureaucracy and share the fate of Europe? Or will we make the tough decisions to get back on the path of prosperity, the path of faith and individual freedom?

Perverting the American Dream

Perverting the American Dream

America is a forgiving nation. America has always rejected the notion of debtor’s prisons, and our bankruptcy laws reflect that spirit of giving someone multiple chances to get it right. However, it is perverse for politicians to try to use the money of those who pay their bills to fund the mortgages of those who they fear might not.

Occupy Movement Has a Covetousness Problem

Occupy Movement Has a Covetousness Problem

Frank Turek has written a column that every American–pro-American Tea Party patriot, Marxist occupationist, and in between–should read. These graphs point out the great strides in affluence much of the world has made since 1800, especially in the West. This informational also points out that even the “poor” in America have it better than the vast majority of the world. So what is the real problem? Is it capitalism? Is it Wall Street? Is it “Jew bankers?” No, it is sin. The sins of envy and covetousness being chief among them in this instance.

Liberalism, Not Earthquake, May Break Up California

Liberalism, Not Earthquake, May Break Up California

In California, environmental regulations are the law of the land, public employee unions have the upper hand and elected official’s progressive agenda rules all. To remedy the state’s myriad problems there have been suggestions to break up the state, since not every person or community in California is on board with many of the decision made by its elected officials. This would allow more conservative parts of the state that want less government to break off on their own.

Discussing Political Culture With Thomas Sowell

Discussing Political Culture With Thomas Sowell

This is an excellent “Uncommon Knowledge” with Peter Robinson interview of economist Thomas Sowell. Sowell has a new book out called The Thomas Sowell Reader. Among the topics discussed are his life, economic differences in people groups, class warfare, Karl Marx and many others. It’s a lengthy interview, but you won’t be disappointed if you make the time.

Why I Lean Libertarian

Why I Lean Libertarian

If you are tired of the continual government corruption and the senseless rules and spending, most of which fail to avoid mishaps, you may want to rethink your political philosophy. This isn’t a choice between good government and bad government. Much of government by its very nature does more harm than good.

Rick Santorum is right on the issues

Rick Santorum is right on the issues

Santorum may be dragging the rear in the line-up of Republican presidential candidates, but I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called “social issues” remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda. I think it is a sign of our deeply troubled and lost society that so many don’t grasp the validity of Santorum’s claim that morality and economy cannot be separated.

Obama Makes Contempt for Christian Heritage Clear

Obama Makes Contempt for Christian Heritage Clear

Thanks, President Obama, for making it even more clear where you stand with your contempt for America’s Christian heritage. After the U.S. House of Representatives reaffirmed yesterday our national motto of “In God We Trust,” President Obama proceeded this morning to mock and minimize this act. Remember that Obama has on more than one occasion misled people about our national motto, as well as shown his disdain for our Christian heritage. What did Benjamin Franklin say about a people who think they no longer need God’s assistance?

Thinking Christianly About Economics

Thinking Christianly About Economics

Your immediate response may be, “What does Christianity have to do with economics?” In response, I would say: everything, if you think of economics as the system and means of production and exchange whereby people meet their own and each other’s essential needs. What qualifies Christianity to speak on economics? Simply put, to properly understand economics, you must begin with a proper understanding of man.

Every American should listen to Paul Ryan

Every American should listen to Paul Ryan

Last week, one of the Republican Party’s young stars, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., spoke at the Heritage Foundation about the values that made America great. Our economic machine is sputtering today as a result of departure from these values. Today’s task is to restore them and get America growing again, which will benefit everyone. Americans must recapture what made this the world’s greatest, most prosperous nation.

Milton Friedman on Why Capitalism is Best

Milton Friedman on Why Capitalism is Best

Take a fresh look at a years-old statement by the great Milton Friedman on why capitalism is the best and most fair economic (and political, for that matter) system ever devised by man. He cuts right through the idealistic, utopian nonsense that was SOP on the metrosexual Phil Donahue show to inject a healthy dose of the real world.

The Marxist Income Inequality Lie

The Marxist Income Inequality Lie

Richard Epstein of the New York University School of Law explained simple economics to the Leftists at PBS recently. Somebody will probably get fired for allowing this guy on the air at Propaganda Broadcasting System, but for now be thankful for the lesson. We would so ourselves one better to worry less about what another person has that we don’t, and worry more about how we can work harder to reap more of the rewards to be found in this wonderful land of opportunity known as America.

Rep. Paul Ryan Smacks Un-American Class Warfare

Rep. Paul Ryan Smacks Un-American Class Warfare

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at the Heritage Foundation today regarding the Left’s corrosive class envy rhetoric.The American way isn’t coveting what your neighbor has. The American way isn’t trying to leverage the authority and power of government to take things from one American to give them to another American who hasn’t earned them. The American way is freedom, opportunity, and living with the consequences of our own good or bad choices.

Learning Business Lessons in the Real World

Learning Business Lessons in the Real World

Recently ABC News highlighted the story of Leeton, Missouri, a town so small — a population less than 700 — and hard-hit by the lackluster economy that it lost its only grocery store. Seeing a need, local school teachers Bonnie Seymour and Marijayne Manley decided it would be a good idea to have their agricultural business and entrepreneurship students start their very own grocery store.

Price Controls Are Never Good Economics

Price Controls Are Never Good Economics

Starting October 1, price controls were set by law on debit card swipe fees. Such populist well-intentioned legislation reduces economic freedom and slows economic growth. This situation has nothing to do with capitalism and everything to do with socialism. It seeks a state-directed and regulated economy serving the supposedly greater good of the nation. Such national socialism with the state seeking to control the economy is correctly called fascism.