Archive for December, 2010

Hide the decline

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

In modern public relations, half the battle is won if you can get the public — and the media — to embrace your choice of wording. Few want to be dubbed “pro-abortion”; it’s much preferable to champion the cause of “choice.” “Gay rights” and “pro-family” are both nice-sounding euphemisms, designed to allow activists and politicians […]

The only ‘reform’ is separation of school and state

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

We keep getting letters explaining that of course the government schools can’t be expected to turn out as good a product as the private schools — even private schools that spend less per student per year — since the private schools get to pick and choose their students, while the government youth propaganda camps have […]

8,500 layoffs projected in local insurance industry; thank Obamacare

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Surely ObamaCare is the modern Pandora’s box. Did you realize it actually carries provisions that will more energetically tax, track and regulate your ability to buy gold coins worth $600 or more? (http://miniurl.com/73393.) What does that have to do with “health care” — unless we’re talking about “the health of the IRS”? Yes, on Monday […]

The vanishing greenback

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Let us turn to the mailbag: “No, our money is just fine, Vin,” writes in one correspondent, answering my column of Nov. 21. “In spite of what the gold bugs would have you believe; the value of the dollar is still, historically and relatively speaking, at the place it was a century ago.” It’s hard […]

Choosing ‘profusion and servitude’ over ‘economy and liberty’

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

The House of Representatives on Dec. 8 honored lame-duck, one-term Nevada Congresswoman and permanent, lifetime UNLV politics professor (gubbimint jobs are like that) Dina Titus by enacting on a voice vote her bill to provide federal funding to schools and food banks to supply weekend meals to “low-income” children. Previously budgeted at $10 million per […]

Barcelona, Dublin, and Las Vegas — economic hellholes?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

There’s a back-handed compliment buried in there. If you’re a “think tank” dumping yet another new study on a jaded press and public, ranking cities from “best” to “worst” on some topic or other (and thus not-so-secretly lobbying for more government spending on your pet projects), there’s one sure way to make headlines. Highlight the […]

If it wasn’t the Republican ‘ground game’ … who screwed up?

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

The common wisdom seems to be that four-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Harry Reid snatched a fifth term from Republican challenger Sharron Angle last month thanks to a better “ground game” that turned out a higher percentage of Democratic voters than the comparatively amateur Angle operation in Clark County (Las Vegas.) But did he? The Reid […]