The NFL Pro Bowl Proves Capitalism is the Best

I love football. Love it. While most people mark the time of year by Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, the only two seasons I recognize are football season and offseason. I got married right before football season started this year, and my wife quickly realized I had unbreakable plans every Thursday night, Monday night, and all day Sunday. I even watched the preseason games when most of the players on the field wouldn’t even make the team.

Today is the NFL Pro Bowl, where the very best players in the world get together to play each other in one game. But I won’t be watching.

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The Primary Motivation of the Far-Left is not Compassion, it is Jealousy

Matt Yglesias, co-founder of vox.com, often has some really dumb ideas. But he is occasionally useful. Unlike other far-leftists, he’s sometimes willing to say the quiet part out loud.

While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was making headlines proposing a 70% top tax rate to pay for her economy killing Green New Deal, Yglesias got into the mix by advocating a 90% tax rate. What makes him so useful is that he included his real motivation.

Responding to criticism of excessive tax rates, Yglesias admitted a 90% tax bracket would not increase revenue for the government, and might even result is less money flowing into the treasury. But that’s OK, because as Yglesias helpfully spells out, the real point of high taxes is not to raise funding but to reduce the number of rich people by punishing the successful.

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This is important. He’s not saying high taxes will help the poor in some way; the only benefit is to bring down the wealthy. We would have a poorer country overall, but at least there wouldn’t be so many rich people out there succeeding.

The far-left often couch their ideas in terms of compassion. They don’t hate the rich, they just love the poor. They don’t want to punish success, they just want to help others succeed. I am sure some believe this and are just economically illiterate. Yglesias confirms what many think but won’t say: they do hate the rich and they do want to punish success, even if it hurts those they claim to love. Leftist economics is not about compassion, it’s about jealousy and resentment.

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How to Survive Thanksgiving with your Left-Wing Niece

As Thanksgiving approaches each year, the internet fills up with articles and videos advising people how to survive their family gathering with the ubiquitous crazy right-wing uncle.

You can find “How to survive your family’s Thanksgiving arguments,” “What to do about your racist AF uncle at Thanksgiving,” “7 ways to talk to your racist uncle at Thanksgiving,” and “This Thanksgiving: fight the racist uncle.”

There is an “angry uncle bot” you can train against, and if you get desperate, there is even a hotline you can text to get arguments to use against that crazy right-wing relative.

But all of this leaves an underserved market for conservatives looking to survive Thanksgiving with their left-wing niece. I am here to fill that void.

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Let’s Get Rid Of This Whole Democracy Thing

Democracy is messy and doesn’t always get the right results. Sometimes the president uses and abuses his power to harm those he should protect. Sometimes Congress fails to pass an important piece of legislation, or worse, passes a bad law. Sometimes the executive agencies enforce laws in a way we don’t like.

Enough.

It’s time we give up on democracy. Sure, we can keep Congress, the Constitution, and all that hullabaloo around for old times sake, but we need a supreme governing body that will do the right thing without having to worry about what the American people want.

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Who Gives More to Charity – Liberals or Conservatives?

We all know the standard tropes by now: liberals are compassionate and empathetic. Liberals care about people and their well-being. What’s more, they believe everyone deserves a helping hand and a base level of comfort.

Conservatives, on the other hand, are defined by social Darwinism. People should fend for themselves and if they can’t hack it, too bad so sad. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps or don’t, we don’t care.

At least, that’s the impression you get from watching movies and TV, or spending any time on a college campus.

And yet, study after study routinely shows that conservatives give more to charity than liberals. Why is that?

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Honor the Fallen – 2018

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday grew out of a Civil War veterans organization’s commitment to honor their fallen comrades. Initially called “Decoration Day,” Union veterans picked May 30 to place flowers on the graves of soldiers in a somber ceremony. This continued for over a century until Congress declared Memorial Day an official holiday to take place on the last Monday of May.

Like many holidays, Memorial Day has lost some of its meaning to the general public. It is widely regarded as the unofficial start to summer, with greetings such as “happy Memorial Day” that are a bit incongruous with the solemnity of the occasion. This, in turn, has led to some dedicated people (often veterans) who scold those who forget the seriousness of the day.

I propose a middle ground. Enjoy your day off. Have friends over for a BBQ. Spend some time outside in the nice weather and look forward to the summer. But at some point during your long weekend, take a moment to remember the 33 Americans who, since the last Memorial Day, have sacrificed their lives for our way of life.

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Why You are better off than the Richest Man in Human History

According to Business Insider, the richest man of all time was John D. Rockefeller. Adjusted for inflation, he had a net-worth of over $300 billion. If he traveled to some lifeless rock in the Pacific Ocean and declared sovereignty today, he would replace oil rich Venezuela as the 37th richest country in the world, with even some European countries and Middle Eastern oil emirates falling behind this one man. He grew his wealth by buying oil companies left and right until he eventually owned 90% of all the oil in America.

And yet the richest man in the history of the world could not buy a microwave oven. For $60 I can go on my Amazon app and have a microwave delivered to my door, something Rockefeller could not do with his $300 billion.

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