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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Is Maximum Leader Obama A Pathological Liar, Or Merely The Most Stupid Man On Earth?

At a press conference yesterday, Maximum Leader commented on the ObamaCare suit now before the Supreme Court. Below is an excerpt from that news conference:

Maximum Leader begins by reminding us yokels that there is not only an economic and a legal element to ObamaCare, but a "human" element as well. No shit Sherlock! Score 10 points in the stupid column.

Maximum Leader goes on to say that he hopes the Supreme Court won't take the "unprecedented" step of overturning a law that was passed by a democratically elected Congress. Are you kidding me? Maximum Leader, have you ever read a history book? My God! Let's make it easy for you. Does FDR ring a bell? 1936? The following is by Anna Sale from an article in It's A Free Country:
It was 1936, and it had been a difficult few years for President Franklin Roosevelt at the Supreme Court. Congress moved quickly to pass Roosevelt’s New Deal agenda, and the nine justices ruled swiftly to throw much of it out.

“No Supreme Court in history had ever struck down so many laws so quickly,” Jeff Shesol wrote in his 2010 book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. “Between 1933 and 1936, the Court overturned acts of Congress at ten times the traditional rate.”

The National Recovery Administration’s minimum wages and maximum hours for workers. The Agricultural Adjustment Act’s payments to farmers not to grow crops. The Guffey Coal Act’s price controls on coal. The Supreme Court struck them all down, signaling the clear limits they wanted to impose on the New Deal’s sweep.
Dah! Score 100 points in the stupid column. No! Scratch that. No one could be that stupid. Score 1000 points in the Pathological Liar column.

Maximum Leader then proceeds to describe "judicial activism" as "an unelected group of people...somehow" overturning "a duly constituted and passed law." What? Dear Maximum Leader! We're not all toothless meth heads out here in flyover country! That "group of unelected people" is called the Supreme Court! And what the hell do you mean by "somehow?" Geez, you call yourself "a constitutional law professor!" But you don't understand how the Supreme Court works? It's all in the damn Constitution! Article III, Section 1 and 2:
The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court...The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States...blah...blah...blah.
Get it? Oh, forget it! Add a million points to both columns!

Lastly, Maximum Leader says ObamaCare was passed by a "strong majority" of Congress. Even ZIP at Weasel Zippers knows better than that:
Note how he says Obamacare passed with a “strong majority,” which we all know is a crock of shit, they had to resort to reconciliation to ram it through Congress.
Score a trillion points in the pathological liar column!

So what's the final tally?

Do the math.


LD Jackson said...

It's astonishing, really. I can not recall any politician acting and speaking with such arrogance. President Obama is more than willing, to the point of being eager, to say and do whatever it takes to further his agenda.

Rewrite American history? No problem!
Rewrite the American Constitution? Again, no problem!

I am beginning to believe the man doesn't know how to tell the truth.

Sherman Broder said...

You probably said it best, Larry. He's furthering his own agenda.

I suppose we must consider a third option: that he is so steeped in his ideology that he sees the world in terms of it. In other words, his ideology defines the reality he sees.

This is not unique. I have friends that are so immersed in their ideology that they even see "facts" in a different light than you and I.

If what I suggest is true, then we really have a scary situation in the White House.