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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.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Good Grief!"

This morning I wasted a few minutes watching FBI Director James Comey testify under oath about why he felt Hillary Clinton should go scot-free after months of investigation by his agency. I felt slimed just by watching.

One of the Congressmen asked Comey why he gave Hillary a pass for failing to recognize top secret emails that she handled with extreme carelessness. Comey said it was because Clinton -- the most qualified person ever to run for President -- was basically computer illiterate.

The Associated Press quoted Comey as saying that his investigation "did not establish that Clinton was 'particularly sophisticated' with the use of electronic information."

Responding to Comey's ridiculous reply, Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis threw up his hands and sighed "Good grief!"

Then another Congressman asked Comey why he felt Clinton kept a private server in her basement to conduct government business. Comey answered that he believed Clinton did so "as a matter of convenience," an answer that matched Clinton's campaign rhetoric almost word-for-word.

Never mind that a May, 2016 report on Clinton's email practices published by the Office of the Inspector General clearly showed that Clinton refused to use a government Blackberry after being told that doing so would guarantee that all her emails would be preserved subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

When asked if he had determined that Clinton's testimony made under oath to Congress at the Benghazi hearings was perjured -- testimony which contradicts his own FBI investigation results, Comey said he had received no directive from Congress to make such a determination. 

"Good grief!" indeed.

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