Surely I Should Have Been in the Top 50

Lots happening, little time to post. But there’s this: I made #91 on the Hall of Wackos. (Should be higher, in my humble opinion.)

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To which a friend added this comment, though I don’t know if the guy will allow it:

“Only 91#? I know Trey, and believe me, he belongs in the top 5. With
every person he meets for the first time, he puts a handgun and an
American flag in front of them. If you reach for the gun, he shoots
you with his own gun. If you reach for the flag, he stabs your hand
with a fork. Apparently, the correct answer is to pull out your own
gun and your own flag. He married the woman who also had a pocket copy
of the Constitution. Also, that photo is outdated. He has warpaint
permanently tattooed across his face. And he no longer wears clothes.”

From Capitalism: You’re Welcome, America

19_3-jwIn 50 years America’s food, wine and beer selection has gone from Wonder Bread and Bud Light to the single best developed nation.

If you’re reading this over a gourmet lunch item and craft beer, hug a capitalist — because that’s why.

Angry Racist Mob on Sept. 12 Actually Just 300-500K Concerned About Government Spending

Christmas Is Coming Up


Bookmark this stocking stuffer. Because everyone should have one.

John Stossel Moving On Up

john-holmesThe best broadcast journalist, the best ‘stache.

Rock on, John.

Full story here.

UPDATE: Via PeterK, this from the ‘stache man himself:

It’s time for a change.

In one month, I leave ABC News.

In October, I will join the folks at Fox.

I plan to do a one hour prime time show every week on FBN, the Fox Business Channel, and contribute to various existing programs on Fox News Channel.

I’m grateful to ABC News for allowing me to do stories that challenged conventional wisdom, and occasionally enraged many of its viewers. But it’s said that everyone should change jobs every 7 years.   I’ve been at ABC for 28 years …

In my new job, I want to dig into the meaning of the words “liberty” and “limited government”.  ABC enabled me to do some of that, but Fox offers me more airtime and a new challenge.

I’m still considering what I will do with my own show, one hour each week.   Economics certainly.  Exercises in understanding libertarianism.  My “take” on the issues of the day.   Kind of like this blog.  In fact, maybe we’ll call it, Stossel’s Take?

I ask you for your ideas.  A studio audience?  Should I wander around Congress?

To be continued…

So Instead of Turning Healthcare into Public Housing…

…Or nationalize it, or national socialize it — whatever the plan is, what are some better ideas?

A few facts first: Most people aren’t that unhappy with their insurance. American healthcare is better than anywhere else. No one in America goes without medical care. Healthcare is not an infinite resource. And most importantly, most health problems Americans suffer — the vast majority of all costs –are the result of lazy, indulgent, and stupid lifestyle choices.

Sure, there are some problems that need fixing but nothing that justifies destroying the health industry by turning your doctor’s office into the post office. So what are some alternatives?

Whole Foods CEO John McKay offered eight perfect starting points.

Virginia Postrel wrote about what’s wrong our system in the Atlantic.

And now John Jay Myers, former candidate for Dallas City Council, offers his thoughts, in response to a Facebook meme last week. Take it away, John:


By John Jay Myers

With the health care debate on everyone’s mind, this quote has been floating around some of my friends on the social networks:

“No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.”

To that I say “of course”.

The question is, by what means do you want to establish affordable healthcare? Do you want to use the magical fairy dust method, which somehow brings about great service and better care, covers more people, and doesn’t cost a dime? Or, do you want to endorse the only method of reducing costs that has ever worked in the real world, the free market?

Some will say, “wait a minute, isn’t it the free market and the greed of corporations that caused ridiculously high prices in the first place?” No, it is not. There is no free market in health care right now, so the free market cannot be the cause of the high prices. Here’s an example to illustrate the point.

Let’s talk about a simple commodity: food, specifically fast food. Right now as consumers we have nearly limitless choices of places to go, and a broad variety of menu options at each restaurant. If prices at one place get too high, we go across the street. If the deluxe meal is too pricy, we forego the fries and drink, or choose from the dollar menu instead. Fast food is therefore inexpensive because of a relatively free market.

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Craig Newmark of Craigslist for President?

plm-bottom-upA friend and fellow traveler hillbilly points us to this interview with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, one who deserves the Capitalist Superhero tag.

Per that dirty-fingered nerf-herder’s post:

The latest issue of Wired has a great piece on the success of craigslist, and it’s supposed deficiencies, despite being the leading job search site, and the leading real estate site, among others. The author can’t seem to fathom such a free wheeling attitude, as Craig Newmark takes a largely hands off approach to regulating his invention. The belief that “people are generally good” seems to rub supposed enlightened souls the wrong way.

I can’t add much Vines&Cattle didn’t, but I love this part from Newmark. It’s something most control freaks and authoritarians of both stripes just can’t get their head around, but it’s the basis of why libertarianism isn’t some pipe dream, why free markets are self-organizing, and why centralization and regulation destroys innovation:

“People are good and trustworthy and generally just concerned with getting through the day,” Newmark says. If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. Any additional features are almost certainly superfluous and could even be damaging.

Whole Foods Boycott: EPIC FAIL

sneetchRod Dreher talks the why.

The beautifully merciless stock market shows the what.

Trendy hipster boycott FAIL.

Whole Foods CEO: Health Care is Not a Right

obama-card-smSuck it, hippies and nationalized healthcare nerds.

I’m about to make Whole Foods my exclusive grocery store even though I can’t stand organic foods.

Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America

Hells yeah, John. Whole greatness (see how I did that?) here.


…the only reliable technique humanity has ever discovered for lowering the costs of products or services over time is market competition. That will be true for health care too.

UPDATE: Best comment of the day is from Lakewooder:

This guy’s got a lot of nerve expressing his opinion. What does he know about providing health care benefits to large numbers of people? [oh, I need a do-over]

UPDATE 2: Other best comment of the day from PeterK

but they key is that the politicians and the press are pushing for reforming what 80% of the public is satisfied with to provide coverage for less than 15% of the country. sorry we don’t need to be rushing headlong into overturning an entire industry

Quote of the Week: Matt Welch

The more you cede your own well-being to an 800-pound gorilla, the more that 800-pound gorilla is going to act like a thin-skinned asshole.

Context here, but it pretty much is a universal axiom.