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Mitt Romney – the President who should have been [reprinted from Feb 12, 2013]

my political views in 2012

I am reprinting this article from February 2013 since the opposition to Romney as Secretary of State is quite absurd. He would have been a great president and saved us and much of the world a great deal of anguish that four extra years of Obama have caused. It is another example of Donald Trump’s good judgement that he has still not ruled Romney out. My overlap with Trump, interestingly, was 94%. And as you can see, I even noted Romney’s good sense on foreign policy. This is what I wrote then.
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As the survey result showed, I had a 91% overlap with the political views of Mitt Romney, and truth to tell, I have still not recovered from the American election and the disappearance of Romney from the public stage. As discussed in my Quadrant article on Lessons for the Australian election, he would have been the perfect president for our times.

Romney was far and away the best candidate available to the Republicans. In an environment of the politics of personal destruction, there was virtually no element of his life history that could be used against him. He was conservative to an exceptional degree. He was personally warm and humane. He had a professional background that made him almost ideal in trying to find a way through the fiscal mess previous administrations had created. He would have rid the USA of Obama’s impending health care disaster while being able to work with the states to make a system of health care universally available. And on foreign policy he would have supported our Western way of life against a rising tide of totalitarian regimes of various denominations. In each of these aspects he presented a fundamental difference from Obama.

Whether the pieces can be put together again after this loss is something I very much doubt but time does heal at least some of the wounds some of the time. But a tragic outcome all the same.

There will be no carbon tax under a government I pretend to lead

Via Andrew Bolt, sabotaging Josh Frydenberg. The story: Josh Frydenberg in the deep freeze as Coalition colleagues overheat. What does any of this have to do with Frydenberg since it is universally understood that Malcolm is a global warming loon. If this is true, then they are all as stupid as each other:

Josh Frydenberg’s ministerial colleagues are blaming him for derailing the government’s ­energy price campaign against Labor and embarrassing Malcolm Turnbull by contravening a cabinet decision to keep the climate policy review “low key”.

What does the word “low key” mean? Low key is only low key if no one pays any attention to what you said. If they think Frydenberg is the problem, then they are the problem. And to be specific, it is Malcolm who is the problem. Until he goes, the problems will continue, as voters drift off to find someone with a bit of common sense to vote for.

Treasury endorses Say’s Law

They don’t say it in words, but the reality is that Say’s Law is right and Keynesian economics is junk science. A stimulus takes an economy backwards, makes things worse. This is not about this program or that. This is about the very principle of trying to revive an economy from the demand side based on unproductive forms of public spending. They also don’t use the phrase Say’s Law, and may not even be aware that Say’s Law was specifically designed to explain that a public spending stimulus not only will not work, but will make things worse. So read this from the front page of The Oz today: Stimulus a waste, damaged industries.

A damning Treasury-commissioned independent review of the former Labor government’s unprecedented spending response to the global financial crisis has found it was a “misconceived” waste of money, fundamentally weakened Australia’s economy, almost destroyed parts of the manufacturing sector and ­inflicted more long-term harm than good.

The review is also scathing of government failure on both sides of politics to address the budget crisis triggered by the $100 billion fiscal stimulus project, which has saddled the nation with the ­fastest-growing public debt in the world. “There is no evidence fiscal stimulus benefited the economy over the medium term,” says the paper, to be released today.

It says the stimulus was “misconceived”, with an emphasis on transfer payments and “unproductive expenditure such as school halls and pink batts”.

And I do wish to emphasise that this is not a critique of how things were done, but that these things were done at all. You want to understand the theory, you can either go back to John Stuart Mill or Henry Clay or any of the pre-Keynesian classics. Or you can read my em>Free Market Economics< in which it is all set down in cold print.

Election fraud American style

The re-count in Michigan has been brought to an end, but that is not the real story. This is the real story: REVEALED: Michigan Recount Uncovers Serious Voter Fraud in Detroit- VOTES COUNTED UP TO 6 TIMES. None of this will be reported in any of the mainstream media. The details:

In Detroit, one of the chief ways they engage in voter fraud is to count the same ballot MULTIPLE times. This is just ONE way. They also do some shady stuff with absentee ballots etc.

Once they started the Michigan recount in earnest, and knowing he would be exposed, the Detroit City Clerk Daniel Baxter all of a sudden started claiming that the optical scanners which read the paper ballots did not work the day of the election. Baxter blamed the discrepancies on decade-old voting machines. That is his cover story. Nothing like this was mentioned until he realized their voting fraud scheme would be detected.

Baxter’s claim is that, when trying to push the ballots through the readers, the ballots would be stuck and they’d have to push them through again thus ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ resulting in a double count. He says the poll workers sometimes ‘FORGET’ to adjust the machine count and instead let the ballot count twice.

Want more:

In one Detroit Precinct, a recount team was given a box of ballots with an unbroken seal where everything appeared proper and in place. The tag on the box said there were 306 ballots. The book said 306, and the ticket said 306, so that means there should be 306 paper ballots on the box. When they pulled out the ballots, there were exactly FIFTY paper ballots in a locked sealed box that again was supposed to have 306. The official canvasser approved count for this precinct was 306. For FIFTY ballots.

It looks like Detroit counts each vote more than SIX TIMES! No wonder they get such high turnout rates!

Here’s another story dealing with the the vote counting fraud: Detroit Voter Fraud so Extensive Half of Initial Votes Ineligible for Recount…. And the details:

Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month.

Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662.

The level of fraud is staggering. Another swamp that will need draining over the next four years.

And away we go

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There is this thing called business confidence and the calibre of the government makes all the difference. He’s not even president yet but here we go. From Drudge:

 

A carbon tax and falling GDP! What does Malcolm ever get right?

First a carbon tax and now contracting GDP.

The nation’s worst economic performance since the global financial crisis threatens to upset the government’s budget planning and force a reluctant Reserve Bank to reconsider the case for further interest rate cuts.

The 0.5 per cent fall in GDP in the September quarter was much worse than either Treasury or the Reserve Bank was predicting and reflects both continuing falls in business investment and poor consumer spending.

Malcolm is our Obama, utterly incompetent in every way, the only person who could make Bill Shorten viable. He’s got to go.

It’s almost unimaginable

Canada is now run by people madder than the governments of South Australia and Tasmania combined. This is something we need to fear because the crazies are everywhere. This is a quite astonishing interview whose title doesn’t really pick just how insane what he is dealing with is: ‘We’re teaching university students lies’ – An interview with Dr Jordan Peterson. It’s not about lies as in untruths. It is about insanity where I cannot fathom where people are coming from. Bill C-16 is an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. Think of giving Jillian Triggs the right to put you in jail for not using the right pronouns. Read the whole lot, but here is something to get you started.

You’ve painted a pretty bleak picture for the future.

There are bleak things going on. To start with, Bill C-16 writes social constructionism into the fabric of the law. Social constructionism is the doctrine that all human roles are socially constructed. They’re detached from the underlying biology and from the underlying objective world. So Bill C-16 contains an assault on biology and an implicit assault on the idea of objective reality. It’s also blatant in the Ontario Human Rights Commission policies and the Ontario Human Rights Act. It says identity is nothing but subjective. So a person can be male one day and female the next, or male one hour and female the next.

How do you see the future of public discourse in this country if we don’t reverse course on things like C-16?

I have no idea. I think that we’re in a time of chaos and anything can happen in a time of chaos. I don’t know what will happen at the university in the next week. There is a debate on Saturday at 9:30 in the morning. It’ll be live-cast on my YouTube channel. I have no idea what the consequences of the debate will be, I have no idea whether I’ll be teaching in January. The university has told me that that every time I insist that I won’t use those [gender neutral] pronouns, the probability that I’ll be teaching in January decreases.

Do you believe that you or others could be imprisoned for refusing to comply with these laws?

There’s no doubt about that. The human rights tribunals have been given the right to hold people in contempt. Well, you’re going to be in contempt if you don’t pay the fine. My opponents say ‘you’re just scare-mongering. We don’t really have that much power.’ Then why change the criminal code? Why put the hate speech amendments in there? The final word in law is incarceration. There is no question about this. When I made the video on September 27th, and I said, ‘probably making this video itself is illegal’. Not only that, the university is as responsible as I am for making it, because that’s in the human rights code. The university read the damned policies and had their lawyers scour it, and concluded exactly what I concluded. That’s why they sent me two warning letters. They’re on the hook for everything their employees say, whether or not the consequences of what they say were intentional or unintentional, regardless of whether or not there was a complaint.

Does that include things that my employees say in their private time?

It includes everything they say. It doesn’t matter whether people complain or not. Even if no one complains, or even if the effect is unintentional. The other thing that’s built into this law and the surrounding policies – and this is also increasingly the case in sexual harassment tribunals on university campuses which the [Ontario Premier Kathleen] Wynne government is pushing like mad – they’ve changed two legal principles. It’s not ‘innocent before being proven guilty,’ it’s ‘preponderance of evidence,’ and it’s not intent, it’s outcome. Those transformations are so far reaching, it’s almost unimaginable.

But only almost. It makes me sick to read, yet no one at home ever mentions a thing. My take from this is not that we should see Malcolm as a blessing, but that we should not tolerate his stupidities because they will lead to even worse.