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The Lesser of Two Evils, or What to do on Election Day

My Republican friends tell me that they don’t like Trump but they will vote for him because, as bad as he is, he is better than Hillary. My Democratic friends tell me they don’t like Hillary but they will vote for her because, as bad as she is, she is better than Trump.

That is what is called a dilemma, wherein you have a choice between two unattractive options. Actually, it is more like a Morton’s Fork where there is a choice between two equally unattractive options that lead to the same unpleasant conclusion.

To say that this election cycle has been a disaster is to state the obvious. It would be great entertainment if it were a different country. But it isn’t. Shame on us for letting it happen.

Our politicians promise us many things. If they could solve our problems by those promises they would already have done so and we would be living in their promised Utopia. After all, they’ve had 80 years to do so. Their tool kit hasn’t changed much over the years, yet we still vote them in. We must challenge the intellectual status quo or resign ourselves to creeping stagnation and social disunity.

In past months I have detailed the failings of Hillary and Donald’s policies. Both candidates threaten our economic well-being and individual freedom as well as our security. Here are my concluding thoughts. (more…)

Eating Our Young

Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me.
Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Our presidential candidates promise things they can’t possibly deliver. They propose programs that cannot be funded without massive deficit spending. They talk as if cost doesn’t matter. Their funding projections are wildly optimistic if not fanciful and impossible to achieve.

When I discuss the national debt with people I usually get a ho-hum—especially with anyone under 50. They think it doesn’t really matter, that it doesn’t affect them. They are in for a shock. (more…)