Friday, May 29, 2009

Liberalism Is Deadly...

Sometimes I just stumble across gems that have such clarity I must share on this blog.

This one is from Dambisa Moyo a Zambian economist, educated at Harvard and Oxford and a former employee of The World Bank and Goldman Sachs. In her book titled “Dead Aid" - Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, she makes a great point on why all liberal programs fail.

However, there are many, many other reasons why giving or sending billion dollar packages in the form of US dollars, for example, into small economies is very harmful. For example, you can see why having that kind of money flying into a country makes the government less inclined to raise money through other sources of capital because they have this steady flow of permanent income, what they perceive as permanent income coming in.

The government develops what I call a ‘Lazy muscle’ and this breeds dependency which means that governments are not focused on actually building up other sources of capital such as the private sector which is important for growth. In particular it’s no surprise that things like education, health care, infrastructure, and even security are now being provided to Africa from outsiders and that leaves a situation where African governments have a questionable role – what is the role for African governments when they are not responsible for those things.

This works on the individual level as well. Imagine you are a farmer in Africa who borrows money for seed, works the land to raise a crop and sell, only to see pallets of "free" food dumped in your country. What incentive is there to work hard or "pull yourself up" is there in these conditions?

Now consider America's never ending "war on poverty". We've spent trillions trying to "help the poor" and we have generations of families no better off than before the war started. Government agencies will pay for housing, education, food, health care and now even mobile phones!

Why would I want to lift a finger to get myself a job when it is more advantageous to stay home and breed? The liberals don't care because as long as they have you stuck on their "liberal plantation" they assure themselves an angry voter who will keep electing liberals promising even more handouts.

Without any incentive to create, learn or grow, the inner cities simply deteriorate into third world slums with more and more dependent people waiting on their government check. What a waste of human potential.

But if you offer an incentive like vouchers that allow students to flee corrupt and failing public schools, and encourage business, churches and individuals to take on the task for educating future leaders, suddenly you have improved the lives of millions of children, parents and all of society. We might finally break the cycle of failure and dependence that has plagued this country since liberals first came to power.

If we raise the expectations that independence is both noble and expected, you might see more people finding jobs, creating jobs and seeking their own way out of poverty.

But as long as you keep handing out everything, you will kill any desire to be independent and condemn another generation to the liberal plantation.

Relatives Say The Darndest Things...

In an interview with Spiegel, a German magazine, Obama's Uncle, the one that supposedly liberated Auschwitz, had some interesting things to say about politics in the age of Obama. You can see the article here: Obama's Uncle: He's Using Buchenwald for Political Purpose.

Here is part of a final quote at the end of the story:

“I am puzzled by intelligent people who stand by and allow their country to be taken over and run by extreme radical types,” Payne said.

Strangely, I agree with his wonder. It is amazing a country with the freedom and educational opportunities we have, would fall victim to radical socialists.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Excellent Article...

Liberals throughout the world want to blame the existence of Israel for all the Muslim terrorism in the world. But the attacks and persecution of Jews in Muslim countries has been happening since islam was first conjured up.

This is an excellent summary of the various pogroms that targeted Jews in muslim lands dating back long before there was even a possibility of a Jewish state. I encourage you to read it. You can learn much about the present from the past...

Here is a short excerpt, and then the link.

Close to a million Jews lived in Arab countries at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel. Just a few live there today. Most left because they suffered from pogroms and the threat to their lives. It was a crueler expulsion than the one suffered by the Arabs of Palestine, who paid the price for the declarations of war and annihilation made by their leaders. Even the Jewish property that was confiscated or abandoned as a result of the expulsion is more valuable than the Arab property that remained in Israel.

Various investigators have tried to estimate the value of the confiscated Jewish property following the forced departure of the Jews from Arab countries, compared with the Arab property left in Israel following the forced departure of the Arabs. Economist Sidney Zabludoff, an international expert in the field, estimates that the value of the Arab property is $3.9 billion, compared with the value of the Jewish property which is $6 billion (at 2007 values).
The Jewish Nakba: Expulsions, Massacres and Forced Conversions by Ben-Dror Yemini

Pray for the peace of Israel!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

History Repeats...

This will be a short blog. I have linked to an article written in 1993 by Benjamin Netanyahu, the current President of Israel. It is an excerpt from a book written about Czechoslovakia's betrayal by the western powers to Germany just before World War 2. The parallels are amazing.

Here is a short excerpt:

Like Czechoslovakia, Israel is a small democracy with a powerful army much aided by defensive terrain. Like the Sudeten district, the West Bank is mountainous territory, a formidable military barrier that guards the slender and densely populated Israeli shoreline and Israel's capital city.

Like the Germans, the Arabs understand that as long as Israel controls these mountains, it will not be overrun. They understand too that a military campaign to seize these mountains is at present unthinkable, and that Israel's removal from them can be achieved only by the application of irresistible political pressure by the West on Israel to withdraw.

The Arab regimes have therefore embarked on a campaign to persuade the West that these Arab inhabitants of these mountains (like the Sudeten Germans, comprising roughly a third of the total population) are a separate people that deserve the right of self-determination - and that unless such self-determination is granted, the Arab states will have no choice but to resort to war to secure it.

As in the case of Czechoslovakia, Israel's insistence on not parting with territories strategically vital for its defenses is presented as the obstacle to peace.

Echoing Munich, the Arabs repeatedly advocate "active" American (and European) involvement, in the hope that an American Chamberlain can be found to force "the intransigent party" to capitulate where it is otherwise unwilling to compromise its own security. (my emphasis)
Lessons from the Sudetenland

The muslims have found that American in our current President. His bumbling foreign policy missteps, and unwillingness to confront evil in the world, puts our best friend and ally in the Middle East in a very dangerous position.

I encourage you to take a look and think about what the West wants in the Middle East and what the ramifications for these actions would be for Israel's ability to defend itself.

And of course, always pray for the peace of Israel.