Out: affirmative action. In: Equal rights

It won’t be long now.  The Asian discrimination case against Harvard should wind up with the Supremes, and if the Kavanaugh majority doesn’t use it to start the demolition of affirmative action, I’ll be shocked.  As, I believe, Chief Justice Roberts once remarked, “If you want to stop racial discrimination, stop discriminating by race.”

As John Hinderaker puts it at Powerline, “Elizabeth Warren’s Lies Are Good for America”.

Her preposterous claim to Indian ancestry unmasks the utter lunacy of affirmative action.  All humans are descended from one woman, who we call Eve.  She was a black African who lived 200,000 years ago.  So I can claim black African ancestry?

Why do Nigerian-Americans and Kenyan-Americans get affirmative action?  Their ancestors weren’t black American slaves.  In the case of the Nigerians, their ancestors may have sold their Gullah brethren into slavery, for transport to America.

What the hell is an Hispanic?  Is it Ted Cruz or Yasiel Puig?  Why do some people from the Iberian Peninsula, Spaniards, get a preference, but their neighbors, the Portuguese, don’t?

If I’m 1/32nd Hispanic, do I qualify?  Why shouldn’t a full blooded black Gullah get preference over a half breed, a quadroon, or an octoroon?

It’s all nuts, and does clear harm to its beneficiaries.

And there are a lot of poor white boys out there who deserve an even break.

We’re all Indians now

If Pochahontas (D, MA)can claim Indian blood, so can we all, and I’m glad of it.  We all have something in common, and something we can all be proud of.  We share the same blood, the blood of the Native Americans we took North America from.  We’re related, at least in that.  So let’s try a little brotherhood.  If that’s too much, we can at least treat each other as cousins, which a lot of us are.

I’m an 11th generation American, which means the first American Pettyjohn (James, born in Hungar’s Parish, Virginia in 1635) is responsible for 1/024th of my DNA.  My mother, grandmother, great grandmother and so on, all the women Pettyjohns married, are responsible for the rest.

James married a Heath, his son married a Long, and his son married a Steel.  I’m a Brennan, a MacNamara, an Achenbach and so on. Ten separate blood lines, and I’m a cousin to them all.  I did the math and I’m confident I have millions of cousins in this country.

I hope there’s some Indian blood in there, because there isn’t anything more American than an American Indian.

When I met my Uncle Fritz up in Alaska he swore Pettyjohns had part Indian blood.  When he had a little money he had a big portrait of himself painted, all decked out like an Indian.  He had it hanging over his fireplace.  He said I could claim Indian blood in my application to law school.  I thought about it, but after a while I began to question some of the stories my Uncle Fritz used to tell me.

He told me a lot of great stories, which I loved to hear.  I think when he ran out of things to tell me he started to make things up.  That time I spent with Uncle Fritz turned my life around.

 

The internet tames inflation

We’ve had annual trillion dollar deficits for a decade now, and there’s no end in sight.  After almost a decade of printing money (quantitative easing), a national debt of over $22 trillion, a red hot economy with record low unemployment, and an insanely  inflationary fiscal policy, why don’t we have inflation?

According to the latest numbers, over the last six years inflation has averaged 2%.   It hit 2.95 in July, and is back down to 2.2.

Inflation occurs when there’s too much money chasing too few goods and services, driving up their price.  An antidote to inflation are productivity increases, which cause an increase in the supply of goods and services.

We’ve had such productivity increases since the rise of the internet.  Here’s a Microsoft introduction to the concept.  For some reason, traditional metrics of the economy don’t measure these productivity increases.

Perhaps it’s because they transcend the realm of business, and have made personal productivity increase dramatically.  Anyone who’s used Google maps to navigate a big city knows what I’m talking about.  I’ve saved countless hours of my time because of the internet, and none of that shows up in economic statistics.

There’s no inflation because of the internet.  And productivity increases from the internet are just getting started.

For what it’s worth, I took two Econ courses at Cal, and got a C in both.  In my defense, my professors were apologists or advocates of socialism.

Damn you, Donald Trump!

So I get all rigged out to split logs for my winter’s wood.  I had some old gas in my log splitter, which I drained.  Mike down at Mike’s Mowers told me the California blend of gasoline can only be safely used in small engines after a few weeks of storage, then it goes bad.  So I had fresh gas, but the engine wouldn’t start.

I’m not a mechanic, so I took it down to Mike’s.  I told him I had fresh gas in it, but he said that didn’t matter.  Even fresh fuel in California can foul a small engine, he said.  When I asked him if it was the ethanol, he said it was.

So I wasted a day, and have a fouled engine in my log splitter, because of Donald Trump’s pandering to the ethanol lobby in Iowa.

I’ve held that against Trump ever since, and I got on the Cruz wagon because he had enough guts to tell the ethanol lobby to fly a kite.  And he still beat Trump in Iowa.

Now Trump has decided we’re going to have more ethanol in our fuel.  He made that pandering promise in Iowa, and he’s going to keep it.  And the rest of America pays the price.

Say what you want about Trump, but he keeps his promises.  Except on the national debt.  He said he’d eliminate it in eight years.  Instead, he’s adding a trillion to it every year.  I’ve got a proposal for him on that topic, which I hope to have delivered to him after the midterms.  It’s a different way to balance the budget.

It’s related to, and a derivation of, the BBA Task Force’s campaign for an Article V Balanced Budget Amendment.  That campaign stalled at 28 of the needed 34 states.

I worked with the Task Force for five years, trying to sell the BBA.  I kept running into the same three objections, to which I didn’t have a good answer.

What exactly is a BBA?

Why do we think Congress will comply with a BBA when they disregard the Constitution on a daily basis?

Couldn’t the BBA include a tax increase?

My proposal will quite nicely answer all three of these concerns.