Showing posts from July, 2012

Dangers of dialectic: No, Mr. Schumer, it isn't reasonable

Chuck Schumer is at it again. Exploiting the most recent case in which a mental patient got a gun, he sought, according to this article , to ...make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices such as gun magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums of more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition.  He finds this reasonable. “We can debate where to draw the line of reasonableness, but we might be able to come to an agreement in the middle,” Schumer said. “Maybe, maybe, maybe we can pass some laws that might, might, might stop some of the unnecessary casualties … maybe there’s a way we can some together and try to break through the log jam and make sure the country is a better place.” The trouble is it is not reasonable at all. If we have violent gangsters rolling around with 30-round, normal capacity magazines, or 100-round, additional capacity drums, and there may be several of said criminals, then no, it is not rea

Obama has it backwards

Even if you grant him the full context of his remarks, they are still pretty damning. President Obama is taking heat for saying "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." His defenders,  here for example , say he is being taken out of context. But if you grant his remarks their full context , his words still reveal a basic misunderstanding of business and the economy. Here is an excerpt from his remarks, quoted from the White House web site. I trust I have included enough context for fairness; if not, the above link will give you the whole speech. I have emphasized the bit that is most controversial.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  (Applause.)      If you were successful,