About New Year’s Resolutions -- Go Ahead and Do It – Exercise

I’ve been asked numerous times to write about working out – you know what I mean — exercise.

I’m the worst person to talk about exercise.

I recall the look on Dad’s face, when helping on the farm and I would complain about sweating. I really wasn’t in favor of it. It’s rather unseemly and certainly uncomfortable. Dad would look quite bemused and shake his head, but say not a word. I suspect he was thinking he was glad to have only one daughter.

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National Sales Tax in Store

I know that every one is really happy with the idea of increasing taxes. That was after all the mandate of the most recent presidential election, and it’s a matter now of nothing more than awaiting the change in regimes, within a few weeks, to be redirected onto this higher path. But, I’m wondering how much in increased taxes will be enough for Americans.

In addition to increasing taxes on the rich – that select group of individuals who make more than $100,000 or $200,000 a year (the exact figure seems to vary) - - President Elect Obama intends to impose a national sales tax. Will this increase be as well received?

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The Most Dangerous Traitor

Anyone who has ever read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead, both of which are novels by Ayn Rand, knows that the most dangerous traitor of all is the compromiser. Quite ironically as a former Ayn-Rander, Alan Greenspan proved Rand’s point most dramatically before Congress, last week.

Greenspan who broke, many, many years ago, with free-market advocates, reached the height of an intellectual and moral sell-out, as he claimed his “ideology” was wrong, and blamed the failure of a regulatory structure upon free markets.

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Joy - The Music of Christmas

Given the seasonal cynical comments of all the bah-humbuggers, I suppose I should be embarrassed to admit that I like Christmas music, but I do. It’s so joyful. I always have liked it, and most especially when it is wafting through the corridors of a department store or mall. I enjoy the lights and all th corny gift ideas. And, even the crowds. Without all those people bustling about, the celebration that is Christmas, would lack much of its excitement.

Part of my joy surely harkens back to those rare events when as a child our family would allot one evening in downtown Bozeman shopping for Christmas. Shopping was a much bigger deal for I and my brothers, then it probably is nowadays for kids. We never had much opportunity to shop and especially not as a family event.

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So what is virtuous?

When Barack Obama demands to know whether fiscal conservatives are trying “to make a virtue of selfishness,” someone should ask him why he’s trying to make a virtue of theft. In its most stark terms that is what his idea of wealth redistribution is all about – taking what belongs to a citizen through the use of force.

As much as Obama (and many others) would like to make their idea of “change” appear as though it were an issue of selflessness, it is not. It’s an issue about the use of force against innocent citizens. That is the moral question being raised. “What do you think of using force against other human beings?”

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Thoughts To Ponder

I am left wondering whether California, as the state who’s urepentant fiscal foolishness leaves them with their hand out for billions in federal taxpayer dollars, will accept “dirty” money. This is the state in which enviro radicals have proclaimed that they will not import “dirty” energy – energy the production of which has a greater “carbon footprint” than what they deem acceptable. Even if it imposes greater costs upon the citizens of their state, they will insist that only “clean” energy be imported into California in order to save the planet from global warming.

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