Tag Archive: Beliefs

Henninger: Who Speaks for

the GOP?






 ” Where is the Big Picture? Why is it not possible for John Boehner or anyone else in this party to articulate for the dumbstruck public watching these dreadful cliff negotiations what the Republican Party stands for? Who speaks for the GOP?

No end of people keep saying of the Republicans that “they” should do this or “they” should do that. Who’s “they”? It is no one. With the Republicans, there’s no “they” there.

Barack Obama is controlling the cliff narrative now because the GOP has no one whose job is counter-narrative. Mr. Obama this week was recycling campaign speeches about the middle class at the Daimler Detroit diesel plant while the GOP has been a Babel of Beltway voices. Don’t any of these senators go to church on Sunday morning, rather than running around television punching the “entitlement crisis” card? “

Forced Charity isn’t Charity

Libertarian Party


  “A common misconception of Libertarianism is that we believe that everything should be driven by profit; in other words, we *supposedly* believe that all charities, research grants, space exploration, and patronage of the arts should involve making a profit from the recipients of the support. 

Obviously, that view has nothing to do with Libertarianism. We don’t think that all charity should somehow be profitable. But we do believe that it should be voluntary. If you want to support the sciences, you can voluntarily donate money, or get involved in fundraising. The same is true of any charity. And this method works. Remember how much money was voluntarily raised for Haiti?

In fact, each year, Americans donate about 300 billion dollars to charity, which is about five times TANF (what most people think of as “welfare.”) Libertarians believe that donating your own time and money, and encouraging others to do the same, is admirable.

But we oppose stealing money from others, via taxation, to support any charity.”