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Sanity Zone 1-19-2013 Positive Rights

Posted 01-18-2013 at 04:08 PM by xan

In political theory, a positive right is a right that is accorded to you by society. In contrast, a negative right is a right that society can take away from you. Negative rights are freedom of speech, freedom of religious belief, freedom to act in self-preservation. Examples of positive rights are things like education, health care, vacations, police and fire protection. Positive rights are things that society allows you to add to yourself.

Negative rights are things you pay...
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Sanity Zone 12-16-2012 Moral Hazard

Posted 12-19-2012 at 03:30 PM by xan

Our country is losing its way. We vote ourselves benefits and perks and earmarks while simultaneously foisting the bill on someone else, justifying it by using the theory that the intellectually and philosophically superior society is better off with those provisions. Its insidiousness has led to a culture of moral hazard.

Moral Hazard is the term used to describe behaviors an individual or group takes knowing that the consequences of those behaviors will be "paid" for by...
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Sanity Zone 12-6-2012 Fear of Flying

Posted 12-07-2012 at 08:45 AM by xan
Updated 12-15-2012 at 01:30 PM by Halo (added to categories: Business, News, U.S. National, Politics)

No, this is not a commentary on Erica Jong or 50 Shades of Grey. Brace yourselves: this is a commentary on the fiscal cliff. Such a surprise, right?

Anyway...I'll get to the point. Jump.

Take a running start and spread eagle into the "unknown." Our fiscal finances need to be drastically restructured (compared to now) and the only way to do it is to rip the bandaid off. So let's do it. Here's why:

#1 We have $16 Trillion in current...
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Sanity Zone 10-4-2012 Business aint Government, and Vice Versa

Posted 10-04-2012 at 01:07 PM by xan

There is a laughable myth that government can be run just like a business. That managers who are good at making profits can just easily run a successful government. It is laughable because those who get lucky enough to succeed in a business think that they know how to solve society's ills.

Governing is hard. Really hard. But it's easy to be a monopolist. In fact, if you fail at being a monopolist, you should be sterilized. Most businesses operate to get as close to a monopoly...
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Sanity Zone 8-26-2012 Welfare: Truth and Political Truth

Posted 08-22-2012 at 05:55 PM by xan

This is not going to be a boring entry on how Medicare works by law and in practice. It's not going to be about how one side or the other blatantly lies about the program. This entry is about how we decide what is "truth" and who we believe using Welfare as the whipping horse.

Our political process is based on core beliefs about the electorate. Politicians and policy creators aim to craft policies and law to achieve a certain economic outcome. In order to gain support...
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