Freedom is difficult, but it is not complicated. Either you wish to make your own choices in life (freedom) or you wish to let others make them for you (government).
Ron Paul likes to say “freedom is popular” and he is right, when it comes to our own freedom; none of us wants someone else to spend our money and tell us what to do. That’s not complicated. It is when we think about extending that same courtesy to those who spend their money in ways we find offensive (buy drugs, for…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 10, 2012 at 6:13pm — No Comments
[I was invited to speak as a panelist at Americans For Prosperity "It's Working" Town Hall today in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Here is my closing speech]
Some of you may have read a piece I wrote recently, entitled “Downward Wisconsin”. It begins like this:
“We used to make things here in Wisconsin. We made machine tools in Milwaukee, cars in Kenosha and ships in Sheboygan. We mined iron in the north and lead in the south. We made cheese, we made brats, we made beer, and we…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 10, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments
We should change the name of National Right To Work Committee to the Worker’s Liberation Front. Maybe then we could get some sympathetic press coverage for the real civil rights issue in the employment realm – and no, I am no talking about collective bargaining privileges for public sector employees.
Indiana is about to become the 23rd state to pass Right To Work legislation, liberating its working citizens from compulsory unionization and adding workplace freedom to the state’s…Continue
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One of the advantages of writing an opinion blog is that opinions are never inaccurate, even when they are wrong. But we should expect better from government agencies who publish statistics that policy makers, businesspeople, academics, journalists, and citizens rely on to make decisions and draw conclusions – like the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), for example.
Recently, the Bureau named Wisconsin as the state with the worst job loss in November, with a decline of 14,600. This…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 10, 2012 at 6:03pm — No Comments
Alone on an island, one has no choice but to be libertarian; self-sovereignty is the only kind there is.
The question of where rights come from is answered definitively, as our island dweller is endowed with a complete set of natural rights even though there is no one else to grant them. Freedom is complete, and the self-owned islander who produces in surplus can not possibly be considered greedy, heartless, selfish, or evil for his extraordinary productivity.
It is only when a…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 1, 2012 at 3:07pm — No Comments
The best thing about being a libertarian is that you can do it all by yourself.
Liberals need someone else to pay for all the things they promise to other people. And naturally, they need those other-people to be dependent on the government, which is just more other-people who spend most of the someone-else’s money on themselves and then let what’s left trickle down to the first group of other-people that they made dependent on them in the first place. Follow?
You need even…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 1, 2012 at 3:05pm — No Comments
To all of my Moment of Clarity readers, I wish you a sincere Merry Christmas.
Whether you are liberal or conservative, socialist or libertarian, Democrat or Republican, Christian or non-Christian, Tea Party or Occupy, activist or apathetic, I have nothing but love in my heart and good will to offer in this week’s MOC post, the last as I head out to spend Christmas with my family.
This is not the time to focus on our differences; rather to celebrate our common humanity and…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 1, 2012 at 3:03pm — No Comments
Another winter in Wisconsin, and another round of primal scream therapy for our unionists hell bent on putting the entire state through another round of failed recalls.
The leftist diehards are helping us to celebrate Christmas by shoving annoying recall petitions at us while we shop. When given the opportunity to tell me their single most convincing reason to recall Governor Walker, the two that I encountered today yelled “recall Walker” very loudly. So there you have it – the reason…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on January 1, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Well, this Presidential race just got a whole lot less complicated.
The Democrats have unveiled their keen new strategy for re-electing the most unpopular incumbent President in history; the game plan is to convince us that our American system of limited government and free markets has never worked. It is hard to imagine how the Republicans could find a way to lose to that – but never underestimate the Party of McCain’s capacity for epic fail when victory comes knocking .
You can’t be for the poor and against the things that end poverty.
You can’t be against the corporations who create the jobs they need to care for themselves. You can’t be against the Walmarts and Targets who sell quality goods at prices they can afford. You can’t be against the drug companies who treat their chronic diseases.
You can’t be against the mining projects that will lift whole communities out of economic depression. You can’t be against the pipelines and energy…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on December 17, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments
Everybody has an opinion about trade with China, and here is mine: let’s trade ‘em Ben Bernanke for Fu Ying. Throw in a minor league pitcher if we have to – President Obama comes immediately to mind.
Fu Ying is China’s Vice Foreign Minister, who Friday announced that China would not use its foreign exchange reserves (i.e. dollars) to rescue other countries (i.e. Europe). She explained that “foreign reserves are akin to savings” and not to be squandered by governments.…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on December 11, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments
Speaking at a fundraiser this week, President Obama tried to frighten Americans with the grim warning that if he is not re-elected in 2012, “you will be on your own.” Promises, promises.
Fear not, wards of the State; on January 21 of 2013, the only part of government that we will be rid of is the current occupant of the White House. There will be another President, and he or she will preside over the same unmanageable leviathan that Mr. Obama would like us to believe will simply…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on December 4, 2011 at 8:48am — No Comments
One good thing that has come from the OWS protests is the light that has been shed upon the economics of college degrees.
In 2009, the year before local banks were cut out of the action by Team Obamalosi in their eleventh hour amendment to the health care reform bill, outstanding student loan debt was $114 billion, a staggering figure. It is now $392 billion, an incomprehensible one. Those numbers come from the Federal Reserve so they must be right – they know a thing or two about…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on December 4, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments
Now that the Super Committee foolishness is behind him, President Obama can focus his full attention to the more serious business of blaming all of his failures on George W. Bush.
Let me say at the outset that I am no fan of George W. Bush. One of the worst things he ever did was attach his name to a sensible economic policy that worked. Yes, worked. I thought it might be useful to pre-empt the next year of carnival-barking with a number or two for my liberal friends who prefer their…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on December 4, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments
Crank up the Tammy Wynette, the Congressional Super Committee on deficit reduction failed. Irreconcilable differences, I think they call it.
Like an estranged married couple enduring court-ordered counseling because they had to, the Republicans and Democrats recited their irreconcilable differences, whined about how hard they tried to go the extra mile, and blamed each other for the breakup. For those of you who find the language of fiscal negotiations incomprehensible, let me…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on December 4, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments
They are at it again in Wisconsin. The perpetual hissy fit that is the Union Democrat Party in this state has launched its campaign to recall Governor Scott Walker. The rallying cry of Walker's Republican supporters is "I stand with Scott Walker".
Well, not me. I don’t stand with Scott Walker.
Nope. I stand for the right to work. I stand against compulsory unionization. I stand for the right of every employee to join a union, and for the equal right of every employee to work…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on November 21, 2011 at 4:23pm — No Comments
We used to make things here in Wisconsin.
We made machine tools in Milwaukee, cars in Kenosha and ships in Sheboygan. We mined iron in the north and lead in the south. We made cheese, we made brats, we made beer, and we even made napkins to clean up what we spilled. And we made money.
The original war on poverty was a private, mercenary affair. Men like Harnishfeger, Allis, Chalmers, Kohler, Kearney, Trecker, Modine, Case, Mead, Falk, Allen, Bradley, Cutler, Hammer, Bucyrus,…Continue
Added by Tim Nerenz for Congress on November 21, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments
This is a story about two nations with two very different ideas about equality. One nation is named Opportunity, and the other is called Outcome.
When they run a 100-yard dash in Opportunity, everyone starts at the same time and place and runs the same distance – they call that equality in the land of Opportunity. No two people finish exactly the same because some people run faster than others; that’s how God made them.
When they run the 100-yard dash in Outcome, however,…Continue
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