Until a few hours ago I didn’t know that you could buy lottery tickets online. That’s probably because I have never played the lottery. Not once. Not ever. Risky behavior only seems worth it if there is some reasonable chance of a return. With state-sponsored lotteries the only big return for gaming goes to government accounts, especially if you win big in Illinois.
Show me a country where competition isn’t fueled by greed and I’ll show you a country not worth living in. In America greed makes us great. Just look at the lines at your local convenience store when the lottery jackpot soars. Quick, easy money is an impossible lure. People want to be rich. No matter what values we endorse, deep down we know that rich is great and greed gets us there.
The right gets a lot of bad press for being greedy. Some of it is deserved. Most of it is not. The left tends to forget that greed creates wealth for everyone, not just the rich. Without corporate wealth, for example, there would be nothing to invest in.
When I crossed paths with Dodd-Frank’s conflict minerals compliance rule I found new disrespect for how little Washington understands about business in general and manufacturing in particular. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a long way away, but the people responsible for Dodd-Frank suddenly seemed even more distant.
There was a time when we prided ourselves on being able to do anything. We watched one of our own walk on the moon. We told Khrushchev to get his weapons out of Cuba – amazing by today’s standards – and he did. We built the Panama Canal. For better or worse, we made the first nuclear weapon.
For those of you who haven’t yet seen the video of Hillary Clinton mocking her email scandal with a comment about disappearing messages, you can view it here on The Hill. The FBI apparently doesn’t think that the controversy is something to make light of even while the worst woman in U.S. politics is making light of her ethics problems and depending on voters who think planting her in the Oval Office is a good idea.
Sometimes the truth really hurts. It can hurt more than a smack in the mouth or a remark made during a campaign debate, like Chris Christie’s comment about a prominent teachers union deserving a punch in the face. For a lot of us who live in union-friendly cities and states, a punch in the face would be infinitely more pleasurable than having another bite taken from our incomes. Wounds heal. Income wasted on taxes is lost forever.
Too many on Capitol Hill are still afraid to admit what is so horribly wrong with John Kerry’s Iran deal. The forced urgency is suspicious enough, considering that we have worried about Iran’s nuclear ambitions for decades, a lot longer than the 10-year compliance window being offered. The same sanctions are already in place that Obama plans to use if Iran violates the agreement. What is most disturbing, though, is that the nature of who and what we are dealing with should have killed this very bad idea before it even got started. It didn’t, even after we heard calls for Death to America from a government composed of two very dangerous things: Islam and a rigid, hateful theocracy.