And they shall reap what they sow…

Behold, the bitter harvest.

The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000.
The highest numbers of new filings came from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there were thousands of layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries.

Pennsylvania and Ohio, huh? Wow, that is just bad luck.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded β€” here and there, now and then β€” are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

~Robert Heinlein (again)

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13 Responses to And they shall reap what they sow…

  1. fubar says:

    great. I’ll be getting a rate increase, because PA unemployment is broke.

    they tried this a few months ago;our rate mysteriously increased because a bunch of people were “late” on their quarterlies. Seems the guy at the state unemp. office had them sitting on his desk for a month and was posting them late on purpose.

  2. DocO says:

    RD, it’s interesting that Heinlein came up twice today.

    I often wondered why I am so much more conservative than my siblings and peers.

    Part of the explanation might be that one of my favorite authors as a teenager was Robert Heinlein.

    I don’t remember any overt political lessons from the books I read. I mostly just liked the author’s characters and story lines.

    I think this is an object lesson in the importance of the entertainment industry in forming our worldview.

    You may not be aware that your are learning your core values, but each movie you watch, each book you read, each TV show you enjoy changes your internal model of the world.

    I don’t

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    I couldn’t agree more Doc. In fact, read this…

  4. TaterSalad says:

    Didn’t these two states vote blue? Seems that the chickens have come home to roost. Enjoy a Merry Christmas Ohio and Pennsylvania. Send your dear comrade leader, BHO a Christmas card before time runs out!

  5. DocO says:

    Thanks for the link RD.

    One of my great sorrows now is the sad realization that I think America has been divided into two tribes that can not communicate because they have separate cultures, languages and values.

    When I say “self reliance” as a virtue my sister-in-law immediately jumps ahead to “oh everybody should just pull themselves up by their boot laces”, implying that I don’t care about people and don’t believe in charity, neither of which is true. We end up going around and around, but the bottom line is I would need to disabuse her of a lifetime of misconceptions of conservatism before we could even start to have a meaningful conversation.

    I call the mixture of culture plus language our “mythology”. I don’t mean it in a pejorative sense. I’m using that term to connect with man’s deep seated need for a framework of meaning. A big part of that is the use of symbols and the subtle shading of word meanings.

    Long story short, my mythology and my sister-in-law’s are from completely different pantheons.

    I’m afraid that Wotan and Gaia are going to end up going to war.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    I know just what you mean. I once had a debate with my State Legislator who is young and pretty smart but a Democrat. It quickly became evident that we were just speaking different languages. He kept trying to sell me on the benefits of socialized medicine and I kept saying I don’t care.

    He thought I was just being obtuse and thus an asshole. Finally, I told him that isn’t the kind of society I want to live in. I told him I don’t care if one of God’s angels appears before us and tells me that health care will be more accessible and less expensive, I do not want it.

    I don’t want to be dependent on the government for health care. I don’t want my behavior modified by the state’s sticks and carrots. I don’t want to be without choice of providers. I DON’T WANT IT!

    He was stunned. He had to admit that my position was not illogical and that I was entitled to it. It had just never occurred to him that anyone would feel that way. Not once. Ever. He said I had given him food for thought.

    I didn’t change his mind and he still supports socialized medicine, but he understands my view and would never say I am stupid or illogical. I just have a different vision of what I wan’t from government, society and my neighbors.

    The point is that this highly intelligent, educated young man lives among us, is a politician and not only didn’t understand us, he didn’t even know we exist.

    I guess the hard part is that he and I can only agree to disagree. He thinks surrendering autonomy for free health care is a good trade. I strongly disagree with him but his position isn’t illogical and he is entitled to it.

    Of course where he is wrong is in his desire to impose his view on me. He probably believes my opposition does the same thing to him but that is a whole other debate.

  7. fubar says:

    why yes TaterSalad, the entire states of PA and OH voted dem

  8. DocO says:

    The only success I have had with talking to such people is simply to say, I will not enslave another so that they can provide me a product or service for my personal benefit. Nor will I be enslaved by another to provide them a product or service for their personal benefit.

    This can be a provocative starting point for a meaningful conversation about the difference between rights and entitlements and that entitlements are simply wealth transfers which are per my statement above, a coercive enterprise that is a form of slavery.

    It’s still mostly a losing battle, but as you saw with your state legislator, it at least erases the gross caricatures of conservative thought (i.e., classical liberalism).

  9. Locke n Load says:

    “I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

    That line galvanized me at age 22

  10. Locke n Load says:

    Miniaturized version of ‘the speech’

    full version

    we ARE John Galt

  11. Rich says:

    Doc O:

    Heinlein = reason.

    Nuff said.

    Influence explained.

  12. DocO says:

    Thanks RD, Lock n Load and Rich. It is good to have a place for this band of brothers, we lucky few, to share our reason and reasons.

  13. Rich says:


    I served in submarines. And I would be proud to have you on my boat. In my world, that is a supreme compliment, and one that I would offer to few. RD, Lock n Load, Nota, Greg, fubar and many others are also welcome aboard and are my brothers and sisters in desire for freedom in the face of encroaching tryanny. All I can say is God bless us and our nation. ‘Cause we need it.