Barstool Economics 101

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until on day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20." Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Let Kids be Kids

By Charles Adler, QMI Agency

One of Canada’s esteemed educators has taken swift action on a very serious issue. Anarchy had taken over the schoolyard at Earl Beatty Junior and Senior Public Schools in Toronto.

Ball-playing kids were out of control. Hitting one parent and nearly hitting many more.

Principal Alicia Fernandez has taken decisive action, banning soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs and tennis balls from the playground. All in the name of safety.

Recreational foam products, better known as Nerf balls, did manage to clear the list of contraband play devices.

Think this is an isolated incident? Think again. Last year, an Ottawa public school banned ball playing in winter. In June, a public school in St. Catharines, Ont., banned balls after a girl watching a schoolyard soccer game was struck. Thankfully these bans were overturned by petitions of outrage.

But this is a widespread problem. Canadian traditions like snowballs and street hockey have already been eradicated in many parts of this country.

Schools across North America have also banned cartwheels, dodge ball and even tag. Yes, tag. Why? Running kids can fall. Or a child might be tagged too roughly, leading to a fight.

One school in Australia made international headlines when it banned handstands due to the risk of head and neck injuries.

Maybe this doesn’t go far enough to ensure the safety of our precious children. Skipping rope? A serious tripping and choking hazard. Hopscotch? The horror!

Am I missing something? Are kids today made of fine porcelain?

These laughable examples are no laughing matter. We’re inflicting serious harm on children by keeping them out of harm’s way.

Our educators claim to take childhood obesity seriously. What could be better than good old-fashioned calorie-burning play? No, they seem far more interested in putting sedentary kids on diets. Enforcing militant healthy eating programs.

Think back to your own childhood. Compare the freedom you enjoyed with today’s kids. You probably walked yourself to school, explored ravines, maybe you even climbed trees.

Scabbed knees should be honoured like Boy Scout badges. A symbol of truly experiencing the adventure that is childhood.

How can we expect kids to grow up to be self-sufficient adults if we don’t give them a chance? Let’s give them some of the freedoms we had!

Obsessively keeping children out of harm’s way is doing more harm than good.

Research by Ellen Sandseter, a professor of psychology at Queen Maud University in Norway, concludes that kids need to encounter risks to overcome fears on the playground. She and other psychologists believe that protective playgrounds achieve the opposite of their intended effect. Instead of making children feel safer, and therefore braver, they actually make them more anxious and fearful.

For school administrators, it’s not really about a child’s well being at all. Bubble-wrapping our kids in the name of safety is all about control.

Let kids be kids so they can become adults and act like adults. It’s Canadian common sense.

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Reason to Remember

By Charles Adler, QMI Agency

Thursday, November 10, 2011

  

How do you spend that moment of silence? Your answer is a gut check for our entire country.

Every year, as Remembrance Day approaches, we hear the unfortunate reports from across Canada. The boors who have no appreciation for our vets.

As a nation, we all feel outraged when we hear about memorials getting vandalized, or when some lowlife steals poppy collection boxes for a few toonies and loonies.

But when the true importance of Remembrance Day is forgotten in more subtle ways, it is far more disturbing. When a bar in Calgary, or a student group in New Brunswick, advertises Nov. 10 booze-it-up “forget-fests,” little cracks form in our national foundation.

Much bigger cracks form when school administrators in Ottawa, who are responsible for passing on the memory of our vets, decide to cancel a Remembrance Day symposium, hiding behind a flimsy “no tanks or guns” policy. We need to do our part before those cracks grow and multiply and become vast chasms.

History forgotten is bound to repeat itself, as the saying goes. We cannot allow the lives of so many to have been sacrificed in vain. It bears eternal repeating that our vets made possible the very freedoms we hold so dear today. Their commitment to Canada defined us as a nation.

Brave Canadian soldiers have proven themselves time and again that our men and women in uniform are among the best in the world, and always have been. We should all take great pride in what they accomplished and continue to achieve.

Since the Second World War, Canadians have served with distinction in countless international operations, including Korea, the Gulf War, Kosovo, Cyprus, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Libya. I could go on at length.

The world has been spared from so much tyranny because of our soldiers and their families, who have provided so much support from the home front. For most of us, a veteran has always been a parent or a grandparent. A 20-year-old soldier who enlisted in 1941 is now 90 years old. We cannot allow their memory to dwindle with their numbers.

A new, younger generation of vets has returned from the battlefields of Afghanistan. Fewer in number, but no less important. Our new vets deserve just as much praise as our older vets.

The torch of freedom is there for all of us to bear. Far too many Canadians stick a poppy over their heart and keep mum for that moment. The memory of our vets is then quickly forgotten for another year.

I challenge each and every one of you to do just a little more. To take an extra moment or two to learn something new about the vets that defined our nation.

Veterans Affairs Canada has recorded more than 1,500 hours of conversations with Canadian vets. Listening to just a few words will keep those memories alive. Go to: www.veterans.gc.ca/eng.

The Dominion Institute’s Memory Project holds an online database of veteran stories. Take the time to read them with your family. (www.thememoryproject.com).

When you see a veteran selling poppies at the local grocery store, strike up a conversation to hear their story. Take a moment to let them know your appreciation. Tell them that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. You’ll be doing your part to keep Canada’s foundation strong.

It’s Canadian common sense.

Stop Policies that Target our Traditions

By Charles Adler, QMI Agency

First posted: Thursday, November 03, 2011 08:00 PM EDT

 

There is a trend underway that is scarier than the worst Halloween slasher flick. Canadian traditions are being slowly and methodically exterminated by politically correct monsters.

There is a trend underway that is scarier than the worst Halloween slasher flick. Canadian traditions are being slowly and methodically exterminated by politically correct monsters.

I’m talking about calculating bureaucrats who hunt for anything that causes offence, real or imagined. You and I need to put a stop to this before our society, our way of life, becomes completely lobotomized.

Many Canadian traditions have already been scrubbed from society. Christmas has been crucified. Christmas trees? They are now “holiday trees.” Many avoid wishing someone “Merry Christmas” out of induced fear.

Easter? Don’t you dare utter those words around a zombie bureaucrat. Easter eggs have turned into “spring spheres.”

Halloween was also under attack this week. That special day on every kid’s calendar. A time to dress up in costumes that spark their imagination. For kids, the holiday spells freedom.

To feel the liberation of walking the streets after dark, staying up past their bedtimes and eating lots of candy. But it also teaches kids to face fears through laughter and collective fun. To learn right from wrong and earn some much-needed independence. Sadly, this rite of passage is being ripped out of their lives.

“Halloween” — many schools across Canada are uncomfortable with what has become a derogatory word. “Black and orange day” is now the preferred term for the high priests and priestesses of political correctness.

Why? Official guidebooks claim it’s offensive to “Wiccans.” Wiccans! Never mind that the Wiccan high priest I had on my Sun News program this week scoffed at the very idea of being offended.

Several schools in Calgary converted this hallowed scaring day into “caring day.”

Banning masks and any kind of violent imagery. The usual Halloween events were replaced by “community friendly” activities. The kids must have been so excited!

Multiple schools in Ottawa and Hamilton banned costumes completely.

Administrators were concerned about the marginalization of poor kids who can’t afford fancy costumes. Worried that costumes will be offensive to new Canadians. Give me a break!

In Ohio, a student group launched a campaign against what they call racist costumes. Geisha costumes? Offensive to the Japanese. Sombreros? Offensive to Mexicans. Pocahontas? Offensive to First Nations. Do you know any Norwegians who are offended by Viking costumes?

This hyper sensitivity will spread unless it’s held in check. For the lucky kids who were actually permitted to wear actual costumes, I ask you, what can kids actually wear that won’t offend somebody, somehow?

Occasions that once defined the Canadian experience have been watered down to the point of being sanitized, safe for all celebrations of not much at all. Kids need to be kids! This is directly contributing to the death of personal responsibility. Teaching our children that big government will take care of them and do all their thinking for them.

Our society is becoming a politically correct dystopia. When the fun is taken from Halloween I worry about what our future is becoming.

We need to stand together against this attack on our traditions. To declare that mindless zombie bureaucrats and their ridiculous policies won’t be tolerated. It’s Canadian common sense.

Man up? What’s in it for us? – A Letter from Rob (UPDATED WITH AUDIO)

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AND LISTEN TO THE 'MAN-TAGE' ON THE SUBJECT:

Adler man-tage oct 20th

From: Rob To: charles@charlesadler.com

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:09 PM

Subject: Re. "Manning Up"

 

I have just one question for those demanding that we 'man up':

"What's in it for us?"

We're hearing a hue and cry about how us Peter Pans are impoverishing (financially, socially, whatever) women, children and society as a whole. But it's always phrased as being a tragedy for others, not the men themselves. How DARE we not fall into line and play the role we have been assigned. How DARE we refuse to roll the boulder up the hill. How DARE we have fun, when we should be toiling to pay for someone else's fun. How DARE we look after our own rational best interests.

Man up and marry a woman? Why? No, seriously, why? Modern marriage holds zero benefits for the groom. We can be divorced on a whim and converted to an indentured servant for years. A man who wants to provide the best environment for his children will favour a stable, two-parent household, but that decision is ultimately not ours to make. Social conservatives and others trying to save the institute of marriage will point to statistics about how married men are healthier and happier, but they get very tetchy when asked how signing a one-sided legal contract accomplishes this, as opposed to a long term girlfriend. We are constantly told that men are afraid of commitment, yet the bulk of divorces are initiated by the woman. Funny how that works. I used to believe in starting a family; I was even lucky enough to grow up in a two-parent household, so I can't even claim I was personally scarred somehow. But I've seen enough carnage amongst my friends and coworkers. I've no intention of being someone's walking ATM and sperm-donor, or a prop in their 'starter marriage.'

Man up and be a father? This line of arguement is a crock. With divorce rampant there's a good chance we will be shut out from much of our children's life, even if we're willing to move heaven and earth to be there for them. The standard line is to start talking about deadbeat dads. But what about mothers who use the kids as hostages in divorce? Even if our ex-wife is a saint, we're still going to be a casual presence at best. And if she's even slightly vindictive, all bets are off in the family court system. Me, I like kids, and think I could do a damn good job as a father. Even thought about adopting once, but considering that the official party line is that males (and fathers) are both superfluous and evil, they'd probably drop me on the sex offender registry just for inquiring.

Man up and be a role model? What's that? Oh, you mean old/dead white men. Why would anyone want us to emulate history's greatest villains? Men (boys and adults alike) are bombarded with constant degradation, told we are inferior, worthless, stupid, evil, incompetent, untrustworthy subhumans. This is echoed 24/7 by our teachers, the media, the courts and our legislatures. It is even echoed by some of our own parents, who been wholly brainwashed by the constant misandrist drumbeat. In many jurisdictions and proceedings, we have been stripped of "innocent until proven guilty" (usually just customarily, but occasionally it's explicitly enshrined in law) . I suppose a 'real man' would spend his days crusading against this, but I despise arguing with tittering fools and don't need the aggravation. Besides, we can accomplish a great deal (and have, and will) simply by withdrawing our participation and our consent.

Man up and work hard? Sure. But for who? Work overtime to provide a comfortable life for your wife and kids? Who then leave because 'you're never there'? Work overtime to be an economic engine for the cash-strapped welfare and social security systems? Why should I feel compelled to contribute to a ponzi scheme that I'll never collect on in my own retirement? My career is proceeding quite well, thank you very much, and I am pursuing it because it enriches (financially and emotionally) ME, not someone else.

Man up and conform to societal expectations? Half the economic woes of these past few years can be traced to the institutionalization of keeping up with the Jones. Buy the huge house, buy the yard toys, buy the RV, take that vacation abroad, be seen at the trendy new spot, buy the latest Apple gadget… Socially and economically, we have no interest in keeping up appearances. I can live very comfortably and fund my interests on as little as $20k a year. I have plenty of leisure time to enjoy my life, friends and hobbies without working myself into an early grave or stressing about where the next loan payment for my status symbol is going to come from.

The constant haranging to 'man up' conjures up the image of a jolly WWI general, shouting "Fix bayonets and over the top lads! The machine guns can't get you all!" Forget it, we're done being sacrificial lambs for someone else. Men aren't manning up, but we ARE waking up. It's a rigged game that we refuse to play, and no amount of shaming language is going to get us off the bench. Want more metaphors? You may have heard the term 'marriage strike,' but it goes beyond that. We're not failing to 'man up,' we're just working to rule. Work slowdowns will continue until management chooses to negotiate fairly and transparently; too bad they've got nothing to bring to the table.

Yes, we're a bunch of losers. THE losers. We lost. Feminists, welfare-statists, the rest… You won. We concede defeat. You got everything you wanted. You've been saying for years that you don't need us, and we'll gladly oblige. We're MGTOWs, Men Going Their Own Way. We don't want to fight you. We don't NEED to fight you. If anything, we should be thanking you. We're free of being beasts of others burdens. We've realized there is no lock on the cell door. We've taken the Red Pill. You can't hurt us, and you have nothing we want.

Now, go away and leave us alone.

- Rob