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Jair Bolsonaro may become Brazil’s version of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte

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In a first round of an election that will shape the future of South America, Brazil voted in favor of far-right Jair Bolsonaro, nearly giving him an outright majority in the first round. Unless something crazy happens in the next three weeks, he should be the next Brazilian President.

WSJ tackles the background for the candidate in this video. News editor Anne Pallivathuckal starts the video off by laying out the situation:

He has faced street protests, got stabbed at a rally, and has spurred controversy with provocative statements. Yet Jair Bolsonaro took the lead in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election securing nearly half of the total votes, far ahead of his rivals but just shy of the majority he needed to win outright.

So who is Brazil’s leading presidential candidate?

Bolsonaro comes from South Paulo, one of Brazil’s richest state. He was a paratrooper and captain in the army. Even though he presents himself as an outsider, the father of five has been a congressman for 27 years. Although he has proudly stated that he knows nothing about economics, he is promising with his team to fix a country that’s in deep crisis both politically and economically.

His answer to Brazil’s woes: establishing order by cracking down on criminals inside congress and on the streets. He has promoted himself as a clean alternative to the Leftist Workers’ Party.

In many ways, Bolsonaro is very much like Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. Both enrage their critics and excite their supporters with harsh words and promises to get very tough with criminals. Both have called for police to kill criminals directly. Both have expressed views many would see as discriminatory.

My Take

The wave of far-right politicians taking office around the world continues. Despite his bigoted views, Bolsonaro may be the bold choice Brazilians need to make in order to fix a nation that faces financial ruin. Run for years by demonstrably corrupt leftists, it is on the brink of fiscal failure.

I disagree with how Bolsonaro speaks of various groups in his country, including gays and women, but the alternative is a continuation of the failed policies that have brought the nation as near to collapse as it’s been since the military dictatorship called the shots in the early 80s. It’s like choosing to face the fire or drown in the water. With no good choices, you go with the one that at least gives you a chance of survival.

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Top 5 worst tractor attachments

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Top 5 worst tractor attachments

A tongue in cheek video from Messick’s that may stir up a bit of controversy.

Just for fun we present this recent video from Messick’s on the more frustrating tractor implements. The choices were based on a Facebook pointing out a few important issues with some and why they can be difficult to use.

For example, the down force issue with the three-point hitch post hole auger maybe something no one has considered. Please note that it’s the older three-point hitch variety that is backhoe being described, the more recent models have a subframe mount. Remember this isn’t our opinion on the matter – especially considering item #2.

Top 5 Worst Tractor Attachments
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#5 Three point hitch snow blower
#4 Three point hitch post hole digger
#3 Three point hitch back hoe
#2 Three point quick hitches
#1 Drive over mower deck

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Chip Roy wants Congress to stop ‘coasting on autopilot, doing their swamp things’

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Chip Roy wants Congress to stop coasting on autopilot doing their swamp things

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) has been really getting on the nerves of Democrats on Capitol Hill. He’s asking them to do their jobs, which is apparently not what many of them want to do. He’s been taking some heat from the press, as if expecting members of Congress to be present for votes on important amendments is asking too much, but that’s not stopping him.

One thing is certain: Too much that happens in Congress is done on autopilot. Votes that are often important are held at times when nobody’s around an unanimous consent is possible. Roy was able to delay an expensive vote last month by calling for a tally. This does something bigger than just blocking unanimous consent. It puts members of Congress on record which prevents them from being able to skate around their involvement in the passing of unpopular bills or the blocking of popular ones.

As the border crisis gets worse and DC spending explodes, we need more people like Chip Roy in Congress. That’s one of the goals of the conservative movement. It’s necessary if we’re going to keep America great.

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Stossel: In defense of economic liberty

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Stossel In Defense of Economic Liberty

Reason TV makes the case for Economic Liberty, showing its vast superiority over socialistic slavery.

In his latest video produced for Reason TV John Stossel interviews Yaron Brook from the Ayn Rand Institute making the case that Economic Liberty [Or the false Marxist pejorative Capitalism] has created more wealth and brought more people out of poverty than any other system.

Stossel: In Defense of Capitalism

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Published on Jun 18, 2019
People acting in their own self-interest created modern prosperity, says Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook.

Progressives claim capitalism is “immoral” because some people become rich while others stay poor. Yaron Brook, chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, says the opposite is true.

“We have basically made about $2 a day for 100,000 years,” Brook told John Stossel. “In other wordswe could eat what we farmed and that was it.”

“And then something amazing happened.”

About 250 years ago, a few countries tried capitalism. For the first time, people were allowed to profit from private property.

“Two-hundred and fifty years ago we suddenly discovered the value of individual freedom,” says Brook. “We suddenly discovered the value of leaving individuals free to think, to innovate, to produce without asking for permission, without getting the state to sign off.”

As a result, humans “doubled our life expectancy,” says Brook. “We have dramatically increased the quality of our life and we are wealthier than anybody could have imagined.”

Brook, who’s an Objectivist, says that “doing for others is fine—but only if that’s what you want.”

“The key is that somebody else’s need is not a moral claim against your life,” he adds. “Your life is yours.”

[Our emphasis]

Please note that valuing Individual freedom is a vestige of philosophical individualism of Conservatives and True Liberals.

The unfair comparison: Collectivism in theory with Economic Liberty in practical reality.

In most cases, the Socialist-Left plays the game of comparing their theory of a perfect society based on their 2,400 year old ideas with the practical everyday problems of a functional but admittedly imperfect system. This is akin to polling that compares an unnamed – and thus ideal – candidate with a real candidate.

They do this so that they can speak of wonders an ‘Ideal state’ that works in sheer perfection and compare it to every problem and imperfection of everyday reality of Economic Liberty with every human society. Never mind comparing the record of accomplishment of Economic Liberty with the 400 years of failure that is the collectivist ideologies – they will repeat the tired old mantra that ‘Socialism has never really been tried’.

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