Abortion is either murder or it isn’t. All other arguments are moot.

I’m pro-life. I thought I would get that out of the way, since the rest of this post is going to be somewhat neutral.

With the recent debate over Komen for the Cure pulling funding and subsequently reinstating it for Planned Parenthood, and the government’s recent mandate that employers provide birth control to their employees, I’ve been thinking a lot about the issue of abortion. It’s something I’ve discussed (argued) with people since I was in college. The whole issue perplexes me, to be honest.
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Thoughts on wealth inequality

I just saw the title and the first paragraph of a New York Times article about the recent health bill and its attack on wealth inequality. That got me to thinking, what’s so wrong with wealth inequality? Demonizing wealth inequality assumes that the economy is a zero-sum game. In other words, it assumes that if I make more money, that necessarily means someone else has to make less money. I don’t believe that is true.

Think of the economy as a pie. There are 2 ways to get rich: 1) to take a bigger slice of the pie, or 2) make the pie bigger so that everyone’s slice is bigger. I’m a firm believer that capitalism and free markets lead to the second option, making the pie bigger so that everyone’s slice is bigger. I also believe that opposition to capitalism and free markets is rooted in the belief that the end game of capitalists is not to make a bigger pie, but to take a bigger piece of a finite pie.

Wealth production is not a zero-sum game. It is a result of the freedom we have to pursue life, liberty and happiness. That freedom means there are incentives to work hard, take calculated risks, and try and make the most of the time and talents God has given us. That freedom also ensures that there are incentives to be as efficient and productive as possible. When we are efficient and productive, we produce more. When we produce more, we make the pie bigger. When the pie gets bigger, everyone’s piece gets bigger. Yes, one person’s piece might still be much smaller than someone else’s piece, but ultimately we all have the opportunity to expand our piece of the pie while simultaneously expanding the size of the pie.

I hope that made sense. It’s lunch time, and all this talk of pie is making me hungry.

Beginning Joomla! Web Site Development now shipping

Beginning Joomla Web Site Development

I’m happy to announce that my new book, Beginning Joomla! Web Site Development, is now shipping! You can order it from the publisher’s website, or from most online book retailers.

Beginning Joomla! Web Site Development will take the reader step-by-step through the process of building a website with Joomla! 1.5. From beginning to end, the book will explain a concept and show how that concept relates to the development of an actual sample web site the reader can access online. This book applies each concept to a real-world example every step of the way. Once a concept is explained in theory, it is then illustrated by showing how one would implement each concept in a real web site.

I love my wife

Apparently my wife has decided that my blog is worth reading, because she told me tonight that I don’t update it very often. If I had known she was reading it, I might have made more of an effort to keep blogging more regularly.

I love you, Carly. Thanks for reading my blog!

The Obama Youth

If this doesn’t creep you out, you really need a history lesson.

For the record, if this song were about George W. Bush or any other president, I would be equally creeped out. This kind of indoctrination of children is frightening, to say the least. I only pray that Obama has the wisdom to be as creeped out by this as I am. Otherwise, we may have just elected the new F├╝hrer. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is creeped out by this.