The criminal population
Most people accept the basic proposition that a law-abiding citizen shouldn’t be harassed or punished by the government. The almost universal initial reaction to contact with a government entity is, “But I didn’t do anything wrong!” The vast majority of Americans would consider it outrageous if they were personally hassled, fined, or imprisoned without any legal violation. In fact, leaving aside legal principles about how “ignorance | Read More »
Government in a nutshell!
The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says: “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as: 1. Buying a stronger whip. 2. Changing riders. 3. Appointing a committee to study the horse. 4. Arranging to visit other countries to see | Read More »
Government Inaction: Inks and Fonts Edition
Printer ink is expensive. More expensive, in fact, than Chanel No. 5 perfume, and while I’m not an expert on perfume, I understand that’s quite a price for some nice-smelling liquid. You know who uses a lot of printer ink? Our government.
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The Three Legs of the Welfare State
Obviously there’s the three legs of conservatism. Fiscal conservatism, social conservatism and strong foreign policy. Well I present you the three legs of the welfare state. The first is the pay-in system which I categorize Social Security and Medicare to make up since you’re required to pay in order to reap the benefits supposedly (issue in of itself) in later life. The second is government | Read More »
Ends, and means
“The ends justify the means” is one of the most poisonous ideas of the modern era. I limit this assessment to the modern era because prior to that, means tended to justify themselves. The advent of democracy obliged Ruling Class types across the Western world to do a bit better than “because I said so” to secure obedience from their subjects. The end result is, if anything, | Read More »
America’s top issue
As we roll into the State of the Union address, it is often observed that many of the issues obsessing our political class don’t make it into the top five when American voters are polled about their paramount concerns. The top two issues are almost always jobs and the economy. The political class, moving with the speed and confidence of used-car salesmen ingratiating themselves to | Read More »
2014 Year of the Rats – Conservatives Beware
Hotline from Little Tboca’s computer, January 16, 2014 @ 1:30 PM – like many of my friends every now and then we must take a deep breath, stand back and analyze where we’ve been and where we’re going. The “been” part is past but it definitely will affect the “going” in 2014. Did a little surfing and read some hot off the press articles like | Read More »
Jan 1 welcomes 40,000 new laws! Maybe it’s time for a different kind of New Year’s resolution…
One of the great places to observe the successes of New Year’s resolutions is at the gym. January invariably sees the place packed with new people in their new workout clothes looking at the sea of machines trying to figure out what machine does what and you use them. By March the scene is much different in that a majority of those newbies have fallen | Read More »
Of Ducks and Constitution
Update; Looking around, there is not much mention on the obligation and duty of the people found in our founding documents from which the United States Bill of Rights originated from. The First Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights only restricts the United States Congress, but why? You can find this in the laws of the various State Constitutions and more, to | Read More »
A Different Approach
Recently a federal judge ruled parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law unconstitutional. It’s given the idea to expand the whole marriage conversation. My position on marriage leaving government out of the matter. When I say that I’m not specifically talking about pulling government out, I mean literally as a couple of any sort refusing government recognition or aid. I’m personally surprised more libertarians haven’t espoused this, | Read More »
When Government Grows, We Lose. Only Government Wins
Government grows – and only government benefits. We’re seeing that with the Affordable Care Act – ObamaCare. Turns out that the laws opponents were right – it is stripping from millions of Americans their health insurance coverage. President Barack Obama and his fellow travelers insisted – again, and again, and again, and again – that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. | Read More »
Time for a new Conservative Party.
There may have been a time when the terms Democrat and Republican meant something, but those days are long gone, to the extent they ever really existed. The truth is, there were always liberal, moderate and conservative elements in both parties and, depending upon which side controlled the party apparatus, there was always one side in each party that felt uncomfortable with the direction their | Read More »
Their Biggest Fear
In his first major speech since the deal was signed (I have no idea why the media is putting it that way because it was signed mere hours before the president gave his speech), the president gave a lot of familiar talking points. He said the brinkmanship has to end, that negotiations need to actually happen and that this shutdown did unnecessary damage to the | Read More »
Where is the affordable healthcare??? Here are today’s rates starting 01/01/14! Catastrophic/Bronze plan available in GA for family monthly premium of $613.00 and a family deductible of $12,600 annually—-or a measely $19,956 for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente $446 monthly and $12,700 family deductible, and CIGNA $679 per month and $12,200 annual family deductible!
Government by demand
The laws of supply and demand are beautiful things – expressions of logic as elementary as the basic laws of physics, which govern everything except the more unruly subatomic particles, which thumb their noses at laws, dress like slobs, and listen to the kind of music that drives their parent atoms crazy. Supply and demand even applies to the use of government power, although the | Read More »