Administrative State

This sounds like a great idea! The Regulatory Transparency Project from The Federalist Society

by Skip November 16, 2017

In the ultra-complex, interconnected, and breakneck-speed digital age in which we live, government must issue and enforce regulations to protect public health and safety. However, despite the best of intentions, government regulation can fail, can stifle innovation, can foreclose opportunity, and can harm the most vulnerable among us. It is for precisely these reasons that […]

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Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek

by Skip October 28, 2017

It should be remembered that long before government entered those fields, many of the generally recognized collective needs were met by the efforts of the public-spirited individuals or groups providing means for public purposes which they regarded as important. Public education and public hospitals, libraries and museums, theatres and parks, were not first created by […]

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“This is not how it works. This is not how any of this is supposed to work” – Speaker of the US House Paul Ryan edition

by Skip October 12, 2017

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.” – President Obama, Inauguration (2009 Politically lazy or political cowardness? “House Speaker Paul D. Ryan backed […]

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The Administrative State -the Prelude

by Skip August 7, 2017

The Administrative State – as Progressives grew and grew government, they knew that they were coming up onto one of the mountain tops of the Progressive philosophy – a technocratic State “guiding” its subjects to a Utopia.  For you see, they consider the rest of us to be dolts and deplorables who can’t cope with […]

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An interesting proposition

by Skip July 9, 2017

D. Hawthorne over at American Greatness has something on which to contemplate given the trajectory this country is following when compared to what the Founders intended: The American Founding: The Declaration’s Natural Rights ? Individual Character Formation to Create Good Citizens Capable of Self-Government ? Culture with Vibrant Mediating Institutions ? Limited Government versus Today’s […]

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General Mike Flynn – The Deep State (along with Obama burrowers): subversion?

by Skip February 15, 2017

Much is being said about Trump’s NSA head, Mike Flynn, and the recent past, the politics within the WH, and now, some of what might be going on.  A bit of it is from this; If I am channel surfing and pass by Fox News, I’ll click back if Dr. Sebastian Gorka is on – I […]

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Well of course he’s an “existential threat” – he’s for less government

by Skip February 2, 2017

Heh! European Council President Donald Tusk called US President Donald Trump an ‘existential threat’ to Europe Tuesday. Tusk wrote an open letter to the leaders of 27 Council member states, in which he listed the US President as a “threat” to the European Union alongside China, Russia, radical Islam, war, and terrorism.  Tusk cited “worrying […]

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You cannot serve those you loathe. And bureaucrats loathe us.

by Skip October 9, 2016

In the free market, if you do not serve your customers, you’re history.  The accountability is via Profit indicator: if you are not selling something that works, your profit will suffer.  Price your offering too high, people will not buy and your profit will suffer.  Price is too low and be unable to recoup your […]

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Post-show: NH AG Joseph Foster takes the law into his own hands (legislators be damned)

by Skip July 30, 2016

We did talk about about the NH Attorney General Joseph Foster and his filing an amicus brief supporting Obama’s transgender bathroom policy mandating, from Washington DC, that forces itself on schools here in NH.  Defending New Hampshire?  Defending local control of schools by local School Boards?  Defending innocent children and their privacy? Er, nope.  Once again […]

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The Progressive “Administrative State” is unConstitutional

by Skip July 24, 2016

We have lost the government we learned about in civics class, with its democratic election of representatives to do the voters’ will in framing laws, which the president vows to execute faithfully, unless the Supreme Court rules them unconstitutional. That small government of limited powers that the Founders designed, hedged with checks and balances, hasn’t […]

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If only the NH and the US Legislatures would to the same: DO THEIR JOBS!

by Skip May 23, 2016

Instead of sloughing it off on the Executive Branch to fill in their “legislation holes”.  And become “jealous” of both their power AND responsibility to the point of not allowing the Executive Branch and the Courts to fill the Legislative role in our separate branches of governance.  Tennessee – a model to follow? During the […]

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Once again, a Democrat crying over the Bureaucracy getting hamstrung?

by Skip March 18, 2016

The Administrative State – as I’ve said for years, it is the end goal of Progressives and we see too many Republicans (right, Ovide?) supporting other Republicans in moving the Overton Window leftward in achieving it in diminishing the power of the Legislative Branch by the empowerment of the Executive Branch’s agencies.  The only way […]

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Our Dillettante Rulers Have Abdicated Their Duties

by Mike February 24, 2016

‘Pretty Little Princelings’ Surrender To The Administrative State This morning, Skip posted a piece on the lawless administrative state – It is my view that our elected representatives have long abdicated their duties to make actual laws constrained by the constitution, and so I was moved to write: They enjoy their power, money, perks, and […]

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Is Administrative Law Unlawful?

by Skip February 23, 2016

From Cafe Hayek:  Is Administrative Law Unlawful?: “Evidently, the lust for power outside the law is a recurring danger, and it is confined neither to monarchies nor to the past. Understanding this, Americans in their constitutions carefully repudiated power outside or above the law.  Their constitutions, however, could no longer hold off the danger when […]

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Democrat Virginia AG just ideologically nuked out of state concealed carry reciprocity

by Skip December 23, 2015

All by his lonesome from his perch in the Executive Branch. If you are from the States where your CCW was formerly recognized by Virginia, yer outta luck (emphasis mine): Virginia attorney general Mark Herring (D, in case you were wondering) has announced that he will be severing Virginia’s firearms license reciprocity agreements with a slew […]

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The only thing to do is to rollback the 1946 Administrative Law Act

by Skip August 15, 2015

From Son of Spengler, this observation that Administrative State (re: Bureaucracy) may now be the Republicans’ bane of existence even if they hold the House and Senate AND gain the Oval Office (emphasis mine): In fact, Obama has not achieved his successes through formal, Constitutional means, but through executive agencies and the courts. Those democratically-unaccountable institutions […]

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GrokTALK! – GOP Promises Not Kept

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2015
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The Republicans asked for the majority to fix things like ObamaCare and big government and when the voters gave them that majority what did they do with it? That and trimming the administrative state. (Yes, I said that last time – got my segment notes mixed up.) Listen to the entire program here Follow us […]

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GrokTALK! – Who Else Erases History?

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2015
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The American left has manufactured another crisis and used it as an excuse to erase history. So who else does that? We also discuss the dealing with the bureaucratic handmaidens of the central planners – the administrative state. Listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with […]

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“Corrupt. Ruinous. Unstable”

by Susan Olsen May 27, 2015

“Cooperative” federalism is supposed to come from Congress and federal statutes. However, practically nothing comes from Congress these days. The legislature is notoriously divided. It lacks the financial resources to rope recalcitrant states in new federalism bargains (witness the ACA), and it cannot even revisit the bargains embedded in old statutes (such as education programs or the […]

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Alexis De Tocqueville warned us of despotism and tyranny arising in democracies – the Administrative State

by Skip December 29, 2014

Even though French philosopher Alexis De Tocquville toured the nascent American Democracy back in the mid-1800’s, even as he was in wonderment of the strength of its Civil Society (e.g., non-governmental), he was prescient in diagnosing its probable demise in the rise of those that would control the others under the guise of “we’re here […]

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GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 5 & 6 (Commissions & Boards, Regional Planning Commissions)

by Skip November 13, 2014

These next two question were in the area of the growing Administrative State – unelected and unaccountable to the voters making decisions that will affect those voters with the force of law without the legislative process.  It has overtaken the Federal Government and Obama is playing that violin much to our detriment – and it […]

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So why doesn’t Congress take its authority back?

by Skip January 14, 2014

The top red circle is the law passed by the US House and US Senate and signed by the President.  The blue rectangle represents the regulatory regime by bureaucrats – where either: Bureaucrats have over extended their power past what lawmakers have given them (e.g., today’s ruling by the Judicial Branch that the FCC overstepped […]

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More thoughts on Republicans passing SB11

by Skip May 30, 2013

Grokster Susan has the list with the title of “All your water are belong to them….“; it is still GraniteGrok’s belief that the finger has been removed from the dike with respect to the right to private property concerning the water underneath one’s land and that this may well give the Taxaholics yet another revenue […]

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IRS As Political Hammer, Not the First Time, Nor the Last, Unless…

by Scott Morales May 23, 2013

Sometimes blogging is about creative commentary and piquing the other side while, hopefully, providing a different perspective. Other times, it’s just about spreading information. This is one of those times. I initially dressed this up with all sorts of semi-wittiness (heavy on the “semi”) reminiscent of a tired comic strip, but the length of the […]

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We Warn and Warn and Warn. The Pimps Ignore. Now, the Pimps Pay!

by Scott Morales January 20, 2013

We’ve warned and received derision and dismissal in response.  We’ve argued and received denouncements and sardonic denials. Our claims were decried and characterized as far right paranoid fantasy. We’ve been told that our observation of what happens with Big Gov are delusional scare tactics and are meant to instill a Mad Max world type fear […]

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Democrat Values Vs. TEA Party Values: Technocrats or elected officials – who should actually govern?

by Skip September 30, 2012

Is rule by an unelected, unaccountable, and unasailable Administrative State elite a NH Value, or a Democrat one?  The history of NH is one of local control by locally elected officials, one shared by TEA Party folks.  They WANT to elected their officials that would then govern – and via their votes, the electorate would […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 4: Administrative based taxes: have all taxes, fees, and fines set by the Legislature?

by Skip July 28, 2012

Increasingly, we see NH State Agencies setting their own level of taxation (fees, fines, et al) outside of authorization of the Legislature.  It is the Executive Branch to self-fund and making itself independent of the taxation authority of the Legislature.  And of course, it goes without saying that while Legislators are accountable to the voters, […]

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The Embrace of Administrative Despotism – A Notable Quote

by Steve MacDonald July 9, 2012

Our contemporaries are constantly excited by two conflicting passions; they want to be led, and they wish to remain free.  As they can not destroy either the one or the other of these contrary propensities, they strive to satisfy them both at once.  They devise a sole, tutelary, and all powerful from of government, but […]

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Notable Quote – Dr. Thomas L. Krannawiter

by Skip January 26, 2012

In the Progressive view, the ends of government cannot be limited to protecting natural rights, because nature supplies no rights, and positive rights created by government change over time. Thus limited government is replaced with government of unlimited power and scope, what some political scientists call the administrative state. Rejecting natural justice, the liberal mind […]

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