Government

SB 120 – Once You Sets Foot on The New Hampshire Speech Plantation…

by Steve MacDonald April 23, 2014
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Once You Sets Foot on The New Hampshire Speech Plantation…you best know the rules before speaking. Free speech exists to protect us from government tyranny so whenever the government or one of its surrogates tries to argue in favor of using government force to control political speech you need to pay attention.  When they actually […]

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Who Makes More Than ‘Bankers?’ Bank Regulators, Of Course!

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Delivers the Bad News.  We’re not getting screwed by Big Bankers, who at least pretend to make their money in the open market, we are getting screwed by government regulators who get paid with tax dollars. It is true that the very top bank executives make more in a year than […]

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Income Equality….? I Have Some Ideas.

by Steve MacDonald April 10, 2014
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I think income equality starts with the people in government, most of whom make way too much money and have far too many incentives to milk the taxpayers and the system dry without fear of repercussion.  People should not be getting rich from elected office, period. The answer (maybe) is to ensure the job of […]

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Notable Quote – Angelo M. Codevilla “Whining For Milder Taskmasters?”

by Steve MacDonald April 3, 2014
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Does the Country Class really want to govern itself, or is it just whining for milder taskmasters?  How ready, willing, and able is the Country Class to do more than vote every couple of years for people about whom it does not know and on issues it does not care to understand?  Above all, how […]

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Humor – Govt not knowing which is which

by Skip March 19, 2014

The Sierra Club and the U. S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the Wyoming ranchers for controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the Sierra Club had a “more humane” solution to this issue. What they […]

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If Everyone Worked for the Government Who Would Pay The Salaries?

by Steve MacDonald March 19, 2014
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For those not so good at the math, if everyone ‘worked’ for the government there would be nothing to tax to pay anyone. And by ‘worked’ we can mean employed or on the payroll of–as in living off money provided solely by the state. If everyone relied on government for their means they would have […]

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2014
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In England, the dissolution of the Monasteries by the State resulted in an increase in public begging.   The monasteries, you see, acting as private, voluntary charities,  had long tended to the needs of the truly impoverished and downtrodden at their discretion.  Which is to say, they took an interest in the care of the truly […]

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Pretty well sums it up…

by Susan Olsen January 11, 2014
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Meet The Press: “We have to reinstitute some trust in Government”

by Skip December 23, 2013

That is what former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on yesterday’s Meet The Press.  Really!  As if someone can just wave a magic wand and go “Poof, there it is”!  It seems like a number of the Ruling Class (and yes, being the Press Secretary does tend to make you a member with sterling […]

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Data Point – Disconnect

by Skip December 17, 2013

It seems that what is important to the American people is NOT important to the Politicians in DC: All we seem to hear from the Lefty pols in DC is that Income Inequality (“Gap between rich and poor”) is the Number One problem.  And now we hear, in conjunction with Lefty pols, from the Righty […]

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Milton Freidman – Socialized Medicine

by Steve MacDonald December 15, 2013

Can you feel the ‘unsettling dynamics’ at work? Nobel Laureate Economist Milton Friedman explores the unsettling dynamics set into motion when government imposes itself into the health care system. (1978)

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Now that we are all stuffed, a quick note on GMO food

by Skip November 28, 2013

A few days ago, this topic came up at a meeting I was at – Cafe Hayek reminded me of it so it gives me a chance to comment: If I am interested in buying GMO-free food (I’m not – I’ve eaten plenty but have friends who care deeply about it), shouldn’t there be a […]

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Obama Stasi Raid Journalist’s Home For One Thing – Walk Out With Another

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2013
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In a less well know act of government vs. Journalists, a freelance reporter who had done investigative work on agencies under Homeland Security, had her home raided in early August.  The search warrant was to look for arms or ammunition that the reporters husband was not supposed to have, but they managed to seize without […]

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Hey, Let’s Threaten to Double the price of Milk.

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2013
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You don’t think the Federal governed is too big? Too powerful? That it isn’t more interested in what it wants than what you want? Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said he called Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week suggesting that the agency begin the process of implementing the 1949-era dairy policies that would take effect […]

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We Want a Simplified Tax Code That Fits on a Restaurant Place-Mat…

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2013

I stumbled across an old issue of National Review, March 2013, in which James Lileks writes about ‘Retail Politics.’  I won’t revisit the article except to share the closing remarks, which take a very realistic look at the politics of the tax code. “We want a simplified tax code that fits on a restaurant place-mat, […]

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With Every Purchase of a Chevy Volt….Free House in Detroit!

by Steve MacDonald July 22, 2013

There is a movement making its way out of the narrative-colon of the Democrat machine; Detroit failed because of Republicans.  If Republicans just spent more of other people’s money Detroit would be fine.   I can’t recall the last time there were any Republicans running Detroit but if there were they were probably left of former […]

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You Ever Feel Like You’re Being Watched…?

by Steve MacDonald June 17, 2013
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Only one of these Obama sentences are true

by Skip June 9, 2013

I could not leave it alone – Grokster Susan quoted a partial of what Obama said to Dem donors at yet another campaign stop, and given that I quoted it yesterday during our first half hour on GrokTalk!, I figured I’d requote it: The truth of the matter is Michael and I — I know […]

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Notable Quote: Albert Jay Nock

by Steve MacDonald June 2, 2013

Let us suppose that instead of being slow, extravagant, inefficient, wasteful, unadaptive, stupid, and at least by tendency corrupt, the State changes its character entirely and becomes infinitely wise, good, disinterested, efficient, so that anyone may run to it with any little two-penny problem and have it solved for him at once in the wisest […]

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The Real Agents of Change

by Steve MacDonald May 30, 2013

Democrats like to promote themselves as change agents.  Agents of change.  And this makes them hip.  Modern.  Progressive.  But nothing could be further from the truth. Democrats promote the politicization of everything and by extension the bureaucratization of everything.  To them government is the best arbiter of progress.  But the process of making government the […]

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Schadenfreude, Mr. Morgan? Or is that just the scales falling off your eyes?

by Skip May 17, 2013

CNN’s Piers Morgan, the Brit Twit who decided that taking on Pro-Second Amendment folks during the run up to the Senate’s attempt to pass stricter gun laws to boost his ratings (er, #FAIL), is seemingly having a change of mind about it all.  You see, after poo-pooing (or screaming, taking your pick) that that these […]

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Mule Trading

by Steve MacDonald April 11, 2013

Curtis & Leroy saw an ad in the Starkville Daily in Starkville , MS. and bought a mule for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day. The next morning the farmer drove up and said,”Sorry, fellows, I have some bad news, the mule died last night.” Curtis & Leroy replied,”Well, then […]

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The Paleo Party

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2013

The thing the Democrat Party wants the most is to convince us that it is in our best interest, regardless of the interest, to let the government manage as much of our community and our lives as possible.  Cost is, of course, no object (because it is not their money).  But this is the oldest […]

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Spending as A Percetage of GDP 1950 – 2010

by Steve MacDonald January 22, 2013

A new study from the St. Louis Fed has provided us with this nifty graph. The Graph below shows spending by major categories as a percentage of GDP.  Some may find this surprising. There are more charts at the link, also here at Hot Air.  Take particular note of the graphs on revenue and spending relative […]

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Notable Quote: Their Faith is in The Legislator, Ours is in Mankind

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2013

I am, I confess, one of those who think that choice and impulse ought to come from below and not from above, from the citizen and not from the legislator; and the opposite doctrine appears to me to tend to the destruction of liberty and of human dignity. But by a deduction as false as […]

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Mencken…

by Susan Olsen January 4, 2013

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they […]

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Notable Quote – Plus!: On Restraining the ‘Passions of Men’

by Steve MacDonald December 29, 2012

“For Conservative thinkers believe that man is corrupt, that his appetites need restraint, and that the forces of custom, authority, law, and government, as well as moral discipline, are required to keep sin in check.” -Quintin Hogg       “Experience has ever shown, that education, as well as religion, aristocracy, as well as democracy […]

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Government or Private: Really, which is “investment” and which is just spending?

by Skip December 9, 2012

Remember, there is a reason why the Left is redefining the language that Government no longer “spends” but “invests”.  They hate the idea that investments in the private sector can do far better than Government spending, so they (as in many other areas) try to equate the two so as to totally blur any difference […]

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Wither Thee A Thermostat – One Example of How Government Can Ruin Your Life

by Steve MacDonald December 7, 2012

Here is a very good example of why the Government sucks, and why the very nature of the state as a reliever of ills is actually destructive to that very end.. Throughout the entire winter, every winter lately, the temperature in my house is around 63-65 degrees.  At night, and when we are out, it […]

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Notable Quote: Government As A Protector From Natural Evils

by Steve MacDonald November 7, 2012

The ideas of religion and government are closely connected; and whilst we receive government as a thing necessary, or even useful to our well-being, we shall in spite of us draw in, as a necessary, though undesirable consequence, an artificial religion of some kind or other.  To this the vulgar will always be voluntary slaves; […]

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