Government

GrokTALK! – The Administrative State

by Steve MacDonald December 19, 2014
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In segment four we explore the administrative state and how you can’t do anything anymore without violating a regulation or a law; you can’t even feed the homeless without permission from the state.  You even need a sticker on your dinghy! It is the ongoing inversion of responsibility from the citizen to the government. And […]

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It’s called “scamming the system”

by Skip December 17, 2014

“My 15-year old in 10th grade asked me the other day about free lunch. He asked how people get it. I explained and then he said, “But dad, these kids are wearing Jordan’s and expensive clothes.” Welcome to the real world son.” And why wouldn’t parent give their kids better things when other people have […]

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ECO Group Spent $25K of Your Money On Their Christmas Party

by Steve MacDonald December 4, 2014
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A recent audit of funds dispersed by the Federal government’s  National Science Foundation revealed, wait for it…waste, fraud, and abuse. The audit, conducted by the National Science Foundation inspector general and the Defense Contract Audit Agency, detailed spending by the Colorado-based National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). The nonprofit, designed to operate a network of ecological […]

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Do you think Government telling kids their Rights come from Government is a problem?

by Skip November 26, 2014

In many countries, that would be true.  But we aren’t most countries (at least, not yet) – it is clear that our radical Founding Fathers determined that our Rights pre-exist the formation of Government (e.g., I didn’t happen to be safe from illegal search and seizure or posses the self-defense rights simply because the Constitution […]

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Do you think Government Dependency is a problem?

by Skip November 26, 2014

From End of the American Dream comes this question: “If you could stay home and watch television, play video games and hang out with your friends all day at government expense, would you do it?” It goes on to talk about the safety net vs what I call the Govt hammock with the soft cocooning that eventually […]

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Notable Quote – Why Governmnt At All?

by Steve MacDonald October 17, 2014
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    Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint. -Alexander Hamilton Federalist 15

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Notable Quote – Jacob Hornberger

by Susan Olsen October 3, 2014

“Contrary to popular opinion, the Constitution was not – and is not – a grant of rights to the citizenry. Instead, the Constitution is a “barbed-wire entanglement” designed to interfere with, restrict, and impede government officials in the exercise of political power.”

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Data Point – Americans losing Trust in Government (and FAST!)

by Skip September 16, 2014

It seems that,  anecdotally, that as quickly as Obama raised the trust in the Oval Office, he has brought it back down as well. (H/T: Gallup via Big Government)  

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Gov Transparency Site Misses $619 billion, Data They Do Have is Wildly Inaccurate

by Steve MacDonald August 7, 2014
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Doug Powers – Michelle Malkin.com Transparency we can believe in? A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found. And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending […]

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About Those ‘Social Issues’

by Steve MacDonald August 7, 2014
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A snippet from Selwyn Duke – American Thinker… rebutting the notion that government should stay out of ‘social issues.’ As I predicted years ago and wrote about here, there now is a movement afoot — one that has received “unbiased” mainstream-media news coverage — to legitimize pedophilia. Moreover, it has co-opted the language of the […]

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – The advantages of Plunder, Without Its Risk or Disgrace

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2014
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The oppressor no longer acts directly and with his own powers upon his victim.  No, our discretion has become too refined for that.  The tyrant and his victim are still present, but there is an Government intermediate person between them, which is the Government–that is, the Law itself. What can be better calculated to silence […]

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FOUND: Video of Sandra Fluke from her Childhood

by Kimberly Morin July 3, 2014

Given the latest hysteria and lies over the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case,  I searched high and low over the interwebs and discovered a video of Sandra ‘I can’t buy my own birth control’ Fluke from her childhood. Not much has changed into her ‘adulthood’ only she doesn’t want golden eggs now, she […]

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Contraception Is NOT Your Bosses Business

by Steve MacDonald July 2, 2014
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I’ve made similar points about Liberals/Feminists demanding government interference they claim to oppose, here, and here. The notion that denying a subsidy for a product is equivalent to banning that product is one of the odder tenets of contemporary liberalism. This gets us to why I think the ruling’s majority (on the Hobby Lobby decision) […]

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OUR State Project: What is it about “Free” that has Zandra Rice-Hawkins and Cynthia Chase’s panties in a bunch?

by Skip May 25, 2014

Adding a bit more from Steve’s post on the hysterical OUR State Project Progressives that believe that people who seemingly just want to be left alone by Government are THE existential threat to NH!  Remember, this from people who are out of staters themselves and depend on outside money to attack these people who just want […]

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – “Government Is…”

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2014
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  “Government is that great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”   I’ve added some additional quotes that lead up to this definition…

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Mr. Obama! Mr. Obama! I think I can see a place where government isn’t working…

by Steve MacDonald May 19, 2014
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Mr. Obama! Mr. Obama!  I think I can see a place where government isn’t working…It’s the White House.  And I bet the cost of the cable subscription is a lot cheaper than 36 Czars, the entire Obama Cabinet, the Inspector generals, and all the progressive courtiers…. During Monday’s daily press briefing, press secretary Jay Carney […]

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Notable Quote – Bruce Montague

by Skip April 28, 2014

“Trust is a two way street. If your government does not trust you, how can you trust your government?” – Bruce Montague

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Entrepreneurship cannot happen by Government decree – it must be fostered

by Skip April 27, 2014

This adds onto my post here on Capitalism in talking about Entrepreneurship: The ultimate source of our prosperity is a set of institutions and cultural attitudes (along with what Deirdre McCloskey calls “habits of the lip” that give dignity to the bourgeoisie) that encourage innovative commercial and industrial activities. The bicycle was improved not by “technological […]

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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
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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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