Government

Notable Quote – Thomas Sowell

by Susan Olsen May 20, 2015

“[T]he federal government does not just “ask” for money. It takes the money it wants in taxes, usually before the people who have earned it see their paychecks. Despite pious rhetoric on the left about “asking” the more fortunate for more money, the government does not “ask” anything. It seizes what it wants by force. If […]

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Amtrak Crash Caused By Insufficent Offerings to The Relevant God of Government

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2015
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The theodicy of federal government requires an explanation that defends the goodness of government control or subsidies into the given sphere. So just as some religious groups might blame a weather event on insufficient fealty to the relevant god, some progressives blame — before the National Transportation Safety Board has even shown up on site […]

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Jonah Goldberg – The Omnipotence Paradox

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2015
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Notable Quote – Paul Craig Roberts

by Susan Olsen April 29, 2015

“A government that cannot survive truth and must resort to stamping out truth is not a government that any country wants.” Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy, April 21, 2015 H/T Ol Remus  

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Notable Quote – Edward R. Murrow

by Susan Olsen April 25, 2015

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

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Data Point – Americans believe Government is the worst problem we face

by Skip March 16, 2015

So much for the Progressive “Government is good for you and you should trust us”.  In this, Obama has failed to “transform” America: (H/T: CNSNews)

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Dat Point – Trust in Government is in the toilet

by Skip March 2, 2015

This is what Pew Research is showing. Frankly, they’ve done it to themselves.  People with trust institutions that act in trustworthy fashions (even here in the US where most people view Government with an upraised eyebrown (unless you are Zandra Rice-Hawkins (and affiliated co-comrades) who never met a government that she wouldn’t swoon over). (H/T: Independent […]

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Notable quote – Joseph Sobran

by Susan Olsen February 17, 2015

“People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We’ll never know how many ideas our government has aborted […]

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Notable Quote – Justice Brandeis

by Steve MacDonald February 12, 2015
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Debt-Free Govt? What a CONCEPT!

by Skip January 7, 2015

The problem is that the vast majority of politicians and those in Govt are often SO quick to start the groupthink of “hey, paid this off – that’s the signal to turn around and buy more debt!”.  It always seems to be the mindset that Govt should always be funding itself more INSTEAD of thinking “Hey, […]

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How Much Capitulation is Enough?

by Steve MacDonald January 7, 2015
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Social media runneth over with discussion on the matter of Democrat elected Speaker Jasper (R- Hudson) and yes, the importance of getting along to get ahead.  Getting things done.  The need to accept things as they are is more important than sticking to principle–if sticking to principles rocks the boat. Without burdening you with a […]

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Govt Union Rules

by Steve MacDonald January 4, 2015
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Govt union rules: 1. Turn backs on de Blasio: fascist insubordination, fire them. 2. Overrun WI capitol: This is what democracy looks like. — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 4, 2015

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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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