Government

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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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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