Many Private Harms Caused By The Government Shutdown Are Due To Its Own Insistence On Meddling In Our Lives
” The government is so involved in our lives that even basic commerce—simply hiring people—is threatened by political jockeying. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid attacked Republicans as “anarchists” for bringing about the shutdown. Nothing could be further from anarchy than fishing boats sitting idle, waiting for a government functionary to give sailors permission to work. And yet, the common response is anger about the government shutdown, not anger about having to jump through so many hoops in the first place. Even before the shutdown, it would take months for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to approve permits for craft breweries.
Of course, should the crab fishers attempt business as usual, they would undoubtedly find that the parts of government that enforce the regulations are still working. The federal employees with the ability to punish are still on the job.
Such is often the case when municipal governments face cutbacks as well. Citizens may discover it can take months to navigate government bureaucracy and workers point the finger at staff cuts. But fail to jump through the hoops, like small businesses in non-functional Detroit have attempted, and the bureaucrats and enforcers will come to shut it down.
Government has cleverly made itself impossible to live without because officials have made it illegal for nearly any commerce to take place without its extensive permission structure. The ultimate consequence of such broad government intervention in all aspects of the economy reinforces the idea that we cannot shut down or cut back government, because the regulatory structures and laws still exist.”
Tag Archive: Nanny State
Jeremy Irons Slams Bloomberg “Nanny State”
“Jeremy Irons joins Josh Zepps in studio to discuss Mayor Bloomberg’s drink ban in NYC”
- Jeremy Irons rips Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State (iowntheworld.com)
- Jeremy Irons: My claims about father-son same-sex marriages were mischievous but valid (musingsofamildmanneredman.com)
- Jeremy Irons: Bloomberg’s nanny state “dangerous” “tip of the iceberg” (independentsentinel.com)
- Libertarian Jeremy Irons Slams Bloomberg “Nanny State” (xrepublic.tv)
- [VIDEO] Award-winning actor calls Bloomberg’s nanny-state ‘terrible’ and ‘dangerous’ (redalertpolitics.com)
- Jeremy Irons: Could A Father Not Marry His Son? (sweetness-light.com)
” Republican governors are following the script of Obama and Clinton in their campaign strategy for the Medicaid expansion that is needed to implement ObamaCare: The cast of earnest white coats and tearful upstanding, hard-working patients with hard-luck stories. Statements that sound as though they were written by the same PR firm. The same dire consequences of inaction.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” is a favorite concluding sentence.
What “it” basically means is to get the “free” federal money before somebody else does. Since it doesn’t cost “us” anything, at least not at first, it’s a “no brainer” to just grab it. It means billions of dollars, and thousands of jobs, for “us.
But if we exercise our brains for a minute, we see that in reality the billions go to “them,” not “us.” They are the ones in the expensive suits lurking in the background and attending the closed-door meetings. They are the million-dollar-a-year executives of managed-care companies or administrators in big hospital chains. They get the billions and trickle a portion down to people in scrubs and white coats who do real work, for the care of approved patients. They are the real players; the visible ones are props, shills, or camouflage. They are the decision-makers, who decide who is eligible for what.
They don’t think like doctors. Doctors ask, “What is the best way to help this patient with hepatitis c?” Rather, they ask, “Is this person with a certain set of social characteristics worth spending some of ‘our’ resources?” “
- Obama’s Promises Unravel on Obama Care (forbes.com)
- State Legislature to take on revamp of Medicaid (enewscourier.com)
- Ala Legislature to take on revamp of Medicaid (sfgate.com)
- Sebelius: Yep, ObamaCare is raising insurance costs (humanevents.com)
- Study: Obama-Care Will Increase Premiums 32% (sweetness-light.com)
- Obama’s Next Health Care Expansion – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! (dickmorris.com)
- GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes “Let’s make a deal’ (conservativeread.com)
- Florida Lawmakers Reject Obama Medicaid Program Sought by Scott (bloomberg.com)
- Jeb Bush opposed to Florida Medicaid expansion (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Gov. Brewer surrenders to ObamaCare expansion (seeingredaz.wordpress.com)
” In today’s New York Times, philosopher Sarah Conly gives “Three Cheers for the Nanny State,” specifically, NYC’s famed big soda ban. Invoking aspects of the theory of “nudge,” made popular in a book by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, Conly argues that, sometimes, the government can rightfully save us from ourselves.
The popularity of “nudge theory” is closely tied to the recent spate of popular science books on the foibles of the human brain. Books such as Predictably Irrational and A Mind of Its Own are part of a new self-help fad: the idea that scientists studying the error-prone human brain can help us understand why we are unable to quit smoking, lose weight, and many other common problems.
It was only a matter of time until government regulators and their champions embraced this new science in order to put a fresh spin on an old impulse—their never-ending desire to save us from ourselves. But despite the valid insights of cognitive neuroscience, both nudge theory and Conly’s editorial are no more defensible than any other paternalism. We should not be deceived into believing that there is any new wine in those old wineskins. “
- How Data Science Is Advancing the “Nudge” to Influence Mobile Behaviors (allthingsd.com)
- Who they are, what they do, etc. | protein wisdom (cg68doc.newsvine.com)
- Cass Sunstein: “It’s For Your Own Good!” (thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com)
- Daddy’s Gonna Make You Do It (chrisnavin.com)
- When “Nudge” Goes Bad (pointsandfigures.com)
- New Review of practical Behavioral Economics by Cass Sunstein (behavioural-investing.org)
- A Paternalist Worries About Paternalism (reason.com)
If … You Might Live In A Nation Founded By Geniuses But Run By Idiots
” If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots. .
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth- and drug-infested “homes” — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working through 99 weeks of unemployment checks without any requirement to prove they sought but couldn’t find work — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, wall-sized plasma do-it-all TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.”
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” Tonight on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn focused on some of the insane stories making headlines in the news. A kid suspended from school for making a gun out of a pastry. Another teen suspended for wrestling away a loaded weapon from another student. Why are these the lessons being taught to our kids? Why are our students being taught to be terrified of guns and to sit down and wait for first responders when faced with a real threat? Glenn looks at the insanity permeating schools today in a monologue that should leave parents taking a hard look in the mirror and wondering how much longer they’ll allow this indoctrination to go on.”
- ‘Teacher Threatened Police Arrest And My Son’s Mental Sanity Over A Photo of Him With A Pellet Gun’ – Parent (amresolution.com)
- Diatribe: A “Gun-Shaped” Pop-Tart Can Get A Boy Suspended. (diatribesandovations.com)
- Parent calls pastry gun suspension ‘insanity’ (wtvr.com)
- Maryland: Seven Year Old Suspended for Biting Pastry into Gun Shape (wtvy.com)
- Second-grader suspended for making pastry ‘gun’ (local10.com)
- Gun madness continues: Baltimore boy suspended for pastry gun (examiner.com)
” A Maryland kid chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun at school and wound up with two days supension. The pastry in question was not named, but it’s gotta be a Pop-Tart, right? “
” The background for this case is the German war on homeschooling that has led some families to seek political asylum in the United States where homeschooling is still legal for now.
The Romeikes’ case is now before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, with the US government seeking to revoke their asylum and force them to return to Germany. And the details of Attorney-General Holder’s arguments in the brief for Romeike v. Holder are sinister, to say the least.
According to Holder, parents have no fundamental right to home-educate their children.
“[Holder’s office] argued that there was no violation of anyone’s protected rights in a law that entirely bans homeschooling. There would only be a problem if Germany banned homeschooling for some but permitted it for others.”
- Eric Holder: Homeschool Ban Doesn’t Violate Fundamental Rights (joemiller.us)
- U.S. Department of Justice arguing that homeschooling is not a right (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- USA Trying to Deport Christian Homeschooling Family Knowing They Face Persecution (politicaloutcast.com)
- Our Homeschool rights may be impacted by German homeschool case (home4schooling.wordpress.com)
- Obamunist America Is No Sanctuary for Homeschoolers (moonbattery.com)
- Eric Holder: Banning Homeschooling Doesn’t Violate Fundamental Rights (dailypaul.com)
- Eric Holder Against German Family for Homeschooling with bid to Deport them (12160.info)
” Homeowners in an exclusive waterfront enclave in Brooklyn thought Hurricane Sandy was as cruel a blow as they could suffer — until the taxman proved them wrong.
The city is claiming that property values have actually shot up for many homes in Manhattan Beach and it’s going ahead with hefty tax hikes for the houses devastated by the October superstorm, shocked property owners told The Post.
Homeowners in other neighborhoods hit by Sandy, including Coney Island, the Rockaways and parts of Staten Island, also said they’ve received increases.
“This is totally insensitive and heartless,” said Ira Zalcman, president of the Manhattan Beach Community Group, which has received more than 30 complaints from residents about the hikes.
“We just sustained one of the worst national disasters in our nation’s history, and now the city is delusional, claiming our property values went up.”
We’d have more pity for these homeowners if we didn’t know that that they are reaping the benefits of the over-arching government they regularly vote into office .
They are getting a taste of how the rest of the non-liberal NY residents feel everyday living in a state who’s politics are completely dominated by the left-wing voters of NYC.
- State Lawmakers Weigh Options For Hurricane Sandy Relief (gothamgazette.com)
- Tough Talk from Cuomo: ‘Maybe Mother Nature Doesn’t Want You Here’ (theatlanticcities.com)
- Blizzard piles snow on top of sorrow for New York’s Rockaways neighbourhood (guardian.co.uk)
- Mayor Iffy on Cuomo Sandy Buyout Proposal (wnyc.org)
- Video Of The Day: Rockaway Beach, 3 Months After Sandy (gadling.com)
- Parks Commissioner Says Sandy-Impacted Beaches On Track To Reopen In Summer (statenisland.ny1.com)
- Editorial: Post-Sandy home buyout is a wise plan (newsday.com)
California Passes Sweeping New ‘Animal Abuse’ Laws That Give Government Massive New Powers Over Animal Ownership
Animal rights run amok …
” (NaturalNews) If you live in California and own pets or livestock, you could soon be criminalized as an animal abuser for things like letting your livestock roam on pasture or transferring ownership of rare-breed animals in a parking lot. Two new laws recently passed under the auspices of animal protection actually threaten to eliminate animal ownership throughout the state, as they re-categorize normal animal rearing methods as acts of abuse worthy of criminal fines and unwarranted seizure of said animals.
The bills are AB 1117 and SB 917, and they were passed under a shroud of secrecy. Those who knew about the bills were told they would protect animals from abuse. But upon closer investigation, AB 1117 and SB 917 were clearly designed to incriminate animal ownership and discourage livestock farming. SB 917, as it turns out, makes it a crime to both sell and give away animals on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival or boardwalk, while AB 1117 gives full authority to humane and peace officers to seize and destroy animals without a warrant. “
For once it seems that California is behind the curve in this headlong dash towards human extinction …
” Such lunacy is not reserved to California, sadly, as numerous other U.S. states are pushing their own laws that would essentially criminalize animal ownership. As we reported back in 2012, the state of Michigan passed a not-so-cleverly disguised “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) that reclassified most rare-breed pig breeds as “feral,” and thus illegal. Beginning last April, the state actually went around with SWAT teams raiding local farms and shooting these rare-breed species (http://www.naturalnews.com/035372_Michigan_pigs_farm_freedom.html).And back in 2011, Illinois lawmakers tried to push House Bill 1166, which would have required pet owners to actually get a state-issued permit if they wished to possess more than six animals as pets. Included in this pet category, as explained in a Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) report, were the usual cats and dogs, as well as fish. Thousands of Illinois residents with even one fish tank of fish, in other words, would have become criminals overnight (http://www.pijac.org)”.
Who does he think he’s fooling ? The crime rates nationally have been steadily declining for the past TWENTY years even as the population has grown by over 20% . There is no problem that the State needs to step in and address . There is no crisis awaiting the curative hand of State intrusion . This is a power grab plain and simple .
New York already has some of the toughest gun laws and it certainly is one of the most intrusive of bureaucracies , witness the mass exodus of corporation departing the state due to sky high taxes , onerous regulation and this unending attitude coming from Albany that the only solution is the State solution .
“We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured,” Cuomo said. “We respect hunters and sportsman. This is not taking away people’s guns. I own a gun … that’s not what this is about.”
“It is about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles. That’s what this is about,” he added. “
If this governor is really interested in helping the people of his state he should devote his attentions to the real problems that exist in New York , namely the economy and jobs . Help to create an environment that is conducive to business growth and that will lead to more jobs , more revenue and less crime .
- “Gov. Cuomo Unleashed on Gun Control During State of the State Address” (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- Cuomo Moves to Beef Up NY Gun Laws (newser.com)
- Cuomo’s State Of The State To Include Gun Control (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- NRA President Fires Back at Cuomo (politicker.com)
- Observers see 2016 in Cuomo speech (politico.com)
- NRA President Fires Back at Cuomo (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Watch: New York Governor Calls for Assault Weapons Ban (abcnews.go.com)
- NY’s Cuomo proposes gun, ammo magazine limits (kfwbam.com)
- Cuomo the gunslinger (nydailynews.com)
- NY’s Cuomo sets sights high on gun control (cnsnews.com)
” If we reach the following highly unpleasant conclusion, what are the implications?
The United States has taken a political turn which, at least for the next four years, will guarantee that it does not play the role of a great power mindful of and willing to protect its own true interests, to support its allies, and to combat its real foes. On the contrary, through inaction or active effort the leadership of America will take counterproductive actions that achieve the opposite result. And there are certain factors — radical ideological hegemony, a weak economy and growing debt, structural social changes, the weakness and disorganization of the opposition — that may make this situation regarding America’s international behavior and policies a long-term, partly irreversible condition. In other words, we don’t know if America is finished as the world’s leading power, but we do know that it will not have leadership and certainly not leadership in a good direction for a while and perhaps will never fully recover.
So what do those outside the United States do to face this situation? (Please note that I am speaking here only of U.S. foreign policy and just remarking on the domestic situation.)
There are those readers who would contest the accuracy of this statement. They will say that Barack Obama is a great president, or at least a decent one, and there is no big prob. lem regarding U.S. foreign policy at all. In fact, he and his team, which now includes Secretary of State-designate John Kerry, will be just fine, or at least okay. They will make the point — valid, but irrelevant — that the United States doesn’t control everything in the world . “
” But here’s the thing: can you imagine another context in which anyone would think it appropriate to publish a map showing the names and addresses of residents, along with anyinformation about them? Suppose a newspaper published a map that identified all the homes where no adult male lives, so that thieves and rapists would know just where to go. Or a map showing how many television sets belong to each homeowner. Or how about automobiles? The Department of Motor Vehicles collects information about the automobiles that belong to each household. Can you imagine the outcry if a newspaper obtained that information from the DMV and published an online map identifying by name and address the occupants of each house, and describing by make and model all of their motor vehicles? That, too, could be of great value to thieves, but beyond that, is there anyone who wouldn’t consider such an act an outrageous invasion of privacy?
And yet somehow, the liberals who publish the Journal News thought it was perfectly acceptable to publish a map identifying local gun owners, with names and addresses. The fact that anyone tries to defend this action illustrates how the mere thought of a firearm sends some people around the bend. “
- Outrage after NY newspaper publishes gun holders’ names, addresses (cbsnews.com)
- Newspaper Hires Armed Guards After Publishing Gun Owner Addresses (townhall.com)
- Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper’s Gun Map Would’ve Made the Job Easier, Safer (foxnews.com)
- Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper’s Gun Map Would’ve Made the Job Easier, Safer (conservativebyte.com)
- A Map Of Burglar Friendly Households (youviewed.com)
- Upping The Ante … (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
British Medical Journal: Ban Long Knives
” What writer Mark Steyn has rightly called the “stupid and contemptible” public discourse on gun control in this country is getting even “stupider and contemptibler” overseas. The U.K. has once again done America a solid by providing a glimpse of the country’s Oceanic future: British medical “experts” are calling for kitchen cutlery control.
That’s right, America’s transatlantic in-laws, twice removed, have taken to contemplating a long knife ban in order to reduce the number of fatal stabbings.
A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase – and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.
They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon. The research is published in the British Medical Journal. The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all. “
- A Kitchen Knife Ban? Really? (lunaticoutpost.com)
- UK Doctors are calling for a ban on pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths. (forum.prisonplanet.com)
- Will the Brits End Up Switching to Chopsticks? (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- OK, so where will gun control lead? (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- UK Doctors Call For Ban On Kitchen Knives (libertycrier.com)
” North Carolina Republican Rep. Sue Myrick said that “government can’t afford to take care of everybody.”
Speaking with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, the outgoing congresswoman talked about a society that rewards dependency on government over work.
“A good friend of mind runs a good-sized business , and he had a man who was working for him and at the end of the first time he got his paycheck, he came to his boss and said, ‘You know, I only made $40 more this week than if I had stayed home and been on’ some type of government support that he was getting. ‘So why should I work?’” Myrick said “
” It looks like Americans are in for a long campaign by Mayor Bloomberg to exploit the killings at Newtown, Connecticut, for his campaign against what he likes to call “illegal guns.” The children slain in Connecticut hadn’t even been identified when Mr. Bloomberg was issuing statements attacking President Obama for failing to take “immediate” action. The thing for the rest of America to keep in mind about Mr. Bloomberg is that in his hometown he has become known for playing a very slippery game.
This starts with the name of one of the organizations Mr. Bloomberg uses, known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In fact it plumps for prohibitions on guns that are currently legal. The organization likes to quote police chiefs who are for more gun control. This line of argument was demolished after the Aurora, Colorado, massacre, by the Wall Street Journal. It issued a piece by John Lott reporting that the overwhelming majority of police chiefs surveyed in America believe that “any law-abiding citizen [should] be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense.”
That, Mr. Lott noted, was the finding of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. It covered more than 20,000 chiefs of police and sheriffs. Adds Mr. Lott: “Seventy-seven percent believed that concealed-handgun permits issued in one state should be honored by other states ‘in the way that drivers’ licenses are recognized through the country’—and that making citizens’ permits portable would ‘facilitate the violent crime-fighting potential of the professional law enforcement community.’”
- Bloomberg: Obama Must Take ‘Immediate Action’ Against Guns (breitbart.com)
- Adam Sandler makes fun of Nanny Bloomberg, Rep. Anthony Weiner at NYC benefit concert (redalertpolitics.com)
- Bloomberg: NRA’s power is ‘vastly overrated’ (tv.msnbc.com)
- Bloomberg to Obama: Offering Condolences ‘Is Not Enough’ (politicker.com)
- MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: ‘Calling For ‘Meaningful Action’ Is Not Enough’ (businessinsider.com)
- Mayor Bloomberg: “Well, I don’t know that– you keep saying control. I think that’s a– a bad word. What about regulations?” (althouse.blogspot.com)