Liberty & Freedom
By marfdrat on September 18, 2014
Adjusted for inflation, our government has spent five times more in 50 years “fighting poverty” than we’ve spend on every war since the American Revolution. Yet, the number of people classified as “poor” has not changed much in 40 years. How can this be? The percentage of people considered poor has remained pretty static for a long time, yet spending grows at an atmospheric rate. Could it be there are too many programs? Too many agencies? Too many government functionaries collecting a paycheck to do the same thing as someone in some other department?
Posted in Liberty & Freedom, Nanny-State Nightmares | Tagged census, government spending, Government waste, Lyndon Johnson, poor, Poverty, poverty line, spending, War on Poverty, welfare, welfare spending | Leave a response
By marfdrat on September 16, 2014
This particular story is even sadder for me, because it happened right here in the Old Dominion, just about two hours west of Richmond. I had heard about this story at the end of last week, but this particular site puts an interesting spin on it: while this kid needs a doctor’s note to have lip balm applied by the school nurse, in 26 states, she wouldn’t even need parental permission to get an abortion. World gone mad.
By marfdrat on August 11, 2014
Lovely. The president of the NYC teacher union thinks you’re a conspiracy theorist if you don’t approve of the Common Core standards, and he’s ready to punch you in the face for it. What’s sad is the teachers in attendance at this speech applauded.
By marfdrat on July 9, 2014
New regulations will restrict bake sales to 30 school days per year. Best line: “If I thought I could generate revenue selling carrot sticks, I could tear it up.
In order to comply with the Michelle Obama-inspired regulations, Tennessee schools will only be allowed to have bake sales 30 days per school year.State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said it was “quite remarkable” that food fundraisers would be regulated by how many days they can be held, noting that this will prevent high school sports teams from holding weekly food fundraisers, according to The Tennessean.
Posted in Liberty & Freedom, Nanny-State Nightmares | Tagged bake sales, carrot sticks, cookies, donuts, federal intrusion, government overreach, guidelines, Michelle Obama, nanny state, school lunches | Leave a response
By marfdrat on July 7, 2014
Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog provides an interesting way to evaluate claims by many that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is “denying” birth control to women.
By marfdrat on July 7, 2014
Charles Krauthammer was asked in an interview how to secure the border with Mexico. It’s easy: build a fence. You’ll hear pro-illegal immigration folks argue “building a fence doesn’t do anything.” They’re wrong. They just don’t want to build a fence to stem the flood of illegals coming into America and becoming Democrat voters.
Posted in Economics & Politics, Liberty & Freedom | Tagged border, border fence, border security, illegal aliens, Illegal immigration, illegals, immigration, mexico, unaccompanied minors | Leave a response
Wanna Guess How Many Public Complaints the Patent Office Got about the Redskins Name before they Cancelled the Trademark?
By marfdrat on July 2, 2014
Zero. Nobody complained. Yet, the Patent and Trademark Office made a seemingly arbitrary decision to cancel the Redskin’s trademark because it was derogatory and offensive. So, I wonder who instructed that office to make their decision?
Posted in Liberty & Freedom, Nanny-State Nightmares | Tagged corruption, indians, nanny-state nightmares, pro sports, Redskins, team names, trademark, US Patent and Trademark Office, Washington Redskins | Leave a response
By marfdrat on July 2, 2014
…of what possible value was brought to my school by paying this well-known non-achiever over $200,000 to make a speech. This is the same “hard work” that Bill did after he was president so they could stop being “broke.”
Posted in Economics & Politics, Liberty & Freedom | Tagged bill clinton, crony capitalism, Education, first "lady", higher education, Hillary, hillary clinton, new york, Secretary of State, senator, speaking fees, universities | 3 Responses
By marfdrat on June 7, 2014
Excellent article by John Stossel at Reason.com. There are over 2,000 studies that say GMOs pose no harm to humans. Why would people want to deny cheaper, more plentiful food to people who might otherwise go without?
By marfdrat on May 24, 2014
Pat Condell has the cure for folks who have an “irrational fear” of the “religion of peace.” We need to implement it here in the U.S. before the thought police enable the same kind of takeover they’ve engineered in Britain (the “Woolich murder” to which he refers is the beheading, on the street, of British soldier Lee Rigby by two adherents of Islam)
By marfdrat on May 23, 2014
Putting aside the fact that BMI is a shitty measurement for evaluating body composition and overall health, subjecting young kids to this kind of fat-shaming is terrible. I loved the fact that the kids were told not to look at the assessment, but to give it directly to their parents. Did they think the parents were going to keep it secret from the kids?
By marfdrat on May 22, 2014
This reminds me of a Forrest Gump aphorism: “Momma says stupid is as stupid does.” Stupid is believing for one second that criminals are going to abide by your “no guns allowed” sign. Instead, you just made all your patrons defenseless targets for criminals. I don’t understand why the anti-gun crowd doesn’t get this.
By marfdrat on May 19, 2014
By marfdrat on April 19, 2014
This kind of thinking is insane, but it fits neatly into the worldview held
by some that the government should be the source of all things to all people. With that view, it’s easy to see why local government functionaries wouldn’t want “unauthorized” personnel giving out food.
By marfdrat on March 20, 2014
Williams has a way of expressing the profound in the simplest terms possible. The key notion here is Thomas Paine’s statement: “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” It may be necessary, but it has become so big, and so invasive, that it is far from the neutral rule keeper the founders intended.