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.
Meaningless Security Theater Officials Continues to Harass Americans Critical of Meaningless Security Theater
By marfdrat on January 7, 2013
The TSA is a colossal government-spending boondoggle that’s not keeping us safe. Here’s another example of how they harass journalists that criticize their useless shenanigans.
Traveling to New York to appear on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Jones had already showed his ID as he approached the metal detector. Jones and colleague Rob Dew noticed that a large number of people across all age ranges were not removing their shoes as they walked through the metal detector. The x-ray body scanners were not in use.
By marfdrat on July 13, 2012
I expect that this date will get later in the year before it gets earlier – IF it ever gets earlier.
This year, Americans have to work until July 15 to pay for the burden of government, more than six months.
Through Rose-Colored Glasses: “The Private Sector is Doing Fine” – It’s Leviathan That We Need to Grow
By marfdrat on June 8, 2012
Can he really be that detached from reality? We’ve had 8+% unemployment for over three years, and business are reluctant to hire new workers because of the uncertainty about tax hikes and out-of-control regulatory agencies. Fear not, knuckle-draggers and little people; the Anointed One says all is well, and it’s really the GOVERNMENT that needs to get bigger.
By marfdrat on April 19, 2012
In an editorial in the Washington Times, rock ‘n roller and Secret Service target Ted Nugent argues that our elected officials have gone overboard with their zeal to regulate every aspect of our lives. Always done with the best of intentions, and to protect stupid people from themselves, regulatory bloat is squashing liberty: you can’t do anything anymore with out getting someone’s permission, or paying for a permit.
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By marfdrat on February 16, 2012
This guy is running for Congress in Maryland, against Steny Hoyer. Here’s a quote from his website, and it’s right on the money:
“Obamacare is the greatest threat to our freedom and way of life,” says Mr. Morton. “It will harm the African-American community the most, and benefit dominant insurance companies in every state in the country. Steny Hoyer is a main supporter of Obamacare, and he didn’t even read it before passing it. We can’t afford to elect people who are so careless with our money and our civil rights. He has to go.”
He’s probably got a snowball’s chance in hell in such a blue state, but I love his reason for running – given right at the end of the ad. It’s probably reason #1 why everybody who cares anything about America ought to vote Wile E. Obama and the ACME Economic Destruction Co. out of office in November. (H/T Ace of Spades)
By marfdrat on September 7, 2011
Mike McDaniel writes at Pajamas Media about how the EPA wastes your tax dollars. On a regular basis, the Environmental Protection Agency gives grants to environmentalist groups, and encourages them to sue – the EPA. The purpose is to have the courts bring into being regulations that the EPA wants to impose, but isn’t authorized by Congress to do.
Just ONE of the Reasons Why ObamaCare is Bad Legislation: 6 Pages of Law Become 1,000 Pages of Regulations
By marfdrat on April 4, 2011
Update: The original article has been revised to show that only 492 pages of regulations were created. Yay – that makes me feel a lot better.
Yes, you read that right. When Leviathan’s chains are lengthened by the insidious creep of poorly constructed (and unread) laws, its usurpations grow exponentially. Such is the case with just one section of Obamacare, related to “accountable care organizations,” whatever the hell that is.
By marfdrat on January 18, 2011
Last time we reviewed Hazlitt’s discourse on the “blessings” of destruction, and used as a modern-day (and all too recent) example the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Used cars were traded in for taxpayer-subsidized rebates on the purchase of new cars. The ostensible rationale given for the program was “to stimulate” the automobile industry in America (there were myriad other designs and political machinations built into this enterprise, but they lie outside the scope of this discussion). Indeed, new cars were purchased (though it is arguable whether they would not have been purchased otherwise, if only later), and workers in various businesses related to the manufacture of automobiles were paid salaries, which they subsequently spent on household goods, or groceries, or any of the other things we require or desire in life.
By marfdrat on October 22, 2010
By marfdrat on August 17, 2010
This is actually the full version of the excerpt I posted earlier. Except for the exact figures, names, and cultural references, this speech by Ronald Reagan in 1964 could have been given last week. The intrusions and transgressions of the leviathan federal government are exponentially larger. The ideas of the progressives haven’t changed all that much. They still dream of that Utopian society where all inequalities are leveled, with the assistance of the all-providing state – unfortunately, forgoing individual liberty and capitalism means we’ll all be leveled to equal poverty.
By marfdrat on June 21, 2010
John Hayward -Doctor Zero- is an excellent writer. His June 18 post describes in vivid, but painful terms the utter incompetence of the insatiable money-eating leviathan that is our federal government. As Obama and his cronies deflect blame and extract slush funding from BP, action in the Gulf meanders along with something short of a sense of real urgency.