Well… we knew that the 4th and 5th amendment meant nothing to them… never mind HIPAA… but really? Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’ Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able [...]Continue reading Bye Bye 4th and 5th amendment: Obamacare info may be used for Law Enforcement and Audit activities
This whole government “shutdown” thing has brought out a lot of talk about federal pay. A liberal of my acquaintance posted something on facebook a couple days ago: “A Republican I know said, ‘If you got furloughed because of the shut down, maybe you should get a real job.’ Yeah… about that…” ‘pon which he [...]Continue reading Don’t you wish YOUR job had raises like this?
So, once again, telling people the truth about Social Security produces indignation, and the expression of common misconceptions… to wit: “Hey wait a second. I paid into Social Security for 47 years. I’m just getting out that I paid in, and the return on my investment. It’s not my fault congress didn’t do what it [...]Continue reading The scope and scale of the fraud… and the misconception that allows it to continue and worsen
I mentioned Social Security as an entitlement payment in my post on the government shutdown, and it raised a fairly common objection in several who read it: They don’t think of Social Security as an entitlement, or a welfare payment; they view it as their right, by virtue of having contributed to the system for [...]Continue reading It isn’t, wasn’t, aint ever gonna be…
Welcome to the sideshow folks… Step right up and enjoy the posturing, rhetoric, and antics of our congressional clown crew… Over to your right you’ll see the amazing vocal endurance of Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz as he tosses red meat to the base… … To be serious, there are a large group of [...]Continue reading Defunding and Debt Limits and Shutdowns Oh My!
A few days ago, an NBA player of no particular note came out as gay… Which, really, should also be of no particular note. But then ESPN decided to put a moronic bigot (whose name I won’t mention and whose video I won’t bother linking to here… why publicize idiots like this) to discuss the [...]Continue reading Because it’s the Right Thing… and Because it’s Tactically Sound
This illustrates the fundamental flaw of all authoritarian philosophies quite handily… The author titles is as “anarchy in one lesson”, but actually it’s liberty in one lesson. This is the problem with people who consider themselves anarchists… They don’t actually understand what anarchy is (and that it is in fact one of the WORST and [...]Continue reading Titles Wrong, Concept’s Right
Tuesday night, I spoke before the Bonner County Republican Party Central Committee (all elected county officials in Bonner county are Republicans right now), in support of a resolution (which I had a small part in writing) supporting the second amendment and: “Strongly urging” the county commission (all commissioners are Republicans) to enact an ordnance 1. [...]Continue reading Take Back Your Government
I’ve written fairly extensively about the philosophy behind my particularly type of libertarianism… and how there are a LOT of different schools of libertarian thought… and a lot of pointless, anal, wonky, yet often completely epically vicious… argument and disagreement between them. A selective overview of these pieces can be found here: A Refresher on [...]Continue reading History, Moral Philosophy, and Libertarianism
A great deal of ink (or film, or bits) has been expended this election cycle, primarily on the far left (though some on the right… particularly with the more populist factions), decrying the actions of “independent” political action committees, superPACs, and “issue advocacy groups”; as somehow corrupt, evil, anti-democratic etc.. The rhetoric on the left, [...]Continue reading The Basic Premise Behind Campaign Finance Laws
As has been discussed here recently, Chicago teachers are striking, even though they already make an average salary nearly double that of the average Chicago family, and are being offered a 16% raise over four years. I dunno about you, but as a free market partcipant in our economy today, that sounds like a pretty [...]Continue reading Accountability, responsibility, risk, metrics, unions, markets… What about education?
Actually four libertarians (an two larval stage libertarians), and it was a restaurant; but the potential for humor is about the same. Mel and I just had the pleasure of dinner (and Coldstone ice cream afterwards) with Aretae and his wife, and children. No, there wasn’t some long winded intellectual libertarian singularity, or formalist/structuralist matter/antimatter [...]Continue reading Two Libertarians Walk Into a Bar
JayG wrote something today about how this summers drought is hitting farmers very hard; which is absolutely true. And it’s already having an impact on food prices, and that impact is just going to grow. The crop that’s being impacted worst is dent corn, which makes up the majority of livestock feed in this country; [...]Continue reading Farming in an Equilibrium Trap
Marco Rubios new bio/memoir “An American Son” Full disclosure, his publisher sent me a review copy (as they did to a number of conservative and libertarian bloggers). I’ll be reading it and posting a review shortly. The book will be publicly available starting tomorrow, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now (links below). For those [...]Continue reading In the Mailbox Today…
One thing that always bothers me, is when intelligent, thoughtful people; feel it is necessary to apologize for their ideas and opinions… or for even having ideas and opinions at all (much less opinions contrary to those around them, or which are unpopular). You don’t have to apologize for your views to anyone, for any [...]Continue reading Don’t Apologize for Your Opinions
Reading the point/counterpoint posts on the question of how the supreme court would decide on Obamacares constitutionality, was quite disturbing to me in several ways. On the one hand I was heartened, because clearly both Brad and Doug are sane and rational folks with a reasonably solid background in both law and politics, and a [...]Continue reading How far we have fallen…
Since 1920, the 43rd state has had either a convention, or a presidential primary to select the the Republican party presidential candidate (the Democratic party allowed each county to decide whether to have a caucus or a primary, up ’til 2008, and the counties varied between caucuses and primaries. In 2008 they changed the rules [...]Continue reading The REAL grass roots of American politics: A report from the first ever Idaho Republican Caucus
This post is a clarification of an ongoing theme I’ve addressed before… and which has been addressed many times before by myself, by other bloggers, and by scholars like Victor Davis Hanson, and Thomas Sowell. I’m talking about the “Stupid or Evil” false dichotomy. Those of us with a libertarian, or economic conservative bent (social [...]Continue reading Impossible Ideology, False Dichotomy, and Unacceptable Conclusions
“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm-but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” – T.S. [...]Continue reading An explanation for… Almost everything really…