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Tag Archives: big government

State Department Spokesperson: “I was looking forward to meeting Jane Fonda, so this was a dream come true,” …“We’ve already done selfies in the car.”

The White House Correspondent’s Dinner is a time when all the news people and some of the Hollywood people get together in a lavish display of all that is wrong with today’s America. Glitz and vapid social climbers peacocking around for each other in pure “This Town” style. It is a vortex of self congratulation worthy of Louis’ XVI’s Versailles.

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Chris Christie scared of legal pot, thinks it’s dangerous, Does not address food issue (Fox News Video)

(Update: I changed the headline of this post because it was very close to mean spirited. We try to avoid being that way here.)

 

Pot is not harmless. It is a drug. It impairs one’s senses (or at least skews them). People can become psychologically addicted to pot. (But not physically.)

However it should be legal for probably hundreds of reasons, not the least of which being that no one has ever died from an overdose of cannabis.

Many millions of people have died however from eating too much sugar, and fat, and bread Mr. Governor.

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DHS to open shop in Silicon Valley, Wants to “partner” with tech firms

So I wonder what happens if the tech firms don’t want to partner with the Department of Homeland Security?

The statists are unrelenting. They want government in every nook and cranny of human life.

And I just want to say a special “Thank You” to all the Republicans who helped craft DHS, and the Patriot Act, and the NDAA. Thank you for not standing for small government, panicking, and throwing the Constitution under the bus. The Dems helped too. They are very much to blame. But it was the Republicans which were in control when the surveillance state bloomed.

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Fat Cat de Blasio vs. New York’s Poor and Middle Class

Bill “I literally honeymooned in Cuba” de Blasio is a man who has long loved the state. His generous pay comes from taxpayers and long has. He has spent a career in the crony bubble. The New York City crony bubble at that.

His economics are ludicrous. His politics equally so. Of course the 2 tie in together.

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Prison labor company features promo video touting “BEST-KEPT SECRET IN OUTSOURCING”

Get this, the company is called UNICOR. Didn’t the scientist in Terminator 2 work for that company? Or maybe it’s the company in Robocop. Whatever. If you want your call center needs met at “offshore prices” time to team up with the prison workforce experts.

These people work for below minimum wage, and likely below the natural wage rate too, because they are locked up in prison. The taxpayers pay to house these folks, who then are employed for pennies an hour. (Prisoners earn between .23 and $1.15/hour.) Basically it’s a subsidy to the clients of UNICOR.

That this arrangement provides incentive to incarcerate people is pretty weird too.

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McDonald’s hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers (at $0 an hour – *story from 2011)

This story is from CNET circa 2011 about McDonald’s in Europe. But it is pertinent to the minimum wage debate in the USA now.

 

I understand why people want $15/hour for fast food work. Life is hard. Fast food work is hard. (Anyone who thinks it’s easy should try working at a Burger King for an afternoon, or better the lunch rush.) It stinks to struggle every day in a hard job and then barely make (modest) ends meet. Trust me I understand.

But the reality of the market says that fast food work (in most places) is worth less that $15/hour. It sucks, but that is reality. And just to be clear, I say this as someone who has hustled in life. (Most of us have at some point.)

The whole $15/ hour thing is just encouraging the robotization of the workforce.

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John Deere (and GM) says you don’t really own any vehicles bought from them, You only have “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”

That’s right. You may have paid $100,000 or more for that new tractor, but guess what? Since the software DNA, the alleged “intellectual property” of John Deere is embedded in the thing, you actually do not OWN the vehicle. It’s still John Deere’s even if the vehicle is paid off, at least the guts of the beast.

In other words if you want to mess with the code within the tractor, and GM is arguing the same thing for its cars, you – according to the John Deere and GM lawyers – are potentially violating copyright provisions. Violating the law. Even if you are only trying to repair the vehicle you own. (Or at least thought you owned.)

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Feds seek to make non-union workers pay union dues

The American people have consistently rejected union coercion across the country. Right to Work laws haven’t gained traction simply because a group of anti-union CEOs have wanted them. Right to Work laws are supported to a very large degree by voters. There is no reason why any place of business should ever be a “closed shop.” Workers shouldn’t have to pay union bosses for a job. Never mind that the businesses aren’t owned by the unions, so why should unions determine who can be hired anyway?

But in the face of this rejection the unions have resorted to enlisting the bureaucrats in DC.

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Rapid Rise in Super PACs Dominated by Single Donors (List of the top in 2014)

Super PACs can spend whatever they want on ads, etc. so long as they do not coordinate with any specific candidate. They are a direct result of the Citizens United decision, of which we don’t have much of a beef. It’s way harder to buy elections than people think, and given the number of people entering the race for president (on the Republican side anyway) the current political money regime may actually be broadening the issue spectrum.

Saying this, we have an obligation to pay attention to who is throwing money around. Though it is hard to buy an election that doesn’t mean people won’t try.

Here is a list of the top “single donor super PACs” of 2014.

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