Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-25A: Local tyranny, stupidity

Local Tyranny
New Hampshire: Keene sues six parking meter `Robin Hoods’ who put money in expired meters

(Manchester Union Leader) “The city has filed a lawsuit against six citizens, part of a group dubbed Robin Hood of Keene that patrols downtown armed with video cameras and pockets full of change to fill expired parking meters. Also known as Robin Hooders, the six are associated with the Free Keene group. … The group says the suit was filed because the city is losing revenue from parking tickets. The city says the activists are harassing its employees.” (06/13/13)

Debby: Oh, so much fun!!!  I could come up with so many excuses and justifications.  I received psychic appeals to pay the meters – and do the metermaids know that I wasn’t asked to do this by the people who would otherwise get tickets.  It is part of my religious duty to do this for these people because I have had people do it for me and I want to them do it to others.  It is a religious ritual for me to give alms to needy people.

Nathan: I think that the City of Keene is going to really REALLY regret doing this.

Mama’s Note: I sincerely hope so, Nathan. They are truly losing their collective marbles.

Local tyranny
Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania:  Police invade home and arrest people over uncut lawn

(Lew Rockwell via Freedom’s Phoenix) Police came barging into a woman’s home because they wanted to arrest the owner for the length of her lawn. A tenant, Robyn Ruckman, recorded the [incident].

Nathan: A bogus warrant, in a land where uncut grass makes someone a criminal?  Land of Lawn Nazis indeed.  The video gives you that horrid “pit in the stomach” feeling as you see the woman treated like a dog by three cops out cleaning the streets of criminals.

Theft by government
IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address

(CSNNews.com)

Nathan: At least it was ONLY $46 million – unlike Solyandra or all the Beltway bandits.  The IRS shows that it has an agenda: undermining society and the economy.  When you add in revelations about IRS employees who used “stolen” credit cars to charge diet pills and spent money to literally “wine and dine” foreign visitors, and the constant attacks on the political and religious groups, it is clear it is NOT just a Nixonian enemies list, but an attack on liberty on a very wide scale.

Mama’s Note: Had to read the article to find out what sort of “aliens” they were talking about. So confusing since they stopped saying “illegal aliens,” which was easily understood. I’m glad to hear that the “refunds” were not being sent to Martians anyway. What too many people don’t seem to realize is that the “refund” isn’t nearly as much of a problem as the original theft. Stop the theft, and this kind of thing goes away automatically.

Islamic wars: Arab street front
Sectarian Killings Erupt in Egypt As Anti-Morsi Rallies Loom

(CSNNews.com)

Nathan: No doubt this is exactly what the Egyptian authorities want: an opportunity to crack down more and put fear into the Coptics and anyone else who is unwilling to go along.

Stupid government tricks
Obama Administration’s Fire Prevention Strategy Includes Goats

(CSNNews.com)

Nathan: And more than just scapegoats, although there are plenty of those being offered up by this administration.  It is either a great idea, or a really stupid excuse for doing something while the West burns.  And these are only going to work in some areas – like California.  The environists love it!

Mama’s Note: Well, the environists might like it just fine, but the people who actually live there might not like it so much. Goats actually are extremely destructive if left to themselves, and eat the same things as the deer. They also reproduce rather rapidly. Wouldn’t it be funny if the goats turned out to be as much of a problem as the feral pigs are now in so many areas. That ought to go over well.

Theft by government
Medicare by the Scary Numbers

(Wall Street Journal) Based on more plausible assumptions, the unfunded liability for Medicare is more than $100 trillion, say John C. Goodman, president and CEO, and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a senior fellow, with the National Center for Policy Analysis…

Nathan: No way that this is EVER going to be paid off.  Instead, millions and millions of people will suffer from diseases and die prematurely because government cannot and will not be there to pay for it – except for the well-connected.

Mama’s Note: Or maybe not. More and more people are already looking to alternatives for their health and wellness. Those who are willing to think critically and independently make increasingly better health decisions for themselves and their families. Fewer and fewer doctors and health care facilities are accepting Medicare, and that will increase fast now. Actually, Obummercare will help accomplish this before Medicare itself comes apart at the seams.

Stupid government – Environism
How Green Protectionism Harms Sustainable Forestry, the Environment and the World’s Poor

(National Center for Policy Analysis) Under the guise of safeguarding the environment, green protectionism benefits domestic suppliers while inhibiting developing countries from efficiently exploiting their natural resources, says Marcelo Ostria, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis…

Nathan: This IS of course one reason for the “green protectionism” – latest version of the “mother-country/colony”  system that has been the immoral technique of stealing from producers and enriching exploiters and parasites for millenia.  Assyria did it, Egypt did it, Rome did it.  The Brits and French and Russians (and Soviets) and DC did it.  DC does it as much INside the “United States” as outside:  today, the “green protectionism” keeps Western States poor as well.

Stupid government
Congress Should Charge for Recreational Activities on Federal Lands

(Cato Institute)  Fees to use federal lands can help pay for maintenance and improvements of recreation areas, and will create incentives for both recreation users and recreation providers…

Nathan: I’ve got a better idea.  This “pay as you use” business is treating the symptoms and not the disease.  The better idea: Get the FedGov OUT of the “land ownership” business.  No one can show ANY Constitutional authority for the FedGov to own ANY land except for forts, arsenals,  offices, and the like.  No authority to own parks, recreation areas, historic sites, and the like: these should be returned (or given) to the states, or much better yet, transferred to private ownership.  Yeah, I know: it ain’t gonna happen.  Still, if we really want to care for these places properly…

Mama’s Note: Indeed, Nathan, but where does anyone get the idea that the users don’t pay for these things… those who use them and, of course, everyone else. And “paying for it” with lost freedom and economic opportunities is a very large part of it.

Stupid government
How to Fix the Federal Housing Administration

(American Enterprise Institute) The Federal Housing Administration needs at least a $50 billion to $100 billion capital infusion to put it on a sound financial footing…

Nathan: I have to disagree with the AEI: there IS no “fix” to the FHA.  It is an entity that must be put down and buried.  It has been one of many causes of the severe degradation of the American economy.  To throw “good” money after bad is all that would result.  Is it not time to recognize the deadly black thumb of government when it comes to things like this?

Economy – Tranzi stupidity
Women and the Unequal Pay Myth

(Real Clear Markets) In a comparison of unmarried and childless men and women between the ages of 35 and 43, women earn more — 108 cents on a man’s dollar…

Nathan: Funny how we all take the various claims about how women are discriminated against as fact and seek to justify them, when the truth has been out there all along.  Life is NOT fair: there are ALWAYS discriminators and discrimination:  and always will be.

Mama’s Note: I would venture to guess that very few incidences of “less pay for the same work” are the result of actual pointless discrimination. A lot of it is sheer economic necessity these days, with far more workers than jobs driving real wages down everywhere. And each intervention by government serves only to make things worse, often by eliminating the job altogether. Makes as much sense as anything else they do, of course.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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