Good morning! This week is filled with examples of how stupid government, and the people IN government can be. More and more cutting off their own noses to spite their faces, they are driving people towards rebellion at an ever faster rate.
Nanny state laws and regulations do NOT exist “to protect the public” as is generally claimed, but instead to protect a variety of monopolies and cartels and the political power of legislatures and the appointed boards which control who may and who may not provide services, ranging from taxi cabs in virtually every city to hairdressers and barbers to medical personnel.
Some states are considering interstate compacts that would allow participating states’ doctors to practice across borders, and would provide both doctors and patients legal protections, unlike architects and engineers and surveyors who must obtain licenses – government permission – from each state in which they work. This would allow telemedicine which is now illegal, even for veterinarians. Of course, NO one considers the simple solution of letting patients choose the doctors (or other persons) that they wish to have treat them (or their animals): the political influence MUST be kept at all costs.
In the same way, government agencies must be able to dictate everything possible. For example, U.S. Food and Drug Administration procedures are incredibly time-intensive, and new drugs take 10 to 15 years to finally reach the market at a cost of $800 million, on average, so even a website like the Daily Beast is calling to kill the FDA before it kills again…
One of the problems with letting government do all this is that too many people in government are so incredibly stupid, or appear that way. An aide of the ‘messiah’ blames his massa’s slide in political polls on Gov’t shutdown and Healthcare.gov rollout because everyone knows that the stupidity in Libya, Syria, and now Ukraine makes him beloved of ALL Americans. Politically, one of the biggest factors in the squatter at 1600 Pennsy not having a lower approval rating is the hard work of the GOP to appear more stupid, more disconnected, and more tyrannical than the DP.
It is this sort of government employee stupidity that worries me about the announcement that the Navy is deploying its first laser-armed warship this summer. With the poor track record, and quality of the modern sailor in serious doubt, I hope that they have safeguards against burning a hole in their own hull, or crisping the wrong ships or the wrong city or port.
That stupidity starts at the top, of course, as the next story illustrates.
For the past 20+ years, American military personnel and their families have enjoyed a benefit which cost the taxpayer nada: having traditional fast food restaurants on base. This has been great since many bases are rather remote from suburbia, and because of various regulations. Now, that is changing, because the Imperial Decree about raising minimum wage for federal employees and contractors is driving various fast food outlets on base out of business, and at the same time, eliminating employment opportunities for military family members. Unintended consequences? Really? I see it as yet another sly way that the ‘messiah’ can dis the military; an added benefit to the economic damage minimum wages cause. Again, stupid when it is more and more likely that the ‘messiah’s’ regime will have to rely on the guns and bodies of military and police to survive.
HHS: medical insurance plans offering spousal coverage must include legally married “gays” expanding the government-mandated slavery of more and more businesses, just as they have done to Hobby Lobby and hundreds of other businesses, and without ANY legal or constitutional authority to do so. The hypocrisy of the so-called liberals who support the right to free speech, free association, and self-determination and all the rest grows exponentially.
Karzai says Afghanistan doesn’t need US troops and I for one think we should take him at his word and bring EVERYone home. Now. Including every private contractor.
In Fayetteville, North Carolina, A pizza delivery woman thwarted an armed robbery attempt at a house by producing a weapon of her own, while the would-be robber had his gun’s muzzle in the back of her head. As Mama Liberty pointed out, it was a brave act and is sure to have a definite influence on other would-be armed robbers in the state, even if no shots were fired. Hoploclastic activists will ignore it, of course: they are more stupid than the average independent thug.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” — C. S. Lewis