Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-13C: Alternate Universes

By Nathan Barton

Good morning! The weather that missed us for the first three days this week come home to roost today:  six inches of snow already, more to come.  Not uncommon, but you’d think with all we pay the NWS and all the weather folks, we’d get better estimates, right?

Ever feel out of touch?  Like the planet changed when you weren’t looking?  Like the laws of physics shifted?  Ah, this  universe may be an alternate.  Read on and see what I mean.

Somewhere in an alternate universe agents tasked with running checkpoints go out of their way to uphold the Constitution. For April Fool’s Day, Reason shows us what that would be like. This is NOT real. (Wish it were.  (But checkpoints aren’t constitutional, at least not at any federal or state level, unless I’m missing something somewhere.  Still, wouldn’t this be neat?) Thanks to Reason for this great video.  Share it with a lot of folks, please.

Speaking of alternate universes, ObummerCare (the Abominable Act) is so rotten that HHS Secretary Sebelius is speechless, and more than one person points out that she is in some alternate universe where ObummerCare is wildly successful.  Supposedly 9.5 million people now have insurance as a result, and supposedly (according to the Fuehrer) 7.1 million people have signed up on that phishing site called “HealthCare.Gov.” I DO NOT BELIEVE IT.  Of course, it is not only Sebelius that lives in Oz or where ever: there are many in Congress, as we see on almost every newscast or newspaper.

Women Now 33% More Likely Than Men to Earn College Degrees, or so it is claimed, in contrast to all these claims that women earn 30-40-50% less than men.  So, what is the problem?  First, college degrees continue to drop in value.  Second, women do not tend to stay constantly in the work force (outside the home) the way men have.  Third, the more the welfare state and government meddling in the economy increases, the more we get a warped economy and society.  Without going into a diatribe, western society (especially government) has so perverted the natural role of men and women is so many ways, that this is going to get worse.

Dick Durbin criticizes free enterprise, claiming it ‘created unfairness and injustice’ and of course ignoring the fact that British and then American free enterprise put an end to slavery and serfdom as valid economic models by providing an opportunity and an environment in which technology could develop and replace human and animal labor. Maybe in some alternate universe socialism did all these wonderful things, but not in the real world, whether it is 4,000 BC or AD 2000.

Sen. Jeff Sessions tell us that ‘DHS Is a department in crisis’ but then ALL of the FedGov is in crisis: a downward spiral of tyranny and destruction of itself, the Fifty States, and the world.

A Historian claims that college athletes ‘are literally serfs.’ That may be the truth, but folks, they are doing it voluntarily and can stop being serfs by simply walking away.  (I realize that they may have college debt that they have been stupid enough to accept, but they still do not have to be enslaved to some team.)

Thousands have petitioned Congress to ban Internet access taxes: by Monday 43,646 had signed the online petition to ban Internet access taxes on Change.org, sponsored by MyWireless.org.  That is, of course, a total waste of time for this nonpartisan nonprofit wireless advocacy organization (except, I suspect) to aid their fundraising. When did a SINGLE Fuehrer-petition do ANYthing?  When did a letter-writing campaign to Congress do ANYthing except to give them an opportunity to solicit votes and contributions?

Although they frequently accuse the GOP of being out of touch, and Libertarians as being hopeless or the worst of “conservative” or “reactionary” or “crazy, Democrats are the real “Rich Man’s Politicians” according to a review of Census data:  Dems are wealthy, “more educated” and obviously excel in almost everything.  Right.  At least in their alternate universe homes.  Which are DEFINITELY not in the states/districts that they claim to represent.

A White House report claims that chronic marijuana users have increased 84% in 10 years (from 2000 to 2010).  Given CNS News’ conservative point of view, the article is surprisingly neutral,  pointing out the serious problems with the data and its analysis, as well as all the reasons to not trust the White House (or any other government agency) about this (or anything else).  The raw data is suspect and almost certainly inaccurate: no one can honestly claim to estimate quantities OR costs of marijuana purchases: in 2010, it was still illegal to some degree EVERYWHERE in the US.  People do not tell the truth, there are no valid, provable ways to collect the data.  Given the rise in use of medical cannabis and the need for daily doses, this should not be a surprise OR a worry that 12.5 million Americans admit to being “chronic” users (4 or more times a month) in 2010, up from 7.5 million in 2000.  This is NOT moral decay, this is NOT total societal collapse. Just today, a Pew survey shows that 54% of “Americans” think cannabis should be legalized, 42% are opposed.  Lots of people think that treatment rather than prison is the solution to most drug use…

Mama’s Note: “Treatment” is very valuable IF the person believes they have a problem and IF they want any treatment. Otherwise, just another waste of time and effort, and nobody else’s business in the first place.

The Fuehrer wants 33% more for U.N., other international groups in FY 2015.  All of these are of course more important than providing ANYthing for taxpayers, whether it is tax or debt relief, or providing services.  They must steal ever more money which enters their circle of preferred buddies (internationally, especially).

Mama’s Note: Of course, there’s at least one little problem with that idea. The counterfeit every government calls “money” is rapidly losing any purchasing power, and people all over the world are starting to see the scam for what it is. I suspect it won’t be long before the dollar (and other fiat currencies) have zero value, and the meltdown will begin.

The Supreme Court today handed down their decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, and the 5-4 decision carried by the Court’s conservative justices has overturned the aggregate limits on campaign contributions to political candidates.  According to the idiots in and running for Congress, this decision is horrible, nasty, and downright evil.  Indeed, one idiot running for Congress in South Dakota said this was WORSE than the Dred Scott decision before the War Between the States.  Once more, what universe does this man (and his staff, and all these other nuts in Congress) LIVE in?  More on this tomorrow.

About tpolnathan

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