Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-27E: Urban areas, economics, and government

By Nathan Barton

Good morning and welcome to the end of another week.  Let us briefly look at cities, economic matters, and of course, stupid government, remembering that much government just plain shuts down for the weekend.

John Ransom at Townhall points out what a wonderful example Chicago was last weekend, with 10 dead and 50 shot in what he calls “Happy Dependence Day.”  Chicago is indeed the poster child for Tranzi philosophy and government, because of its corruption, its incest (business and all the levels of government), the sheep-like demeanor of its people, and the way it produces such FINE examples of humanity like the Fuehrer and his Consort and the Emanuels and Al Capone and Honest Abe:  indeed a “worthy” successor of Babylon, Rome and Constantinople and Paris…

Actually, all urban areas are corrupt and evil places to live and work, when you get right down to it, the corruption and evil growing with the size of the population and the density of the habitation.  This can be seen throughout history, from Nimrod’s first cities (including Erech and Nineveh) to Memphis (Egypt, not Tennessee, though the Tennessee one is pretty bad), Jerusalem, Samaria, Alexandria, Athens, Ephesus, and right down to London and Berlin and Madrid and Ciudad Mexico and Los Angeles…

The energy boom (ND, MT, and maybe TX) has created 450,000 jobs, yet the nation as a whole in June only gained about 225,000 jobs, which means that many (most?) of the Fifty States continue to have serious economic problems. In other words, the Crash of 2009 is STILL with us.  And we can all thank government for that, from the trashing of the dollar to the latest regulations. Despite this, the shale energy sector continues to experience phenomenal growth, and a new study suggests this will continue for the next decade.  Unless of course DC can smoother this industry as it has so many others. Certainly the FedGov seems to be doing its best to kill off the industry, while driving Canada to go peddle their oil elsewhere.

North Dakota has no minimum wage, yet it has high entry-level wages, more and more of which is being paid to immigrants from out of state (and not that many from outside the Fifty States).  Once seen as the perfect example of the rural Progressive state, it now is growing more and more “conservative” despite maintaining a high level of government interference with business.  Still, just FEWER laws and regulations and the presence of valuable and needed mineral wealth has created a powerhouse.  But most states will NOT learn from it.  Pennsylvania has its Marcellus shale, California is reputed to have even LARGER quantities of unconventional oil and gas, Colorado and Utah the same, but these states are refusing to recognize that economic AND personal liberty are essential for economic growth, for prosperity.  North Dakota, however reluctantly, seems to understand this, and finally is imitating its western and southern neighbors more than the monster to the east (Minnesota).

Of course, given the state of the rest of the planet, ANY prosperity attracts people.  A story talks about how  Border jumpers (Illegal Immigrants) cross over protected lands in both the north and the south. These folks, not just those seeking peaceful and innocent professions and work, but also terrorists, drug smugglers and human traffickers, are exploiting protected lands to make their way into the United States more easily. This is an example of the “tragedy of the commons” in that no one “owns” that land, but also of the incompetence of government to do the things that it has staked out a claim to.  And of the stupidity of the Fifty States and the people of those states who are trusting in the FedGov to do anything well.  Except tyrannize us, in the form of insane and unworkable laws like ObummerCare.

The Vermont ObummerCare Exchange was hacked. Their development server was attacked last December by a Romanian hacker, once again proving that government is totally unable to protect the data of the people it “serves” much less the people themselves.  The even more recent Chinese hacker attack and theft of data from the Federal Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) proves that it can’t even protect its own employees.  How long must we pretend otherwise?

Stupid government: What can you buy with food stamps? Cupcakes and gourmet cakes are considered food under the food stamp program, no matter the price.  Same for steak and that awful stuff in the olive bars.  When I visit stores, especially on and near reservations, I see all kinds of signs identifying what is and is NOT covered by EBT (food stamps).  I see people whip out a “credit card” for things that I cannot afford to buy who are clearly not employed and show every sign of poverty.  But why?  Because government and the supermarket industry (and corrupt Congress) have conspired to create a vast system which is as much or more welfare for food manufacturers and distributors and the big supermarket chains and cooperatives as it is for people in poverty.  And at the same time, (again especially on the reservations but also in urban areas) we see more and more children who seem to have no food except what they are served at school for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. And of course, that is more and more restricted and more and more unpalatable because of the Fuehrer’s Consort and her anti-food program.  Amazing as it is, government is growing MORE stupid, actually only to be expected as greed and corruption are uncontrolled and ever more central, led by the Fuehrer and his allies and handlers.

Sadly, stupidity and deceitfulness is not limited to government.  I know that people love to say “I told you so,” and the recent spate of idiocy (especially in East Texas) that had led to various companies trying to ban guns on their home turf has also resulted in that sort of childish behavior.  But Breitbart? Sad.  They ran an article about how Target had two incidents with guns just since asking folks “please don’t.” Come on, people, grow up.  The two incidents had nothing to do with Target policy, (same with the Jack in the Box events listed) and in fact, it is unlikely that having customers armed would have prevented or dealt with either one.  Give it time: Target, Jack in the Box, Starbucks, even Sonic, will all see what a foolish decision they made.  And it won’t be due to one or two incidents over a week or so.

Breitbart DOES report another story concerning guns (and cops) in Miami-Dade County, where budget cuts sent the police gang boss telling the media that people needed to arm themselves.  But when you read the full story and see he also urged attack dogs and bars on all the windows, you see that it isn’t that the chief REALLY wants the citizens of Dade to be armed, and this is just posturing in negotiations over budget cuts with the city government.

Oddly enough, though, Florida is in the top ten of “best gun states,” according to Guns & Ammo magazine.  Actually, the magazine lists fifty-one (including, for whatever reason DC but NOT Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or Guam). Even keeping in mind that they are considering not just laws and freedoms but social things like culture and attitude and facilities and businesses, I still find it hard to agree entirely with their top ten list, although I could not argue with DC being #51, or even Colorado being #40.  But for Wyoming to be just #7, while Kentucky, Utah, and Georgia all rank higher and ARIZONA ranks #1, but South Dakota is placed at #13, just doesn’t make sense.  I don’t think G&A know the West very well.

Mama’s Note: I read the text (can’t understand most videos due to hearing impairment) and the criteria works pretty well, just too narrow as usual. Asking only NRA members who happen to be flush enough to go to the NRA “show” is part of the problem. A very limited survey indeed. As usual, the actual questions are not revealed, unless they are in the video. We both know how the questions can skew a survey so easily. A clearly worded survey sent out to the membership of every gun club in America might give some real depth, actual meat to it. Just would be expensive, of course.

Wyoming is number one… but then, I’m prejudiced.

Of course, neither does Bloomberg (the idiot ex-mayor, not the magazine or company) know the West very well.  His stupid comments about Colorado recall elections show his ignorance and contempt for the West and those who don’t agree with him:  “The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.” The successful recalls last September occurred in Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest city, and Pueblo, its seventh largest.  El Paso County (Colorado Springs, county seat) is of course the home of the US Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base (headquarters of US Space Command), and a half-dozen colleges and universities as well as businesses and religious organizations that span the Globe.  And they all (except, of course, the El Paso County Democratic “Tranzi” Party) think, correctly, that Bloomburg’s arrogance is exceeded only by his ignorance and contempt for his political and social opponents.

And thus we come full circle to the evil and corruptness of urban areas.  Chicago’s only real competition for the world title are NYC and LA.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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