Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-10: Immigration, Education, more.

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.

California, even by FedGov admission, has higher than average unemployment.  In fact, the processing of unemployment checks by the state government is a big and growing business, which the state contracts out.  But is it not interesting to find that the jobs are being out-sourced to (east) Indian nationals imported into the United States on work visas?  The justification for the “legal” border jumpers is that Americans do not have the skills needed, according to the federal program doing this. An interesting way to reduce unemployment, no?  Of course, while some people blame the heavy Democratic-control of state government in the Golden State, and its strongly Democratic Congressional delegation, it is just another example of how government damages the economy, often in multiple ways.

Regarding immigration: More of the way that the Fuehrer and his minions scoff at law and everything else: DOJ boasts: We legalized 100,000 border jumpers by Executive Action before injunction. President Obama’s expanded executive amnesty started earlier than the administration said it would — and before a court blocked it.  That is half the population of the Black Hills: a fifth of the population of Wyoming or North Dakota.  The insanity will continue.  (Aren’t these the sort of folks that used to tell libertarians that if we don’t like the laws, we should work to change them, and not just ignore them?)

Education?

A high-school level “Advanced Placement” (AP) text for American History tries to explain the political “spectrum” by creating a definition for “left wing” and “right wing” (Facists) based on “right wing do not want things to change and left wing want moderate and gradual change.”  Therefore, the textbook equates Justice Clarence Thomas and the KKK as both being “right wing.” Right.  This reminds me of what the Advocates and others (Pournelle Chart and Nolan Chart) have been preaching for years: a one-dimensional simplicity is incredibly stupid.  But more important, it shows that the education establishment has no clue about reality and is more about propaganda than about really teaching people.  Why do people let their children imbibe this stuff?

In Florida, when parents were not allowed to withdraw their child from a test which they had told the school the child was not to take, a friend called police to rescue the child.  The school resource officer did exactly that, restoring the child to her parents.  At issue was the growing controversy over Common Core curriculum and related testing.  The principal claimed that the school’s need to prevent disruption of the test trumped the parents’ right to have their child.  Again, what on earth are these parents thinking to even leave the child in that school?

KRQE News 13 Albuquerque reports that “They’re calling it “prom-munism.” Seniors at an Albuquerque school want their prom to have a Communism theme. Seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School near I-25 and Paseo del Norte voted online this week for the theme of their prom this year.  Much as I’d like to think that this will be a wonderful example of ridiculing a sick and murderous system of tyranny, I wonder if it doesn’t just promote it?  As some commentators pointed out, is it right to make fun of a system that murdered 50 million people in the last century?  Yes, it is their choice, and certainly freedom of expression, of speech, to do so.  But…  Funny, too, if it was going to have a National Socialism (Fascism) theme, you wonder how far they would have gotten?  Or even an Israeli theme or a Muslim theme? And which style of Communism?  We still have a few to choose from: Cuban, North Korean, Vietnamese, and of course, Chinese… unless they pull something from the past: Stalinism ought to be LOTS of laughs.

Religious freedom?

A Feddie Nazgul has ruled that a Missouri law which makes it a crime to disrupt worship is unconstitutional.  The federal appeals court has ruled that Missouri’s House of Worship Protection Act, which bans anyone from intentionally disturbing the order or solemnity of a house of worship through profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior, is a violation of the First Amendment.  I don’t know the details of the law, and whether it applies to actions outside the place the worship is being conducted or just inside, or both.  But it seems to violate the basic concept that such disruptions (especially inside the presumed privately-owned structure) constitutes aggression, as well as Western traditions regarding protection of “houses of worship.”  (Supposedly government protects ALL our freedoms?)

Meanwhile, over the past 15 years, according to the WaPo, death rates among white women in the United States have mysteriously surged. New research pins blame on an insidious culprit: prescription painkillers. Demographers recently uncovered a startling trend: In 42.8 percent of U.S. counties, mortality rates for women rose between 1992 and 2006. Male rates, meanwhile, increased in a mere 3.4 percent. Between 1999 and 2011, death rates climbed substantially among only white women, ages 15 to 54. A study from the Urban Institute, published Thursday, attributed half the rise to “accidental poisoning,” or drug overdoses.  Gee, is there some “discriminator” or this the result of something or someone trying to kill them off?  And why? To make room for more border jumpers?

Mama’s Note: First, nobody can be poisoned or overdose without putting it in their mouth. Nobody is responsible for that except themselves. Second, please don’t invest a lot of credence in these “studies.” All such “research” in this country (and most others) is seriously suspect, and the “demographics” rely on very, very imperfect actual information. Statistics are only as good as the information gathered, to start with, and then only as good as the integrity of those who compile and interpret that. These days, neither one is worth much at all.

Yahoo is headlining alarms about the price of oil – not too high, but crashing!  They claim: “US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?” The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. The Energy Department claims that oil stocks are at their highest in 80 years; which I find very hard to believe: since 1935?  Come on, there is no way to accurately compare the petroleum industry and fuel system of 1935 with that of 2015 in any meaningful way when it comes to storage.  But I do agree that this oversupply COULD have a depressing effect on oil prices, drive gasoline (and diesel!) prices somewhat lower, and trigger a long series of negative (and some positive) impacts on the oil industry, both nationally and world wide.  But when you look at the reasons, one major aspect to all of them is that government actions over the past several decades, especially the past six years, are a major cause for what is in essence a market disruption. Meanwhile, oil prices stateside dropped a few more cents this week and remains well below $50.

Mama’s Note: Such opportunity, and the government will do everything possible to destroy it. I can see resurgent manufacturing, increased efficiency for farming, shipping, storage and so forth to truly stimulate economic health all over the globe. All that really needs to happen is to get every government out of the way, and allow a real free market to develop. Then the price of oil, and everything else, will find it’s natural level and all will prosper.

 

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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