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America Needs Gary Johnson

Haven’t written in many months.  We are in the new house in another week or two and, shortly after that, I expect to get a new computer set up in my very own den and get to do some serious stuff.

Meanwhile, last night I watched the Third Debate.  Theater of the Absurd does not begin to cover it – it was more like WWF.  It is hard to believe that we have come to these two as our only choice: the maniac or the crook.

But, of course, we have a far better choice, in all fifty states, and why would we not vote for these two proven, reasonable men?

Don’t worry about wasting your vote or allowing the greater evil to prevail.  The Democrats and Republicans have done nothing this year to earn your vote.  Let them know what you really want and you will help them select better candidates in the future.

If not now, when?

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Third Way

Here is the latest from the Gary Johnson people.  Help spread it around.

 

Feeling Used

New Libertarians are Born Every Day

If you are twenty-one and not a liberal…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIMnIh10po0

Mozilla Magilla

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has resigned his position, which he held for two weeks, because somebody discovered he had donated $1000 of his own money to an anti gay marriage group back in 2008.  What stuff and nonsense!

There is no evidence that he ever used his positions in any untoward or unfair way and he has upheld Mozilla’s inclusion policies.  So, this little Firefox firestorm seems to be about nothing other than purging non-believers from positions for no other reason than they might make somebody uncomfortable.

The strident left is using this tactic all too often of late – note how anyone who questions climate change is publicly branded a “denier” – and I suspect this is going to backfire on them in the fullness of time.  You cannot claim to champion diversity while doing all you can to expel diverse opinion.  People will catch on.  The pendulum will swing back.

Here is hoping it swings back soon.

 

A Yes Vote

I have probably mentioned this before, but one of the best parts of my political education came from watching the British comedy Yes Minister.  The series revolves around the Minister for Administrative Affairs, Jim Hacker, and the fictitious department’s Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby – that is, the partisan politician appointed to head the department and the civil servant who runs the department no matter which party is in power.

This is an extremely funny show, but it points up the very kinds of battles that happen when ephemeral office holders come up against the entrenched bureaucracy.  You think you are in charge because you won an election?  No, not really.  Your problems have really just begun.

It really drives home the point that politicians are very much at the mercy of their non-appointed staff, who can easily make their masters look foolish in a very public way.  This is why nearly every tax hike, when properly dissected, is really about pay raises and larger staffs.  This is why most politicians become part of the dragon they are supposed to slay.  Play ball or find yourself with your ass hanging out.

It is very educational, though not very hopeful for those of you with a reform mindset.  If it makes you feel better, Hacker actually wins some of his battles, though how and why he does so is equally enlightening.

One of the best things about the series is how generic it really is.  Is Hacker from Conservative or Labor?  You won’t be able to tell from this series – it depicts the kinds of battles any politician might have.

The reason I am mentioning it now is that I just discovered that the series is available for free streaming if you are a member of Amazon Prime.  So too is the follow-on series, Yes Prime Minister.  The only thing you would have to pay to see is the 1984 special that bridges the two series, Party Games.  It might also be free on other services, like Netflix Online.  Go on, give it a try.

http://www.amazon.com/Open-Government/dp/B0015KI4HU

 

Unrealistic Minimums

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Big news out of Washington this week.  By executive order (read: fiat), they have raised the minimum wage for workers on all federal contracts.

Well done, guys!  If you raise it, they will come – or something.

Except, of course, that this change will affect almost nobody.  I am aware of no federal contracts that use minimum wage workers.  That, of course, does not mean that there aren’t any – maybe there are some food service contracts in federal prisons or something – but it sure does not sound like any contract I have ever been part of or near.  In fact, federal contracts usually have to observe union minimums in the local area – an old sop to labor.  In all likelihood, this little piece of flaunted executive overreach will not “help” one single person you have ever met.

Still, let the press releases sally forth and let the politicians claim, once more, to be firmly on the side of the little guy.  After all, it is doubtful that this little order will actually cost you a penny – other than paying for the press releases, of course.

Until, of course, it is used down the road as the casus belli for further attempts to raise the minimum wage altogether.  After all, why should federal contractors be paid better than the rest of us.  Rinse, repeat.