The 96th Missouri General Assembly

Tribune Watch – a regular feature

The front page of the May 19th, 2012 edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune summarizes the achievements of the 96th General Assembly with this headline: “No ‘big idea’ measures emerge.” The subhead reports: “Lawmakers are left frustrated.”

We think the subhead would be more accurate if it read: “Left lawmakers are frustrated.” The Tribune’s second page, by the same reporter, reveals that the local Boone County delegation thought the legislative session was successful. So who was frustrated?   Continue reading

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The Case for Capitalism Education

Guest post by Kel Kelly

Few people understand what Capitalism actually is and how it works. If they did, they would almost certainly not continue to vote for the policies they currently support, and they would not experience today’s economic problems.

Capitalism is blamed for most of our economic ills. But in fact it does not exist. Capitalism is defined by free markets. But markets are not free when they are taxed, regulated, subsidized, mandated, hobbled, and otherwise manipulated. Government interventions in the economy were not for the purpose of fixing so-called “market failures.” They were implemented for political gain. But these interventions necessarily caused more problems due to the law of unintended consequences. Today we are “fixing” so much that our economy is breaking down. Continue reading

What’s the Rush?

Inside the Liberal Mind

Today the Columbia, Missouri branch of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is picketing a local radio station, KFRU, as part of their “Kick Rush Off KFRU” demonstration. This “Flush Rush” movement follows in the wake of the Sandra Fluke kerfuffle of several months ago. The Missouri chapter of NOW has a webpage where one can sign the petition to “Kick Rush Limbaugh off the air.” The signatories listed on the page this morning were from all over the country. Only one is from Missouri and nowhere near Columbia.

We of course have no problem with anyone disagreeing with Mr. Limbaugh. But we want to take this opportunity to discuss a few characteristics of the liberal mind, which to us is always puzzling. We note the telling propensity to twist language to our own purposes in a manner that is at least disingenuous, if not deceitful. Take the name “National Organization for Women.” The NOW website describes itself as “the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.” Feminist activists can hardly be considered representative of American women in any sense, so the name makes a false claim. Continue reading

Process matters – so does Participation

The St. Louis Post Dispatch should be lauded for its editorial efforts to shed light on a bad trend in the public hearings of the Missouri General Assembly. In a May 1 signed editorial, “When bills skip hearings, be very, very afraid,” reporter Tony Messenger describes the trend of avoiding hearings, especially in the Missouri House. We concur with the concerns addressed by Mr. Messenger, noting how rare it is we agree with an editorial from the Post. We take this opportunity to add a few comments regarding amendments to standing rules that would greatly improve citizen participation in the legislative process.

The current rule for Committee Hearings provides for “a reasonable opportunity to be heard.” This isn’t good enough. Continue reading