January quotes of the month

“Fairness is not an evaluative criterion.” Col. Allen West, on the unsuitability of women for infantry combat roles.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp on the Federal income tax code: “And our code is too complicated. It’s 10 times the size of the Bible with none of the good news.”

“We can’t simply cut our way to prosperity.”  – BHO, Jan 1 2013 commenting on the fiscal-cliff legislation. But we sure can spend our way into prosperity.

How did they get a fiscal-cliff deal? The president “left the hardest negotiations at the end of the process to Vice President Joe Biden.” That’s right, in this administration Biden is the adult in the room.” James Taranto, in Best of the Web Today, 2 Jan 2013

“Meanwhile, the unsustainable status quo is defended furiously by the Republican Party, a central factor in its political weakness.” H. J. Waters, III, in an editorial of January 3, 2013, Columbia Daily Tribune. Yes, those evil Repubs want to see continued deficit spending, increasing federal debt, slow growth of the economy, and unreformed entitlements.

“Where man can no longer bear the truth, he cannot live without the lie.” Hermann  Sasse, in Union and Confession (1938), quoted in a sermon by John T. Pless ( logia.org/blogia/?p=349 )

Al Roker way too excited over being in the White House:

The ME generation comes of age in a cheery analysis.

“The magic of theater is that is has the power to overwhelm thought: For a moment, you forget that you are watching actors reciting lines that they have memorized and making scripted movements, and you are taken into the world of the play. Obama’s politics of histrionics — the little children, the Sandra Flukes, the imperial stage dressing — also is conceived with the goal of overwhelming thought. That tells you something about the president and what he stands for. The continued success of this traveling medicine show of a presidency tells you something about the American people.” Kevin Williamson

“The world’s largest country,” writes Spengler, “is well along the way to forming an intellectual elite on a scale that the world has never seen, and against which nothing in today’s world – surely not the overbred products of the Ivy League puppy mills – can compete.

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Name that party – Nagin edition

It’s time once again to play one of our favorite games. This time it’s about the corruption indictments of Ray Nagin, the incompetent former mayor of New Orleans responsible for so much misery in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

Newsbusters reports that the news bureaus of ABS, NBC, and CBS all neglected to mention the party affiliation of Mr. Nagin. We wonder where he will be sitting during the Inauguration.

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Thank you, Senator Schaefer

Reacting to reports that President Obama might attempt to circumvent the U.S. Congress and seek to impose his notion of gun control by executive order, Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer today warned we must take action if the executive orders turn out to violate or infringe upon our second amendment rights.  President Obama has acted unconstitutionally before. His recess appointments of controversial nominees when the Senate was not in recess is just one example among many. As reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Senator is quoted as saying:

If we are complicit in the state of Missouri in the erosion of that one right, we are complicit in the erosion of all rights.

Exactly. Just as any sin is ultimately also a sin against the first commandment. Senator Schaefer noted that the second amendment to the Bill of Rights actually protects all the other amendments. The Senator believes – and we heartily support him – that if the President should act unconstitutionally, Missouri should “respond appropriately,” choosing options from lawsuits to nullification. We the people do not receive rights from government; we grant limited powers to government. Obama is our president, not our King.

This refreshingly bold position, clearly founded on solid principle, is exactly what we elect our representatives to stand up for.

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What if we didn’t need the government’s permission to work?

The case for certification instead of licensure

What if the government had told Henry Ford or Bill Gates they were prohibited from manufacturing or selling their products because cars and operating systems do not “serve a useful present or future purpose”, or are “inconsistent with the public convenience and necessity”?

In Missouri until 2012, that’s exactly what the state highways and transportation department told many applicants who wanted to start a moving business. No, their applications were not turned down because they represented a possible risk to life, limb, or furniture, or they might damage public highways. Applicants were denied the right to offer household moving services because a state agency fatuously found that their service did not serve a useful present or future purpose, or was inconsistent with the public convenience and necessity.

Most citizens of Missouri would be appalled to learn that a state agency had the legal authority, not to speak of the wisdom, to determine which household moving businesses were useful or necessary and which were not. Thankfully, the law regulating who may and who may not offer moving services was repealed on August 28, 2012 by amending legislation. Now a household mover must only be “fit, willing & able” to qualify for a certificate to move household goods.

Household movers now have a freer choice of occupations. But there are still thousands of Missourians, who are fit, willing, and able to pursue their occupations and want to risk their time and capital to pursue their dreams, but still must obtain state permission to work. Is there a way we could make it possible for these citizens to find productive work? I think so. Amend the law to allow occupational certification instead of occupational licensing. University of Minnesota Professor Morris Kleiner says that merely changing from occupational licensing to occupational certification would increase the number of jobs in Minnesota by 15,000. Continue reading