Look no further than California for the latest example of foolishness.
That state’s latest budget counts on at least $500 million from that state’s auction of carbon credits under its cap-and-trade…business…to balance its budget.
There’s a problem with that bait-and-switch…business…though. As California’s Supreme Court ruled in its 1997 Sinclair Paint Co opinion, regulatory fees can’t
exceed in amount the reasonable cost of providing the protective services for which the fees are charged
or be imposed for
unrelated revenue purposes.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R, UT), in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last Friday, had this tidbit while writing more generally about the IRS.
Look at the Earned Income Tax Credit. Whether you like this refundable credit or not, the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration reported in April that improper payments account for 21% to 25% of total EITC payments in 2012. Take the percentage of improper EITC payments and apply it to the approximate $1 trillion we’ll spend on ObamaCare premium credits in the decade beginning 2014.
And on funding for a program the IRS is supposed to administer, he added this:
Via The Spirit of Enterprise comes this plain language advertisement for Texas as the place to be for business (for freedom generally, say I as a proud citizen of Texas). Naturally, I had to hear it via SoE, no business fool, Governor Rick Perry (R); he has no need to run it in Texas, no need to preach to the choir.
Another thing I’m not hearing in Texas: ads from California or Illinois making the case for high taxes and regulation and litigation and big government and so those states are the happening places to be.
This, on surveillance, is not far wrong.
From the good folks at ReasonTV.
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The following thought was quoted by David Feith, in a recent The Wall Street Journal op-ed, from a 1975 Daniel Patrick Moynihan essay called “The United States in Opposition.” Moynihan’s essay was published just before the Democrat became the US Ambassador to the UN.
It is time, that is, that the American spokesman came to be feared in international forums for the truths he might tel. The point is to differentiate, and to turn their own standards against regimes for the moment too much preoccupied with causing difficulties for others, mainly the United States…. Such a reversal of roles would be painful to American spokesmen, but it could be liberating also. It is past time we ceased to apologize for an imperfect democracy. Find its equal.”
Here’s another example of the WilsonianObaman government’s racism.
The EEOC is haling Dollar General and a US unit of BMW into court, charging them with racism for the heinous practice—seriously—of using background checks to screen those convicted of
Murder, Assault & Battery, Rape, Child Abuse, Spousal Abuse (Domestic Violence), Manufacturing of Drugs, Distribution of Drugs, [and] Weapons Violations
from job applications.
Just to add racism to the EEOC’s racism, in the BMW case, there’s this: 70 black and 18 non-black contractors had criminal convictions, and the company declined to hire any of them. The EEOC is only suing over the blacks’ non-hiring. The non-blacks can go hang.
That’s putting it mildly. “Futile” also applies. I’ve written earlier how President Barack Obama reduced himself to a laughingstock and is reducing the United States as a whole to a laughingstock.
Now those in Syria who’ve been begging us for help speak derisively about us as a result of Obama’s…behavior. On the heels of Obama’s belated acknowledgment that his bright red bunting strewn upon the beach sands had been stepped on and over; followed by his decision to send small arms to Syrian rebels (which all of Arabia already is providing them) with which to fight al Assad’s helicopter, artillery, and tank assaults (supported by Hezbollah fighters and Iranian soldiers); coupled with Obama’s continued refusal to send the rebels the weapons with which to defeat those helicopters and, artillery tubes, and tanks; and his continued refusal to suppress al Assad’s air force in any way, the rebel beneficiaries of the Obama Munificence had this to say:
Thursday, President Barack Obama finally acknowledged what we’ve known—what our allies have demonstrated to us—for some months: that Bashar al Assad has been using chemical weapons on his own people for as long as a year and a half.
Obama’s big, wide, squishy red line, drawn last August during the Presidential Campaign season, has been crossed, he finally admits (coincidentally, the day after former President Bill Clinton said
I offered this first as a comment to a Spiegel Online article. Here it is with slight modifications to support its stand-alone status here.
Edward Snowden, of Verizon metadata and PRISM outing fame, thinks of himself as a whistleblower, and so do many who agree with him that the US’ PRISM program and its program for collecting metadata from cellphone providers are terribly wrong programs.