Monthly Archives: July 2011

When The Law of the Land is Simply Too Much By Bill Buppert

Well said:

The unfortunate reality is that every one of us in America is moments from a police encounter or judicial decision that robs you of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

There is no common sense to the law anymore. It is simply a means for a monstrous and unthinking bureaucratic machine to slowly crush everything in its path including our very futures. The answer remains: there is no government like no government.

“A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.”

– Samuel Johnson

If I ever run for office, my tagline will be a play on the well-known Recycling line: Reduce, Return, RepealReduce the size of government, Return self-government to the people, Repeal as many laws as possible.

via Zero Gov – Anti-Government, Pro-Liberty » Blog Archive » US Out of North America! When The Law of the Land is Simply Too Much By Bill Buppert.

Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear

Looks like Holland has the right idea!

In a radical change of policy, the Netherlands is reducing its targets for renewable energy and slashing the subsidies for wind and solar power. It’s also given the green light for the country’s first new nuclear power plants for almost 40 years.

Why the change? Wind and solar subsidies are too expensive, the Financial Times Deutschland , reports.

Not only is wind power utterly inefficient for how expensive it is, it also requires fossil-powered generators running as back-up for unreliable wind generation.  So not only does it cost a fortune to set up and maintain wind farms, but the back-up facilities must also be paid for and maintained while they are happily polluting in the background.

So why not just run off the “back-up” facility and eliminate the cost of the windmills?

Or even better, allow nuclear to be built?

via Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear • The Register.

CATO: 2, Government: 0

That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to say!

Milton Friedman was right when he warned that, “In the long run government will spend whatever the tax system will raise, plus as much more as it can get away with.”

Except, my phrasing was, “It is impossible to raise more in taxes than government can spend.”

via You Should Support a Value-Added Tax…if You Want Bigger Government and More Debt | Cato @ Liberty.

And also, Jim Harper gives examples on how government environmentalism not only fails to protect the environment, but rather, helps industry destroy it while reducing overall productivity:

Everyone dreams of a “real regulator” that will clean up industry, protect public values, and smartly manage economic activity. What you routinely end up with is a pro-industry self-dealing agency that fails to protect the values it was assigned while mismanaging productive activity. Case in point.

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I suspect I would find DeChristopher’s environmentalism at least overwrought, but when did it become a criminal offense to default on an auction bid? When the government got into the business, that’s when. Instead of, say, pre-qualifying bidders, it evidently just uses its monopoly on coercion to lock up people who mess around with its action.

Command-and-control is probably the simplest way to advance environmental values, but it has failed so dramatically so many times, and it fosters a punitive state that jails its citizens. The simplest way to advance environmental goals may not be the best.

via How’s that Big-Government Environmentalism Workin’ For Ya’? | Cato @ Liberty.

Default and Hyperinflation – it happens here, too!

“You may not know this, but the U.S. has actually defaulted a number of times already,” writes Chris Mayer this morning. He cites five instances:

1779: The government was unable to redeem the continental currency issued during the Revolutionary War

1782: The Colonies defaulted on the debt they took out to pay for the war

1862: During the Civil War, the Union failed to redeem dollars for gold at terms stated by the debt contracts

1934: FDR defaults on the debt issued to finance World War I, refusing to redeem it in gold. The dollar is devalued 40% against gold

1979: A bureaucratic snafu results in interest going unpaid on some small bills.

Indeed, most people don’t know that.  It is also widely unknown that the US experienced two periods of hyperinflation — during the Revolutionary War, and during the Civil War — both times when the US abandoned gold as money and printed paper instead… just as we are doing now!  HOLY COW.

via A Default By Any Other Name | 5 Min. Forecast.

Mossberg MMR 556 AR-15: Mossberg Modern Rifle Hunter & Tactical | The Firearm Blog

After testing the market with the Mossberg Tactical 22, Mossberg has finally entered the AR-15 fray with the Mossberg MMR (Mossberg Modern Rifle) AR-15.

I’m actually surprised they didn’t call it the Mossberg MMR (Mossberg Modern Rifle)  Modern AR-15 Rifle.

via Mossberg MMR 556 AR-15: Mossberg Modern Rifle Hunter & Tactical | The Firearm Blog.