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It's foolish to stall federal aid."

I will tell what is really foolish: A system of federal government that takes money from individuals throughout the country, takes a cut off the top (you know, for "expenses"), then dangles some of that money in front of states that must agree to jump through whatever ridiculous hoops the policy makers in the District of Columbia have deemed necessary in order for the state to get back a small portion of the money taken from it when the process began.

Lewis Carroll would have had a hard time imagining such absurdity.

"Federal aid" is Newspeak. It is no "aid" to get back your own money. "Federal aid" is simply extortion. The feds say they'll return some of the state's money if the state does what it is "asked" to do. Organized crime figures say they will let you keep your business and your knee caps if you do what you are "asked" to do.

It's an offer we can't refuse.

Luckily, legislators like Rep. Jim Kerr, who is quoted in the Post editorial, are at least mulling it over before accepting the offer.

The Post goes on to say that state legislators are entitled to their opinion about Obamacare but "they also need to accept the reality that it's the law of the land."

Applying that misguided logic, the Post would tell a battered spouse that she should just accept the reality that she is in an abusive relationship. You will only make it worse if you resist, right? Accept the abuse. It is the reality.

No. No more.

It is time for Colorado, and other states that are tired of submissively accepting unlawful federal expansion of power, to stand up to the unlawful usurpation of power exercised by the federal government. It is time to assert the Tenth Amendment. It is time to resurrect these dead letters:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

There is no constitutional authority for the feds to tell any state that it must implement a system to facilitate the mandatory purchase of a private product. If the United States Supreme Court says otherwise, that there is such authority within the commerce clause, they might as well say that the sun is the moon and that black is white. It will be just as true.

It is time to listen to Thomas Jefferson, who, in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, wrote:

... where powers are assumed [by the federal government] which have not been delegated [to it by the Constitution], a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non fœderis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits

Nullify now.

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It’s time to refuse federal demands.

The editorial in today’s Denver Post  laments some state legislators’ hesitation to submit to federal requirements in order to obtain money to implement the Affordable Care Act. The Post headline declares “It’s foolish to stall federal aid.”

I will tell what is really foolish: A system of federal government that takes money from individuals throughout the country, takes a cut off the top (you know, for “expenses”), then dangles some of that money in front of states that must agree to jump through whatever ridiculous hoops the policy makers in the District of Columbia have deemed necessary in order for the state to get back a small portion of the money taken from it when the process began.

Lewis Carroll would have had a hard time imagining such absurdity.

“Federal aid” is Newspeak. It is no “aid” to get back your own money. “Federal aid” is simply extortion. The feds say they’ll return some of the state’s money if the state does what it is “asked” to do. Organized crime figures say they will let you keep your business and your knee caps if you do what you are “asked” to do.

It’s an offer we can’t refuse.

Luckily, legislators like Rep. Jim Kerr, who is quoted in the Post editorial, are at least mulling it over before accepting the offer.

The Post goes on to say that state legislators are entitled to their opinion about Obamacare but “they also need to accept the reality that it’s the law of the land.”

Applying that misguided logic, the Post would tell a battered spouse that she should just accept the reality that she is in an abusive relationship. You will only make it worse if you resist, right? Accept the abuse. It is the reality.

No. No more.

It is time for Colorado, and other states that are tired of submissively accepting unlawful federal expansion of power, to stand up to the unlawful usurpation of power exercised by the federal government. It is time to assert the Tenth Amendment. It is time to resurrect these dead letters:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

There is no constitutional authority for the feds to tell any state that it must implement a system to facilitate the mandatory purchase of a private product. If the United States Supreme Court says otherwise, that there is such authority within the commerce clause, they might as well say that the sun is the moon and that black is white. It will be just as true.

It is time to listen to Thomas Jefferson, who, in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, wrote:

… where powers are assumed [by the federal government] which have not been delegated [to it by the Constitution], a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non fœderis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits

Nullify now.


She concludes with this question:

What’s wrong with soaking the rich for their fair share of tax revenue when they have all made their fortunes on the backs of the working poor?

[facepalm]

I'm afraid Ms. Altenhofen is beyond hope. Nevertheless, there are many others who may well be saved from such ignorance. For those that can still be saved, keep citing F. A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Thomas Jefferson, Frederic Bastiat and others. Cite those who, unlike the hopeless Ms. Altenhofen, understand it is the government that decides what is a "fair share" and uses guns to extract it; that without the "rich" there would be no job jobs for the "working poor;" that taking money from one group to give to another is not "compassion;" and that wanting to keep one's own money earned from voluntary exchange is not "greed."

Facepalm of the day.

Susan Altenhofen, of Fort Collins, had her letter to the editor published in today’s Denver Post. (“Blaming the victims for economic woes.“)
She concludes with this question:

What’s wrong with soaking the rich for their fair share of tax revenue when they have all made their fortunes on the backs of the working poor?

[facepalm]
I’m afraid Ms. Altenhofen is beyond hope. Nevertheless, there are many others who may well be saved from such ignorance. For those that can still be saved, keep citing F. A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Thomas Jefferson, Frederic Bastiat and others. Cite those who, unlike the hopeless Ms. Altenhofen, understand it is the government that decides what is a “fair share” and uses guns to extract it; that without the “rich” there would be no job jobs for the “working poor;” that taking money from one group to give to another is not “compassion;” and that wanting to keep one’s own money earned from voluntary exchange is not “greed.”

Thomas Jefferson – Still Offering his Wisdom Years Later….

I ran across a great quote from Thomas Jefferson and I wanted to post it so I didn’t forget it. Each day, I want to ask myself the question: what am I doing to stop this imminent “..wretchedness and oppression…” that will come from our public debt problem? And I urge you to do the same. What what will you do to help save our country from economic ruin?

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds…[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers. …And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another] …till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery… And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

— Thomas Jefferson









Thomas Jefferson on those useless paper phone books we all throw away.

It is the time of year when several unwanted, large phone books covered with refrigerator magnets start arriving on our door steps.
Some say the government needs to step in and stop the waste of the unwanted delivery of phone books. You may have heard the indignant refrain: “There oughtta be a law! We need to BAN the delivery of these unwanted and wasteful phone books!”
Surprisingly enough, however, no government action is required.
As the ad salesmen for the phone books continue to pitch their delivery numbers when they call on local business owners, the potential ad buyers will say:

“Yeah, you deliver a gazillion phone books, but none of these people you deliver to actually LOOK at the books. Most just throw them away the same day you deliver them. (The more environmentally-minded will, of course, recycle them). In any event, they ain’t being read. They ain’t bein’ looked at. I’m not going to spend my ad budget on your soon-to-be-extinct, useless paper phone books. I’m sorry, but I have an appointment with a Search Engine Optimization guy, followed by a Google Ads and Facebook advertising expert coming over now. Please excuse me.”

The paper phone book will soon be in the same category as the eight-track tape.
Until then, I’ll deal with throwing them away. I do not want the government banning them or mandating some “opt out” process overseen and administered by the Department of Unwanted Phone Books, with accompanying regulators and a schedule of fines and penalties for those that try to skirt the ban or regulatory scheme.
Picking them up off our front porch and throwing them away is annoying. It is inconvenient.
Surprisingly enough, Thomas Jefferson had something to say on the topic of unwanted phone books. He said, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
As usual, he was right.

Postscript: A Facebook commenter noted that she did not want people leaving litter on her property. Fair point. I responded thusly:

Fair enough. Trespassing and littering laws already exist. It is up to you if it’s worth the hassle of enforcing the existing laws.”

Must Evil Always Win?

We’ve all heard the phrase before.  We must vote for the “lesser of two evils” each election season.  That’s all we can do.

It is my humble opinion that this way of thinking is what has gotten us into the mess we are in today.  The mess that involves massive amounts of government spending, regulation, debt and new taxes levied on the American taxpayer.

I’d like to briefly quote a few phrases from our Declaration of Independence.

The first quote warns against complacency and the inability to change:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

This second quote follows the first, and sums up the reason I no longer believe politicians are the answer to any of our problems. It is us rather:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Some may argue that we do not currently have despots ruling our country.  Well perhaps not yet, but we’re headed down that path.  One example of this is shown when a majority of the members of Congress are still trying to ram through a health care bill, even though a majority of Americans oppose it.  Now I must make it clear that I am not an advocate of democracy.  As stated by Thomas Jefferson, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”  I am an advocate of a representative republic which is ruled by the Constitution of the United States.  However, it is a major blow to the taxpayer when a majority of Americans are demanding not to have their income taken for the purpose of crappy health care, and our so-called representatives are essentially saying “too bad, so sad” in response.  It would be perfectly legitimate if 99% of the people wanted government-run health care, and Congress voted it down.  But we all know that would never happen.

Our problem is that we are no longer ruled by the Constitution.  Neither party is following the Constitution.  Yet every four years, we jump out of our seats to vote for one of them.

I am not saying we don’t need to vote for good candidates, because we do.  But that is not the end all, be all.  We need to be fully aware of what our Congressman and State Legislators are doing all throughout each year.  And no matter what political party they are associated with, we need to unify and tell them no more new taxes, regulations or spending.

There are easy ways to give a few minutes of your time each month to find out what is going on with your Representatives.  One of which is by attending your local Liberty on the Rocks meet-up, of course!  We have plenty to learn and teach each other – so why not do it over drinks?!

The second is by locating a local organization that may keep track of all proposed bills and who in your state voted for them.  To find out if there is a free market think tank in your area, check out the directory on the State Policy Network’s website.  Many of the state-based think tanks are beginning to host sites which provide complete and precise legislative information for their respective state, so citizens can be easily updated and can then act if they feel it necessary.  These sites include Michigan Votes and New Mexico Votes.    There are also great organizations to get involved with that are nationwide, such as Americans for Prosperity, American’s for Tax Reform and America’s Future Foundation.

The bottom line is that it’s not about the politicians or the political parties, it’s about principles.  And neither side has had any for a while. It’s time we step up to the plate as the true defenders of our Constitution, and do something to clean up this mess.  I say we start by informing ourselves of the importance of free market capitalism, and then pass this information on to others.   Only then will we have numbers large enough to truly enact “change”.  And by change I mean freedom.

The ghost of Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson, a man so in love with upsetting human hierarchy it clouded his judgment of the French Revolution, once wrote, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Which begs the question: why? And, is not the reflexive true, as well, then? Couldn’t the natural progress of things […]