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I Like My Government Lazy

I hear so often, mainly from the left, but not always, that they want the government, especially Congress and the President, to “do things.”  That they need to “work together” and “get things done.”  These people are seriously misguided.

It’s not that I wouldn’t like to make some changes.  Eliminate campaign finance laws.  Repeal Obamacare, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Welfare. End the Fed, the EPA, and the Departments of Energy, Commerce, Education, HUD, Labor, Interior, HHS.  Gut the military-industrial complex.  Amend the Constitution to eliminate the post office and forbid the government from engaging in the money supply business.  Repeal anti-trust legislation.  Repeal the 16th Amendment.  I could go on; I won’t.

That isn’t so much the government “doing things” as undoing really dumb things it has done in the past. Dumb things.  Stump stupid.  Do you hear me?  If you like those things, I think you’re either a stupid person or morally reprehensible.  Fix yourself.

Here’s a short, non exhaustive, list of what happens when the government does things:

–The currency is inflated
–Wealth is taken and redistributed to special interests
–The returns on productivity are further diminished
–The ability of charities and other NPOs to operate is severely damaged
–Markets are distorted, creating uncertainty and instability, diminishing return on investment
–Rights are trampled
–Poverty, single parenting, abortion, bad business practices, sexual promiscuity and other unfortunate things / moral failings are subsidized, decreasing the opportunity cost for them, making them more widespread.

In short, civility is damaged, and the ability of a peaceful society to exist is threatened.  Not all of these happen with every executive order, new regulation, or piece of legislation, but some happen so close to all of the time that it may as well be.

I’ll take a lazy, do-nothing, gridlocked government over one that “works together to get things done” any day.  Unless “getting things done” means undoing past instances of “getting things done.”  It’s no small wonder that the most successful, effective pieces of legislation in the last 20 years are Welfare Reform and the Bush and Clinton capital gains tax cuts.

Stop telling the government to do things.  You just may get what you wish for.

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Obvious Lessons From the Current State of the California Pot Market

Cord Jefferson in the Spring 2012 Issue of Good Magazine, published an article entitled, “After the Gold Rush,” decrying the decline and uncertain future of the marijuana industry in California.  Regardless of how you feel about marijuana or marijuana legalization, it’s a good read.  A particularly interesting bit is the following:

     No jobs, lax laws, lower stigma.  To thousands of people like Maldof [the subject of the piece], it was the perfect opportunity to cut their losses in the regular economy.  At the forefront of legalized pot, sunny California seemed like a place where any man with a will to succeed and a few weed plants could find a fortune, or at least a living.  The green-gold rush was on.

But three years later, California narcotics officers began noticing a change in the pot operations they were busting.  Growing marijuana is technically only legal for individuals, who are allowed to possess up to six mature and 12 immature plants.

Thing 1: Freedom makes jobs.  Obviously.  Industrious people satisfying their natural perceived best interest will try to do so, and they will engage in peaceful, mutually beneficial market exchanges.  The government doesn’t need to “do things” or “create jobs.”  Government needs to get out of the way.

Thing 2: Anti-free market regulation kills jobs.  Arbitrary, artificial capital requirements placed on the producers of marijuana hurt consumers by raising prices and making the job market more uncertain.

Thing 3: Imagining that people somehow forfeit their rights by coming together in groups, be they ‘unions,’ ‘NPOs,’ ‘charities,’ ‘farms,’ or, yes, even ‘corporations,’ is silly and damaging.

And since these lessons are so obvious from one of your very own pieces, Good Magazine, I suspect you’ll stop your silly practice of encouraging higher taxes, more regulation, and parroting the latest silly left-wing bumper sticker, “Corporations aren’t people.”

Visual Change

Many thanks to one of my old college roommates, Alex Felts, for donating the header.  Yes, that is a younger Ron Paul riding a figure that appears to be a flying antelope* wearing a Pope hat.

*It’s really a creature that resides on the dark side of the moon.  It chooses to live in exile due to cultural missteps by the people of Earth.  It is called a refig.  If you need to ask, don’t.

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

Dear Ms. Coulter,

You write the following in your latest column to try to make it sound as if Romney has widespread support and is, in reality, on pace for the nomination:

…the widening gulf in delegates won by Romney compared to the others — he now has more delegates than all other candidates combined…

I’ve already explained why that isn’t necessarily true, and even if it is, in the very near future it will not be.  You and I both know this.  I suppose you just saw fit to sneak it in this week, while such a statement is mildly defensible, in order to get “I do what I’m told” Republicans to conform and give a loud “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” to Romney’s supporters.   It’s not necessarily your line of reasoning; I’m not able to read your mind, but I don’t see any other reason to say it.  As I’ve already made clear, such a statement about the delegate count is not necessarily true, and even if it were, it won’t be one month from now.

If indeed that is your reasoning, I have to wonder why you would take such an approach.  Do you believe that the independents and Reagan Democrats, that the Republican party will need to win 3 of 5 states between Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania will conform to a candidate that needs such a (mildly misleading at least) message from such an influential person as yourself?  A person who says to Mitt Romney personally, during the primary season, “I hope you’re as conservative as I keep telling people you are.”  A person who says to a conservative audience, “We’re either going to nominate [a real conservative] and win, or we’re going to nominate Mitt Romney and lose.”

Forget the independents and Reagan Democrats.  You’ll be lucky to get the Republicans motivated.

I, for one, applaud the fact that Romney is struggling so much.  It means the Republican Party might actually nominate a candidate who can win, even if that means starting from scratch in Tampa.

You and I agree that all of the Republican candidates are equal to or greater than Obama (also from your latest column), “…it’s true that any of the Republican candidates for president would be an improvement over Obama, it is not true that any of them can beat him. ”  Unless you haven’t been paying attention, and I know you have, you know that Ron Paul is polling better in a head to head with Obama than any of the other candidates.  Indeed, Ron Paul is the only one actually beating Obama. Even more than that, think about the future: Ron Paul is the only candidate growing the Republican Party.

If ‘just beating Obama’ really is that important, why aren’t you showing some support for the one with the best chance to, you know, actually beat Obama?

Sincerely,
Peter Beardsley

Washington: Friend of Freedom

Great news out of the state of Washington following yesterday’s caucus.  Ron Paul appeared to edge out Rick Santorum for second place, 25%-24% (Mitt Romney ran away with it: 38%), in the absolutely meaningless popular vote, but Dr. Paul appears to be in great shape to win a plurality, if not a majority, of the 40 delegates at stake.  More to come later.

Genesis

And so it begins. Sorta. I’ve been spewing my thoughts on other blogs and my facebook page for a while. Just thought this would be a superior venue for such things and would enable more flexibility. We’ll see how this goes.