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How Deep Is Our Collective Reservoir ?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Liberty is a fine-sounding word. But it has its limitations. Caution needs to be practiced so as not to go to another extreme. Many a libertarian wants to be free to practice his own social immorality in the name of freedom, but in this he tends to be socially liberal, while fiscally conservative.

The Libertarian with a capital “L” yearns for almost limitless freedom from controls, saying we would be better off with no government. But for most Americans, the idea of liberty comes with the needed expense of at least minimal guidelines, governance, and law enforcement. The debate, therefore, among the liberty-loving peoples comes down to how much governance is needed.

Our two-hundred-plus year experiment in freedom and self-government has worked well, because in general there has been a reservoir of decency and obedience to natural laws of goodness among the people.   But will our Constitution survive in a people who seem less inclined these days to cling to standards of righteousness?

http://www.wiserepublic.com/2824/the-libertarian-debate/

Flat Tax : More Fair than the “Fair Tax”

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

“Fair Tax” still implies some levels of subjectivity, which is why I prefer a “Flat Tax” as a primary tax, in tandem with a consumption tax, which is what the  “Fair Tax” seems to be.    

A Flat Tax would be simplest and most fair— more fair then the Fair Tax — no adjustments, no exemptions, no limits.  Tie all income and consumption to personal social security numbers and business tax ID numbers and let computers sort everything out.

Unfortunately I  foresee problems with the consumption tax if it’s anything like the sales tax system in Florida.  Businesses are collecting the tax but not turning it into the government or are understating their sales.   We don’t want to create another agenda that’s going to take an army of auditors and collection agents to sort out.

Small Farms Under Attack ?

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
I don’t pretend to understand the nuances of this bill, or any legislation for that matter, but people I trust are recommending that S.510, the misnamed “Food Safety Modernization Act,” be opposed on every vote – including cloture.

I am told S.510 will open the floodgates for the Federal bureaucracy to crush the food industry’s small businesses.

The bill’s proponents suggest that a few provisions totally address concerns of small-scale farmers, but closer examination reveals the FDA acquires even more power to shut down family farms on a whim.

In these tough economic times, S.510 will drive up the costs of food production by adding more layers of government interference.
The bill also empowers federal agencies to impose international guidelines and standards on domestic food producers – molding American food production into an unhealthy globalist Codex system.

S.510 threatens to destroy reputable food producers like the independent family farm, where the free market works every day to provide the public with healthy choices.
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Background : Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Richard Burr (R-NC) coordinated to reach a “bipartisan” agreement earlier in the year to move ahead with the otherwise stalled bill.

I think this legislation may be coming up for a vote as early as Monday, Nov. 29.

Index to the United States Constitution

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

source :       constitution.org

Airlines upset with Biden’s suggestion to avoid air travel because of flu

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

I posted the following comment reacting to the above article in the Jacksonville Business Journal about the Airline industry :

I find Vice President Joe Biden’s candor refreshing in a sea of head-in-the-sand bureaucrats reading from scripts who want us to believe everything will be all right. Revisit the statistics from the 1918 flu pandemic, a two year event killing upwards from 10 million people globally. “Upwards” may be 100 million people dead from the global event, which affected half the world’s population at the time. These are the same bureaucrats who were preaching how strong the economy was as they innoculated themselves financially against the impending plague we find ourselves in now. We’ve got to think and fend for ourselves, and not be deluded by warm and fuzzy feel good messages from Big Brother.

Civic Responsibility Links

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

U.S. Congress and Senate contact info and voting record