Alexandria brings us the following lovely idea…
Technotopia And Politics-Jonah Goldberg At The National Review Online: ‘Minimum Wage And The Rise Of The Machines’
Dec 9th, 2013 by Chris Navin
‘The robot future is coming no matter what, and it will require some truly creative responses by policymakers. I don’t know what those are, but I’m pretty sure antiquated ideas that were bad policy 100 years ago aren’t going to be of much use. Maybe the answers will come when artificial intelligence finally comes online and we can replace the policymakers with machines, too.’
Say your HAL9000 State U.S. Representative has indicated that it wouldn’t raise taxes this half-cycle to a probability of 99%, but then you get your tax bill and it nearly killed you! Time to decommission
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My roomie and I had a recent discussion regarding minimum wage. Her thought was we needed ‘something’ imposed by gov’t – mine was the free market needed to decide.
Don’t like where you are employed because of what they pay? Go somewhere else. If Mc-Whatever can’t pay enough to keep people, they will eventually dry up.
Or is the T-1000 in our future?
(at least as far as person born the same day having similar personality traits…)
November 2, Birthdays
1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)
1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake
1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)
1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist
1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch & Twang)
h/t Today in History
Or at least monitoring you some more while you do…
The Silicon Graybeard shares with us a story of a (
Soviet Russian) immigrant makes ‘good’.
Or at least brings lessons from the High Presidium.
You know the story going around that gubmints want to put black boxes on cars, so they can tax by the mile? Turns out the guy behind that used to work for the Moscow Metro Corporation, and was a transportation planner in the former USSR. Imagine that.
Hasan Ikhrata, is now the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). A communist in California government? Now, that’s really easy to imagine.
(source - apparently a greenie web site) Why black boxes? Drivers are using more fuel efficient cars, and driving them fewer miles, so the gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once did. Why not raise the gas taxes? I’d think raising taxes on gas would tend to cut consumption. Then, again, taxing driving would tend to limit that behavior. It sounds like they want to limit driving, but still keep drivers in conventional cars.
NAW, THAT would never happen!
We defeated the communists, didn’t we?
Rivrdog ’hoists ‘them’ on their own petar’.
Misprision of Felony
…or, 18 USC 4
Here is the citation:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This offense, however, requires active concealment of a known felony rather than merely failing to report it.“
This is from the Wiki on this subject.
Now, if the United States government, which has a clear chain of authority, knows of cases of felonious entry (Illegal entry is not a felony, but committing ANY crime while illegally in the country makes it so), and they not only fail to actively prosecute and at least, deport those individuals which it DOES know about, THEN the same Government engages in actions intended to cover up and/or relieve those felons of their criminal responsibility, is the Government and it’s agents/actors criminally liable for Misprision of Felony?
More at the Rivrdog link, above.
Inquiring minds want to know…
Another Gun Blog shares with us what appears to be complicity (if not conspiracy) in the Navy Yard murders.
Apparently the Navy Yard murderer lied about his previous gun arrests and about significant personal debt when he applied for his security clearance. Worse yet, the Feds knew this, knew he lied and turned a blind eye to it.
“Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest.”
I’ll keep saying it – political correctness will be the death of us. Oh wait, it already has!
In 1972 P.P.S. (pre-Police State) my libertarian/anarchistic friends and I used to wax rhapsodic with regard to going ‘off the grid’, that is, if not actually living off-the-grid, having access to one or more alternative identities and addresses, just in case things got bad in the real world. This came from watching too many spy movies and TV shows.
Of course, things are currently much worse than we ever dreamt in our worst nightmares.
In addition to getting (and renewing) State-issued driver licenses and passports, we though of birth certificates and credit cards, in the alternative identities.
We dreamt a lot.
Not that we were anticipating committing any felonies (in the early 70s, false identities usually were misdemeanors) but we had a healthy respect for the ever-encroaching power of government. This was a just-in-case sort of thing.
But, we were young, and mostly stupid, and didn’t have the financial means to accomplish this. And didn’t want to even commit misdemeanors.
Borepatch recently enlightened us about yet another chink in our alternative identity armor. It seems the ubiquitous mail drop (public or private postal box address) has become more difficult to obtain, maintain and acquire, without giving one’s life away.
Seems the almighty government doesn’t like persons with truly private addresses…
I’m certain the smugglers, drug dealers and thieves who also utilize such services are obeying the law, much as the users of stolen firearms get all their proper documentation ducks in a row. So, this added level of bureaucratic nonsense is about protecting us.
Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage. How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug? What about cars and auto safety? Food?
And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures. After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?
Has ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths? I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line. I’m guessing they cost money, too. (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me! Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?)
And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide. This does cost the riders money, at least.
And did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane? Dollars saved versus accidents?
I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched. Or were fudged. Or nudged.
I know, I’m a cynic.
The Whited Sepulchre brings us the following:
Hong Kong vs. Detroit.
NOW, to be ‘fair’, I’m certain there are parts of Hong Kong that are desolate, just like there are parts of Detroit that are nice.
And Hong Kong is a ‘free marketplace’ within the structure of a communist government! What Detroit should have been…
[The] per capita tax burden on City residents is the highest in Michigan. This tax burden is particularly severe because it is imposed on a population that has relatively low levels of per capita income.
The City’s income tax… is the highest in Michigan.
Detroit residents pay the highest total property tax rates (inclusive of property taxes paid to all overlapping jurisdictions; e.g., the City, the State, Wayne County) of those paid by residents of Michigan cities having a population over 50,000.
Detroit is the only city in Michigan that levies an excise tax on utility users (at a rate of 5%)
Here’s a Canadian writer lamenting the high sales tax in The Frozen Tundra, as compared to that of Hong Kong. (50 years ago, Hong Kong was a 3rd world slum, but was later set up to have the smallest government possible.) emphasis Guffaw
“I did a little calculation yesterday,” says Stuart Iliffe, a Canadian working in Hong Kong as chief financial officer of publishing house PPP Co. Ltd.
“If I earned $100,000 [all figures Canadian unless noted] in Canada, after tax I would keep $54,000. If I earned $100,000 in Hong Kong, and made use of the married man’s tax allowance, I would keep $90,100.”“Hong Kong keeps it very simple. There’s no capital gains tax, there’s no dividend tax, there’s no tax on interest, and you are only taxed on income earned in Hong Kong – not overseas. The system here makes people more entrepreneurial. Maximum personal tax is 15 per cent, but there are lots of allowances to get it lower, and corporate tax is set at 16.5 per cent – so people are not spending half their time trying to avoid or evade. You have money in your pocket and you do things with it. You invest. You buy shares or you start second businesses,” he says.
Ayesha Lau, partner in charge of Hong Kong tax at KPMG China, broadly agrees with Mr. Iliffe, but takes the view that low and simple taxation is one among a number of factors that make the city competitive. “Others are the rule of law, respect for private property, freedom from corruption in the business environment, efficient government, the free flow of capital – we have no exchange controls – protection of intellectual property rights, and the strategic location as a SAR which is part of China,” she says.
“You need to be able to make a profit before you pay tax, so the entrepreneurial culture is not driven by tax alone.”
Go and read the whole thing. And lament for the ever-increasing intrusive, overtaxing government that killed American Industry.
How sad is it that we were ‘handed our economic hats’ by a communist government!
We have met the enemy and he is us.- Pogo
Kevin of The Smallest Minority, found the following…
Where do YOU stand?
I ran across this image at Gerard Van der Leun’s American Digest:
♫…I don’t feel much like dancin’…♫
Kent McManigal shares with us an essay regarding the essence of personal liberty, freedom and individual rights in this Constitutional Republic.
I find it sad that whenever someone wants to do something, the first question most people ask is whether government allows it, requires a license, or forbids it.
There is so much that isn’t (or shouldn’t be) the business of government. Most personal conflicts are attached to an understood contract between individuals in the free marketplace – If you don’t like guns, don’t buy one; if that head of lettuce is bad too soon, don’t buy them there, anymore; don’t like illegal drugs, don’t use them.
There are remedies before getting the government involved. That shouldn’t be our go-to choice. It should be the last resort.
This isn’t a pointless philosophical debate. On May 5, President Obama warned Ohio State University graduates to reject the warnings people like me are passing along, and to simply trust government.
My motivation is that I trust you to run your own life, and I want you to understand liberty and experience it in all its glory.
What might his motivation be?
If you can be fooled into asking the wrong questions, the answers don’t matter.
This should be our (libertarian’s) anthem. – Guffaw
h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog