Man detained and ticketed for tossing money into a crowd of people during “Let it Snow” performance
The nanny state is in full-on ludicrous mode in Bloomington, Minnesota. On friday a man was detained and ticketed at the Mall of America after he tossed $1000 in $1 bills into the crowd gathered to hear a live performance of the classic song “Let it Snow.”
Here’s video of the man:
Serge Vorobyov said in a YouTube video following the incident at the mall in Bloomington that it was his “last $1,000” and that he’s going through divorce.
"I thought I’d just spread some holiday cheer, be positive and pay-it-forward type of thing," he said in the video. "And make it snow money."
As the trio sang the stanza, ‘Let it snow’, Vorobyov, who was riding an escalator, pulled the singles from a bag by the handful and tossed the money over the railing, prompting the crowd below to audibly gasp and reach to the sky in an attempt to catch the falling bills.
Bloomington police gave Vorobyov a ticket for disorderly conduct for the his elaborate stunt, the Star Tribune reported.
"I don’t see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct," Vorobyov responded.
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Absolutely ridiculous. If this fellow wants to give away his last $1,000 in dramatic fashion, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to do so. Mall of America spokesperson Sarah Schmidt said the incident “could’ve caused a serious situation.”
Yeah, well, it didn’t. And even so, Serge isn’t really responsible for how people respond when they see money floating through the air, is he?
That’s the nanny state for you…can’t even give away money. That’s their job. They don’t like competition.
10:50 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Surprise! “Fixed” Obamacare website still crashing.
The Obama administration promised that the Obamacare website would be “fully functional” on November 30th, and here we are on December 2nd. Well, how did they do? CNN tried to logon yesterday on the air, and it didn’t work out to well. The site crashed live on the air yet again.
Here’s the video:
Chris Wallace and his team at Fox News Sunday did some more detailed digging into the problems still plaguing the website, and here’s their report from this weekend.
Here’s that report:
Yet another Obamacare promise broken by the habitual liars in the White House.
10:39 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Meet the Vassar College student who faked hate speech on campus
You’ve probably heard about the new trend that involves people faking hate crimes and other outlandish acts of prejudice in an apparent attempt to shed light on injustice or something. Apparently it’s all the rage these days. I guess the people doing it don’t understand that they’re making things harder on themselves in the long run. That being said, the case involving several “bias incidents” at Vassar College in New York might be a little different than all the others. Why? Because the perpetrator was one of the students in charge of investigating the “bias incidents”.
From the DC (content warning):
Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes — and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team, The Daily Caller has learned.
This fall semester at the liberal arts college in New York saw a curiously high number of bias incident reports. On Nov. 14, the college sent a mass email to students advising them that Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) had received at least six reports in the last few months of hateful and insensitive messages being scrawled and spray painted on student residences. Messages included “Avoid Being Bitches,” “Fuck Niggers,” and most prominently, “Hey Tranny. Know Your Place.”
…The email also outlined BIRT’s purpose and role in bias incident response. The task force receives the reports of bias incidents, meets with victims, and provides support for campus efforts to foster diversity and inclusion.
The task force had one student member: Genesis Hernandez, who is transgendered and was also a vice president of the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the student government.
…Five days after the email was sent, Vassar President Catharine Hill sent a follow-up email announcing that the bias incidents were hoaxes perpetrated by two students.
…“It is our unfortunate duty to report that two Vassar students have admitted responsibility for creating a number of recent bias and hate-speech messages in public spaces on campus,”
…The DC has learned that one of the perpetrators was none other than Genesis Hernandez.
Informed sources within Vassar told The DC that administrators pinpointed Hernandez as a responsible party…
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Bias Incident Response Team? Really? I need some duct tape.
Let me state, for the record, that I believe the entire idea of so-called “hate crimes”, specifically, is ludicrous. A crime is a crime. End of story. A person’s motive for committing that crime is irrelevant and should have no bearing on the punishment given (with the obvious exception of having lesser punishments for things like crimes of passion, etc). By having unequal punishments, it is implied that certain victims’ lives are worth more than others. This is quite the opposite of justice.
Not only this, but it gives prosecutors the broad power to determine what constitutes a “hate crime” and what doesn’t. This leaves the door wide open for abuse by officials who might have a personal bias of their own. This is unacceptable.
That being said, this particular story doesn’t necessarily involve hate crimes, per se, but rather, mean name-calling. And, in an attempt to shed light on all the name-calling, transgendered student Genesis Hernandez had the bright idea to start…calling people names. Does anyone else see the paradoxical irony here? If the hateful name-calling was so bad, why fabricate it? However, if it wasn’t, then what was the point of the Bias Incident Response Team? That’s like saying “no one ever goes to the mall anymore because it’s too crowded.” It’s completely senseless.
The left loves a good straw man—that’s how President Obama got elected twice. But it seems to me that if these so-called ”bias incidents” keep turning out to be fake, many will start to wake up to the fact that the United States citizenry isn’t exactly made up of a bunch of backwards, racist, sexist, bigots secretly looking to reinstate lynchings and witch burnings. And that’s a straw man the left must have in order to win elections.
Exit Question: Why is it assumed by everyone that the hateful messages were fake? How do we know that Genesis doesn’t actually have personal biases against certain groups?
1:03 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Florida church ordered to stop feeding the homeless in Palm Beach
Ah, the Nanny State’s ever watchful eye glares at competition. In Palm Beach Florida, a local church wanted to feed Thanksgiving meals to the homeless gathered in John Prince Park, but local park rangers turned the group away, ordering them to stop.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, but apparently not for the homeless living at Palm Beach County’s John Prince Park in Lake Worth, FL. This holiday is supposed to be a day to think of others, which is exactly what church members from Acts 2 Worship Center in Loxahatchee, FL wanted to do. But when the small group tried to deliver food to the homeless living at the park, a park ranger ordered them to stop.
"God takes care of us,” said Steven Griffin, who’s homeless. “We don’t starve. We’re grateful." Griffin and his wife Dominique have lived at John Prince Park in Lake Worth for years, and they’re not the only ones.
"You get all these other people coming in,” said Griffin, as his wife nodded in agreement. “I guess it’s because of the economy.” For that reason, a dozen church members like Tereza Del Rio from Acts 2 showed up with packaged Thanksgiving meals.
"We do a lot of mission trips and helping the homeless and stuff like that,” said Del Rio. “I do whatever I can.”
"We brought our kids out here so they could see what it’s really like for people that are struggling,” said church member Brian Oakes. And this act of kindness was greatly appreciated.
“We’re grateful you know,” said Kevin Rudd, who’s also homeless. “They hand out; we meet the guys and stuff. They give us a prayer and everything.”
But then, just as the homeless like Kevin were being fed, a Palm Beach County park ranger came up to the church group and ordered them to stop and leave!
“And everybody just went, ‘huh?’” said a confused Rudd.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Brian. “We didn’t intend for this today. We just wanted to give the food and be able to bless people.”
So CBS 12 news walked around Prince Park and followed the church members who just wanted to deliver the remaining Thanksgiving packages. This despite being told by the park ranger they had to leave or else be ticketed.
“Thank you very much,” said a family receiving the food.
“Mr. Park Ranger,” said CBS 12 reporter Israel Balderas, “how are you sir?” CBS 12 tracked down the park ranger that witnesses say was kicking out the church members.
“I’m not allowed to talk with you,” said the park ranger, also identified as Mark. “You have to take your questions to the administration building.”
“They’re saying that you told some church people to leave,” said the reporter to the park ranger.
“Hi,” waved the park ranger to the camera. “I can’t talk to you; my bosses don’t want me to talk.”
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I’m sick and tired of hearing park rangers and law enforcement officers use the cop-out excuse that they’re just following orders. When your orders are immoral or unconstitutional, you’re moral duty is to stand up and defy them. The reason why situations like this persist is because there aren’t enough principled men and women out there willing to take a stand and do what’s right and just. What’s more important? Saving your own hide or doing the right thing?
Blind obedience to a boss or administration that asks you to commit an immoral, illegal, or unconstitutional act makes one just as guilty as the bosses doing the ordering.
12:56 pm • 30 November 2013 • View comments
PRIORITIES: Obama administration declares war on…piano teachers
The Obama administration has declared war on what they apparently think is a scourge of price fixing in the United States. And what industry have the singled out for this scrutiny? Big Pharma? The oil industry? No…it’s the humble piano teacher.
from Wall Street Journal:
Teddy Roosevelt busted Standard Oil. The Obama administration? It’s making the world safe from rapacious piano teachers.
Every month, it seems, brings a new story of this presidency leveling the intimidating powers of the federal government against some law-abiding citizen. Now comes a terrifying tale of how the Federal Trade Commission, a governmental Goliath, crushes an average David—because it can.
In March of this year, a small nonprofit in Cincinnati—the Music Teachers National Association—received a letter from the FTC. The agency was investigating whether the association was engaged in, uh, anticompetitive practices.
This was bizarre, given that the MTNA has existed since 1876 solely to advance the cause of music study and support music teachers. The 501(c)(3) has about 22,000 members, nearly 90% of them piano teachers, including many women who earn a modest living giving lessons in their homes. The group promotes music study and competitions and helps train teachers. Not exactly U.S. Steel.
The association’s sin, according to the feds, rested in its code of ethics. The code lays out ideals for members to follow—a commitment to students, colleagues, society. Tucked into this worthy document was a provision calling on teachers to respect their colleagues’ studios, and not actively recruit students from other teachers.
That’s a common enough provision among professional organizations (doctors, lawyers), yet the FTC avers that the suggestion that Miss Sally not poach students from Miss Lucy was an attempt to raise prices for piano lessons. Given that the average lesson runs around $30 an hour, and that some devoted teachers still give lessons for $5 a pop, this is patently absurd.
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That’s the Obama administration for you: no enemy is too small to attack. Don’t these clowns have anything better to do than regulate little old ladies who teach kiddies to play “Chopsticks”?
10:50 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
As Obamacare’s Medicaid boom creates doctor shortage, many are already refusing Medicaid patients
We’ve said it a lot around here in recent months: having health insurance is not the same as having health care. What Obamacare does is overload the US health system with insurance and does very little to make actual care more available or more affordable to anybody.
from New York Times:
In California, with the nation’s largest Medicaid population, many doctors say they are already overwhelmed and are unable to take on more low-income patients. Dr. Hector Flores, a primary care doctor in East Los Angeles whose practice has 26,000 patients, more than a third of whom are on Medicaid, said he could accommodate an additional 1,000 Medicaid patients at most.
“There could easily be 10,000 patients looking for us, and we’re just not going to be able to serve them,” said Dr. Flores, who is also the chairman of the family medicine department at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.
California officials say they are confident that access will not be an issue. But the state is expecting to add as many as two million people to its Medicaid rolls over the next two years — far more than any other state. They will be joining more than seven million people who are already in the program here. One million of the newly eligible will probably be enrolled by July 2014, said Mari Cantwell, an official with the state’s Department of Health Care Services.
On top of that, only about 57 percent of doctors in California accept new Medicaid patients, according to a study published last year in the journal Health Affairs — the second-lowest rate in the nation after New Jersey. Payment rates for Medicaid, known in California as Medi-Cal, are also low here compared with most states, and are being cut by an additional 10 percent in some cases just as the expansion begins.
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Really, there are only two ways to look at the effect that Obamacare is having on the US health care system. It is either the result of grave incompetence and a complete lack of understanding of basic economics. Or worse, it is an intentional effort to implement a Cloward-Piven-style overload of the welfare system for the purpose of collapsing it and moving to a broader redistribution of wealth in the United States.
10:31 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
Despite filibuster limits, Senate GOP can still use “blue slip rule” to block judicial nominees
Democrats have already used “the nuclear option” to end the filibuster on Presidential nominations, but there are still tools in the Republicans’ arsenal that they can use to keep Obama from stacking the courts with radical, activist judicial nominees.
from New York Times:
The decision by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters for most judicial nominations only marginally enhanced President Obama’s power to reshape the judiciary, according to court watchers from across the political spectrum, because Republican senators can still veto his nominees to most currently vacant appeals court seats.
The new Senate rule clears the way for eight appeals court nominees who have already had confirmation hearings to win approval with simple majority votes, including three on the powerful Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which reviews federal policies and regulations. But it left unchanged the Senate’s “blue slip” custom, which allows senators to block nominees to judgeships associated with their states.
“It is hard to overstate the change’s importance for the D.C. Circuit, which has a disproportionate impact on the world, but it won’t have overwhelming impact elsewhere,” Kathryn Ruemmler, the White House counsel, said in an interview. “The blue slip rule for judges has been more problematic than the filibuster, in part because it is a silent, unaccountable veto.”
Twelve more appeals court seats are either vacant or will be by the end of 2014. All but one are in states with at least one Republican senator. As a result, Mr. Obama still lacks unrestricted power to swiftly appoint a flurry of more clearly left-of-center judges than he has done to date, despite the fears of conservatives and the hopes of liberals, specialists said.
In particular, the blue slip rule could come under additional scrutiny. Under the prerogative, both home-state senators must sign off on a blue slip allowing a confirmation hearing for a nominee. Facing that obstacle, presidents generally do not make nominations without such senators’ consent.
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The White House’s assertion that the “blue-slip” is a silent, unaccountable veto is downright laughable. In order to block a nomination, a senator would have to stand alone and would be accountable to all the voters of his state. It also gives each Senator an added level of accountability with their constituents.
If President Obama nominates a Senator from a state with at least one Republican Senator, that senator will, by himself, be responsible for his decision to sign off or refuse to sign off.
The White House doesn’t desire accountability. If this were so, they wouldn’t have nuked the filibuster in the first place.
12:34 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
Global Warming Alert! Nearly 1,000 Record low temps set across US
I know, I know. Weather isn’t climate (unless it’s warm, of course). But I do feel like it’s important to note that nearly 1,000 record low temperatures and 205 snowfall records were broken in the United States over a seven day period ending on November 28th. I suppose it’s things like this that are causing meteorologists and other scientists to question the entire AGW
hypothesis…er, consensus altogether.
As we at Poor Richard’s News have stated repeatedly, while we are not scientists, we are big fans of science. We understand that impartial scientists investigating, observing and objectively reporting data, whatever it may be, is crucial for improving the lives of virtually everyone. It’s for this reason precisely that we view AGW alarmism with such skepticism.
Where there should be honest debate, there is a “consensus” that rejects it. Where there should be objective research, there are universities, scientists and organizations who feel pressured to report false or misleading results in order to obtain more grant money (see “hide the decline”) or notoriety.
To make matters worse, the issue of AGW has led to more crony capitalism (which is, in some respects, the exact opposite of capitalism), than probably any issue in US history. The government is often literally deciding winners and losers, giving politicians and those in high places a frightening amount of power that they will not easily relinquish.
I don’t pretend to understand everything that effects our global climate, but I do know political theater when I see it. And AGW alarmism has become exactly that. What once may have been based on science is now politics. And that’s a shame.
12:12 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
"Immediately surrender your rifle" - New York City sends out gun confiscation letters.
New York City is sending registered gun owners letters that indicate they must surrender their guns or permanently move them out of the city.
from Washington Times:
New York City authorities have been sending out notices to residents who own guns that now violate new ammunition capability laws, demanding they relinquish their weapons — and even though the notifications may just be standard police procedure, the text is a shocker.
At issue: Weapons that hold more than five rounds of ammo, The Blaze reported.
One such notice to a city resident, dated Nov. 18 and posted on The Blaze, reads: “Immediately surrender your rifle and/or shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter. Permanently remove your rifle and/or shotgun from New York City.”
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Here’s a copy of one such letter:
Apparently, the 2nd Amendment is going the way of trans fats in New York City.
9:47 pm • 29 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Woman takes Obama’s advice to talk about Obamacare at Thanksgiving dinner…hilarity ensues
President Obama decided to take yet another holiday and make it all about his own political agenda, telling parents to talk to their children about enrolling in Obamacare over Thanksgiving dinner. With cameras rolling, one woman tried just that…and got laughed out of the room…
here’s the video (via Right Scoop):
Had I tried to do this at my own family’s dinner, not only would I have gotten laughed out, I probably would have gotten thrown out!
5:56 pm • 29 November 2013 • View comments
Obama letter to Conservative: I’ve been totally respectful of you “tea-baggers”
Yep, that’s our President, using sexually explicit insults to make a point. Obama replied to a Conservative critic with a handwritten letter that contained a not-so-subtle jab at him and the Tea Party.
from NY Post:
Thomas J. Ritter wrote to the president expressing his dismay over the Affordable Health Care Act, and was surprised to get a response penned by Obama on official White House stationery.
Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott Elementary in Irving, Texas, had written to the president: “This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment . . . The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed.”
Ritter continued: “I hesitated to write for fear of some kind of retribution . . . I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House . . . Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support.”
Obama responded: “I . . . appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers . . . [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind — including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse.
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NY Post has a copy of the entire letter at the link, but here’s the portion with the offending language:
You stay classy, Mr. President. You stay classy.
5:45 pm • 29 November 2013 • View comments
Valerie Jarrett dubs Hobby Lobby “a corporate entity” trying to “seize control” over women’s health
Once again,Obama’s top advisor has spoken up publicly and revealed how much influence she has over the President and the actions of the executive branch.
from the Blaze:
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett called out Hobby Lobby and insisted the Obamacare mandate case that will go before the Supreme Court is about whether big corporations can restrict women from having access to birth control.
“No corporate entity should be in position to limit women’s legal access to care, or to seize a controlling interest over the health care choices of women,” Jarrett wrote on the White House blog. “To take that type of power away from individuals, and to let the personal beliefs of a woman’s boss dictate her health care choices would constitute a major step backward for women’s health and self-determination.”
The case is actually a religious freedom complaint against the administration for the Health and Human Services mandate requiring insurance to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization. If the plaintiffs win, it would not allow them to restrict employees from buying these products on their own, only that the employees would not get them for free.
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The distilled dishonesty about the facts of the case from a White House official would be astounding were it not so common place. Hobby lobby isn’t standing in the way of any woman’s health (their employees or otherwise). They have no policy preventing their employees from using birth control but simply believe that they should not be forced to pay for it it when it goes against the beliefs of the owners.
The case represents a monumental decision between liberty and tyranny in this country. If the Obama administration prevails, it will set up a legal precedent in which governments can force private citizens to do things against their religious beliefs.
When the Thomas Jefferson spoke about “separation of church and state,” he wasn’t talking about taking the ten commandments out of school buildings and court houses. He was talking about the government systematically forcing the beliefs of some onto others. That is exactly what the Obama administration is trying to do to Hobby Lobby.
11:16 am • 29 November 2013 • View comments
Obamacare glitches still sending garbled information to insurers.
Never mind the fact that the Obamacare website still doesn’t even have a payment system in place for people to, you know, actually enroll in health insurance. Even if they could pay for their health insurance policies, there’s still no guarantee that people can actually enroll in Obamacare. Insurers are complaining that the information they receive is garbled and unreadable.
here’s a report from CNN:
Let me remind you: the individual mandate is still in place. Even though their system doesn’t work, and millions of Americans have lost their health plans, you are still required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
10:55 am • 29 November 2013 • View comments
Washington Post op-ed calls for ending Presidential term limits so Obama could run again in 2016
Good grief…it’s beginning. The liberal goofs over at Washington Post think Obama is doing such an awesome job he should be allowed to serve a third term.
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.”
I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37 percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton has said that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance they have.
Or consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal. Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to attack the agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objections from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)?
Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.
Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to award him one?
It’s time to put that power back where it belongs. When Ronald Reagan was serving his second term, some Republicans briefly floated the idea of removing term limits so he could run again. The effort went nowhere, but it was right on principle. Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.
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No, no, no, no, no, and no. In George Washington’s letter to Marquis da Lafayette he wrote, ““I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the service of any man who, in some great emergency, shall be deemed universally most capable of serving the public.” What great emergency has befallen us that we would be subjected to a third Obama term?
If anything, Obama is himself the emergency. It’s time for him to go. We should be talking about impeachment, not a third term.
10:46 am • 29 November 2013 • View comments
Cancer patient who lost insurance because of Obamacare now being audited
Hey remember the cancer patient who dared tell others that he lost his health insurance because of Obamacare? Well, he is now being audited by the IRS. Never speak out against the regime.
From Front Page Magazine:
Bill Elliot was a cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums. He was talking about paying the ObamaCare fine, going without health insurance and “letting nature take its course.”
He went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance.
Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003.
That’s a rather strange coincidence.
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Sure, there’s a chance that this might be a coincidence. But when you consider the unfair targeting the IRS has become infamous for, if it is a coincidence, then it’s a pretty big one.
I truly hope that the Obamacare debacle will cause those who consider themselves liberal progressives to begin looking at things objectively. Those who favor small government solutions do not do so because of racism or sexism or greed or ignorance or anger or stupidity or any of the other negative qualities that are always associated with us. It’s about two things: (1) Big government programs make things worse and (2) Coercion, by the government or anyone else, is immoral.
11:44 pm • 28 November 2013 • View comments