On Waste in the Justice Department

An audit released last week by the Department of Justice’s inspector general details wasteful and extravagant spending at DOJ conferences under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Stories about waste in government programs are as common as ants, but this one appears to have struck a nerve across the country—perhaps because the president is trying to convince us that Washington needs more money.

Yesterday I discussed the issue of $16 muffins at DOJ conferences on radio stations from California to New York, with points in between. The most common question I received was, “How can wasteful spending be stopped?” As I told listeners, the only way to stop it is to not give the offending agency or program any more money. Otherwise, government employees will continue wasting money for the simple reason that it isn’t their money. And because the government isn’t a business, politicians and government employees don’t have to be concerned with improving the bottom line. In short, there’s little incentive for the government not to waste money.


The Necessary and Proper Clause Grants no Power at all

One way apologists for the modern federal monster state attempt to justify it constitutionally is to argue that the Necessary and Proper Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 18) is an “elastic clause” conferring vast “implied” power on Congress. Actually, as Constitution’s advocates during the ratification battles made clear, the Necessary and Proper Clause grants…


Ron Paul: The Only Choice Worth a Trip to the Ballot Box

It took me a long time to give up on politics.   If I vote in any presidential primary or election this time around, it will likely be because Ron Paul was lucky enough to still remain on the ballot by the time the elections are held in Texas.

I wish it did not take me so long to warm up to Paul’s ideas.   In part, I blame me for that.  But I also blame the media.

Paul has been around for a long time.   The media has made him out to be the joke of campaigns.   That’s the media’s fault.   However, my fault has been lapping up the idiotic media propaganda for so many years.   I am not unlike a lot of people.   When the people laugh and cajole someone who is different, it is natural to want to join in on the side who is doing the laughing and cajoling.   It is nothing more than a natural need to feel like one belongs to some “superior” crowd – more appropriately, it is “gang mentality.”

I am not saying that everything Paul says is something with which I wholeheartedly agree.   He has a few positions that lead me to question whether they are right or workable, but I find it very easy to step back and evaluate Paul from a big picture perspective.

First.   He is genuine and consistent.   Where are those string video compilations of Paul’s long line of flip-flops?   To my knowledge, they do not exist.   Compare this fact, alone, to all the other candidates.   Paul +1.

Second, Paul has capably predicted the direction of our nation when pretty much everyone else was either ignorant, delusional, or in denial.   Take a look at this video and this video, for examples.   Paul +1.


Spare the rod?

U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban paddling and corporal punishment across the nation. The new law would not only outlaw paddling, but also spanking and any other form of physical punishment in schools.

“Bullying is enough of a problem among students; the teachers shouldn’t be doing it, too. There’s nothing positive or productive about corporal punishment,” McCarthy said on her House website.

Currently 19 states allow corporal punishment in schools, mostly backward, racist southern states. The fact that the people in the other 31 states managed to do away with spanking in schools without federal interference isn’t relevant. If these other states don’t fall in line, the feds should punish…umm…encourage them so they get with the program.


Government as a Venture Capitalist

by Ron Paul

In January 2009, the administration claimed that if Congress passed a rush stimulus bill, the United States would be saved from economic catastrophe that was threatening to send unemployment figures above 8 percent. Government stimulus was the answer and if we cared about our country, we would set aside our reservations and do what needed to be done to pass the bill. Congress passed the bill. Unemployment continued to go up and has been well over 8 percent ever since. (In fact, economist John Williams of ShadowStats finds unemployment to be closer to 23 percent using traditional methodology.) Yet some are claiming the first stimulus worked and all we need to bring back prosperity is more government stimulus.

Stimulus might appear to work for some people for a short time. It worked for a short time for Solyndra. For a time, they could pretend to be engaging in productive activities that would help the economy. For a time, unemployment was 1,100 people less. But the recent bankruptcy of Solyndra shows that the government is a terrible venture capitalist. This charade cost the American people over half a billion dollars they could not afford, yet there is no mea culpa. The administration is not questioning its calculations, or how they could have been so wrong on their unemployment predictions in the wake of the last stimulus.


Interesting Thoughts on Postal Reform

Postal expert Alan Robinson’s Courier, Express, and Postal Observer blog is always an interesting read, but his latest two posts are particularly worthwhile.

The U.S. Postal Service’s financial woes are starting to attract commentary from prominent thinkers. In the first post, Robinson looks at recent articles from Felix SalmonGary Becker, and Richard Posner and concludes that while their analyses are incomplete, their observations deserve further consideration. The three pieces share a common theme: a government postal service micromanaged by Congress and regulators is no longer workable. Thus, it is time to consider reforms such as deregulation and privatization.

As Robinson notes at the outset, “any postal reform measure has to go beyond fixing retiree obligations or restructuring operations to reduce costs.” Robinson believes that a failure by policymakers to address three issues in particular will probably force Congress to re-examine the USPS’s business model again in a few years (I know, Congress kicking the can down the road? Shocking.):


Is Ron Paul Wrong on Money and the Constitution?

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