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|From the weekly Senator Medler Blogoon
by Randall Hylkema
|August 9, 2010
|Re-run from June 25, 2012
|And by the way, what
would Jefferson think
decisions being made
by committees of
|Rerun From July 4, 2011
|The best image in the Declaration is:
" He [George III] has erected a
Multitude of new Offices, and sent
hither Swarms of Officers to harrass
our People and eat out their
Just imagine the sky darkened with
swarms of carnivorous bureaucrats,
coming to enforce: tax laws,
Dodd-Frank, EPA mandates...
Those colonists didn't know what
multitudes and swarms really were!
|The Tea Party had no official
organization or spokesperson, but its
central message was clear: Too much
expansive, expensive government in
So what was the message of the Occupy
protests? Anti-capitalism? yes...seemed
that way. Or anti-Crony Capitalism?
yeah, maybe that! Against rich people?
certainly...except for the ones
supporting Occupy. Perhaps just
anti-Tea Party, or pro-big street party.
The press was so eager to make Occupy
significant and coherent. But in the end, it
was like the Oracle at Delphi: you hear
the message you want to hear.
|Rerun From October 31, 2011
|Rerun From October 10, 2011
|Political speeches today are typically
filled with: Appeals to emotion, straw
man arguments, platitudes, red herrings,
and stroking of vanity. The real ideas -
sometimes dangerous ones! - lurk
beneath the surface. But just let the
warm rhetorical froth wash over you as
you pay attention to the important stuff:
Oooh, look, George Clooney is right
behind Obama!; See what Hilary is
|Rerun From November 15, 2010
|Adjusted for population and size of the
economy, Congress today is smaller than
it was is 1789. Congress, the feeble and
overwhelmed master of our modern
megastate, now writes a few notes of
instruction (or maybe a few thousand
pages), and tosses it to the bureaucracy
to figure out the details.
Obama said recently that he wants to
achieve a smarter government. That's
not likely to happen. But if it tried to do
a whole let less, it would seem a whole
|Rerun From August 27 , 2012
|What it comes down to is this:
Voluntary exchange with its
"invisible hand"; or being
trampled by the invisible feet of
numerous intrusive bureaucrats.
|Old laws may go into disuse, but
they are rarely repealed, so they
accumulate on our civilization like
radioactive dust with a long
half-life. Combine those old laws
with the fountain of new laws,
rules and regulation that are
emitted every year by our
legislative class and you are sure
to be in violation of something,
sometimes. It's scary to think that
these rules could be selectively
enforced to discomfit, say,
political enemies. But hey! That
can't happen here!
|Rerun From May 7 , 2012
|Thank goodness the Feds are lavishing so
much attention and money on our schools.
Now, schools are racing to the top, no child
is left behind, we have national curriculum
standards, rules about diversity, gender,
sports, sustainability and school nutrition.
No wonder our schools are the envy of the
Well, O.K. Maybe not quite yet...but just a
few more federal programs and mandates
and a few billion more dollars....it could