Archive for February, 2011

Forfeiture abuse in action: Cops caught on tape discussing on how much property they can take from a house due to tiny amount of marijuana found.

Read the report: http://www.ij.org/3114

Don’t you just love it when cutting a tax deduction is referred to as “cutting spending”?

Justin Farmer reports from WSB TV in Atlanta.

At the Capitol on February 25, 2011, Ann Althouse (a University of Wisconsin Law Professor) and her husband Meade confront protesters who are using the Veterans Memorial as a place to tape a lot of signs and pile up their stuff. The union prtestors said that the Althouses were the first people to have a problem with it.

Well what can you expect from the inheritors of the “filthy, communist hippie” mindset?

And they wonder why the taxpayers have had enough of unions being the shock troops of the looters and moochers. Just add this to the gift to auto unions of all the money taxpayers (in their private retirement funds) had invested in Government Motors (in its previous incarnation) bonds.

Wisconsin. Ohio. Michigan. New Jersey. New York. Budget-battle showdowns are coming soon to a statehouse near you.

Thousands of angry school teachers, union members, and their sympathizers have descended on capitals to fight against reducing pay and benefits for public employees. The protesters are up against a new crop of governors who are hell-bent on spending cuts to deal with deficits that may rise to combined $125 billion in the next fiscal year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) is looking for public employees to pay $500 million towards benefits they’re currently receiving for free.

New Jersey’s Chris Christie is proposing public employees pick up 30 percent of their health care premiums. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker wants public employees to pay at least 13 percent of their health care premiums. And he wants state workers to start contributing to their retirements for the first time.

This new found fiscal discipline comes after a virtually unchecked binge over the past 10 years during which state expenditures exploded by more than 80 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars, including big bumps in overall worker compensation.

The most controversial aspect of the budget battles deals with public-sector unions and collective bargaining. Wisconsin’s Walker and others argue that the current process is inherently stacked against taxpayers because the government isn’t spending its own money like companies in the private sector do. What’s more, taxpayers have no way of opting out of any agreement that’s reached. In the private sector, consumers can always take their business elsewhere. That’s the basic reason why progressives such as Franklin Roosevelt and labor legend George Meany were against unions for government workers.

In a world of super-tight budgets, it’s a foregone conclusion that public-sector workers are going to have to give back compensation. Public school teachers make up the bulk of government employees in every state in the country and they already make 35 percent more in straight salary than their private-school counterparts. There’s also a growing gap between what they get toward retirement and what private-sector professionals receive.

Teacher union leaders in Wisconsin and elsewhere now say that educators are willing to accept less compensation – just as long as nobody cuts the union out of the deal-making. Whatever the fate of public employee unions in this, the winter of our discontent, there’s no question that teachers and other state workers are going to have to get used to making less.

That’s not a total fix, much less a revolution, but it counts as real progress in a country where every state government has spent itself to the brink of bankruptcy.

Bill Whittle explains the message in the movie.

Andrew Klavan: Multiculturalism Explained

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Islam, PJTV

Why does the left expect us to tolerate intolerant cultures like that of Iran? Will moral relativism be the end of our culture? Find out as Andrew Klavan explains the dangers of multiculturalism.

Presented by Thomas DiLorenzo at “The Great Depression: What We Can Learn From It Today,” the Mises Circle in Colorado; sponsored by Limited Government Forum of Colorado Springs and hosted by the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Recorded Saturday, 4 April 2009.