Finally Rarin’ Back on Their Hind Legs?


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  1. There’s a tag line on one of the radio stations we get here: “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm”.

    It’s from the Federalist #10, 1787, James Madison.

    Another line, from nearby:

    The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice. Every shilling with which they overburden the inferior number, is a shilling saved to their own pockets.

    Evidently property confiscation by eminent domain was unthinkable in his day.

    PS: He says “shilling” because the US dollar wasn’t introduced until 1792.

    Comment by ZZMike — August 13, 2015 @ 11:23 am

  2. It sounds like people are trying to put at least one of Mark Levin’s “Liberty Amendments” ideas into effect.

    Rand Paul is someone I could vote for. Unlike his dad, he doesn’t make good points then keep talking until you realize he’s completely crackers.

    Comment by Paladin — August 13, 2015 @ 11:50 am

  3. Me, I don’t dare hope yet, Claire
    Remember the fiscal games Pelousi played to keep down the apparent cost of Uhbamacare (borrowing from Medicare, taxing for four years before implementing) to sell it before the vote?

    Then the bureaucratic weasels can also break a new rule into smaller pieces to hide the total costs, and who’s to say a slime like Uhbama wouldn’t threaten the accounting agency heads with something to sway their reports?
    Until Congress can takes a strangle hold on executive agencies, via budgets and up or down votes on everything, I see what looks like good intentions but will end up being more kabuki.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — August 13, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

  4. A step, yes.
    Allow me to repeat myself:
    No regulation should be considered legally binding until it has been specifically enacted into law through the legislative process defined by the Constitution. Congress saying “Go make regulations” is indistinguishable from unconstitutionally ceding legislative powers/duties to the Executive Branch. Same for Executive Orders.

    (What? Yeah, I’m sure that’s why I was never named to the SCOTUS.)

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — August 13, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

  5. ^Doug (4) Gezackly precisamundo!

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — August 13, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

  6. One thing for certain is that dramatic change never is “all of a sudden”. There are always factors leading up to that change, some of them subtle.

    The statists have always been pushing for a totalitarian government. They’re getting it. Any push the other direction, even if it ends up being for show, is a push the in the other direction. But it can’t be just a one-time effort, it requires constant pushing.

    Comment by Paladin — August 14, 2015 @ 6:46 am

  7. Push it.

    Comment by Paladin — August 14, 2015 @ 6:48 am

  8. Hope? With Boehner and McConnell? Don’t hold your breath.

    Comment by LostLiberty — August 14, 2015 @ 7:11 am

  9. Frankly, I hold no hope on this because:
    1. When has law stopped Bambi?
    2. How do you think the ruling class in Washington keep their jobs? Carving out exceptions for their constituents. It’s why The Fair Tax or flat tax will never pass.

    Comment by Stick — August 14, 2015 @ 7:16 am

  10. Claire:

    A little sliver of …dare I say… Hope?

    Bless her heart!

    Comment by Nomen Nescio — August 14, 2015 @ 7:38 am

  11. The 9th district encompasses Bloomington, which is like Austin, Portland, and San Francisco all rolled into one.
    It’s most definitely un-Indiana-like, even though it’s home to Indiana University.
    It has to make Monroe county so mad that Morgan, Jackson, and Lawrence counties are even allowed to vote. (all are fairly redneck)
    I grew up in Bloomington and only go back when I absolutely have to. The more I hear about Todd Young, the more I like.

    Comment by Buzz — August 14, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

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