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Sunday, November 20, 2011

If the government does it, it will be either substandard, too expensive, or both.

The government built a school for $18.9 million. They used it one year. Now it is closed because it was built so poorly.

The money is gone. The building is useless.

... and some people want the government to take over your health care, too.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Non-sequitur of the Week Award goes to David Sirota!

BlueCarp presents David Sirota with the "Non-sequitur of the Week" award!

In his Denver Post column today, Sirota says "we've imported imported the developing world's lax regulatory standards and, thus, its lower product quality."

Uh... what?

More government regulation equals higher product quality? With this entry in the non-sequitur competition, Sirota places himself in serious competition for the Non-sequitur of the Year award. Congratulations!

Sirota is certainly devout in his worship of the state and his belief there is no problem the government can not solve. For some reason, however, he believes that the individuals that comprise the body of government regulators is somehow more virtuous than the individuals that comprise the body of manufacturers. 

"Green" corporatism is just as bad as any other corporatism.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is undaunted by the federal government's massive and costly failure in subsidizing Solyndra.

He is still pimping out the "progressive" green corporatism of giving tax money to company's that can not otherwise raise capital.

He thinks thin-film technology used in solar panels has "huge market potential." No, Mr. Chu, if it had huge market potential, the market would fund it.

What the technology has is huge political potential. By giving tax money to private companies, private executives can buy beach houses and boats. Then those same executives can afford to support more politicians who, in turn, will give them more tax money for a mountain condo and a Mercedes.

It is beautiful in its corrupt simplicity.

PERA's "optimism" of an 8% return on investments is fraudulent.

The Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association Board of Trustees voted 8-5 Friday to retain the 8% expected rate of return on investments.

A vote on what else they want from Santa Clause is expected next week.


I have another crazy libertarian idea...

Shari Roan of the Los Angeles Times reports that

[t]he cancer drug Avastin should not be used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other organs because it doesn't help patients enough to justify its risky side effects, the Food and Drug Administration ruled Friday.

It must be comforting to some to know that super-smart Ph.D.'s in a DC office somewhere have made this choice for every American in the entire country who might be faced with a personal decision to use Avastin or not.

But I have another crazy, libertarian idea: Let each individual facing such a decision personally weigh the pros and cons of the drug, in consultation with their doctor, family and confidants, and make their own decision.

Crazy talk, I know.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Denver Police: "Nothing to see here. Move along."



According to the Denver Post, "Out of 232 red flags on Denver officers, two led to formal remediation."

The Post found that "[o]nly twice in three years was a Denver police officer forced to undergo formal corrective intervention even though the department flagged officers 232 times for exceeding use-of-force and citizen-complaint thresholds."

In other news, the sun sets in the west, the ocean is salty and Sandra Bullock is hot.

Government, at any level, can not be allowed to police itself anymore than a fraternity should be allowed to investigate itself on charges of underage drinking or the Lakers should be allowed to call their own fouls.

We readily see the absurdity of the last two. Somehow we overlook it on the first.






Colorado toll road to become more irrelevant.

According to today's Denver Post, "E-470 officials raise toll rates starting January 1."

In other words, "Even fewer drivers to use E-470 toll road in new year."

Saturday, November 05, 2011

... and libertarians are too dogmatic to be elected?

According to press reports,

Rick Santorum on Friday proposed amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage ... as part of a broad appeal to social conservatives in his race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Of course, a side effect of this strategy would be to make himself completely unelectable in a general election against Barack Obama.

This is another example of how some Republicans amuse me. They can berate libertarians for being so dogmatic and inflexible as to be unelectable, then praise someone like Santorum for doing exactly the same thing. Apparently such impractical dogmatism is acceptable when it comes to homosexuals, but not free markets.

'Tis a pity.


Perhaps, then, she needs to look up the term "public forum."

David K. Williams, Jr.

Herman Cain has been accused of sexual harassment by more than one anonymous person.

One of Cain's accusers is represented by lawyer Joel Bennet. According to the Associated Press,

Bennett did not name the woman, who he said stands by her allegations and has decided not "to relive the specifics" of the incidents in a public forum.

Well, if that is the case, then, frankly both she and her lawyer should shut the hell up.


JeffCo gambling indictment is tax money absolutely wasted.

David K. Williams, Jr.

Despite cries to the contrary, the government has more money than it can reasonably spend. How else can one explain an 18 month criminal investigation of an alleged bookmaking enterprise in Jefferson County? (See "Denver-area sports-betting operation took high-end clients and bets, indictment says" in today's Denver Post.)

If government has the resources to spend on such an undertaking, it has too much money.

Concerned about funding for public schools? Talk to the officials in charge of this investigation. The money spent on every law enforcement officer employed on this investigation could have been spent on a teacher.

Concerned about funding for public health? Talk to the officials in charge of this investigation. The money spent on every law enforcement officer employed on this investigation could have been spent on a nurse.

Concerned about funding for roads and bridges? Talk to the officials in charge of this investigation. The money spent on every law enforcement officer employed on this investigation could have been spent on repairs.

Concerned about solving crimes of violence? Talk to the officials in charge of this investigation. The money spent on every law enforcement officer employed on this investigation could have been spent on a law enforcement officer investigating a violent crime.

Concerned about high taxes? Talk to the officials in charge of this investigation. The money spent on every law enforcement officer employed on this investigation could have been returned to you.

Until government stops spending money enforcing laws prohibiting consensual adult conduct like gambling, it does not deserve another dime.

If "progressives" are really concerned about public education, they should be going after this wasted law enforcement money.

If "conservatives" are really concerned about limited government, they should be going after this wasted law enforcement money.