This is fantastic news for Kentucky workers ! Government has no business regulating wages, nor requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The government is responsible only for ensuring free entry to and exit from from the marketplace on mutually agreeable terms between employer and employee. Kentucky has made a major move in liberating workers from government controls and mandates in the labor market. Companies will be looking to set up shop in Kentucky because of its business-friendly environment. There will be a significant increase in employment there at wages determined freely by the market instead of rates arbitrarily imposed by the government.
This morning, Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, defended his proposal for a flat-rate income tax. This is certainly a move in the right direction and far better than the current byzantine personal income tax code. I would, however, much prefer replacing the current income tax with a national sales tax. For two reasons. One, it makes everyone a taxpayer. Right now, only about 50% of us pay any income taxes, while the rest of us skate. Under a national sales tax, even a kid who buys a pack of gum at a convenience store is a taxpayer. True, a sales tax is regressive. We could remedy that by exempting food and clothing. Secondly, the income tax return itself is a perverse invasion of privacy. It reveals nearly everything about us to the government—our names, the names of our spouses and children, where we live, what we do for a living, our investments, the real estate we own, where our kids go to school and day-care, how much and to whom we donate to charity, and on and on. Continue reading
The welfare-warfare statists are firmly in power and their opposition is all but impotent. The establishment plays grandmaster-level chess and high-stakes poker while the opposition plays Old Maid. The ruling-class has long-term goals and a long-term strategy. They are patient, organized, unafraid, undaunted, relentless, focused, always on offense, and attacking on every front. Witness how many fronts they have opened against the ordinary, law-abiding, but hapless, politically ignorant, house-trained American citizen–trillion-dollar corporate bailouts; a national debt now estimated at over $100 trillion dollars and growing; monstrous tax increases with which to pay off their political patrons; Obamacare; Common Core; climate change, perhaps the greatest hoax ever foisted upon mankind; huge government land grabs; internet control; unprecedented invasions of privacy by numerous government agencies; and millions of the Uninvited freely crossing our borders with the encouragement and complicity of officials at the highest levels of our government. (It is true we are a nation of immigrants, but our immigrant forebears were a self-reliant people. They were not the beneficiaries of forced charity, nor was it their intent to take advantage of a generous citizenry.)
Conservative pundits and bloggers are fond of asking themselves in times of crisis or despondency, “What would Ronald Reagan do?” I’m afraid I have bad news for you. We are well past the point of “What would Ronald Reagan do?” We have reached the point of “What would Samuel Adams do?” Continue reading
Never confuse charity (benevolence) with welfare. Acts of charity are volitional acts undertaken on behalf of fellow human beings. We choose to help those we believe are deserving and freely determine the extent to which we are willing to help them. Charity is undertaken voluntarily and never coerced. It is motivated by compassion, never pity. As charity is an act of free will, it is a virtue. Continue reading