Breathing is Reason Enough

Once again, DC’s leaders are told that they too must do more than provide a nod to the US Constitutions’s much maligned Second Amendment.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is probably unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show “good reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital.
“The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,” Leon wrote in a 46-page opinion, quoting a 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision in 2008 in another District case that established a constitutional right to keep firearms inside one’s home.

Not that this will stop those who believe that freedom is other people doing what they instruct them to, but it’s a bright spot nonetheless.

More Throttle to Venezuela’s Socialist Demise

Things look like they might be coming to a head sooner rather than later:

“What you have seen is little compared to what we will do to defend the people and their rights,” Maduro said on Tuesday night shortly after being granted the power to rule by decree, allowing him to create laws on his own, without consulting congress.

Maduro says the special powers will enable him to regain control of the country’s collapsing economy – which the president blames on “economic warfare” being waged by his opponents to destabilise his rule before December’s municipal elections.

Read it all, and understand that it could happen here–unless we are able to reclaim our country’s birthright of freedom and the rule of law.

Regulation Worse than Friction

I’ll concede the we need some regulation. Breathing according to a set pattern is helpful to the body. Meals of standard proportions promote good health. A certain number of hours of sleep per 24-hr period is also beneficial. And so forth.

But the number of regulations which we’ve seen added to our lives is, well, difficult to fathom. Unfortunately, this all started happening in a big way before I was born, so there was little I could do to stop things:

In the United States, which drove most of the “golden quarter’s” progress, 1970 marks what scholars of administrative law (like me) call the “regulatory explosion.” Although government expanded a lot during the New Deal under FDR, it wasn’t until 1970, under Richard Nixon, that we saw an explosion of new-type regulations that directly burdened people and progress: The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the founding of Occupation Safety and Health Administration, the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, etc. — all things that would have made the most hard-boiled New Dealer blanch.

More of those “good intentions.” I’m not sure those words mean what you think they mean.

Crazy in California

Court says that carrying a gun which is hidden from sight is considered “open carry.” (No word on whether it’s now a violation of open container laws in the same state to transport sealed alchoholic beverage containers.)

This particular case seems a bit less than cut and dried, given the stated precedents, but the truth comes right at the end

Deputy District Attorney Scott Collins, who represented the prosecution, said California courts have recognized that the goal of all firearms laws was “simply to enhance public safety.”

Talk about outta sight …. Remember, it’s not the result that matters, just the good intentions.

Suivez la Trace de L’argent

It doesn’t truly make the world go ’round, but it certainly makes my head spin from time to time: money.

Charity says, “No, we won’t explain how we spent the $300,000,000 you all gave us.” It may be too late to get that money back, but I’d recommend giving elsewhere next time. In fact, don’t give to charity if you can give directly to a needy person (preferably through a person you trust so you can remain anonymous).

New head of the IRS is a miracle maker on the make. He’s going to restore something which has not existed for a number of years.

And finally, a brief treatise (if such can be true) on debt.

Musings on a Tuesday

It’s decision day in South Dakota. I’ve not yet seen numbers from the primaries, but I’m guessing that this round of the battle for the senate goes to, well, enough said.

P&R has a very good question: “When Obama haggles with a car dealer, does he end up paying more than what the dealer initially asked?

How did the EPA become more powerful than the average country? The same way a country becomes more powerful than its neighbors: it keeps doing stuff until someone tells it to stop. It’s time to put the brakes on the EPA.


By the Numbers

6 (number of years my son has been entertaining us)

225 (number of years the US Constitution has been withstanding attack)

16 thousand (number of imaginary Russian military personnel in the Crimea)

3.901 trillion (number of dollars in spending in the latest presidential budget)

Good news and bad news, all wrapped up in a few digits. Now, on to the next matter at hand.