Big Government

Ramapough Lanape Nation Told What It Can Do With Land It Owns

Remember…  The Ramapough Lenape Nation owns this land.

That’s important.

Township officials say the Ramapough Lenape Nation has ignored municipal summonses accusing it of failing to obtain zoning permits for tepees on tribal land and moving soil without a permit.

And this:

Though owned by the tribe, the only permitted uses on the property are public open space, agricultural uses, single-family homes and municipal facilities, according to township code.

So they own the land, and can only do certain prescribed things with it.

Does that seem just to you?  Because it sure as hell doesn’t to me.

Source: Mahwah to Ramapoughs: Remove tepees immediately

Big Government

The “Right” To Health Insurance

You can’t have a right to that which someone else must provide.  This is called the principle of “duh.”

Here is a thought experiment: You have four children and three apples. You would like for everyone to have his own apple. You go to Congress, and you successfully persuade the House and the Senate to endorse a joint resolution declaring that everyone has a right to an apple of his own. A ticker-tape parade is held in your honor, and you share your story with Oprah, after which you are invited to address the United Nations, which passes the International Convention on the Rights of These Four Kids in Particular to an Individual Apple Each. You are visited by the souls of Mohandas Gandhi and Mother Teresa, who beam down approvingly from a joint Hindu-Catholic cloud in Heaven.

Question: How many apples do you have?

You have three apples, dummy. Three. You have four children. Each of those children has a congressionally endorsed, U.N.-approved, saint-ratified right to an apple of his own. But here’s the thing: You have three apples and four children.

Nothing has changed. Declaring a right in a scarce good is meaningless.

Source: Health Care Rights? Scarcity Is the Controlling Factor | National Review

Big Government, Politics

Trump Praises Australia Single Payer Healthcare; People Who Didn’t Pay Attention Are Shocked

During a meeting Thursday night with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President Donald Trump praised Australia’s universal health care system.

He made the comments while insisting that Republicans are “united” in their push to repeal Obamacare and praising the legislation passed by the House on Thursday.

“It’s a very good bill right now. The premiums are going to come down, very substantially. The deductibles are going to come down. It’s going to be fantastic health care. Right now Obamacare is failing. We have a failing health care,” Trump said. “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do.”

You know what’s amazing about the shock of this statement?  He made similar statements on the campaign trail, but the left was too busy whinging about grabbing pussy and fake racism to pay attention, so now they hear it again and they’re like “what a hypocrite!”

No, dummies, he just slipped it past you because you weren’t paying attention to what he was really pushing.

And that goes for the outrage machine on the right, as well.  This is in line with things he’s said in the past.  He’s always been for some kind of system that does what Obamacare did, just not the way Obamacare did it.

Source: Trump Tells Australian PM: ‘You Have Better Health Care Than We Do’ – Talking Points Memo

Big Government, Immigration, Legal

Private Company Writes Immigrant Detention Law; Built Prisons They’d Be Detained In

Republican State Rep. John Raney admitted to the Associated Press that Geo Group officials wrote the legislation. “I’ve known the lady who’s their lobbyist for a long time. … That’s where the legislation came from,” said Raney. “We don’t make things up. People bring things to us and ask us to help.” There’s companion legislation in the state House and Senate.

Imagine having a job that’s so unimportant to you that you don’t even do it?

Stories like this happen all the time, but the particularly galling part of this one is that the bill was even written by the company that would benefit from it and the State Representative who it was handed off to didn’t deny it or didn’t find it something worthy of concealing.

Private prisons must be stopped.  Imprisoning for profit must be stopped.  Period.

Source: Private Prison Corporation Wrote Texas Bill Extending How Long Immigrant Children Can Be Detained

Big Government

IRS Suddenly “Finds” Nearly 7000 Docs Related to Conservative Targeting

The Internal Revenue Service has located 6,924 documents potentially related to the targeting of Tea Party conservatives, two years after the group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for them.

The watchdog group intended to find records regarding how the IRS selected individuals and organizations for audits that were requesting nonprofit tax status.

The agency will not say when it will make the documents available to the public.

Source: Two Years Later, IRS Locates 6,924 Docs Related to Tea Party Targeting

Big Government, The Green Mafia

Solar Cells In Belgium Did Nothing During Blackout

Government screws everyone; even people who prepare for themselves.

Large parts of Brussels are without power tonight after the City Grid ceased to function at about 10.45pm local time.

But buildings with solar panels on rooftops were not able to maintain their own power supply because the panels are all feeding into to the grid.

Even solar panels with battery backup were unable to maintain a supply because EU regulations require a cutoff of the battery supply in the event of a grid outage.

Source: Brussels Grid Collapses – Solar Batteries No Help | Living Off the Grid: Free Yourself

Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Education

Massie Proposes Closing Federal Department of Education After Next Election

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

Why would he propose shutting it down on that specific date?  Oh, right, so Republicans running for the House and Senate can then use the issue as a campaign promise.  “Vote for us or the closing of the DOE which we promised will be stopped by evil Democrats!”

If Massie really believed that closing the DOE was a good idea, he would just propose doing it effective immediately.  Instead, he pushes it off far enough that he can get one more election out of it.

As I always ask, what does that tell you?

Source: GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education | TheHill