When The Nanny State Is Just Not Big Enough!

H.R. 4601: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the Office of the National Nurse (GovTrack.us)

Text is not available, but this just sounds like a pretty bad idea. I know there is a nurse shortage, but I doubt whether a Federal bureaucracy is going to take care of that.

It just seem to Nanny Stateish  to me.

Unless, of course, they’re going to be ‘naughty’ nurses. In that case I’m for it.

Control The Texts, Control The Learning.

What a great idea from David Wu (D-Authoritarian) Eliminate the jobs in the textbook publishing field; and insure government control of the information in the text. It’s a win-win for Democrats. Allow politically connected ‘non-profits’ to insure the right ideas are included; achieve absolute conformity of thought and eliminate jobs in the private sector. (I’m sure that some of the workers will make the transition to government bureaucrat.)

To authorize grants for the creation, update, or adaption of open textbooks, and for other purposes

(a) Grants Authorized- From the amounts appropriated under subsection (i), the Secretary is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to carry out the activities described in this section, including creating, updating, or adapting open textbooks. The Secretary shall award grants in a manner that will result in the creation of a comprehensive slate of high quality course materials for introductory courses in a variety of subject areas.

(b) Eligible Entity- In this section, the term ‘eligible entity’ means–

(1) an institution of higher education;

(2) a professor or group of professors at an institution of higher education; or

(3) a nonprofit or for-profit organization that produces open textbooks.

Oh Boy!

Just what we need! Textbooks controlled by the government.

What will be included? What will be left out?

One thing is for sure; anything that support “Global Warming” will be in ‘inconvenient’ information will be out. Politically correct ‘information’ will be in.

And it will all be decided by those friendly bureaucrats in Washington DC; with the input from politically connected ‘non-profits’ like ACORN.

Control the texts, impose conformity and control is easy.

Quotas In The Name of “Diversity”?

Conyers wants Haiti relief official demoted over diversity deficit – TheHill.com

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to demote the official coordinating Haiti relief efforts for not having enough minority staffers.

As if we needed any reminder that Conyers (and the rest of the CBC) are nothing but race pimps.

Let’s see what Hillary does.

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

FOXNews.com – Justice Department Inspector General Stripped of Investigative Power

In response to a Republican lawmaker who requested a probe into dismissed complaints against the New Black Panther Party, the Justice Department’s Inspector General said he has been unable to investigate because he lacks the authority.

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine wrote in a four-page letter to Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia that Congress stripped him of the power to investigate all alleged wrongdoings within his department.

So he has been kept in place so the Justice Department can say they have an Inspector General. But they have removed his investigative powers to keep him from actually doing anything?

Why would Congress do this? Who included this in a bill and at whose behest? And why have those who knew about this kept it so quiet?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” indeed.

The essential problem was posed by Plato in The Republic, his work on government and morality. The perfect society as described by Socrates, the main character in this Socratic dialogue, relies on laborers, slaves and tradesmen. The guardian class is to protect the city. The question is put to Socrates, “Who will guard the guardians?” or, “Who will protect us against the protectors?” Plato’s answer to this is that they will guard themselves against themselves. We must tell the guardians a “noble lie”.[1] The noble lie will assure them that they are better than those they serve and it is therefore their responsibility to guard and protect those lesser than themselves. We will instill in them a distaste for power or privilege; they will rule because they believe it right, not because they desire it.

But what if they just leave the watchmen in place, but remove their powers?

Cui bono?

Homeland Security Jobs At A Volunteer Fire Department?

More Executive Pork – Jamie Dupree on wsbradio.com

There is always a lot of talk about the Congress approving those dreaded ‘pork barrel’ items, which send taxpayer dollars to sometimes questionable projects in a certain state or city. But there isn’t much of a focus on pork doled out by the Executive Branch.For example, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday a series of grants for a dozen fire departments around the country, all funded by the economic stimulus law of last year.

“Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced more than $23 million in Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)–designed to support the nation’s first responders while creating jobs and stimulating local economies,” read the DHS release.

Included are: Klamath County Fire District 1 (OR) – $4,997,804 and Gates Rural Fire Protection (OR) – $1,582,821

Those twelve projects total $24.47 million. There are thousands and thousands of more items like that which are funded by various federal agencies each year.

But compared to “Legislative Pork” – these projects get little attention in the news.

I would like to give more publicity to these kinds of decisions, but the various government agencies don’t make it easy. It’s something that probably needs a little more sunlight.

I wonder what kind of “jobs” are supposed to be created at a Volunteer Fire Department? Gates consists of a small store, a Mexican restaurant and a trailer park. The population is in the 2 digit range and the locally employed population is in the single digits.

Authority? We Don’t Need No Steenking Authority!

EPA to regulate pollutant without seeking congressional approval

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to regulate another pollutant without congressional approval last week.

The agency established new standards for nitrogen dioxide, a red gas identifiable by a strong odor. It’s an extremely common pollutant expelled by cars and burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Nitrogen dioxide is a weak greenhouse gas, but notable for its effect on the human respiratory system. Its emissions have been tied to breathing problems in children, especially those with asthma.

“Improving air quality is a top priority for this EPA,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “We’re moving into the clean, sustainable economy of the 21st century, defined by expanded innovation, stronger pollution standards and healthier communities.”

[…]

EPA spokesman Dave Ryan told The Daily Caller that the regulation was needed because scientific studies had shown that the previous nitrogen dioxide standard wasn’t enough, though he didn’t point to any specific studies. Long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide is widely believed to exacerbate respiratory problems.

By the EPA’s reading of the Clean Air Act they are allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want, to whoever they want to do it to. The only thing they have to do is to claim they are fighting “pollution” and are removing a “health hazard”.

They do not even have to provide any proof that there is a hazard or to consider the costs of their regulation.

Say Hello to the Greenstapo.

Help For Unions; Screw Everyone Else!

White House considers pro-labor policy for government contractors

The Obama administration is considering a proposal that would heavily favor government contractors that implement policies designed by organized labor.The “High Road Contracting Policy” would give preference to companies that adopt practices above and beyond existing labor laws. Multiple sources have confirmed the discussions, which are part of the White House’s attempt to spur economic growth through procurement reform and are driven by the Center for American Progress and the Service Employees International Union.

The proposal would advantage contractors that provide hourly workers with a “living wage”, health insurance, an employer-funded retirement plan and paid sick days. Contracting officers would weigh a company’s labor policies as a criteria for awarding the contract, along with the standard metrics: price, past performance and the ability to meet the contract’s requirements.

This is sure to spur economic growth for the Union bosses and those who are forced to kick back part of their wages to them.

But it’s a big “Screw You!” to the majority of the private sector employees who choose not to join unions.

Sounds like classic “Chicago Style” politics to me.

In Wake Of Tax Vote; Chicago Shopping For Oregon Jobs.

Why Chicago Loves Portland

For virtuous tax competition, we usually think of Hong Kong. But who would have thought of Chicago as a lower-tax refuge?

The bright idea comes from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who is looking to lure employers from Oregon after that state’s voters approved a huge tax increase last week. The tax hike in Oregon “will help our economic development immediately. You’d better believe it,” Hizzoner told the Chicago Sun Times late last week. “We’ll be out in Oregon enticing corporations to relocate to Chicago.”

Oregon raised its top income tax rate to 11% from 9% and its corporate rate to 7.9% from 6.6%, while doubling many small business tax charges and fees. “What happened in Oregon is not good news for Oregon,” explains Mr. Daley. “They believe that anybody who makes $125,000 or more [annually] or businesses or anyone who makes $250,000—they’re gonna start taxing them. They call them ‘rich people.'”

Mr. Daley isn’t buying that. “I’ve always thought America stands for [rewarding success]. You finish high school. You work hard, go to college and you hope to succeed in life. I never knew it’s a class war—that those who succeed in life are the ones that have to bear all the burden. I never realized that. It will be a whole change in America that those who succeed and work hard, we’re gonna tax ’em more than anyone else.”

It’s nice to think that SOMEONE knows there’s a link between higher taxes and higher job losses.

But Chicago has other taxes that are just as onerous. I think the States like Texas or Idaho will stand a better chance of scooping up those jobs.

Heck’ava Job Obama.

Obama unveils 2011 budget with $3.83T in spending

US deficit to hit record 1.56 trillion dollars in 2010

TaxProf Blog: President Obama’s Budget Contains $1.9 Trillion in Tax Increases

US consumer spending is weaker than expected in December

Construction spending drops sharply in December

US economic rescue failing to meet key goals:auditor

Conclusion: We Are So Screwed

The Things Liberals “Know” That Aren’t Necessarily So

The Blue Assumptions

Among those blue-state voters who do put some effort into their politics, I find there are four mistaken assumptions about government that guide their thinking. Government is an exercise of authority, so it’s wise to have a clear understanding of the nature of authority before voting to expand government.The first, and perhaps most dangerous, assumption is that authority confers virtue. This seems to have become rooted in the American psyche after the exhilaration of victory in World War II, and the perceived success of the New Deal. Many people automatically assume liberal politicians are selfless servants of the people, who only want what is best for everyone. The media actively cultivates this mindset through its worship of bold Big Government initiatives, and the heroic statesmen who make them possible. If solving the problems of society is a noble endeavor, and the only solutions are titanic government programs, then the proponents of such programs must be noble!

And remember tow other things as well. Just because something is desirable doesn’t meant it is possible; and because things are possible doesn’t mean they are desirable.

“Progress” may take you places you don’t want to go.