Government Regulations Likely to Backfire Again

By: the Common Constitutionalist

What is the easiest way to kill an industry – any industry? The answer is to inject government into the equation. Government has long been a thorn in the side of American business. And it is also the answer to lessening competition for those crony corporations who, through donations and graft to politicians, are able to virtually lock out up-and-comers with a better mousetrap. As I’ve stated many times – the government takes it upon itself to pick winners and losers, as it has done for decades.

So how does government ruin companies and entire industries? Well, they can punitively tax them, but this has to be done legislatively and must be at least loosely based on the Constitution. That’s far too much of a hassle and also must effect all people or businesses. Oh, and it’s also far too public.

No, this the answer is and has been the Administrative State – bureaucratic regulatory bodies within the government whose dictates often go unheard and unseen to the general public, but whose rules and regulations carry the full weight of law – without the legislative entanglements and fanfare.

Save for the relatively informed few like us, most Americans are still virtually unaware of the havoc the EPA has wrought on the coal industry, or their stated goal to kill it off completely. The general public may only notice an increase in their power bill for which many will simply chock up to corporate greed. read more

Podcast – Time to Scrap the F-35 Fighter – Obama’s Latest Gun Control Measure – Young Man Shoots a Burglar

In this episode I discuss the monumental waste of taxpayer (that’s us) dollars that is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. You would think at $100 million a copy it could at least get off the ground. And this the technological marvel which is supposed to replace the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt – the Warthog.

Segment two is a look at Obama’s latest attempt at gun control as he and his administrative hacks will attempt to require the use of smart gun technology for the military, law enforcement and all of us.

In segment three I discuss a brave young man from Alabama who shot an intruder while he was home alone. Although it was a happy, there are two sides to this story. read more

Regulation Nation Would Be Fourth Largest

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Donald Trump has been saying for months that part of America’s problem is that we’re just not winning anymore – and you know – he’s right – sort of. We don’t win regarding trade deals or wars or whatever. As he states – the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

Well, not exactly.

As many others and I have attempted to explain (wars aside), we lose because of self-inflicted wounds – not from outside forces outflanking us, so to speak. Let me explain it this way.

There are two racers at a starting line about to compete in a 200 meter dash. It’s not rocket science. The fastest guy wins – that’s it. However, in this race the track is not laid out equitably. The first sprinter has but one rule. Stay in your lane and run full out to the finish line. But the second racer is not so lucky. In front of him (or her, for all you feminists) there is a mud pit, a 15 ft cargo net and log obstacles. And to add insult to injury, the obstacles were set up by his own coaches. Now who do you think will win? Of course the sprinter who has no obstacles. read more

Genderless Bathrooms – It’s the Agenda Stupid

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Our country has fallen head first into the crapper when people from the left and right can’t see the problem with letting transgendered men and women use whatever bathroom, locker room and shower they wish.

What the heck is wrong with us? There seems to be so very few left with the combination of courage and conviction. Instead it’s been replaced with cowardice and expedience. And ditto regarding common sense.

Let’s first set the record straight on one thing. A transgendered man is still physically, anatomically a man and vice versa for a woman. The dictionary definition of transgender is: “noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth.”

But this is not how we think of the transgendered. More likely when the average person hears the term transgender, they automatically think of someone who was once a man and is now a woman and vice versa. Obviously, according to the definition, this is not correct. read more

Podcast – Who Should Be On Our Money – Tribute to Prince – The Sierra Club Now Wants to Kill Gas and Oil

In this episode I give a stirring tribute to the artist known as Prince. The next segment centers on a discussion of just who should be on our paper money. The Donald and his surrogates believe we should leave it alone and that the change is just due to political correctness. I then give my thoughts on just who should adorn our dollar bills.

In the final segment I discuss a recent IBD article regarding the Sierra Club and their attack on our remaining energy sectors. You won’t believe what they admit to. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

ELECTRIC CARS: ANOTHER IDIOTIC GOV’T MANDATE

About a month ago, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s release of the Model 3 – an affordable Tesla, the all-electric car that is supposed to revolutionize the electric car market, because it’s an electric that doesn’t look like one.

The “greenies” have been all atwitter over it, as if this zero-emission vehicle will mark the beginning of the end of the polluting gas-powered car.

Whether it will or won’t (and it won’t) is almost immaterial, because governments are already proposing bans on gas- and diesel-powered vehicles. read more

Obama’s Eleventh Hour Land Grab

by: the Common Constitutionalist

These last several months of the Obama presidency may be the most dangerous time in America’s history, at least domestically. Having nothing to lose and with time waning, Obama is throwing all caution to the wind as he attempts to push as much of his radical anti-freedom agenda as is possible before his tenure comes to a close.

A large part of his or any anti-freedom agenda is the confiscation of wealth and property from the private sector and Obama is leaving no stone unturned in his want to do so.

CFact is reporting on just one of his parting shot land grabs: the “Endangered Species Act” (ESA).

Once again, Obama and his corrupt White House machine are locking Congress out of the legislative process by using the ethereal power of executive orders (pen and phone). He has ordered the like-minded autocrats at the Interior Department to get busy rewriting and making new rules and regulations to further strengthen the ESA – and weaken us. read more

Americans Just Don’t Understand Why We Can’t Compete

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Listening to some of the those who call in to national Talk Radio shows is all the evidence one needs to be convinced of how woefully ignorant the American people on the left and right are regarding the economy, business, the market, etc.

I get that those who watch MSNBC don’t understand these concepts, but the folks who listen to conservative Talk Radio are supposed to be smarter than average. We hear from many Radio Hosts that the listeners of their particular show are the smartest audience out there. Yet listening to those who get through to converse with the Hosts on air appear to be just as ignorant. I don’t mean stupid – I mean ignorant. There is a big difference. Being ignorant is defined simply as lacking knowledge, whereas being stupid is a choice.

A good example of this is the subject of taxes. Empirical data clearly shows, as does common sense, that high taxation hurts the economy. An ignorant person may have never learned or been shown this, so they can’t be faulted for thinking otherwise or falling prey to some politicians rhetoric. A stupid person is one who rejects, for whatever reason, that which he or she has been shown as fact. read more

West Virginia Reminds the Kids Just Who is Paying the Bills

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What do you call one who is unable to feed, cloth or house him or herself without a benefactor? Well, I would call them children.

We bring children into this world, which unlike some in the animal kingdom, can literally do nothing for themselves. We as parents happily (hopefully) provide for all their needs and at least some of their wants – although I know some parents who provide virtually all their kids’ wants. Those we classify as spoiled brats. For the most part they are.

When children are young it is a relatively routine task to care for them. They don’t need anything particularly special and they demand little beyond the basics. They say please and are thankful for what they receive.

It’s when they get to be teenagers they try to stretch the boundaries and that’s when parenting becomes more difficult. Parents hate to say no their children, but good ones understand that the job is to raise good responsible kids who then grow to be good responsible adults.

Part of being good, responsible kids or adults is abiding by certain rules. This is where the tried and true statement, “As long as you are living in this house, or under my roof, you must abide by our rules,” comes from. read more

The Lunacy of One-Size-Fits-All Law & Regulation

by: the Common Constitutionalist

One of the major platform items of the Ted Cruz campaign is rolling back federal government regulations.

In case you think Cruz is, as some (Trump) would describe him, all talk, no action – early on in Ted’s career at the Federal Trade Commission, Cruz “proposed an ambitious agenda that featured efforts to roll back regulations on teacher certification, hospital accreditation and local governments’ agreements with cable television.” In other words – unlike some Johnny-come-latelys, he’s been walking the walk.

But what is so wrong with government regulation? After all, there must have been a need for someone to suggest a law or regulation. Otherwise, why would anyone wish to regulate another’s behavior?

Why indeed. I am reminded of Sheldon, the anal-retentive genius scientist – one of the main characters on the TV comedy, the Big Bang Theory. He is the dictionary definition of a control freak and insists he always knows best – regarding everything. He would make a great regulator.

In one episode he arrives unexpectedly to a party at his friend’s house, that he had earlier declined an invitation. When he walks in, his best friend asks why he showed up – why was he no longer with his new found friends? Sheldon tells his friend that they were having fun. When asked why this was a problem, he stated that “they were having fun…wrong.” Now that’s a regulator! He would also make a great federal lawmaker, for they too love to needlessly and senselessly regulate society by crafting idiotic legislation to right wrongs where none exist. read more