Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Price of Civilized Society

"The Wall Street Journal editorial page routinely refers to those who pay no taxes as “lucky duckies,” as if zero taxation is the ideal state of nature.

Oddly, one never hears Republicans praise those countries where people are lucky duckies — those where taxation is a small fraction of what it is here."

Like Equatorial Guinea, Myanmar, Libya, Chad, and Republic of Congo

Read The New York Times, I’d Rather Be an Unlucky Ducky.

The goal should be better, not just less, government.

The Republi-CON 'Texas Miracle' Myth

"Turns out Rick Perry’s 'Texas Miracle' owes much of its success to... Ben Bernanke. A new research paper from the Dallas Fed finds that Texas has rebounded from recession faster than the rest of the country thanks, in no small part, to actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve. (Yep, the same central bank that Perry occasionally deems 'almost treasonous.') . . .

[W]hy should that be? One theory is that Texas’ banking system was in better shape because of regulations put in place after the savings and loan crisis in the 1980s. Regulations on mortgage finance and lack of zoning restrictions also meant Texas didn’t really suffer through a housing bubble." Read the Washington Post, Rick Perry should send Ben Bernanke a thank-you note.

In addition, one study "concludes that 81 percent of the jobs created in Texas since 2007 have gone to newly arrived immigrant workers—93 percent of whom aren’t US citizens and half of whom are illegal immigrants" Read the Washington Post, Did immigrants take most of the new jobs in Texas?

The Lord or Lockup, Your Choice

UPDATE: "A Bay Minette, Ala., alternative to incarceration program that asks first-time, nonviolent offenders to choose between church or jail, was slated to start today but is being delayed for legal review by city officials, said Bay Minette Mayor Jamie Tillery." Read ABC News, Church or Jail? An Alabama Alternative to Incarceration Program on Hold.

"Non-violent offenders in Bay Minette now have a choice some would call simple: do time behind bars or work off the sentence in church." Read or watch WKRG, Serve Time In Jail...Or In Church?

But not everyone likes the idea. Read or watch WKRG, ACLU: Bay Minette Cannot Impose Church Sentences.