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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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9:43a
Welcome to Porctopia
At the time of this writing, the President is preparing to sign the largest spending bill in world history.

The two most appalling things about this bill HR 1, is first, its utter dishonesty—spending tax money on pork projects is not the way to end a government-caused recession—and second, to add insult to injury, no one has actually read the bill. The Congressmen who voted on it did not read it. The President has not read it. The monster is over a thousand pages long, longer than WAR AND PEACE or a Harry Potter novel.

Imagine the outcries from the Greens and Conservation groups if the ecology were handled with the casual contempt used by this Congress to handle the economy.

Imagine some problem, let us say, soil erosion, or the loss of crab fishing the Chesapeake Bay, were handled in this fashion. Instead of actually, you know, investigating the causes of the erosion or the crab depopulation, the state proposes that a flood of organisms shall be imposed into the ecology, redistributed from elsewhere in the ecology: more than half of the animals and plantlife are to be removed from the wetlands, forest and field, and stored in zoos and nurseries, and then replanted and restocked in public parks, in backyards and fallow fields more or less at random, and all done according to some massive document no one has read.

The Secretary of the Treasured Greenery, let us say, when asked about the details of the world-saving plan announces that there is no plan, no details. The greenery will be handed out, not according to any rational account of what makes the ecology go, but according to a checklist of political favors to be paid back, or fashionable political causes. To save the whales, whale herds will be decimates, and the money used to fight venereal disease in Africa or to grow soybeans in greenhouses in Tibet. To halt soil erosion, trees and green cover in runoff areas will be removed to build a stadium or a monorail or a museum of famous gangsters.

Imagine, if you will, a set of balances between capital and labor, wages and costs, prices and interest rates and the stability of the laws of contract and property, as delicate and interconnected as the various balances between predator and prey, herbivores and scavengers and food supply and habitat the conservationist with such good intentions seek not to disturb. Now imagine an Omnibus Captain Planet Super-Hosanna Save-the-Globe Bill which will affect every habitat, almost every organism, in the nation and beyond, introducing new organisms, species and chemicals into the air and water with no forethought as to the possible consequences. Further imagine that no one has read the bill before it is signed into law, so that no one knows what will be done, or what will be changed, or how, or in what magnitude, or when, or why.

When the rabbits of regulation decimate the crops of the Australia of our economy, it will be too late merely to blame Bush.
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2:45p
I have been waiting for something like since for a long time
There is some spunk, and some legal knowledge, still left somewhere in the Republic. The following bill was introduced into the Texas legislature yesterday. The bill explicitly references my two favorite amendments, X and IX.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HC00050I.pdf

Those of you who have read EMPHYRIO by Jack Vance, particularly the scene where Amiante the woodcarver, relying on the antique charter of Ambroy, violates the regulations of the Welfare Agency, will know how this will end.

In the meanwhile, all you Texans, write your representative to support this bill. You can track its progress here. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HCR50





2:45p
I have been waiting for something like this for a long time

There is some spunk, and some legal knowledge, still left somewhere in the Republic. The following bill was introduced into the Texas legislature yesterday. The bill explicitly references my two favorite amendments, X and IX.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HC00050I.pdf

Those of you who have read EMPHYRIO by Jack Vance, particularly the scene where Amiante the woodcarver, relying on the antique charter of Ambroy, violates the regulations of the Welfare Agency, will know how this will end.

In the meanwhile, all you Texans, write your representative to support this bill. You can track its progress here. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HCR50

Originally published at John C. Wright's Journal. Please leave any comments there.

3:55p
When he is right, he is right
I am more than pleased to hear that the current administration has publicly come out against the Fairness Doctrine. See here.

President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a spokesman told FOXNews.com Wednesday. 

The statement is the first definitive stance the administration has taken since an aide told an industry publication last summer that Obama opposes the doctrine -- a long-abolished policy that would require broadcasters to provide opposing viewpoints on controversial issues. 

"As the president stated during the campaign, he does not believe the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated," White House spokesman Ben LaBolt told FOXNews.com.

Of course, the wary will be on the alert for the reintroduction of this doctrine under some other name, or in the guise of some other policy, such as 'local content', etc.

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