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Category: Big Government

May 19 2023

Open Thread

Anyone who's ever filed a tax return or visited the Department of Motor Vehicles understands that government does two things well: spend our money and waste our time. - Edwin Feulner

Apr 08 2023

Open Thread

When all government little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. - Thomas Jefferson

On a tip from justlittlolme.

Mar 26 2023

Biden Regime Comes After Air Conditioners

Democrats were not likely to stop at gas stoves, which they still want to ban. Nor would they stop with refrigerators and washing machines. My fellow Phoenix residents will be alarmed to learn than now Biden’s handlers are coming after our air conditioners:

The Biden administration announced its latest home appliance regulations this week, targeting air conditioners in an action it said would reduce the nation’s carbon emissions.

As the reference to the essential plant nutrient carbon dioxide suggests, Democrats are imposing the excessive regulations in the name of “tackling the climate crisis.”

The climate crisis exists only in the imaginations of gullible moonbats. In contrast, the government hypertrophy crisis is quite real. If not addressed, it will leave us without appliances. Progressives will inflict this progressively, by using Deep State regulation to drive up the cost of appliances so that ever fewer can afford them.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Mar 06 2023

Open Thread

The bigger the State, the smaller the citizen - Dennis Prager

On a tip from Talos4.

Feb 06 2023

Gigantic New FBI Headquarters Twice Size of Pentagon

Its largest structures are an indication of what a society is centered on. For example, the pyramids testify to ancient Egyptians’ focus on the afterlife. American society was founded on the principle of limited government. Tragically, this noble principle was rotted away by leftism. Now, the nucleus is all-powerful, omnipresent centralized government. Its primary enforcement arm is the alarmingly politicized FBI, which is getting a new home befitting its significance:

The massive new building/complex will be, at minimum, double the size of the Pentagon, which, until very recently, was the largest office building on the face of the planet. The Bureau’s new headquarters will be built on one of three selected sites in suburban Virginia and Maryland, all of which are between 58 and 80 acres in size.

This means that the Feds’ new building may potentially end up being even larger than the Kremlin, which covers a staggering 66 acres.

The KGB has been eclipsed by its emulator.

The fact that the FBI, the U.S.’s domestic intelligence and security service and federal law enforcement arm, will soon have a home dwarfing that of the department of defense charged with guaranteeing our national security and protecting us from myriad threats from abroad, speaks volumes about the Biden administration.

If our rulers had any interest in defending the country from foreign threats, the border would be closed in an hour. Our government regards us as its only real enemy.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Feb 05 2023

Open Thread

The bigger the government, the greater the corruption - Dennis Prager

Nov 17 2022

Open Thread

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan

On a tip from Jester.

Nov 11 2022

Regulating Junk Food as a Drug

Pretending to impose equity is a great way for authoritarians to achieve intrusive levels of power. Pretending to prevent the climate from fluctuating as it always has and always will is another. As we learned by enduring Covid tyranny, a third way is public health:

Highly-processed foods should be reclassified as drugs because they are as addictive and harmful as cigarettes, scientists argue.

Classification as a drug enables hyperregulation. Only when every aspect of existence is micromanaged by federal bureauweenies can perfect safety be achieved.

Researchers claim items like donuts, sugary cereals and pizza meet the meet official criteria that established cigarettes as a drug in the 1990s.

We know from the War on Tobacco what comes next, in addition to suffocating regulation: looting in the form of exorbitant taxation and jackpot justice lawsuits by people who achieve diabetes by eating too many donuts.

Ultra processed foods – which also include things like soda, chips, pastries and candies – contain high amounts of unnatural flavorings, preservatives and sweeteners.

Shouts a “health behaviors research professor” named Alexandra DiFeliceantonio:

‘They are not foods anymore. These are these products that have been really well designed to deliver addictive substances.’

Speaking of ultraprocessed “food,” allegedly edible insects have to be heavily processed so as not to make you sick. But Klaus Schwab and the Davos set want us eating bugs, so they will escape punitive regulations for the time being.

On a tip from Bluto.

Nov 11 2022

Open Thread

After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil. - Winston Churchill

On a tip from Chuck A.

Oct 26 2022

What Progressives Are Progressing Toward: North Korea

The Democratic Party is loyally supported by the explosively proliferating bureaucrats infesting the Beltway because it is the Party of Big Government. Its mission — whether in the name of equity, the climate, or whatever other pretext — is to move the ratchet ever further toward more powerful and intrusive government at the expense of individual liberty. To give young people an idea of what awaits at the end of this path, PragerU takes them on a tour of the ultimate leftist utopia, where government is omnipotent and omnipresent — North Korea. Here’s a video kids might watch in school if education had not fallen to the Long March Through the Institutions:

At least Democrats wouldn’t ban pets, like North Korea’s rulers. Oh wait…

On a tip from Blackjack.

Aug 25 2022

Student Loan Forgiveness for Government Workers

It pays to let yourself be absorbed by the government borg and subsist as a bureaucrat. Workloads are light, vacation days numerous, pay extravagant, retirement packages opulent — and as an added bonus, you don’t have to pay back your student loans.

Having been bought by Big Education, Joe Biden has put off the requirement to make loan payments until December 31, and unconstitutionally “forgave” (i.e., transferred to the rest of us through inflation) $10,000 on most loans — $20,000 on Pell grants, explicitly due to racial favoritism (blacks are more than twice as likely to receive Pell grants). Not a bad deal for those who ran up student loan debt and would prefer to have other people pay it. But the deal is better still for government employees.

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If you have worked in public service (federal, state, local, tribal government or a non-profit organization) for 10 years or more (even if not consecutively), you may be eligible to have all your student debt canceled. Now, for a limited time, it is easier than ever to receive that forgiveness, or get credit toward forgiveness, if you have not yet served 10 years.

The Party of Government looks after its own.

It also looks after the ruling class that the American government has been subverted to protect and to serve:

At some point, the people forced to finance it will get angry enough to upset this applecart.

On tips from Kevin R and Anonymous.

Aug 13 2022

Open Thread

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. - Ayn Rand

On a tip from Jack Bauer.

Aug 12 2022

IRS Is Obama’s National Security Force

During the 2008 campaign that disastrously resulted in his election, Barack Obama yelped,

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

During his current third term, Obama is finally achieving that goal through the blowout tax-and-spend Inflation Acceleration Act, which will supersize the IRS with $80 billion and 87,000 new employees.

The much-hated IRS will be larger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined. Obama’s weaponized IRS is undergoing fundamental transportation into an American Gestapo — or as Obama himself would say, a “national security force.”

Its vastly increased power will not render the IRS more benevolent. Its recruiting efforts have emphasized that new agents must “be willing to use deadly force.” This spring, it spent $700,000 on ammunition to shoot Americans with.

This is the kind of training agents undergo:

In the Internal Revenue Service 2021 annual report, IRS Criminal Investigation special agents can be observed simulating an armed assault on a suburban home at the agency’s National Criminal Investigation Training Academy (NCITA), located within the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.

Keeping the IRS out of your life is not intended to be easy.

According to the report,

“Through frequent use of force training, [IRS agents] maintain their skills and abilities to ensure good judgement and to apply the appropriate degree of force necessary to safely carry out enforcement activities, including issuing search warrants, arrests, surveillance, dignitary protection, undercover activities, and seizures.”

The undercover activities and seizures sound especially ominous. Next time Democrats want to throw a scare into the opposition, they may sic the IRS instead of the FBI on Mar-a-Lago.

Only a tiny fraction of the $80 billion of our money that Democrats are heaping upon the IRS is targeted to improving its infamously awful customer service, whereas $45.6 billion is devoted to “enforcement.”

“Abolish the IRS” would be a winning campaign slogan. Candidates might elaborate by adding, “While We Still Can.”

On tips from Chris Neilson and Chuck A.

Aug 08 2022

Federal Mental Health Program Makes People Crazier

As moonbattery causes the wheels to come off civilization, psychos become ever more abundant. None of them is so nuts that help from Big Government can’t mess them up worse:

In 2014, President Obama launched the Now Is the Time Initiative, which focused on mental health. According to The Mental Health First Aid website, the program received $15 million in federal grants to launch Mental Health First Aid programs in classrooms. One year later, Obama gave the organization another $15 million and a commitment to annually fund the program.

From such modest acorns grow the mighty oaks of vast federal bureaucracies.

The point was to find and treat budding maniacs before they go off the rails and shoot up schools. It has worked as well as any other government program. That is to say, it has wasted taxpayer money while worsening the problem it was supposed to solve:

In a report by the Manhattan Institute, MHFA studies’ results were collected and put into a table showing the program’s ineffectiveness. … The results varied between cases, but all of them showed detrimental results as a consequence of MHFA programs.

In addition to making crazy kids crazier, MHFA may also result in sane kids being treated as if they were crazy.

MHFA also creates an overdiagnosis dilemma: those who receive training are more likely to be on alert for signs of mental illness. This may lead to perfectly healthy students who merely exhibit occasional symptoms of mental distress receiving unnecessary or even harmful treatments that could have gone to an in-need student.

If we really want to address the mental health crisis, we need to reject leftism in favor of the stable, traditional society that it seeks to destroy.

On a tip from Blackjack.


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