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Category: Big Government

Oct 05 2023

Subsidized Amtrak Enriches Those Who Run It

You don’t want government running anything it doesn’t have to run, because it is based on coercion rather than performance and is therefore inherently corrupt and inefficient. Bureaucrats can keep a government-owned business alive indefinitely with subsidies, but its only real purpose will be to facilitate the transfer of our wealth to the parasites who rule over us. Consider Amtrak:

The rail company paid its 19,000 employees an average salary of $121,000 for fiscal year 2022, with the exact numbers being hidden by Amtrak through its use of an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The exemption permits the government to withhold information on personal privacy grounds, while top executives whose salaries were reported made between $504,000 and $780,000, according to Open The Books, citing payroll data acquired through FOIA requests.

Since its establishment in 1971, Amtrak has never turned a profit and predicts that it will continue to lose roughly $1 billion per year, leaving taxpayers to cover most of its losses, according to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

From our rulers’ point of view, Amtrak is a booming success. It serves as a firehose that blasts other people’s money at the people who run it, who are too incompetent to operate a business that would survive in the public sector.

On a tip from R F.

Sep 21 2023

Biden Decrees Climate Corps

You’ve heard of Hitlerjugend. Introducing Klimajugend:

After being thwarted by Congress, President Joe Biden will use his executive authority to create a New Deal-style American Climate Corps…

In an announcement Wednesday, the White House said the program will employ about 20,000 young adults…

Being a federal program, it will grow exponentially from there.

The climate corps had been proposed in early versions of the sweeping climate law approved last year but was jettisoned amid strong opposition from Republicans and concerns about cost.

Not even the inflationary Inflation Reduction Act was a big enough blowout of wasteful spending to include the Climate Corps.

According to the Constitution, Congress has responsibility for public spending. Yet the Climate Corps was imposed by executive decree. Lacking the votes to pass it, leftist Democrats step forward afterward to place their stamp of approval. That task is accomplished here by the Senate Majority Leader, flanked on either side by communists:

Here’s why Democrats call their agenda the Green New Deal:

The program is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, created in the 1930s by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, as part of the New Deal.

The pretext for Roosevelt’s massive expansion of the federal government was the Great Depression, which it prolonged. To recreate the FDR Big Government glory days is the objective of Bidenomics.

The explicit purpose of the Climate Corps is to “fight climate change” and “support environmental justice.” There is zero chance this make-work patronage program will prevent the climate from fluctuating as it always has, but inflicting environmental justice — defined as racial favoritism in the name of the global warming hoax — is a likely application.

On tips from ABC of the ANC, Mr. Freemarket, Wiggins, and Anonymous.

Sep 15 2023

Biden Spends Antiterrorism Funds to Transsexualize Children

Statists love terrorism for the same reason they love disease; anything can be justified in the name of fighting either. Following upon the many outrages inflicted through Covid tyranny, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham attacked the Second Amendment in the name of public health. As for terrorism, it can be defined as “anything our rulers don’t like.” Parents speaking out against leftist indoctrination at schoolboard meetings is one example. Children not having been sufficiently indoctrinated in LGBTism is another. So the Department of Homeland Security gave a $530,000 anti-terrorism grant to LGBT militants who groom small children:

The grant was part of the DHS’ Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program, which aims to provide “funding for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits… and institutions of higher education with funds to establish or enhance capabilities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.”

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) describes itself on its website as an organization that “supports and empowers LGBTQ youth ages 6-24.” The Washington D.C.-based group also says that it is “committed to social change,” elaborating that it “builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.”

As usual with LGBTism, sexual perversion is only the tip of an iceberg of moonbattery.

Ben Johnson stated that SMYAL also openly advocates for other far-left political positions. “The manifesto of its school-based group—which is based on the Black Panthers—calls for the ‘abolition’ of the police, the erasure of the U.S. border, and the ‘reclamation’ of all ‘stolen lands’ by Indigenous people,” he noted.

That’s why SMYAL gets your money. Meanwhile, the open border they advocate for guarantees that if Islamic terrorists get bored sitting back and watching us destroy ourselves, the next 9/11 will be a cinch to pull off.

Johnson wrote that SMYAL “distributes condoms” to children and “gives LGBTQ adults access to children without parental supervision.”

These adults “serve their community as role models, leaders, and trusted friends by distributing condoms and safer-sex information” per SMYAL’s latest tax filings.

Deviant degenerates grooming children is what passes for “homeland security” under liberal rule.

This is why we should never turn over more power or money to government than necessary. No matter how righteous the ostensible cause, Big Government will pursue its own objectives, not ours.

On a tip from MrRightWingDave.

Sep 11 2023

US Marshals Downplayed Threat to Justices

Even the US Marshals Service appears to have been tainted by the politicization/weaponization of the federal government:

In a newly uncovered email sent weeks after an assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Marshals Service said it was “unaware” of “targeted” threats to Supreme Court justices.

The Marshals Service sent the internal email on June 23, 2022, the day before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project obtained the email. Kavanaugh was one of the six-justice majority who voted in favor of overturning Roe.

At the time, conservative justices’ homes were under siege by leftist goons. Their addresses had been posted online.

An attempt on Kavanaugh’s life was made by a moonbat from California named Nicholas Roske on June 8:

His online communications and own words to police clearly indicate that the then-pending abortion decision was the main motive in Roske’s failed attempt on Kavanaugh’s life.

Here’s why the Marshals Service would downplay the assassination threat to conservative justices.

The Marshals Service is an agency of the Department of Justice.

The DoJ is headed by Merrick Garland, a conspicuously unprincipled tyrant who has been compared to the USSR’s Felix Dzerzhinsky, and who Obama tried to place on the Supreme Court.

Lucky for the unborn and for the Constitution that the six sane justices don’t scare easily.

On a tip from MrRightWingDave.

Sep 10 2023

US Government Moves to Hire More Criminals

The federal government can hardly be expected to impose the will of a morally degenerate ruling class without employing criminals. That’s why it passed the Fair Chance Act:

In an effort to promote fairness and inclusivity in federal hiring practices, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced its final regulations to implement the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019, commonly known as the Fair Chance Act. These regulations mark a milestone in ensuring that individuals with criminal history records are provided a fair opportunity to compete for employment within the federal government and its contractor organizations.

The word “fair” in the US Government context usually refers to preferences for favored groups.

The Fair Chance Act, enacted in 2019, laid the foundation for these regulations by prohibiting federal agencies and contractors from requesting an applicant’s criminal history information until a conditional offer of employment has been made. The Fair Chance Act expands upon the existing “Ban the Box” rule, implemented in 2016. The intent behind this law is clear – every applicant deserves a fair chance at employment, and the qualifications, skills, and willingness to serve the American public should be the primary criteria as federal agencies and contractors make employment decisions.

The primary qualifications for federal jobs are commitment to leftist orthodoxy, contempt for the US Constitution, and membership in preferred identity groups.

Under the Fair Chance Act,

Criminal history information cannot be requested or assessed until after a conditional offer of employment is made unless mandated by law.

Believe it or not, this is from Forbes, not an official government press release:

OPM’s final regulations on criminal history disclosure represent a step toward creating a more inclusive federal workforce.

The primary task of the federal government is to steal from some to buy votes from others. How is it supposed to accomplish this without employing criminals?

On a tip from Steve T.

Aug 25 2023

CDC Warns Against Kissing Small Turtles

Its response to Covid had some wondering whether the CDC serves any constructive purpose. But if it weren’t for CDC bureauweenies, how would we know not to kiss undersized turtles?

“Turtles with shells less than 4 inches long are a known source of illness,” the CDC’s website warned late last week. …

[T]he CDC warns of a “multistate outbreak” involving 26 individuals who apparently ingested the bacteria after getting too friendly with their turtles. “Don’t kiss or snuggle your turtle, and don’t eat or drink around it,” because infected turtle droppings “can easily spread to their bodies, tank water, and anything in the area where they live and roam.”

Of the 26, nine have been hospitalized and none has died —out of the 1.3 million infections and 26,500 hospitalizations caused by salmonella in the USA each year.

The private market sometimes does foolish things with wealth, but it doesn’t pay people comfortable salaries to tell us not to kiss turtles. That’s why we need Big Government.

On a tip from R F.

Aug 12 2023

Open Thread

That government is best which governs least. - Henry David Thoreau

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.


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