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Category: Big Government

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 ...in 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.

Posted at your expense on Whitehouse.gov:

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.

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