Government Accountability?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 16 Jul 2002 12:00:00 GMT
From a sig at The Firing Line:
God gave you a soul.
Your parents, a body.
Your country, a rifle.

Keep all of them clean.

From kaba:

I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat. -- Will Rogers

From The Federalist:

"...[When I was an atheist] my argument against God was that the universe seemed cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? ... Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist -- in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless -- I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality -- namely my idea of justice -- was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning. -- C.S. Lewis
We've gone astray from first principles. We've lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we've accomplished. Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. -- Ronald Reagan

From Chuck Muth's News & Views:

Lost in all the outrage over the corporate accounting scandals is one fact politicians do not like to acknowledge: The auditing problems at American companies cannot rival the bookkeeping shambles of the world's largest enterprise - the U.S. government. Exaggerated earnings, disguised liabilities, off-budget shenanigans - they are all there in the government's ledgers on a scale even the biggest companies could not dream of matching. -- Martin Crutsinger

Christians for the cloning of Jesus - hehe. [smith2004]

Greetings friends, we live in an imperfect world. a world full of sin. everywhere you look you can see the effects of the devil; war, famine, poverty, violence, government corruption, pornography on television, the list goes on and on. Armageddon is surely on its way. The second coming of Christ is our only hope. Friends, we can't sit back and wait for Jesus. He has given us the power to bring him to us. after all, God helps those who help themselves.

L. Neil Smith - TheEnd.jpg - Neil's brother rolled his Sheriff's car in a high speed chase. In this picture he deals responsibly with the situation. Hahahahaha. [smith2004]

Samizdata has moved to and switched from Blogger to Movable Type. Updated my links page. [samizdata]

Garry Reed, The Loose Cannon Libertarian - Antitrust Heresy - more on the Microsoft "anti-trust" suit. Mr. Reed is no Microsoft lover, but he realizes that if we let the government get away with skewering Microsoft, we're next.

Here's the underlying medieval logic that goes into the abstruse concept of "unfair business practices." If your company sells products for less than its competitors, you're guilty of trying to run them out of business. If you sell for more than your competitors, you're gouging the public. If you sell for the same price as your competitors, you're guilty of collusion, complicity, conspiracy, deception, price-fixing, racketeering, causing a plague of boils and molesting puppies. Heresies all.

What about charges of monopoly? The government isn't concerned about monopolies unless it's not one of their own monopolies. Private monopolies are heresies. Government monopolies are "fair." I don't recall any Justice Department antitrust suits against the first class postal monopoly or the Amtrak monopoly or the various state lottery monopolies. "Monopoly," like "fair," is whatever the power elites decide it is.

Gregory Kane at SunSpot - Arundel grand jury identifies real culprits in FBI shooting - neglect to follow conflicting police orders, expect to be shot. Seems to me that we get closer every day to a country where the only proper response to seeing a man in uniform is to shoot to kill. Wish it weren't so. [smith2004]

We should be grateful to White and the grand jury for clarifying this matter. Now we know that when we venture from the safety of our homes onto our streets and highways, the folks charged with protecting us may now kill us if we don't raise our hands. The fact that they give conflicting orders will be considered our fault, not theirs.

Bill Walker at Laissez Faire Electronic Times - It Ain't Rocket Science Anymore: Thirty-three Years After Neil Armstrong - NASA had a working nuclear-powered rocket back in 1965, but it was scrapped along with most of the rest of the US space program. We have the technology to colonize at least the solar system. If government would get out of the way, individuals would do it. [smith2004]

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk - What About Government Accountability? - echoes of some recent political cartoons. The government pot is calling the corporate kettle black.

Accounting scandals dominated the headlines last week, and publicity-hungry politicians from both the House and Senate enjoyed acting self-righteous while grilling WorldCom executives. However, the message that Congress will clamp down on corporate accounting practices rings hollow with at least one journalist. Neil Cavuto from Fox News recently offered a very important question that desperately needs to be asked of Congress: "Who the heck are YOU to judge? Given the incredible fiscal mismanagement that pervades the federal government, Congress is "throwing stones from a very big glass house," as Mr. Cavuto puts it. It's refreshing to hear Mr. Cavuto point out the hypocrisy of politicians standing in judgment of executives whose misdeeds pale in comparison to their own reckless spending.

Charley Reese - Learn To Say "POB"! - Mr. Reese is giving up the internet. If you want to reach him, you'll have to write his address on a letter, put a stamp on it, and drop it in a mailbox: "CER, POB 2446, 32802".

Captain Robert "Munch" Lambert at - "Fox 1...Splash One Airliner": A Technical Look at Shooting Down an Airliner - a graphic description of shooting down an airliner with a missile from a jet fighter. Read this and then tell me you'd rather pilots remain unarmed. [kaba]

Declain McCullagh's Politech - House votes 385-3 for wiretaps, life sent. for malicious hackers - life in prison for malicious computer hacking. Wiretaps without a warrant. Only Ron Paul and 2 others voted against this monstrosity. Hopefully the senate will have more sense. [smith2004]

Robert A. Waters at Sierra Times - Fighting back: Fast-forward to the future - three news stories where crazed animals were stopped with a handgun and how the stories would read in a disarmed world. [sierra]

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