Charity vs. The Nanny State

2012 March 16
by TLS

This week a story came out about a little league team in Lennox, CA.  The big controversy was that Lennox little league was given $1,200 by a local strip club to help save the season.  While this drew a lot of attention, Lennox Little League actually turned down the donation because it might seem an inappropriate sponsor for kids’ sports teams, which also includes a division for young girls.

I myself have an 8 year old that might actually die if he couldn’t play baseball, so I decided to find out more about the story.  As it turns out, Lennox Little League may just be the latest victim of the nanny state.

Larry Altman posted a first hand account of the effort to revive Lennox little league:

Fifteen years ago, I went to Lennox Middle School to do a story on a Lennox sheriff’s detective’s effort to restart the community’s dormant Little League.

“They won’t play on soft clay infields,” I wrote. “They won’t wear fancy uniforms — just T-shirts and caps. They’ll hit with whatever bats they can scrounge up.

“But for the first time in four years, boys and girls in Lennox will be playing Little League baseball.”

I met with Detective Lawrence Del Mese and about 10 boys who “spent their Friday afternoon in the hot sun, using hoes and rakes to dig cut-outs for the bases on their school’s grassy athletic field, which until now was used primarily for soccer.”

So a policeman and some local boys did all the work at the school field just to play in T-shirts with whatever equipment they could find.  But fast forward to this year and a Lennox program with about 500 players, and suddenly the Lennox School District sees Lennox Little League as the next risk to children in need of regulation.

First, they restricted parents from selling “unhealthy” hamburgers and hot dogs, which is how the league made its money.  Then they doubled the fees they charge Lennox Little League to use the field claiming that the school district now has to provide security guards on the weekend to cover Little League activities.  The irony is that the nanny state that seeks to control the little leaguers diet and provide private security, will actually force the league out of business so the kids can stop exercising and go get a burger at the closest fast food restaurant, where they can join a gang and increase the need for security throughout Lennox.   Except then, there won’t be a little league team to forward the security bill too.

Ultimately, someone in legislature will have to step in to open schools to kids, where we played when we were kids.  Public tax dollars pay for public schools, who now charge fees to the public to use them.

I could make point after point about the damage government ( and yes, school boards) do in the name of protecting us and our children, but that argument would last a lot longer than Lennox Little League.   The bottom line is that government (yes, including school boards) is force, or in this case, forced out of business.

What Lennox Little League needs right now is good old fashioned charity.  Charity that comes from the heart and seeks to help, not control the recipient.  Charity that benefits all those who need it, not just a select group.   The kind of charity that built this great nation, where people are given a hand up, instead of a hand out, and the giver isn’t robbed against his will to support that which he opposes.

Lennox Little League is in a low income community that takes payments for the (reduced) $85 player fee.  Just 60 people making a $20 donation would make up the donation they gave back to the strip club.  If you can help, please send your tax deductible donation to: Lennox Little League, 10514 Condon Ave, Lennox, Ca 90304.

Charity may give them the chance to learn to catch, throw and hit, but it may give them something else this year as well; a lesson in charity vs. the nanny state.

56 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 March 16 11:10 am
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    “What Lennox Little League needs right now is good old fashioned charity.”
    Which they mostly received but rejected. Dumb arses should have just taken the donation, still I hope they reach their goal. /2cents

  2. 2012 March 16 11:43 am
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    TLS permalink

    KH -funny thing is that the club has been making anonymous donations to the community for years but got talked into putting their name on it by a city counsel member. I can’t blame the league for not wanting to put the kids in the middle of a public debate and they were already getting complaints. I just really thought this story highlights the reverse midas touch of gov’t and how they take away everything in order to give us paradise. If we let them take baseball, next they’ll want the apple pie.

  3. 2012 March 16 11:46 am
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    “I just really thought this story highlights the reverse midas touch of gov’t and how they take away everything in order to give us paradise. ”

    Absolutely.

    Unrelated:
    Why Our Recession Call Stands
    http://www.businesscycle.com/news_events/news_details/5065

  4. 2012 March 16 11:54 am
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    judyt2012 permalink

    Interesting… when my brother played little league back in the dark ages when girls did play the sponsor for his team was Rudolph’s German Bakery.

    When the boys won Rudolph would let them in the store and feast on whatever they wanted.

    What that in mind,

    Would the strip club let the kids come in for a celebratory lap dance?

    How about letting the girls stage an amateur dance?

    Nameless sponsor would be okay, making them put their name on a kid’s uniform, in the program, or given a word of thanks from the announcer’s box would not be appropriate.

    Interesting, KH sees nothing wrong with letting a strip club fund activities for children and objects to Santorums comments about the out of control pornography on the internet.

    “I thought I saw a puddy tat, I did, I did, I did see a puddy tat.”

  5. 2012 March 16 11:56 am
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    judyt2012 permalink

    s/b With that in mind… not What that in mind…

    I guess KH is right I need to put down the pipe

  6. 2012 March 16 12:00 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    I played little league ball loooong time ago. Our coaches never permitted us to eat during the game — ever. If we won, he and the assistant coach took us to a pizza joint. If we lost we got nothing. (Funny how that works, soon our outfield players were screaming — piiiiiza!, piiiiiza!, whenever we saw a weak batter up.)

    Seems to me the Lennox LL leader who is a former cop could call some of his buddies to show up, gratis. A call to some real estate types to find a willing lessor might be in order and give the school system the middle finger.

    TLS it is an instructive lesson in the tentacles of govt and their perverse incentive cycle.

  7. 2012 March 16 12:01 pm
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    RAS: MO Senate

    Steelman 51,
    McCaskill 41

  8. 2012 March 16 12:05 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Paradise so long as it is a straight jacket with rent seekers attached for ‘the right kind of people.’ By the bye, has anybody considered the parallel between the concept of Dhimni and the political payoffs for all the green jobs? On a political level I mean.

  9. 2012 March 16 12:09 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Excellent article TLS. But, you’d never make it in the MSM because you’re a real investigative reporter.

  10. 2012 March 16 12:11 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Good news Eph. Also, Sarah Steelman is somewhat hot (as opposed to Claire McCaskill who looks like a 90 year old Kewpie Doll.

  11. 2012 March 16 12:14 pm
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    TLS permalink

    Thanks bc. It’s just a minor sideline story but it’s the perfect example of gov’t. It took some volunteers, fifteen kids and a field to build an American tradition to benefit hundreds of kids. It took one school board to shut it down.

  12. 2012 March 16 12:16 pm
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    judyt2012 permalink

    Conservative women are all better looking than their liberal counterparts… beauty within shines through while the ugliness of liberalism cannot be covered

  13. 2012 March 16 12:33 pm
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    http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/16/cbo-obama-budget-deepens-debt-35-trillion/

    “In 2012 alone Mr. Obama’s budget would leave a $1.3 trillion deficit — $82 billion worse than if none of his policies were enacted.” Well given that please more Golf Mr. President. 😉 Not that it matters he budget just like his last was doa on the hill.

  14. 2012 March 16 12:33 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Personally, I think the players should get to vote on whether they should take money from the strippers. I know how I would have voted when I was in Little League. Heck I would have even let them sit on the team bench.

  15. 2012 March 16 12:38 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  16. 2012 March 16 12:41 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Maybe present the strippers as “law students” and see if that calms the complaints. 😆

    In all seriousness…that school board is made up of morons….

  17. 2012 March 16 12:50 pm
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    Would the strip club let the kids come in for a celebratory lap dance?

    That would illegal unless they were of age, were talking little league here.

    How about letting the girls stage an amateur dance?

    See above.

    Nameless sponsor would be okay, making them put their name on a kid’s uniform, in the program, or given a word of thanks from the announcer’s box would not be appropriate.

    See TLS post neither was a requirement, currently nor in the past.

    Interesting, KH sees nothing wrong with letting a strip club fund activities for children and objects to Santorums comments about the out of control pornography on the internet.

    I’d like to know what’s so interesting though, the club is a legit local business who wanted to donate, what’s the problem? Yeah it’d be nice if others jumped to donate first but they didn’t, at least not at first. It’s the league prerogative to accept it or not but yeah i think just stupid not too. Hell yeah I object to Santorums comments (and Romney made a similar remark awhile back) about porn on the net, or gambling for that matter, (shouldn’t be news to anyone here) last thing I want to do is vote for yet another politician looking to use the power of the state to limit yet another activity.

    I’m a hairs breath from taking a fukitol pill and just voting 3rd party come the fall.

    “I thought I saw a puddy tat, I did, I did, I did see a puddy tat.”

  18. 2012 March 16 12:53 pm
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    TLS permalink

    I keep wondering when the public is going to get fed up with some of these situations. Our local high school had a big fundraising drive to build an Olympic standard rubber track for track and field. The community raised millions, along with an athletic grant from somewhere around $20K. Now the track is finished and completely fenced off. No one can use it except for track and field meets AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. What is the point of having an Olympic style track is you aren’t using it? Unless they plan to hold the Olympics there, or they are training Olympic athletes, it seems like a waste of money. Gov’t is just as guilty of keeping up with the Jones’. But hey, our little town of 50K people has an $11.3 MILLION Library. Funny, it’s the same books I get at the library one town over.

  19. 2012 March 16 12:55 pm
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    14. Whats funny is something on the order of at least 1/2 those kids (male and female) will end up visiting that establishment or a similar one at some point in there lives regardless. I just say quietly take their money and let them “give back to the community”. 😉

  20. 2012 March 16 1:01 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Israeli cabinet votes 8 to 6 on approval to attack Iran — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/brent-126-israel-cabinet-votes-8-6-attack-iran — Seems to me all the pieces are in place.

    The big question is, does the US help or prevent Israel from attacking?

  21. 2012 March 16 1:02 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    What if the “law students” (and I call them that because that is the standard answer for why they strip) gave the money individually? Just donated as Jane Q. Pubic?

    I dunno. I would be just as squeamish about allowing the club to sponsor, even if we needed the money. I cannot believe they weren’t allowed to do it anonymously- it is almost like a jab. We want our kids to be better than that as adults, so I think taking the money sends the wrong message, unless you are doing a lesson on washing your hands after you handle cash. You never know whose butt crack it’s been in. Then it is like science or something.

  22. 2012 March 16 1:10 pm
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    brucefdb permalink

    I love the story TLS. I went to Inglewood High which is just a few miles north of Lennox. It was a poor area even 50 years ago.

    I think we should send McDonalds and Weinerschnitel gift cards with our donations! 🙂

  23. 2012 March 16 1:13 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Hmmmm…would they accept a donation from the Girl Scouts???? Because I consider them a bigger threat to the kid’s morals than the Strip Club!!! And if y’all aren’t’ familiar with what they’ve been doing and sponsoring lately you may not understand that comment

    Still, you are a true Patriot, TLS…I’ll send some money to the strippers…I mean, the Little League.

  24. 2012 March 16 1:16 pm
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    brucefdb permalink

    bc3b….have you seen either of these videos? Really good stuff and being sent around in my parrish. Unheard of really. Barack may rue the day he took on the Catholic Church. And I am in California.

    Do you see anything similar in your church?

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/priest-warns-obama-better-knock-the-catholic-church-out-now-youve-awakened

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVN2MMuiedI&feature=sdig

  25. 2012 March 16 1:16 pm
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    18. Good question. When I was growing up our schools fields were used by the general public all the time unless there was a school’s team practice or game going on. Nobody paid a fee, Nobody complained that I ever knew about. There were no fences and guards to make sure you didn’t use the school’s field, I mean there were fences but they related to stopping balls. Fees for my little league and soccer were for uniforms, equipment and the rent-a-refs, granted we played our real games mostly at public parks cause they had lights for evening games , but had practice most of the time at one of the various local schools fields around town.

    Reading that story I laughed about needing security guards. What like retired cops and a bunch of parents with bats near by are are gonna get jumped for their kids mits?

  26. 2012 March 16 1:16 pm
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    TLS permalink

    #21 :LOL:

  27. 2012 March 16 1:23 pm
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    TLS permalink

    I think we should send McDonalds and Weinerschnitel gift cards with our donations!

    ROFL! Charity also has a better sense of humor than gov’t.

  28. 2012 March 16 1:56 pm
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    20. Interesting.
    You mean politically prevent it don’t you, cause the US is not actually in a position to physically prevent it any longer. We don’t control Iraq’s airspace any longer (not that it was necessarily needed), and neither does Iraq yet for the most part, see recent Iranian flights of munitions and troops to Syria that used Iraqi airspace because the Turks deny Iranian cargo plance access to Turk airspace. Sure the Iraqis quitely told Iran they are not happy about it, but what are they really gonna do about it in the short term, nothing, same thing if the IDF decides to use their airspace all they can do is tip off Iran, and the Russians will beat them too the tip off anyway. The US certainly isn’t going to attempt to engage the IDF after they leave the ground, not unless the administration wants to commit political suicide on the spot.

    It all looks more like an attempt to bait the Iranians into reacting, “acting stupidly” to use a Obama phrase, something that gives the “west” cover enough to act or look the other way while others act. Though you’d have to think even if we had no plans to participate in any action the US would still want those carriers there as a contingency to give the Iranians pause before deciding to get frisky and target US or US allied interests across the gulf in response to say IDF going it alone.

    /2cents

  29. 2012 March 16 1:58 pm
    [29]

    Drunk chicks love the sausage. 😉

    BRIDGETON — A woman who was angry that 7-Eleven did not have any fully-heated sausages for her started attacking an employee and ultimately had to be pepper-sprayed, police said Friday.
    http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/03/police_lack_of_7-11_sausages_s.html

  30. 2012 March 16 2:12 pm
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    One hell of a view!
    Had no idea previously peeps had done this from as high as 120k feet.
    http://news.yahoo.com/record-seeking-skydiver-makes-13-mile-test-jump-233204849.html

  31. 2012 March 16 2:37 pm
    [31]
    MI Conservative permalink

    Man I love Lent.

    Lunch toay-Grilled cheese and tomato soup
    Dinner tonight-Tuna Noodle Casserole

    I’m thinking next Friday-Fried Mac and Chees
    and Smelt Fry for Dinner.

  32. 2012 March 16 2:37 pm
    [32]

    “49ers, Titans, or Broncos”

    -Payton Manning on ESPN.com

  33. 2012 March 16 2:48 pm
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    justrand permalink

    KHMER, one air force guy…DECADES ago! Record has held since then…still does, for now!

  34. 2012 March 16 2:55 pm
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    justrand permalink

    This is pretty funny…ok, it’s pathetic…

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/16/sebelius-to-kids-instead-of-calling-each-other-jerks-why-dont-you-call-each-other-jerks/

    Sibelius shows a film that tells them NOT to call people “Jerks”…then kid asks: “What do you say to someone whose being mean to you???”. sebelius’ response: “Tell them to quit acting like a JERK”

    The woman stupid AND evil!

  35. 2012 March 16 3:15 pm
    [35]

    Downloading music, movies, e-books and Apps could soon cost Connecticut residents more as lawmakers consider a tax on digital downloads.
    The bill, proposed by the General Assembly’s Finance, Review and Bonding Committee, would have consumers pay the 6.35% sales tax on any electronic transfer.

    Supporters say the bill would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state who are already required to charge Connecticut sales tax to consumers who purchase these products in their stores.
    http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/Lawmakes-Consider-Digital-Download-Tax–142901075.html

  36. 2012 March 16 3:20 pm
    [36]

    The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

    “Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.”
    -Suggest reading the whole thing.

  37. 2012 March 16 3:49 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Bruce,

    Finally got around to watching those videos you posted. The Father rocked! Calm, principled, bring-it-on attitude. Excellent.

  38. 2012 March 16 3:55 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 28,

    Politically yes. But I am also wondering if physically as well. We have 3 carrier groups off Hormuz now. We have another carrier group heading for the Med. By the end of the month it will be the largest deployment of the Navy since the Gulf war. With SHIC in charge who knows.

  39. 2012 March 16 4:14 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Rand Paul chews on Chu — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsRz-Zoc1Ac

  40. 2012 March 16 5:10 pm
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    justrand permalink

    drdog, that was splendid! No bombast…just calm carefully worded questions, and a CLUELESS Chu was exposed. I truly believe that Chu IS honest…he is honestly CLUELESS! And Chu was put in that position to oversee BILLIONS of $$$$ simply because he is CLUELESS…and thus it would be easier to rip off the American public and have Clueless Chu be the front-“man”.!

  41. 2012 March 16 5:32 pm
    [42]
    drdog09 permalink

    41,

    Good point. I am surprised Chu isn’t nicknamed the “Pink Panther”.

  42. 2012 March 16 6:40 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Lots of upsets. How about JM’s Lehigh?

    My brackets aren’t looking so good, but I love the upsets, especially Michigan losing.

  43. 2012 March 16 6:56 pm
    [44]
    JustMary permalink

    #43 😀

  44. 2012 March 16 7:15 pm
    [45]

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE!

    That’s what you get when you play 5 slow white guys

    (BURP)

  45. 2012 March 16 7:31 pm
    [46]

    BC,

    I have not checked my bracketology since the tourn started.

  46. 2012 March 16 7:35 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Lots of bracket-busting games today. Up to today, only four 15 seeds have won their first round game since the NCAA went to 64 teams, and two more happened today within three hours.

    My brackets are cooked, but we saw a good game today in Greensboro by the Tarheels. The atmosphere was great as it is almost a home game for UNC with all the fans in the area. Got back in front of my 42 inch for the Duke game, and I must say…….. the chair is much more comfortable.

  47. 2012 March 16 7:40 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Dear God! My brackets are TOAST!

    The NCAA is dead to me!

    I had Missouri winning the freaking national title! And Obama is STILL the damn RESIDENT!

  48. 2012 March 16 7:52 pm
    [49]
    gnqanq permalink

    RP – late to the party BUT happy birthday. And may God bless you with many more.

  49. 2012 March 16 8:58 pm
    [50]
    justrand permalink

    these are freaking AWESOME!
    http://www.quickmeme.com/hip-rutherford-b-hayes/popular/?upcoming

    Hayes EMBRACED technology!!!!!!!!!! Obama called him a backwoods rube!!

  50. 2012 March 16 9:30 pm
    [51]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Occupy Wall Street has the banking establishment in mind especially when it rails against the 1 percent. Steve Jobs was a 1 percenter, and so are many sports and entertainment figures, but they are not the objects of anger. Rather it is Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase that get the brickbats. There is a sense that Wall Street is up to no good.

    In light of the last several years, this is an entirely justifiable attitude. Big, well-connected players in banking and finance were at the heart of the housing and financial debacle, in partnership with the government, of course. Free-market advocates should hold no brief for any of them. It is important to understand that throughout American history no industry has had a cozier relationship with politicians at all levels than banking and finance.

    The 1 percent as we know it is not the product of the market. Corporatism has played a large role. In a freed market, there certainly would not be income equality—people are too different to expect that. But the distance between the top and bottom would likely be much less dramatic and mobility greater. Abolishing all privileges and finding reasonable ways to rectify past injustices would put America on the road to freedom”

    http://reason.com/archives/2012/03/16/what-occupy-wall-street-gets-wrong/1

  51. 2012 March 16 9:36 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “I do believe there is similar language used, and in fact Carter even admits that this is because conservatives have adopted certain forms of libertarian speech. Of course, I would add that they do this while holding over totalitarian streaks within them and twisting certain conclusions out of such language. This is why it is possible for George W. Bush to wax eloquent on freedom one minute, and then in the next start two massive wars, socialize health care, and consolidate Federal power to an extent that would have made the Caesars cringe in fear.

    Carter seems to think that the libertarian is just a stupid conservative.

    On the contrary, it seems to me to be extremely generous to say that conservatives are massively inconsistent libertarians.”

    http://libertarianchristians.com/2012/03/14/debating-christian-libertarianism/

  52. 2012 March 16 9:40 pm
    [53]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “And there is one thing we know very well, as taxes rise, economic activity falls. Democrats try to hide this by pointing to inflationary periods where monetary expansion hides economic collapse, but when the state taxes money, either by taxes or through excessive borrowing, the economy suffers. So, whether it increases tax revenues or not, leaving more money in private hands makes the economy grow, and that is good for everyone, except perhaps the government, but should the happiness of government really be our first concern?

    Do we exist for the state? Or the state for us?”

    http://andrews.blogtownhall.com/2012/03/13/forget_the_laffer_curve.thtml

  53. 2012 March 17 5:51 am
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    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Ditto’s WEC.

  54. 2012 March 17 8:02 am
    [56]

    Wonder what Rockwell thinks now if thought this then?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YvAYIJSSZY&ob=av2e

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