Archive: 2012

“Wimpy” Governance

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Words to live by for those in government. For example, the word “surplus” is supposed to denote the result of consuming less than one receives. But that is not the […]

December 26 / 2012
Author Greg Morin
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Human Action

In the wake of the senseless shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut we attempt to ease our collective pain by latching onto the only hope of extracting anything useful from this event, that is, to learn from what is now history so that it is never repeated. But what have we learned? Superficially this shooting is […]

December 17 / 2012
Author Greg Morin
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This Butt’s for You

I saw you PCI 3798. I saw you blithely flick a cigarette butt out your car window whilst I was trailing you in traffic. But you’re not alone. I often see smokers discarding their used cigarettes with the casual lack of concern befitting the monarchs of old. Why do others and I find such littering […]

December 10 / 2012
Author Greg Morin
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The War on Droopy Drawers

It has been recently reported (here and here that the Madison City Council is exploring a new ordinance that would criminalize uncouth couture, that is, droopy drawers. The objective of said ordinance is “…. to get … appearance to be decent” (Councilman Fred Perriman). This statement of course presumes (a) decency can be objectively defined and […]

December 03 / 2012
Author Greg Morin
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Arbitrary Fairness

With the fiscal cliff looming there has been renewed discussion of “fair share” and how it’s only “fair” to ask the wealthiest Americans to be pay more taxes. Yes, “ask”. I believe that is the same kind of “asking” a mugger engages in when he “asks” for your wallet. I have yet to have revealed […]

November 20 / 2012
Author Greg Morin
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Warning, Warning!

“New Jersey has a tough price gouging law to ensure that profiteers will not take unfair advantage of people at their most vulnerable” Governor Chris Christi Unfair advantage – so who exactly is the Solomonesque arbiter of that which is fair and unfair? In this case the states of New Jersey and New York. And […]

November 13 / 2012

Keynesian Coin Toss

Hurricane Sandy wrought not only terrible destruction this past week, it likewise whipped a few economic fallacies to the surface. Chief among these was the unwarranted attacks on the “price gougers” and the stunning ignorance of those pontificating on the “prosperity through destruction” meme. I shall defer my defense of the gougers and turn my […]

Staples… yeah, we’ve got that!

Among the many positions being voted on November 6 is the rather mundanely named “Public Service Commissioner.” In Georgia we have a government granted monopoly for providers of various utilities (electric, natural gas, telecommunications) and in order to keep Joe Citizen from getting gouged by a state imposed monopolistic system the Public Service Commission was […]

October 30 / 2012

Permission to live

The state of Georgia has officially made it illegal to make a living UNLESS you are willing to ask your master for permission first (namely the state & federal government). To wit: I discovered today that in order to maintain the extreme privilege of operating a business in Georgia one must now sign a sworn […]

October 24 / 2012

Hunting with a BB Gun

“[The recent fungal meningitis outbreak] marks a lapse in the responsibility of government to protect against such a disaster.” – Editorial board, Washington Post, October 16, 2012 This statement (regarding an outbreak of fungal meningitis due to contamination at a New England compounding pharmacy) reflects a fundamentally paternalistic view of the world. It presumes government […]

October 24 / 2012