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Searching for Sleaze and Scandals. Not All Politicians Are Crooks! by The Elephant's Child

There are some things in politics that are as surefire as the sun coming up in the morning. One is that Liberal activists will be out digging through old newspapers, searching the internet, gossip columns, and talking to anyone that might have it in for the object of their search. Their goal is — Scandal!

Republicans take such things seriously. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) was persuaded to announce that he would resign his seat next week after pleading guilty to a felony federal tax charge. Republicans believe that if you are going to represent the people in Congress and making laws, you can’t be a crook. Democrats are not so particular.

Well, Big Scandal! Steve Scalise (R-LA) the Majority Whip, may have spoken to a group associated with segregationist David Duke some twelve years ago when he was in the Louisiana legislature, and speaking all over the state to every group he could about a new tax program.

If he spoke to a questionable group for 15 minutes about taxes, he is obviously racist.That’s how this kind of thing works. All sorts of people have spoken out about Scalise and said that any claim that he is racist is absurd. As a mere state senator, he didn’t have access to large groups of advisers. Did his advisers not vet the group to which he was to speak? Did Scalise not know? How big a scandal can be made out of a brief speech about taxes twelve years ago? All over the news today with questions about his character. If the Left could get rid of the majority whip that would be a real coup.

There was another civic association  meeting in the same hotel a little before the EURO meeting. Kenny Knight, head of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association  (The other group) insists that it was to this latter group that Scalise spoke. Who knows? Can  you remember what you were doing 12 years ago? Me neither. Doesn’t sound like this one is going  very far as a  notable scandal. There will be more scandals. The diggers for dirt don’t give up easily. It would be interesting to know just how that works.

People are inclined to presume that politicians are sleazy. Campaign cash. Lobbyists. Big money. Favors for donors. Cocktail parties. Loose women.  How come nobody ever says “loose men?” There are lots of temptations in the hothouse of national politics, but there are also some good men (and women) trying to do their best for the American people.

The Obama Administration Has Imposed 75,000 Pages of New Regulations on the People This Year.. by The Elephant's Child

Regulations cannot be written to adequately cover all situations. Rules and regulations are making it harder to do the right thing.

Philip K. Howard explained in a column  on Saturday how red tape is strangling good Samaritans:

In January 2014, a lifelong District of Columbia parks employee, Medric Mills, collapsed while walking with his grown daughter. They were across the street from a fire station, close enough for his daughter to yell for help. Mills was lying on the sidewalk, dying, right in front of people trained to save him. But they refused to cross the street to help because, they told bystanders, the rules required them instead to call 911. By the time the ambulance arrived, over 10 minutes later, it was too late—Mills died soon after arriving at the hospital.

This is how many public safety officers are trained nowadays. In 2011, firemen in Alameda County refused to rescue a suicidal man who had swum out to sea because they hadn’t yet been re-certified for “land-based water rescues.” Therefore, they explained to passers-by, it would be illegal for them to try to save the man’s life. Later that day, when the fire chief was asked by a reporter what he would have done if it had been a drowning child, he said, “Well, if I was off duty I would know what I would do, but I think you’re asking me my on-duty response and I would have to stay within our policies and procedures because that’s what’s required by our department to do.”

Law is essential to freedom because it safeguards citizens against misconduct and abuse. By drawing boundaries against wrongful conduct, law provides a protective zone of freedom within those boundaries. …

Modern law goes a giant step backwards — it often bars people from doing what’s right. Law’s proper role is now seen as instructing people how to make daily choices. Instead of providing the framework for freedom, law has replaced it, creating a legal minefield rather than an open field for free choice

If you have had a doctor’s appointment this past year, or even a hospital stay, you nay have noticed the complexities arising from a batch of new rules and regulations imposed by ObamaCare.

We  have all seen dozen of stories about school principals slavish adherence to zero tolerance policies, resulting in the utmost stupidity and punishing or expelling a child for behavior that is just being a normal kid.

When regulations don’t work, they are ‘fixed’ by adding another regulation on top. Slowly, slowly it becomes impossible for government to do anything.

We have a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which theoretically forces government agencies to release needed information on a timely basis, yet FOIA requests sit moldering in inboxes for years. We are told that we desperately need a new electric grid, and even more urgently we need to harden off the grid from a potential EMP attack — yet Howard says in his book The Rule of Nobody, that it simply cannot be done. There are too many jurisdictions with differing laws, there is nobody in charge who can override the restrictions already enacted into law.

The situation as it is — deteriorating — is made far worse by the Liberal belief that the job of the Washington elite is to fix things by regulating bad behavior, which is often defined as anything with which they do not agree. They really, really don’t like disagreement.

There are no signs that eliminating bad law and foolish regulation is high on anyone’s To Do list.

“The Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new  regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion  per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine. …In all the Obama administration foisted more than 75,000 pages of regulations on the United States in 2014, costing over $200 billion, on the low-end if new proposed rules are taken into account.”

Guess What The Federal Government Wants To Ban Now! by The Elephant's Child latest gift from the Regulatory State who feel it their duty to tell Americans what to do and how to live their lives. I hope you are keeping track of the government agencies who are exceeding the bounds of common sense and propriety. This time it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The list is getting long.

Perhaps the FDA’s budget needs to be cut back a bit. We are paying for this effort!

Since they have discovered a cure for Cancer and Ebola, these nitwits have turned their  attention to something really important.  They are going to ban sprinkles because they contain small amounts of — trans fats. Trans fats, or hydrogenate oils, have been in our diets since the 1950s to improve shelf life and improve taste. Research has determined that large quantities of trans fats in one’s diet can be dangerous for long-term health. Um, scientific principle: the dose makes the poison.

How many bushels of sprinkles do you think even a really fat kid consumes in a year?

Trans fats were once pushed by liberal groups such as the chief food police organization — The Center for Science in the Public Interest. They condemn almost anything that actually tastes good, and issue constant and questionable reports condemning soft drinks, fat substitutes, irradiated meat, biotech food crops. Lots of questionable lawsuits. They get attention because the group name sounds ‘Sciency’.’

In 1988  the group condemned the use of polyunsaturated and saturated fats then in fashion. Food companies switched to trans-fats for which CSPI happily took credit.

Americans are not enthusiastic about a government that keeps telling them what to do, what to eat, how to live their lives. What do they want from their government? Please — just butt out! Leave us alone. That’s what freedom is all about.

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