The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):

  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”

Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wisconsin's impasse

Apparently, I didn't realize that the Democrats in Wisconsin were able to prevent a vote on the union-weakening bill only because it was in the budget. It seems that Gov. Walker was able to get his bill by simply moving the anti-union provisions into a normal bill, which has different quorum requirements. And Democrats are really fuming. But I think it is about time that someone stuck it to the unions. Wisconsin's impasse is over. And the Democrats have nobody to blame but themselves. If they'd pursued more reasonable policies, thet would not have become so outnumbered in the Wisconsin Senate that they needed to paralyze the Government to prevent the bill.

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