Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's Not Just The Budget

Almost anyone can tell you that the budget debate and the debate on the debt ceiling are complicated. Now that they are tied together, the complications multiply but that's only a part of the story. There are underlying concerns that affect all sides of the negotiations.

There are two additional issues that are less obvious. The first is that this debate is simply a proxy for the decades-old argument about the size and function of government. That philosophical disagreement will be the subject of a future blog.

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The second under-the-radar issue is the impact the negotiations will have on the 2012 federal elections. There will be some resolution in the budget and debt stand-off and it may or may not happen before August 2nd. Either way, it appears there will be a definite "winner"  and a definite "loser" among political parties. In this case it may not matter which side has the best ideas; the party that wins the showdown will almost certainly have a real advantage in the next elections.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Caylee's Law Would Be Just That - A Law Just For Caylee

It seems that some well-meaning legislators in my home state of Georgia are considering legislating and enacting "Caylee's Law" to avoid an occurrence similar to the recent case in Florida. The law would make it a felony for parents, caretakers or legal guardians to fail to report a child missing within 24 hours of the time they become aware the child is gone.

As you probably know from the ad nauseum coverage and analysis of the Casey Anthony trial in Florida, Caylee's mother (Casey) failed to report her child missing for a month. Many of the "legal experts" and analysts believe that Ms. Anthony was found not guilty of murder because of a lack of physical evidence directly caused by the amount of time it took to find her daughter's body. In essence, some believe Ms. Anthony's failure to report her daughter missing allowed her to literally get away with murder.

If Florida had a version of Caylee's Law on the books would it have mattered? It certainly wouldn't have mattered for Caylee. Whoever killed Caylee wasn't deterred by Florida's death penalty, so an additional, lesser penalty would not have an effect. And that brings us to the crux of the matter.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shared Sacrifice - Really? Let's Do It!

The calls from the Democrats such as President Barack Obama is for "shared sacrifice" and Harry Reid (D-Fantasyland) has introduced a resolution on the "Sense of the Senate" regarding Shared Sacrifice. In Harry's resolution he cherry picks some facts contrasting the middle class with the wealthiest one percent of Americans. It's typical class warfare and why I feel absolutely entitled to refer to Democrats as "socialists."

Sadly for poor Harry, he just doesn't understand that he's calling for what the TEA Party and other small-government conservatives want: Shared Sacrifice. 
The difference is that conservatives want shared sacrifice from the real fat cat in this country - the federal government.

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