Daily Archives: May 13, 2013

Drovers Run – McLeod’s Daughters (My Pencil Sketches)

Drovers Run - McCleud's Daughters (pencil Sketch)

Drovers Run – McLeud’s Daughters (pencil Sketch)

Drovers Run - McCleod's Daughters - Nights .jpg

Drovers Run – McLeod’s Daughters – Nights .jpg

Shadows of Venus and Mars (my Photo Collection)

Shadows of Venus and Mars (my Photo Collection)

Shadows of Venus and Mars (my Photo Collection)

Santa Ana River Mouth (my photo collection)

Water Plays

Oregon Man Acquitted After Arrest For Stripping Before TSA . . . TSA Responds By Bringing Its Own Charge

Are you joking, or are you joking?


images-1I have previously written about how the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) set out to create a crime never approved by Congress: the crime of making a joke in an airport about security issues. The TSA has long appeared to chafe at the notion of an agency dependent on Congress or the public for its authority. That appears the message being sent to John E. Brennan. You may recall Brennan from a story last year when he stripped in the Portland International Airport in protest of increasing invasive TSA security measures. He was cleared by a judge who found his stripping was a form of protest. However, the TSA was clearly miffed by decision of the judge, so Brennan was pulled into the administrative abyss by TSA with an agency charge. It appears that, if the law will not punish a citizen, TSA will.

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Tax and Expenditure Limits: The Challenge of Turning Mitchell’s Golden Rule from Theory into Reality

that was true for the industrial era, not for the post (defunct) industrial era….

International Liberty

The main goal of fiscal policy should be to shrink the burden of government spending as a share of economic output. Fortunately, it shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve this modest goal. All that’s required is to make sure the private sector grows faster than the government.

But it’s very easy for me to bluster about “all that’s required” to satisfy this Golden Rule. It’s much harder to convince politicians to be frugal. Yes, it happened during the Reagan and Clinton years, and there also have been multi-year periods of spending discipline in nations such as Estonia, New Zealand and Canada.

But these examples of good fiscal policy are infrequent. And even when they do happen, the progress often is reversed when a new crop of politicians take power. Federal spending has jumped to about 23 percent of GDP under Bush and Obama, for instance…

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