We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"I plan on joining, I'm not gonna ask for permission or whatever, I'm gonna find out when they meet and I will be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus," West, one of two black Republicans elected to Congress last Tuesday, told WOR radio. "I meet all of the criteria, and it's so important that we break down this monolithic voice that continues to talk about victimization and dependency in the black community."
"Economic decisions," he reasoned, include decisions not to engage in economic activity. This approach would allow the Commerce Clause to cover virtually any choice of any kind. Any decision to do anything is necessarily a decision not to use the same time and effort to engage in "economic activity."
If I choose to spend an hour sleeping, I necessarily choose not to spend that time working or buying products. Under Judge Steeh's logic, the Commerce Clause authorizes Congress to force workers to get up earlier in the morning so that they would spend more time on the job.
Regarding illegitimacy rates: since the article by Daniel Moynihan, black mothers have tripled their rate of illegitimacy but white mothers have reached almost 10 times the rate of that time. What an achievement!
"If I choose to spend an hour sleeping, I necessarily choose not to spend that time working or buying products. Under Judge Steeh's logic, the Commerce Clause authorizes Congress to force workers to get up earlier in the morning so that they would spend more time on the job."
Reminded me of one part of the old "Betamax" case. A network exec said that by being able to record shows and then to skip the commercials people were robbing him of compensation. Luckily, the judges were a bit more citizenry-oriented than Judge Steeh and got him to admit that by his logic even if people did not record his shows and did not skip the associated commercials they would then be robbing the other networks of compensation by not viewing their commercials...
A point about the Moonbattery article about Chavez seizing private houses in Venezuela because of high housing prices. The main reason for rising housing prices in Venezuela is that the housing deficit has exploded during 11 years of Chavez. The construction of housing units per capita under Chavez is less than half of what it was in the decade before.
It is elementary economics that a shortage of an item will raise its price. But then no one accused Thugo of knowing anything about economics.
From: El Universal in 2009:
En 10 años el gobierno de Hugo Chávez Frías efectuó 1,5 viviendas por 1.000 habitantes, mientras que en el período de 1989 a 1998 se generaron 3,33 viviendas por 1.000 habitantes y entre 1979 y 1988, 4,90 viviendas por cada 1.000 habitantes.
My translation: In 10 years of the government of Hugo Chávez Frías, the annual per capita rate for construction of housing units was 1.5 housing units per 1,000 inhabitants. From 1989 to 1998, 3.3 housing units per 1,000 units were construction, and between 1979 and 1988, 4.9 housing units per 1,000 inhabitants. [This is for public + private construction.]
[I have followed this stat over the years. Not always easy to follow.]