Thursday, May 1, 2014

Two Ideas: A Bad One Dying, a Good One Rising

For classical liberals and those who want minimal government intrusion in their lives, two legislative actions in the news today should be good news.  First, despite faulty statistics and poor economic arguments, and despite massive political pressure from the Dems and mainstream media, it looks like Obama's effort to hike the minimum wage is going to fail:
The Democrats’ minimum wage bill is set to die on the Senate floor Wednesday.
Despite an intense push by President Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans haven’t budged and will reject the measure that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The procedural roll call to advance the bill is expected to fail on a party-line vote, short of the 60 votes needed.
Good on the Republicans, for once.  Second, Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah not only questions why regulatory agencies like the IRS have military-level weapons, but wants to put an end to it.  From a Washington Times article:
Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, concerned about the armed agents that surrounded Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property, introduced a bill to cut funding for any “paramilitary units” that work for the Bureau of Land Management, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal regulatory agencies.
“There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team,” he said on the House floor on Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. “They’re regulatory agencies. They’re not paramilitary units, and I think that concerns a lot of us.”
It's interesting: for the Dems and liberals, a militarized collection of federal agencies is a desirable goal; when it comes to the citizens -- who they're supposed to serve and protect --  it's the complete opposite: they want to take away and deny them weapons.  The Founders envisioned such a frightening possibility; that's why we have the Second Amendment.