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The History of the Left

May 28th, 2009

This is a great summary of the original history of the Left. Its interesting how the government is always used to deny people of their rights and liberties, inherent in the definition of government.

who attracts commerce?

May 21st, 2009

Recently, Walmart opened a store in my home town, Maricopa, AZ. I was discussing the recent opening with my wife, more specifically, why it took so long for Walmart to open a store. She mentioned that *they* should have attracted Walmart sooner. Additionally, *they* should attract other stores like Target, Best Buy, etc. I asked her who was *they*. She responded, the city government.  Its this type of thinking that lends itself to large, obtrusive governments at all levels.

While the city may think it attracted Walmart, that is a terrible, shallow description of who attracted Walmart to Maricopa. There is only body that attracted Walmart to Maricopa, the free market. Until recently, it was not worth Walmart’s money to invest in a new building to capture Maricopa’s dollars. Most of Maricopa commutes to the Phoenix Metro area for work, passing at least one Walmart along the way. It was not until recently that Maricopa had a significant enough population to support the volumes necessary to make a Walmart profitable. As Maricopa grows, other stores will come, but not because of the city. Its because of you, the consumer.

Now, there are things a municipality can do to block or encourage businesses to move to Maricopa. Things like zoning requirements, property taxes, and sales taxes all inhibit new business growth. If Maricopa wants more business, we need to reduce and streamline zoning changes, grossly reduce property and sales taxes. To enable this, Maricopa needs to maintain a barebones staff, keeping local regulations to a minimum.  Additionally, Maricopa will attract consumers with the same policies, making it a win-win for everyone.

Maricopa City Council Meeting Notes May 19, 2009

May 19th, 2009

I attended the Maricopa City Council pubic meeting tonight. It went well over all. The first section was a call to the public. A couple of people stood up, including a fire fighter representative offering a 5% pay cut to alleviate a small amount of fiscal pressure. Marty McDonald was recognized my five Maricopa public library staff members. For those who don’t know, he was laid off by the city due to economic constraints, something I think they will regret in the years to come.

There were two zoning hearings, to convert residential zoning to commercial zoning. While the city approved both hearings, I find it lame and inefficient to bother the city council as many times as these hearings did (due to the city’s own methods).

A $70k measure to decoratively landscape several medians was approved again, allegedly approved two years ago, although the latter approval was mentioned in passing.

The library was approved to spend $24k on a theft deterrent system. That seems crazy. How long would it take thieves to steal $24,000 worth of books from a small town library? Without further research, that seems like a crazy amount of money.

Finally, the new benefits package was approved. On a side note, I find it disgusting how a small group of people approve what kind of medical, dental, and vision coverage employees receive. That does not only apply to government organizations, but it was made public to me today.

Why I am a libertarian

May 14th, 2009

This blog introduction describes my very reasons for being a libertarian.

http://freekeene.com/new/

Just perfect.

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Government Lies – The Need for Seperation of Econ and State

May 13th, 2009

Mises.org has a great article regarding the lies spread by our own government. It also references what sounds like two great reads.

Nice Introduction to Isabella Paterson

May 11th, 2009

The American Conservative has a nice introduction to Isabella Paterson, Ayn Rand’s source of history, economics, and government. I like the idea of “Separation of Economics and State

Another Reason You Don’t Want the Government Tracking You

May 5th, 2009

http://wikileaks.org/leak/virginia-ransom-2009.html

Background: The state of Virginia collects prescription data to detect prescription abuse. Way to protect us, Virginia.

Firing a Tenured Teacher

May 4th, 2009

What a terrible idea; tenure. This is what we subscribe to teach our kids:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teachers3-2009may03,0,5765040,full.story

We need vouchers and we need them now.

Colleges Suffer due to Poor Decisions

May 1st, 2009

Bloomberg has article discussing the situation surrounding many college campuses today. it goes into how colleges borrowed money to spend on things like new dorms, buildings, as well as rock walls, jacuzzis, and mini kitchenettes in all the dorms in order to attract students to their campuses. Well, with federal loans tougher to come by and private loans all but non-existant, students are no longer willing to pay for those amenities and are choosing cheaper alternatives, like community colleges. Well, those spend-happy colleges are now facing tough financial decisions because their tuition revenue is dropping.

That’s the point of a recession. To weed out those who conduct business poorly. People who spend their own money on college don’t choose it based on the jacuzzi count. Only those who allow others, including the federal government, choose based on that. Federally funded loans and state funded insitutions have shifted the cost of higher education from the student (where it belongs) to tax payers. We gave students money to get an education, and we let them make that decision based on jacuzzi counts.

College isn’t for everyone. It should be expensive. It should only be worth going to college for degrees where higher learning is needed. A four year degree isn’t necessary for political science, public works administration, sociology, and other fluff degrees. Some areas only require a few semesters like book keeping, etc. A good measure of how necessary a degree is how few electives are needed. For example, my electrical engineering degree required 16 hours of electives. My wife’s sociology degree required 64 hours. Which degree offers better marketable skills? Just guess.

This recession is just what higher learning needed, but now we have Mr. Obama offering stimulus money to keep these institutions afloat, the worst thing we can do. Let those schools fail. Force kids to re-evaluate their future goals and methods for attaining those goals.