A Kenosha County child care provider whose suspicious activity was detailed in a Journal Sentinel series last year didn’t have her certification revoked until last week, further evidence of the continuing struggle by regulators to untangle the web of abuse beleaguering the state’s taxpayer-financed Wisconsin Shares program.
I’m as conservative as the next guy (I think) and lean toward libertarianism. This means the usual government regulation and intervention is as odious to me as to most. I regularly make fun of the most obnoxious examples of government run amok.
But what does that mean in two recent cases, the explosion and subsequent belching of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the financial reform bill? I suppose one could add the Rand Paul flap about the Civil Rights Act to these two.
I’m going to paint in broad strokes here so don’t try to apply my thoughts to every situation.
Was the Civil Rights Act good for America? Should consumers be shaded from shady practices? Does the government have an interest in protecting the environment?
Most thoughtful people would answer yes. I think the difference would come in the extent of government regulation that takes place.
But as I’ve read some of what’s out there, I begin to wonder. Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act and Reagan, William Buckley and others were against it. Some are starting to defend Rand Paul for what he said.
Then how do we hold companies accountable for accidents or over-exuberance in their practices in a completely free market as most of my conservative and libertarian friends want?
Then again, once the government feels they need to hold one business accountable, they will feel the need to hold other businesses “accountable.”
And once they feel the need to protect consumers from shady practices, they will feel the need to protect consumers in other ways, for example, raw milk here in Wisconsin.
Is there a suitable middle ground? Is there some other way I’m not seeing?
Phoenix CrossRoads United Methodist Church hits snag in feud over feeding homeless
After a three-hour hearing Thursday, the Phoenix Board of Adjustment unanimously upheld and affirmed the hearing officer’s interpretation that feeding of the homeless at a place of worship in a residentially zoned area is not an allowed use.
(a tip of the conservative ball cap-less than four days till catchers and pitchers report- to Dad29)
After all, the problem is not just that government is too big, but that it’s too complicated. No one — not even the people in power — really understand how the system works or what is going on.
Emptying out my drafts folder:
Top 9 Good Habits For A Deep Recession – These are good habits when there’s no recession.
From the Pew Research Center, The Religious Makeup of Congress – a nice graphical representation of the religious beliefs of the Congress compared with the American public as a whole.
By the director of new media in Obama’s Minnesota campaign, Developing a New Media Strategy for Campaigns Large and Small. This, of course, would not contradict experienced hands as Wigderson and Fraley who tell me, depending on the campaign, that a candidate needs to go door-to-door, but would be in addition to that.
How Can Facebook Crack its Advertising Problem? One problem with Facebook–it appeals to older folks like me who aren’t enticed to click the ads.
Cory Leibman has resurrected Eye on Wisconsin. Cory is a “progressive,” but he’s also a thinker and I like to read thoughtful folks like myself.
Massachusetts has a new marijuana law.
It sounds simple, but David Capeless, president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, said the new policy presented a thicket of questions and complications.
There, now I feel better.
Let’s jump right in to this week’s posts.
Where to begin?
OK, general stuff first. Land Savers posts on what is called a farmer’s last crop, disappearing farm land. You have to get through some messed up code to get to the post.
Tim wrote a very moving post at The Other Side of My Mouth for Veterans Day.
silent e does the public a service by giving driving lessons at silent e speaks. Here’s lesson 2.
In case you didn’t know, concernedcitizen tells us at Skeptics Anonymous that Dish Network Subscribers Get Screwed.
Nationally, we have Huckleberry Dumbell starting off Thursday Morning Coffee Time with a nice little rant about the credit crisis at Spring City Chronicle.
Alexander at A Little Off Main comments on Laura Ingraham’s interview of Rep. Paul Ryan on O’Reilly.
The Asian Badger contends that the markets are not too impressed with Obama.
Scott Feldstein gives us his suggestions for the GOP.
Closer to home, Josh has a post with pics on the Christmas tree at Bayshore Mall at his place, Blog Waukesha.
Jeff at Five Points give his thoughts on downtown Waukesha developement and apartments.
Statewide, Sen. Mary Lazich (or aide Kevin Fischer) posts at Conservatively Speaking that TABOR survived another vote in Colorado. I guess some people (Hmmm, 55%) think it’s beneficial.
Dad29 informs us that Gov. Doyle hopes to take care of the $5 billion (with a “b”) “structural” (Don’t you love political speak?) deficit by telling agencies to flat line spending. He gives some suggestions for cuts.
Cindy Kilkenny notes it’s tough to be a girl in this business of political opinion making. You can read about it at Fairly Conservative.
James Wigderson writes at Wigderson Library & Pub that the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board disenfranchises everybody.
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