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Government May Not Muzzle Its Critics

Tue, 2019-05-14 20:50 +0000
Let alone with its employers' money. Seems self-evident, doesn't it? One might even be forgiven for presuming that the 1st Amendment and Right-to-Know prohibited it. Even if finalized by "mutual agreement" -- because the taxpayers don't have a seat at the settlement table.

Government can't hide its (effectively admitted) transgressions. Your servants shouldn't ever be able to unjustly attempt to destroy your life, and then, as a condition of ceasing and desisting its reckless lawlessness, compel your silence on the matter. It must not have the option of escaping public accountability for its actions. Ever.


You are the employer. You are the taxpayer. However many "bags of money" there are, you're on the hook for the damage that ostensibly warranted their distribution. You were obliged to fill them. You have a duty to understand fully what your servants are perpetrating in your name and on your dime. You are the only sure remedy to more bags getting distributed in the future. You have every right to know the particulars empirically conceded with the settlement by your servants. Government doesn't get to buy silence regarding its abuses with (your) money. A guaranteed silence that only encourages more abuse -- of you as taxpayer, and of you as potential target. "More difficult settlements" is a good thing if it encourages government not to put itself in that position in the first place.

And I'm fairly confident actionable slander and libel statutes will survive, so...

HB154, "prohibiting non-disparagement clauses in settlement agreements involving a governmental unit", before the Senate Judiciary Committee, 5/14/2019, is such a stipulation. And evidently the NHDoJ agrees. Sunlight is the best disinfectant...

Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

A Right to Your Own Body -- And a Right to Defend that Right

Tue, 2019-05-14 19:50 +0000
Neither guns nor weed are within any delegated 'prohibition' purview of any government legitimately authorized by this US Constitution. It's that simple.

With hoplophobic hysteria (among other problems already, to be sure) having gleefully descended on the freshly Democratically-controlled NH legislature this term, the several state RKBA groups have been working overtime endeavoring to get their constituents out to relevant committee hearings and contacting their ostensible "representatives". Thus, I've expected that the public hearings for these bills would be well-enough attended and sufficiently reported that my own camera wasn't needed -- indeed, unnecessarily taking an SRO spot from someone else, who just might provide compelling testimony, too.

Plus there are the obscene parking problems in the State House's vicinity lately, even without high turnout, what with construction and the booted meters and garage spaces reserved for the Privileged Class as far as the eye can see. It shouldn't be too easy to instruct your servant government, after all...

But this day, 5/14/2019, is the typically far less well-attended Senate Judiciary Committee Executive Session to hash out and arrive at said committee's official mob-rule/damn-our-constricting-lawfully-delegated-authority recommendations to the full body on, among others, 4 of those gun bills (so there's still time to contact your Senator), all beginning at about the 9:20 mark:

HB109, "requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales", ("Ought To Pass" 3-2),
HB514, "imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm", (OTP/As Amended 3-2),
HB564, "(New Title) relative to possession of firearms on school property", (OTP/A 3-2),
HB696, "establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults" (here are overviews on this one), (OTP/A 3-2).

So much head-smackingly self-assured cluelessness that cries out for addressing here, certainly -- not that it hasn't been addressed before, ad nauseam, to no effect. But I'll confine myself to arguably the most egregious: the empirically false, addle-pated conviction, at base, that criminals obey laws. And further that if the children can be assured that if the rights of (only, since they're the only ones who will comply, duh) law-abiding citizens may be violated (without Constitutional authority, needless to say), then the children will rest easy that they are somehow now made safer. That the children would buy that speaks mostly to their government-school education, seems to me. The "gun-free" school bill stops everyone but the individual it (says it) wants to stop -- and, indeed, assures him publicly of that fact. What could possibly go wrong...?

And if you haven't stopped the criminal -- and again, unauthorized statutes stopping the law-abiding by definition won't stop him -- then "feeling safe" is, at best, entirely illusory, is nothing at all but a potentially more deadly "false sense of security", because you've purged the killing zone of any effective defense against those whom your statute won't stop. The school shooter is still coming. Seriously, have you not been following the news? All you've accomplished is to reassure him that his victims will be unable to defend themselves. The belief that an individual who would shoot up a school will still heed your prohibition on peaceful carry is flat-out delusional.

But first, they 'Exec' HB399, "relative to annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of a certain quantity of marijuana" at about :40 (OTP/A 3-2) and HB481, "relative to the legalization and regulation of cannabis and making appropriations therefor" at about 6:45, ("re-refer to committee" 5-0 -- merely returning toward Constitutional constraints should get more study...!), legislative hearings for which may be viewed here and here (House) and here (Senate).

Consider. Both of these topics, guns and weed -- each of them (one explicitly, even) undelegated "prohibitions", functionally -- concern what, in a free society (hell, even in this one), should be jealously-guarded fundamentally-protected civil liberties: unilateral control of your own body, and the ability to effectively defend that right from those who, whether with or without a fancy hat, would presume to violate it.

How can the Constitution-averse Duopoly -- that assures you that it is government, and will be respected, even if ultimately it has to kill you to "earn" it (because make NO mistake, every statute is backed by a gun) -- so easily and recalcitrantly trade sides on them?

Does that seem right to you...?

From MPP New England Political Director Matt Simon, 6/14/2019, because it needs to go somewhere (and tell Sununu about the rest of your rights, too, while you've got him on the horn):
New Hampshire friends, as you may know, I have been trying to convince the state to allow patients to grow their own cannabis for more than a decade. In the fall of 2008, with support from MPP, I began meeting with patients all over the state and encouraging them to share their experiences to help educate policymakers. Since then, countless patients have testified at public hearings to explain why they need to be able to grow their own cannabis as an alternative to opioids and other potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals.The House of Representatives has listened, voting to pass *eight* medical cannabis home cultivation bills (in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.) Sadly, the only time the Senate agreed with the House was in 2012, and the bill was vetoed by then-Governor John Lynch (D).It's good that we finally have a functional medical cannabis program and a few tightly regulated dispensaries, but many patients continue to suffer because they are unable to afford a regular supply of cannabis from the dispensaries. Since medical cannabis isn't covered by insurance, many patients simply can't afford it and are left with no choice but to continue taking opioids. Maintaining felony penalties against patients who cultivate cannabis for their own use is an insane, authoritarian policy, and it has no place in a state that has the temerity to call itself the "Live Free or Die" state.I got into this intending to help *all* patients who could benefit from cannabis, and that is why I refuse to give up this fight.This year, the Senate has once again listened to the needs of patients, and it has agreed with the House to allow limited home cultivation. HB 364 is on its way to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu, who has not yet indicated whether he intends to sign it or veto it.This morning, HB 364 even got an endorsement from Granite Grok, which bills itself as "the conservative voice of New England" and strongly opposes legalization for adults' use. And yet, because it is opposed by the police chiefs' association, the bill's fate remains uncertain.On behalf of all the patients who have been asking for more than a decade, including many who have since passed away or moved to other states in disgust (note: home grow is now legal, not only for patients, but for all adults in all three neighboring states), I ask that you please take a moment to call Gov. Sununu's office (603-271-2121) and politely urge him to sign this critically important bill.
  • 'Gun Control' Failed Again in Denver- mass murderers don't obey the law - 5/13/2019
  • Senate committee votes to delay marijuana legalization bill to 2020 - 5/14/2019
    (It's never too soon to start honoring your oath, Senator Carson...)
  • Gun Restrictions Pass the NH Senate Along Party Lines - - 5/23/2019
  • Senate Removes Barriers to Opportunity with Expungement Legislation - Americans for Prosperity - 5/30/2019
  • Legalizing Pot Bill Dead This Session, But Will Be Back - - 5/30/2019
  • Marijuana Legalization Bill Put On Hold in N.H. Senate | New Hampshire Public Radio - 5/31/2019
  • Governor Sununu Should Sign HB364: Allowing Cannabis Cultivation for Therapeutic Use - Granite Grok - 6/14/2019
  • Our Turn: Constitutional protections go up in smoke -- 7/8/2019 (perhaps titled misleadingly, particularly in this context, concerning HB696)
  • Gov. Sununu Keeps his Word - Vetoes Three Gun-Grabber Bills. Democrats Will Lose Their Minds! - Granite Grok - 8/9/2019
  • Sununu vetoes 3 gun bills, citing NH’s ‘culture of responsible gun ownership, individual freedom' - 8/9/2019
  • Praise, Criticism As Sununu Vetoes 3 Gun Bills, Minimum Wage, Redistricting - - 8/9/2019
  • Sununu vetoes gun control bills, says current laws are 'well-crafted and fit our culture' | State | - 8/9/2019
  • Sununu vetoes six priority bills for Democrats, including three on gun control - 8/9/2019
  • Why the Gun Law Vetoes Are a Win for Gov. Sununu – InsideSources - 8/9/2019
  • Strange bedfellows: Gun rights activists, victim advocates thwart bill | Human Interest | - 8/10/2019
  • Protesters Blast Sununu For Vetoing Gun Control Bills - - 8/12/2019
  • Demonstrators decry Sununu veto of gun bills, supporters say it will boost his popularity - 8/12/2019

Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

If Wishes Were Horses, We'd All Be Eatin' Steak!

Thu, 2019-05-09 18:36 +0000
And at unsustainably low mandated prices, too! And free ponies for everyone! Whee...! Ahh, fiat utopia. Sadly, however, TANSTAAFL intervenes. Everybody likes money -- you like money, too...?! Nobody appears to have any suggestions on where the funding for the bureaucrat-added costs of doing business is supposed to come from, though. Details, details... They do seem to understand well enough that their personal balance sheets need to add up. They're just not willing to concede the same realities for others. All your contract are belong to us; Love, the Central Planners...

Herewith, HB186, "establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage", before the NH Senate Commerce Committee, 5/9/2019. The sponsor easily acknowledges that the competitive market for goods and services in NH has already addressed this bill's intent: very few workers would benefit from its economic interventions. Because competition for good labor (it's why that Chatham ice cream shop calculates -- along with all of the other of their business considerations of which you know nothing, Senator Cavanaugh -- it's in its financial interest to pay such good wages).

So why is this necessary? Like the French politician Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, it seems, our rulers observe, "There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them."

But if it is necessary -- and there are no nettlesomely negative economic consequences to meddling in the market's pricing signals, because money evidently does grow on trees -- to overrule markets (which have more data than you do) and commandeer other people's contracts because "We Know Better", then why stop at $12? Why not, say, $50? Or $100? Surely that would be even better!

No, because even supporters, one can only surmise, can somehow grasp there would be problems -- of their own creation, and therefore their responsibility -- even if they can't articulate them. And the arguments against $50 are identical to the arguments against $12. Or any, for that matter.

Most simply, they're not your contracts, and you have a "knowledge problem". Show some humility. "Wishing" a business can afford to pay what you want it to pay -- and that the job being done economically supports paying that wage -- doesn't make it so. If you believe it can be paid sustainably, then start a competing business and you will instantly have your pick of the best labor. And like Bernie Sanders, you'll profit like a true capitalist.

Here's an alternative to force-monopoly coercion based in economic ignorance: Private voluntary contracts, and free-market pressure via natural pricing signals and non-government-undermined competition. Yes, even for labor. All will be well...

  • The Right Minimum Wage: $0.00 - The New York Times - 1/14/1987
  • Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Progressives can't get past the Knowledge Problem | Washington Examiner - 4/4/2010
  • I don't know, so I'm an atheist libertarian - - 8/17/2011
  • The Minimum Wage: A Little Light Empiricism on a Heavy Subject – - 2/21/2013
  • The Truth About the Minimum Wage - Foundation for Economic Education - 11/19/2012
  • How the Minimum Wage Destroyed 1.4 Million Jobs | RealClearMarkets - 12/10/2014
  • The Eugenics Plot of the Minimum Wage - Foundation for Economic Education - 2/10/2015
  • Jerry Brown: “Economically, the Minimum Wage May Not Make Sense” - Foundation for Economic Education - 4/6/2016
  • San Diego’s Experiment With Higher Minimum Wage: 4,000 Fewer Restaurant Jobs – - 4/11/2017
  • A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals - The Washington Post - 6/26/2017 (or if you're not subscribed)
  • How the Knowledge Problem Impacts Your Daily Decisions - 9/7/2017
  • Venezuela’s Maduro Orders 3,500 Percent Increase in Minimum Wage … 40 Percent of Businesses Close – JONATHAN TURLEY - 9/18/2018
  • Pew Map Shows One Reason a National $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Work – - 10/12/2018
  • The Nash Equilibrium Minimum Wage Is Zero - Foundation for Economic Education - 1/3/2019
  • Be Careful What You Wish for on the Minimum Wage – - 1/24/2019
  • Democratic Bill Aims to Hurt NH Workers | The Liberty Block - 5/7/2019
  • Senate takes up House bill to raise minimum wage | State | - 5/9/2019
Some more context first...



Now the hearing...

Categories: Blogs, New Hampshire

Go East, Young Man

Wed, 2019-05-08 18:58 +0000
HB567, "relative to using the Atlantic Time Zone in NH", confronts the NH Senate's Executive Departments and Administration Committee, 5/8/2019. Hey, it's where we're laboriously headed already anyway, right? Besides, adjust your activities to the solar cycle, instead of thinking you're performing miracles by moving clock hands around. Ya don't actually create another hour of daylight, y'know...

The Massachusetts 'Time Zone Commission Report' to which prime sponsor Rep. Yokela referred can be found here (or as pdf). But let's start here. Nobody likes it. So why are we still doing it...?

And now the hearing...

  • Study Supports Massachusetts Time Zone Change - 9/28/2017
  • Commission: Massachusetts Should Change Time Zones, But Not On Its Own – CBS Boston - 1/1/2017
  • Could New England actually change time zones? | | - 11/5/2017
  • Should Connecticut stop changing its clocks for daylight saving time? This lawmaker says yes. - Hartford Courant - 1/15/2019
  • Should Massachusetts switch to keeping daylight saving time the whole year? - The Boston Globe - 3/7/2019
  • Daylight Saving Is Here. Suppose We Made This Time Change Our Last? - The New York Times - 3/9/2019
  • How permanent daylight-saving time would make all our lives better - MarketWatch - 3/9/2019
  • An extra hour of light and Boston exhales, even amid debate - The Boston Globe - 3/11/2019
  • Maine lawmakers consider move to Atlantic Time Zone, again - 3/12/2019
  • EU Parliament votes to end daylight savings | News | DW - 3/26/2019
  • Should N.J. ditch changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time? It could happen. - - 4/20/2019
  • (WA) Legislature OKs step toward year-round daylight saving - 4/23/2019

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