Month: September 2014

2014 Election

How Can I Possibly Vote for Rick Stream for County Executive?

Maybe this logic sucks, but this is my logic.  When I vote, I ignore my positions on issues.  Instead, I use my vote to advance two objectives: I want my vote to improve policy towards liberty. I want my vote to maximize my political power. A simple test that I ask myself is this: If …

2014 Election, Activism

John Diehl Doesn’t Want You to Know There’s a Big Press Conference Tuesday

My phone and inbox lit up all morning. Missouri Republicans are FREAKING OUT that Speaker Apparent John Diehl could go down to defeat at the hands of conservative/libertarian grassroots activists. The freak-out is over a press conference in Queeny Park at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30. [map] I heard of the Stop Diehl project last …

2014 Election, St. Louis County

Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

When people asked me to get behind Rick Stream, I first wanted to make sure that was the right thing. I remembered that I have a friend who helped Rick a while ago. So I asked her. Rick Stream is “a quiet leader.” “I didn’t see him as a politician,” she told me. We were talking …

Crony Capitalism, Politics

Why Ann Wagner Is Wrong to Attack Heritage Action

Accountability? We don’t need no stinking accountability. No, Ann Wagner didn’t actually say that. But her comments to a 2nd District Republican committee meeting on Tuesday gave at least one attendee the impression that Mrs. Wagner opposes the idea of conservatives holding Congress accountable. Ann Wagner Attacks the Conservative Heritage Action Rep. Ann Wagner accused …

2014 Election

I Will Vote for Libertarian Bill Slantz for Congress

Libertarians want to take over the world and leave you alone. What a refreshing ambition! A couple days ago, I wrote that I will not vote for Ann Wagner’s re-election in 2014. I arrived at that position after realizing that Mrs. Wagner and I share incompatible, mutually exclusive views on the proper relationship between government …

2014 Election

Beware Republicans Offering to “Clear the Decks”

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the lame duck. You can’t trust the GOP establishment. In case you missed it, the House GOP leadership pushed a Continuing Resolution to fund government through December. Now, these same GOP leaders will tell you they expect Republicans to take over the Senate in January. …

2014 Election

Why I Will Not Vote for Ann Wagner in 2014

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. Julius …

Crony Capitalism

Here Are the Ex-Im Facts Ann Wagner and Claire McCaskill Don’t Want You to Know

Rep. Ann Wagner’s Heritage Action Score is a disappointing 59. It’s about to drop even lower. Last week, the Republican from Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District came out strongly in support of cronyism by endorsing and vowing to fight for extending the Export-Import Bank. From Wagner’s interview with National Public Radio: “There is some talk about a …

Municipal Courts, Trump

Why Municipal Courts Matter to Liberty

Gadsden Flag Cape

I am embarrassed. I am embarrassed that I didn’t know about this problem sooner. Or I heard about it and ignored it, which is even worse. Maybe I thought it was just the usual liberal whining about trumped up racial problems. Whatever, I should have listened. On September 2, I asked a room of about 30 …

Miscellaneous

How To Ruin a Perfectly Good Joke

If you talk long enough, you can butcher the best joke in the world–even the one from Monty Python that the Allies used to win WWII. Tuesday night at a Tea Party meeting, I managed to destroy a joke of my own, poor making, and insult a friend at the same time. That takes talent. Or …