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Jacob Hornberger: Judicial Tyranny in the Drug War.

John Kiriakou: Know Your Rights. Don’t Talk to Cops at the Airport

Peter Koenig: Is the UN Preparing for the “Second Covid Lockdown”? Oppressive Measures Worldwide, Obedience and Acceptance…

Robert Wenzel: COMING: Class Action Suit Against Those Responsible For The Lockdowns

Matthew Ehret: How ‘The Great Reset’ United COP-21 and COVID-19: The Rise and Fall of Predictive Models

Jacob Sullum: Trump’s War on Economic Freedom

Jack Burns: State Law Lets Cops Steal Cars of Innocent People, and They’ve Done it 14,000 Times in 3 Years

Wayne Dupree: Here’s How November’s Election Could Lead To A New Civil War In America

And Alan Reynolds: When the Minimum Wage Rises, A Million More Fall Below Minimum

Democrats Debate: Who Is Most Control Freak?

The Democrats running for President had more debates this week i.e. it was a kook fest, and I didn’t watch them because I stopped watching television in the mid-1990s. But I have heard many, many excerpts all week on the radio talk shows and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

I don’t know where to start, so I’ll just start with “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg. Well, so far the name “Pete” has not been good for Presidential aspirations (see Pete Wilson and Pete du Pont for instance). Let’s hope the trend continues here.

Mayor Pete tried to use a Bible verse as well as his economic ignorance to shame opponents of the minimum wage to accept his promise to create more unemployment by increasing the minimum wage.

He also made it a racial issue. But when the minimum wage goes up, that causes employers to have to cut those entry-level, low-skilled jobs because the employers can’t afford to pay those workers a wage that’s higher than what their jobs are worth. That is why we get higher unemployment, and entire businesses closing down, when minimum wage goes up by law.

The people most affected by this government-imposed mandatory minimum wage are the teenagers and young adults who are trying to get their very first work experience, trying to get their foot in the door. And it especially affects minorities in the cities.

So Buttigieg and the other interventionists are taking opportunities away from those young people. And teenagers (and many young adults as well) don’t need a “living wage,” by the way, because they are being supported by their parents. But they do need work experience, and if they don’t have it by age 20 or 22, they shouldn’t complain about not being able to find a higher-paying job after high school or college.

I think that most of these lying, dishonest politicians actually know these facts, but they pretend otherwise just for the sake of getting people to vote for them.

And Buttigieg is the one who criticized Donald Trump for getting out of the Vietnam War, but Buttigieg didn’t criticize the Vietnam War itself! Buttigieg criticized Trump for NOT going to some foreign country to kill innocent civilians for no good reason! Meanwhile, I think that each and every young person who got out of going to Vietnam or who went to Canada to avoid it should be PRAISED! They are heroes for not going over there and killing innocent people!

But Mayor Pete is a warmonger and doesn’t see it that way. Hmm, I wonder how many innocent civilians he killed in Afghanistan, a country that HE invaded along with the rest of the U.S. military, and for no good reason. Let’s hope the answer is zero. (Unlike the young Americans who were forced to invade and bomb and murder in Vietnam involuntarily because of the draft, the modern U.S. invaders and bombers and murderers in foreign countries have been doing so voluntarily.)

Anyway, I liked hearing Tulsi Gabbard pointing out that as a prosecutor and California attorney general Kamala Harass oversaw 1,500 marijuana arrests, and that she “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so,” and that she “kept people in prison beyond their sentences to keep them as cheap labor for the state of California.”

And, I would add, Harris’s fascist anti-“truancy” law in which she arrested and jailed the parents of kids who missed too much school, i.e. were absent too many times from their mandatory government-indoctrination prison camps. (Just like the Germans, Kamala. Yay!) And just as Gabbard says that Harass laughed about jailing marijuana users, she also laughed about jailing the “truant” kids’ parents.

But there seem to be many libertarians who like Tulsi Gabbard for her looks anti-war positions, but she shows a lot of ignorance in that area as well. For instance, she says that the U.S. military shouldn’t be over in those foreign places for “regime change,” but to fight and “defeat al-Qaeda.” And she believes that Islamic fanaticism is to blame for the terrorism. So, she’s just as brainwashed as many people are since 9/11. She doesn’t seem to get that what causes the terrorism in the first place has been the U.S. government’s invading and bombing those countries over there, since well before 9/11 (see this and this).

Being extreme authoritarians, the Democrats seem to want to impose “Medicare for All” on the rest of us. They say they want to fix the medical care system, despite the fact that all their previous interventions have failed. For example, ObamaCare has been in effect for years now, so why is there still a problem?

The medical care system in America was the best in the world before Medicare and Medicaid came in and distorted the markets in medical care. The free market provided people with not only many choices, but because of the lack of government intrusions into medical care, doctors were financially able to provide free care for people who couldn’t afford it or who didn’t have insurance. Dr. Ron Paul was one of those who treated lower income people including minorities, for free. There were MANY doctors like that, way back when. Now, not so much.

But the truth is, these politicians don’t care about people being able to get medical care, as they propose all these terrible things just to get people to vote for them, and that’s it! As FDR said about Social Security or LBJ said about Medicare (or both), these kinds of government hand-outs are to ensure that more people will vote for THEM, for Democrats for all of eternity. That’s all that matters to these people, power and control. Expanded government powers gives them plenty of control.

More and more these power-mad politicians want to take choices away from the people, they want to make private insurance illegal (and soon private-practice medical care) and impose a one-size-fits-all scheme onto everyone, whether they like it or not.

The reason these government worshipers want so much control and want to force you into a “Medicare for All” scheme is that they want access to all your private medical information. They want “cradle to grave” control in medical care, and “cradle to career” tracking and surveillance in the young people as well.

The control freaks, including every hippie freak weirdo at these Democrat debates, want to intrude into every aspect of everybody’s private life, to “prevent discrimination,” to make sure everybody works toward a better social credit score like in China, to make sure that there is “no inequality” in society. Why? Because they are brainwashed social engineering fanatics. And that is why “Medicare for All” with these extremely crazy people.

And what the political elites really want is a two-tier medical system, in which the political class, their henchmen and all their little hangers-on will get the first-class care when they want it, and the rest of us get whatever the apparatchiks think we deserve, just like in the old Soviet Union.

It is just like the two-tiered judicial system we have now. Powerless people who are accused of something by the government get thrown in jail for life, while the elites, the political class get away with whatever they want to get away with. (See Jeffrey Epstein, Comey, Brennan, Lois Lerner, et al.)

And besides Mayor Pete, Kamala Harass, and Tulsi Gabtard, there are the scummy or just plain crazy crackpots, including “Beto” O’Rourke, Jay Inslee, Cory Shnooker, Gillibrand and Biden. But Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are outright communists. They seem to just want the government to have complete control over all industries, labor and employment, and property just like in the old Soviet Union. I’ve never seen a bunch of crazies, ignoramuses and psychopaths as we have in this bunch. They are just as bad as the Rethuglicans.

Speaking of the Rethugs and Trump, their intrusion policies of trade tariffs, debt and deficit spending cause, among other things, higher prices for consumers and thus they lower the standard of living for the society. Trump’s tax cuts, which expire in a few years for individuals, are only helpful in the short term and don’t mean very much in the long term, because Trump and the Republicans refuse to cut spending. They are irresponsible criminals, just like the thieving Democrats.

And Trump’s immigration and drug war police state are further eroding freedom and prosperity in America. Why don’t Democrats say anything about dismantling the Amerikan police state? The NSA, CIA, FBI, DHS, TSA, and more. They all need to go. But Democrats love the police state, as that is what their SovietCare program is all about.

Sadly, we never, ever hear anything from Democrats (or Rethugs) about freedom. Just more and more government control, and more and more police state. (Oh, and “Racist, Racist, Racist!” etc.) They all suck. Don’t vote for any of them, or for Trump. In fact, don’t vote at all!

The Damage That Minimum Wage And Other Government Controls Cause

A much established and supposedly beloved landmark Boston restaurant, Durgin Park is closing. It opened in 1827, and according to Wikipedia it “is also a partial hold-over from the time of its founding as the waitstaff have been encouraged to adopt a ‘surly’ attitude and ‘backtalk’ the clientele.”

Why, I remember being there once in the early 1980s, and the waitresses seemed to be “big and strong,” carrying heavy trays (that I probably wouldn’t have been able to carry), and they did seemed to be “surly” and wisecracking, etc.

But now the restaurant is closing, and so no more “surly,” sarcastic waitresses.

The manager stated that the main reason for the restaurant closing is the minimum wage, which Massachusetts has just increased from $11 to $12, and to go up to $15 at some point after many more jobs will already be lost due to minimum wage.

In California, with several cities having raised their minimum wage, San Francisco saw the closing of 350 restaurants in 2017.

Sadly, many proponents of minimum wage laws don’t understand the costs involved in running a business and employing workers. Investor’s Business Daily writes:

Economic Illiteracy: This week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “swung by” to say goodbye to a restaurant where she used to work. What she didn’t say is that it is closing because the owners can’t afford New York City’s soon-to-be $15 minimum wage — the very job-killing policy Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Democrats want to impose nationwide.

Co-owner Charles Milite told the New York Post that the main reason was “the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees.”

As a result, Milite’s 150 workers will soon see their actual wage drop to zero.

As Murray Rothbard shows, government-forced minimum wage laws make it illegal to pay a worker less than what bureaucrats like Ocasio-Cortez order by diktat.

And as George Reisman wrote, minimum wage forces low-skilled workers to have to compete with higher skilled workers. Following the imposition of the government-mandated higher wage, such as $15/per hour, the now

unemployed clerks, telemarketers, factory workers, and whoever, who otherwise would have earned between $8 and $15 per hour, will have no reason not to apply for work in fast food, which will now pay as much as any other occupation that is open to them. And since those workers are more capable, it is overwhelmingly likely that to the extent that they do seek employment as fast-food workers, they will be preferred over the low-skilled workers who presently work in fast-food establishments. Thus, the rise in the wage of the fast-food workers will serve as an invitation to the competition of large numbers of workers who do not presently think of working as fast-food workers and who, being better qualified, will almost certainly take away their jobs.

Listen to economists Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell discuss minimum wage laws.

There are all sorts of unintended consequences of the commands and plans forced on the rest of society by bureaucrats. But it isn’t just with minimum wage laws.

Michael Rozeff recently commented on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s big plans for society, including her supposedly wanting to retrofit every building in America for “state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety.”

It is amazing how ignorant of economics and history these bureaucratic intruders really are. As Rozeff noted, “The experiences of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Venezuela will prove instructive, as they instituted their widespread plans.”

Do Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow comrades know what is going on in Venezuela right now? It’s in the news right now, for crying out loud. Now, if they have never heard of “Soviet Union,” I’ll forgive them for that, given the quality of today’s education, most of which is run or controlled by government.

One major problem in Venezuela is that the ruling bureaucrats, led by President Nicolás Maduro, seized the means of production of food, the producers and distributors. And when government expropriates the means of production, or imposes wage and price controls, this causes shortages (or overstocks), empty store shelves, long lines, mass starvation, violence, and chaos. “Planned chaos,” as Ludwig von Mises would call it, as referenced just today by Jacob Hornberger.

These empty store shelves or very limited choices and a much lower standard of living are what most characterized the Soviet Union. In great contrast, in mostly capitalist America, we have stores and shelves filled with food, many choices and varieties, and at low prices that most people can afford. That is because of the freedom that the producers and distributors have to control their own resources and economic activities.

Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren and many others now are either ignorant of economics and history or they are just intentionally manipulating emotions with their rhetoric to get people to vote for these bureaucrats and to support the policies that empower the bureaucrats and enrich them as well. Or if they really are that ignorant, they need to learn about freedom, and how it was freedom including economic freedom that led to the biggest rise in the standard of living of most people in society.

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