The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on March 12th that the total cost of employing a state or local government worker is 45% more than an equivalent worker in the private sector.
For the month of December 2013, employers in private industry spent an average of $29.63 per employee hour worked, but the equivalent cost for a government worker averaged $42.89 per hour. Not only do government employees average 33% higher pay than those in the private sector, their pension and retirement benefit costs are now an incredible 254% higher also.
Picking which companies get incentives and which ones don’t amounts to fascism. http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2014/02/10/republicans-threaten-end-vw-incentives-workers-vote-union-chattanooga/
Businesses should be treated equally under the law. But in today’s society, get konnected with Big G and you can make a pile of money.
1% cut? Oh my gosh… the sky will now fall.
Meanwhile, the corporate hacks in Congress made sure to keep us poisoned and pacified with plenty of fluoride.
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It’s not likely that these dunderheads have ever bothered to stop and ask why meth is rampant. But hey if multiple laws have failed, why not pass another? Why not just outlaw it altogether? If it works as well as prohibition, it should be a smashing success and readily available to all at a higher price leading to more crime.
Natural Ephedra was made illegal. Now the synthetic version could become prescription only. The trouble with the big government nanny state is that the good people are punished because of the idiots. Worse, the good people get to pay for the government to make a bad situation worse. Drug use is terrible. Government solutions to drug use are even worse.
Take the time to ask why people turn to drugs, and why they turn to particular drugs.
“In contrast with marijuana use, rates of other illicit drug use among ER [emergency room] patients were substantially higher in states that did not decriminalize marijuana use. The lack of decriminalization might have encouraged greater use of drugs that are even more dangerous than marijuana.”
- K. Model. 1993. The effect of marijuana decriminalization on hospital emergency room episodes: 1975-1978. Journal of the American Statistical Association 88: 737-747, as cited by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine in Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. 
You can’t criminalize everything preemptively. Government is always going to be behind the 8 ball on drug use. Shortly after banning one substance, drug pushers will create something else, perhaps even more dangerous, for those seeking drugs.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could snap our finger and the drug problem would go away? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pass a law and the drug problem would go away? It’s not that simple. Very few matters can be governed successfully. History clearly demonstrate drugs are a matter that can’t. Government can change the direction of sheep by scaring them in a different direction, but some will still stray on a new path, just as dangerous if not more so.
Update: It has been suggested that NORML isn’t the best source to quote. My goal wasn’t to quote NORML, but rather to reference studies that stimulate the thought that perhaps government involvement has unintended consequence that can be harmful. If someone can provide me with the actual study, I will update this post to link to it directly. The article link appears to work one time and not the next.
Don’t let a link be a distraction excuse. Do you own research and think critically on the matter. Government prohibition of alcohol failed and the drug war is failing.
There is a wealth of reading material available. Here are a few links to what was referenced above.
Another lie the government keeps spewing.
Does anyone remember Clinton making this statement? So what happened? Rick Santorum ought to be embarrassed about claiming that he reformed welfare, when the era of big food stamps is here. If that’s welfare reform, I’d hate to see what Rick Santorum and his supporting Republicans call welfare expansion. The individual mandate was proposed by the Heritage Foundation, originally in response to Hillarycare, and backed by Newt Romney. Thanks Republicans!
As I have said several times before, Republicans continue being the party that tinkers around the edges of the progressives. Limited government conservatism died a lot time ago. Republicans need to stop laboring under the delusion that Ronald Reagan was a good President who lead under small government, that Newt Gingrich and the Republicans balanced the budget, the Rick Santorum reformed welfare, that Republican State lawmakers shrunk spending and that the all Republican Commission stood for sound fiscal policies.
What we need is very very very limited government, or perhaps even no compelled government, not just “less” government. Less in a few areas while expanding others won’t cut it. Republicans need to quit being the Party that wants to ”reform” what the progressives did with some Republican support. Democrats need to quit pretending they don’t support American fascist imperialism. Americans should be fed up with the big government two party uni-system plaguing our society.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” declared philosopher George Santayana. The U.S. “health care cost crisis” didn’t start until 1965. The government increased demand with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid while restricting the supply of doctors and hospitals. Health care prices responded at twice the rate of inflation (Figure 1). Now, the U.S. is repeating the same mistakes with the unveiling of Obamacare (a.k.a. “Medicare and Medicaid for the middle class”).
Isn’t it amazing that The Daily Times has an editorial puff piece on Senator Lamar Alexander on the day that a staffer child pornography scandal breaks? Some editing at the Times would be nice. There are duplicate paragraphs in the updated version of the pornography story.