Wednesday, March 9, 2011

LQ&C 3/9/11

-In a piece about the Wisconsin budget mess at Reason, Shikha Dalmia makes a broader point about government maternalism like big pensions and Social Security:
But Wisconsin demonstrates that people who put their economic fate in the government’s hands don’t get safety; they get screwed. They simply trade the cruel vagaries of the market for the cruel vagaries of politics whose risks they have even less control over. Why? Because the government does not play by the same rules that apply to mere mortals in the private sector.
-Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted a line from his State of the State address on Tuesday:
“The first step to better times is acknowledging that Government cannot afford what some have come to expect.”
Reducing government will take more than tackling "waste" and shielding popular programs. It will take honest assessments from elected officials and an adult citizenry.

-Eugene Volokh weighs in on a bill in the Florida Senate that would make photographing a farm a felony (sponsored by the Senator who represents yours truly). Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune mulls the political use of sting videos.

-Michael Smerconish says that legalizing prostitution squares with Conservatism:
Instead of ostracizing Nevada, more states should follow its lead and stop legislating morality. The government has no business determining consensual sex among adults; it does, however, have economic and public-safety interests in taxing and regulating such conduct.
I mostly agree, although I don't like the whole "If it's legal we can tax it!" meme that also is rampant in the marijuana debate. Consumers of vice are no more responsible for funding our government than the rest of us.


  1. I agree, but California seems to be the first state to test that theory by decriminalizing marijuana which may ultimately lead to it's rebirth as a legal substance. Even if we didn't tax it, can you imagine the weight that would be lifted off our correctional system? which would then lead to less money needed from our tax payers? If it's a success, others will follow

  2. Yeah I think decriminalizing marijuana would do wonders for the effectiveness and cost for the justice system. I just don't think there should be an EXTRA tax on producers or consumers of marijuana other than what other businesses and consumers pay.


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