Showing posts with label coercion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coercion. Show all posts

Public School Students Are The New Police State Inmates

by John W. Whitehead.   In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.). When you’re a child in the American police state, life is that much worse. Microcosms of  ... MORE

How Obamacare Lets Companies Punish Fat Employees

by Abby Ellin. Obesity police to issue fat fines. A few months ago, Tracy Raymond, a first-grade teacher in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, discovered that she was too fat for her school. A 50-year-old mother of two, Ms. Raymond has always carried around extra padding, but it never bothered her. “I know I’m heavier than I should be for my height, but I’m not   ... MORE

Detective Not Immune From Warrantless Entry Lawsuit

by Michael Booth.     Cops must abide the law as well as enforce it. A New Jersey appeals court ruled that damages may be awarded to a Vineland woman whose home was essentially occupied by the police while they waited for hours to obtain a search warrant. In a published ruling issued Sept. 11, the three-judge Appellate Division panel said    ... MORE

House Republicans Get Big Win In Their Obamacare Lawsuit

Court acknowledges the people's house has standing. There’s still another lawsuit against Obamacare working its way through the courts—and it just won a surprise victory. A federal judge ruled yesterday that a lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives against the Obama administration over its implementation of the health law can   ... MORE

Obama Promotes Socialist Agenda As Middle Class Values

by Susan Jones.      President Obama was in the middle of a Labor Day speech on middle-class values Monday, when he veered off-script for a moment: "Now, we're entering into political season," Obama said. "I'm so glad I'm not on the ballot," he ad-libbed, as his audience laughed. "But it's political season," he said, returning to the script. "It starts      ... MORE

Denver Post Editorial: Jury Nullification Is Not A Crime

City violates First Amendment rights.     More force, threats and intimidation from government. It is astonishing that Denver police would arrest someone for handing out political literature outside a courthouse. It's even more astonishing that prosecutors would charge that person with seven felony counts of jury tampering. Yet that is what happened ... MORE

Chris Edwards: Why The Federal Government Fails

The 5 structural reasons.        Most Americans think that the federal government is incompetent and wasteful. Their negative view is not surprising given the steady stream of scandals emanating from Washington. Scholarly studies support the idea that many federal activities are misguided and harmful. A recent book on federal performance    ... MORE

Chris Edwards: Coercion Is Bad Economics

Free markets spur better ways of doing things.       A common feature of Obama administration economic policies is the use of government coercion.   The Obamacare health law mandated that individuals buy insurance. The administration's tax increases grabbed more earnings from millions of people. And federal agencies are       ... MORE

Progress Through State Violence Or Smaller Government?

by John Stossel.     Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition!  The idea that government will bring social progress isn't new. Europe's monarchs believed in big government long before there was a Soviet Union or a welfare state.  Eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire praised "enlightened" monarchs like Prussia's Frederick the   ... MORE

Public Servants At Work: 2 Parents Weren't Sure How Their Little Girl Fractured Her Leg, So CPS Took Their Children

by Lenore Skenazy.   Yet another heart-wrenching state-sanctioned kidnapping. Here’s another horrifying case from the Family Defense Center in Chicago. A baby’s fractured leg convinced the Department of Child and Family Services that she had been abused, despite the fact that fractures like hers are common in kids, and there was absolutely no other  ... MORE

MD Criticisms Of ObamaCare Silenced By ACA Bureaucrats

by Drs. Gerard J Gianoli and Joel L. Strom.    Don't expect your doctor to stand up and protest about how the Affordable Care Act is responsible for so many of the health care problems that patients face today. As a physician and a dentist in private practice, we have spent the past five years making the case that the ACA is harming our    ... MORE

Conor Friedersdorf: The Injustice Of Civil Asset Forfeiture

The government's highwaymen.   Joseph Rivers left his hometown of Romulus, Michigan, boarded a train, and headed for Los Angeles, California, where he hoped to become a music-video producer. The 22-year-old says he’d been saving money for years to make the trip and that his mother had scraped together some additional cash to help   ... MORE

David French: Wisconsin Deploys Police To Intimidate Political Opponents With Terrorizing Late Night Raids

from National Review.     Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house —    ... MORE

George Will: When Everything Is A Crime

Congress has work to undo.   What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking on the criminal justice system, and liberty generally. In 2007, professor Tim Wu of Columbia Law   ... MORE

TSA'S Secret Behavior Checklist To Spot Terrorists

by Jana Winter and Cora Currier.        Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points. These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA   ... MORE