How do you drive up the price of homes beyond reasonable reach? Try land use restrictions. I am not hopeful that ABQ city councilors will pay attention to this anytime soon.
This morning the NY Times has suddenly abandoned its usual advocacy of a living constitution. Instead it wants politicians in the legislative and executive branches to be constrained by what the Constitution actually says regarding separation of powers:
The constitutional claims made by the Congressional leadership on the Jefferson case seem overblown. House and Senate members are protected from arrest while going about their official business to shield them from intimidation and meddling by the executive branch in the affairs of state, not to deter law enforcement officials from doing their lawful duty to investigate possible felonies.
But members of Congress who have been politically comatose or complicit as the Bush administration built itself an imperial presidency, immune from the historical powers of the legislative branch, are up in arms. The House Judiciary Committee, which has been in the forefront of the long-running cave-in, has scheduled a hearing that the chairman has titled “Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?”
Too bad the Times is so selective in wanting to follow the rules laid out in the Constitution. They should pay attention to the scholarship of James M. Buchanan:
In 1987, the United States celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of the constitutional convention that provided the basic rules for the American political order. This convention was one of the very few historical examples in which political rules were deliberately chosen. The vision of politics that informed the thinking of James Madison was not dissimilar, in its essentials, from that which informed Knut Wicksell’s less comprehensive, but more focussed, analysis of taxation and spending. Both rejected any organic conception of the state as superior in wisdom, to the individuals who are its members. Both sought to bring all available scientific analysis to bear in helping to resolve the continuing question of social order: How can we live together in peace, prosperity, and harmony, while retaining our liberties as autonomous individuals who can, and must, create our own values?
Our polictically incorrect friends at the Independence Institute in Colorado are having their annual Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms party on Saturday June 24. Here is the scoop according to their president Jon Caldara:
You should join us. The day includes sporting clays at the posh Kiowa Creek Shooting Club. If you’ve never shot clay pigeons, this is an opportunity to learn. And if you do shoot sporting clays, this is a way to test your skills. More importantly, we follow it up with a terrific lunch, lots of libations, and cigars and cigarettes for those who choose. New for this year, we will be giving out very special politically incorrect awards for qualifying shooters. The competition is sure to be fierce.
A few weeks ago, the Rio Grande Foundation questioned some signs posted at stations that are now being constructed for the new commuter rail system known as RailRunner. The signs stated in part that the project was “Funded by Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Legislature.” After calling the Governor’s office, talking to a few legislators, and raising the issue with the Mid-Region Council of Governments (the entity managing the project), I am pleased to announce that the signs have been changed and taxpayers are now being duly credited.
While we at the Rio Grande Foundation and at this blog frequently criticize governments at all levels, it is nice to see the Mid-Region Council of Governments clarify this issue by crediting the hard-working New Mexicans who provide the resources used by our elected officials for RailRunner and hundreds of other government activities.
Now it seems to be: “Vote for me and I’ll give you other people’s money.”
Count me among those Americans “struggling to return liberal ideas to our public discourse.”
1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God’s chosen people.
2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the
4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.
HT: Wayne Unze
According to USA Today taxpayers nationwide “will soon get a surprise bill that could exceed $1 trillion for the cost of paying future medical benefits for state and local workers who retire.” I wonder what NM’s bill will be??? This will be fun to watch taxpayer reaction.
HT: Asymmetrical Information