GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Government Crowd Out in Transportation | Cato @ Liberty

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 (later redesignated the Federal Transit Act) provided loans and grants for transit capital acquisition, construction, and planning activities.… Notably, only public entities could apply for the federal grants. Given the availability of federal aid, many cities, states, and counties purchased or otherwise took over their local rail and bus systems. Thus by the 1970s, a largely new model of transit provision—public ownership—had become increasingly prevalent in the United States. Many jurisdictions consolidated the operations of smaller private and public systems under the auspices of regional transit authorities. A few states, such as Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey, formed statewide transit agencies.

Source: Government Crowd Out in Transportation | Cato @ Liberty

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I remember that in 1964!  Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats promised better service at lower cost, and despite all my ravings to my family  — who were ALL FDR worshipping D’s  —  they believed the propaganda.

Reflecting on all the “Gooferment roads”, I’d like to ask them “how’d that work out”?

My grandfather, when driving over the GWB, would reamark: “When will this be paid off?” and some smart alec in the back would chime in “NEVER!”.  Many decades later, the answer is still the same.

You see, my fellow taxpayers, the Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats never want to have anything “paid off” EVER!

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why An LA Musician Was Kept From Building Tiny Homes For The Homeless

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Homelessness in Los Angeles County has been on the rise for a decade. Despite the slight decrease in 2018, the city estimates that since 2010, the number of homeless people in the region increased 52 percent.

Source: Why An LA Musician Was Kept From Building Tiny Homes For The Homeless

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The Gooferment can’t solve ANY problem.

In this PARTICULAR case, the Gooferment CREATES the problem with zoning, taxes, regulation, and other diktats.

Just ignore the fact that the mental institutions were closed to ‘mainstream” the mentally ill with “local neighborhood support” that was never provided because it was too expensive and NIMBY!

Then when property and rent skyrocket, the Gooferment blames the “free market”.

When individuals step up to solve problems, the Gooferment steps in to prevent it.

After all what would the politicians and bureaucrats do without the “homeless problem” to solve.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: As if “includes both overpayments and underpayments” makes it less bad?

Monday, July 2, 2018

2018-Jul-02

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/01/4-billion-in-snap-money-went-to-improper-food-stamp-payments/

$4 Billion in SNAP Money Went to Improper Food Stamp Payments
Katherine Rodriguez — 1 Jul 2018

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent a total of $4 billion on improper food stamp payments to those receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the USDA confirmed with Breitbart News on Friday.

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced this week that improper payments made up 6.3 percent of SNAP money in the fiscal year (FY) 2017—the latest data available from the agency.

Breitbart News analyzed the USDA’s data on food stamp spending and found that $4,007,026,532 of the $63,603,595,754 the agency spent on SNAP in FY 2017 went to improper payments.

The USDA told Breitbart News that “it is important to note that improper payments include both overpayments and underpayments,” meaning that households on SNAP that received less than what they were supposed to receive for the month are also included in the percentage rate.

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Sorry, but that much “error” is inexcusable!

But why should the politicians and bureaucrats care it’s OPM (i.e., Other People’s Money)!

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Eric Peter’s Reader Rant! “We” Need and “I Believe”…

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Here’s the latest reader rant, with my comments below: Dave writes: I went for years as a healthy individual until a staph infection last April. Almost died. I am 75. You never know when it is your turn to be sick . So I am on the state insurance called Medicare.

Source: Reader Rant! “We” Need and “I Believe”…

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I agree that you never know when it is your turn to be sick. But that is not the issue. The issue – the moral issue – is whether your sickness and associated expenses impose an obligation upon me enforceable at gunpoint. And mine on you. My position is that they do not. That your life is yours and mine is mine and we each ought to be free to live our lives as we think best; to plan for life’s exigencies and regardless of them, accept that our problems, whether the result of irresponsibility or not, don’t give us the moral right to pick up guns and point them at other people.

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As a little L libertarian, I agree that essentially EVERYONE is responsible for their own care.  However, under the guise of “insurance”, the Gooferment has made many promises, suggestions, “spins”, and innuendos about “coverage”.  So it’s no wonder that one of the “clovers” (Peter’s name for “We, The Sheeple”) is confused.  Given the “education” that passes for what happens in Gooferment Skrules, it’s no wonder that the disaster is ongoing.

I empathize with those of us in the same boat.  The Gooferment has stolen our savings by “taxation” and “inflation” in exchange for (non-existent) “protection” and (bankrupt and misrepresented) “insurance”.

What’s a crime victim to do?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“Very few people know what the DFS is doing and can enter the building,” according to an active-duty official with knowledge of the directorate’s operations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The official agreed to share details about the directorate after The Intercept and NHK last year revealed that the spy agency had obtained a mass surveillance system called XKEYSCORE, which is used to sift through copies of people’s emails, online chats, internet browsing histories, and information about social media activity. The official said that they believed the directorate’s use of XKEYSCORE was “not permissible” under the Japanese Constitution, which protects people’s right to privacy.

Source: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

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Here’s an example of why no Gooferment’s Deep State can be trusted or contained by mere “constitution”.  Lysander Spooner had it right.

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Records dump may conceal “interesting facts”

Friday, May 18, 2018

https://apnews.com/f467daaa52864d3ba2eaca4c7708e2e5/The-Latest:-Hotel-guest-reported-hearing-Vegas-shots-nearby

The Latest: Hotel guest reported hearing Vegas shots nearby

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the release by Las Vegas police of witness statements and officer reports in the investigation of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local):

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Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos told police he was afraid he was going to be killed when he was shot by gunman Stephen Paddock while investigating a stairwell door that was being kept shut by a metal bracket.

Records released by Las Vegas police Wednesday show Campos was interviewed Oct. 4 on the 32nd floor of the casino-resort. That’s the same floor from which the gunman carried out the attack.

Campos says he initially received a call from dispatch around 10 p.m. and was told to check “doors” as the property has a system that signals when a door has been opened for long periods.

He says he reached the 32nd floor through an elevator after noticing the stairwell door that leads to the hallway was locked or secured. He says he then walked down the hall and discovered a metal bracket keeping the door shut. He contacted security and maintenance.

Campos says he then heard what sounded like a “very loud drill,” was shot in the left calf while walking away, heard what he described as automatic fire and contacted security dispatch.

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Well, here’s an under-response by hotel “security”?

Wouldn’t this set off alarms to any reasonable person?

What else is concealed in this data dump?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Big Brother raises the cost of buying a house

Thursday, May 10, 2018

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/05/05/california-expected-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-homes.html

California expected to mandate solar panels for new homes
By Amy Lieu | Fox News

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The California Energy Commission will vote on the new solar energy standard Wednesday, Southern California News Group reported.

“California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards,” Bob Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association, told the newspaper. “No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap.”

The proposed solar standards would add about $25,000 to $30,000 to the cost of home construction, said C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes’ vice president of environmental affairs, according to the report.

But the cost should result in a savings of $50,000 to $60,000 over 25 years, he said.

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So it sounds like, from the individual buyers pov, it’s a wash.  What’s the time value of money?  And, how much do they “save” by buying versus renting?

The Gooferment puts the house out of reach price wise.  

You can think about it like you have to buy the house with the extra option.  Even if you don’t “need” it to get in the door or can afford it.

The ego of the politicians and bureaucrats is amazing and will keep people “poor” and renting.

Argh!

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