GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system | Notes From The Bunker

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service regularly photographs the front and back of every piece of U.S. mail, or about 150 billion parcels, envelopes, and postcards every year. A longstanding practice known as the “mail cover” program enables law enforcement to obtain address information and images of the outsides of mail as part of an investigation without the need for a warrant through the Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service’s policing arm.

Source: Article – Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system | Notes From The Bunker

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I know that they photo the mail.  I didn’t know that they can “search” without a warrant.

Maybe it’s time for the Post Office to go out of business.

I really don’t care if it takes a Constitution Amendment.  It’s intrusive.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Is Education a Constitutional Right? | | Tenth Amendment Center

Saturday, October 27, 2018

An article in the September issue of The New Yorker makes the case that education is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. It’s not. Public schools in Detroit are failing to educate students. Just like they are failing to do so in many large cities throughout the country. A case in the federal court system, Gary B. v. Snyder, filed by Public Counsel and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of a class of Detroit students, argues that students in Detroit public schools who failed to learn how to read were denied their due process and equal protection rights under the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. The case was dismissed by a federal district court in Michigan in June, but has been appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The plaintiffs, as well as the writer of the piece in The New Yorker (Jill Lepore) cite the Supreme Court case of Plyler v. Doe (1982). In his book The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American

Source: Is Education a Constitutional Right? | | Tenth Amendment Center

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What we have here is a failure to communicate!

Rights can only be “negative”; “positive” ones require someone to pay for them.

A “right” to healthcare implies that the doctor must treat you or that someone has to pay for your care.  Either way someone is being made a slave!

So to, a “right” to “education”, enslaves someone to deliver or pay for that “education”. Again someone is enslaved.

It’s interesting that in poor third world countries, parents get their children educated.  Often without their Gooferment’s help and in some case despite their Gooferment’s hostility.

Here in the good old USA, the Gooferment “promises” to educate the children but fails miserably.  Yet, the enslaved Taxpayers are continually robbed to spend more and more money on a broken system.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: USPS should think outside of the POB

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

You have mail and packages arriving soon.

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It would be nice if I could delete the junk mail from the web.  After all, they can tell me it’s coming. Why not let me delete it.  Save everyone some trouble?

Guess that’s too “out of the post office box” thinking for the Gooferment!


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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!


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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.


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

Monday, July 2, 2018


$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)!


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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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