Matthew Lillefielt has a piece over at The Examiner about some of the lobbying done by law enforcement officials during the current session of the Maryland Legislature. He notes that those lobbying against loosening the state’s marijuana laws seem to be from the counties that voted for Mitt Romney, while those favoring liberalization are from … well … liberal counties that voted for Barack Obama.
Of course, correlation doesn’t prove causation, but does Lillefielt mean to say that the parts of our state where people are more likely to be clean and sober are the places that vote Republican?
NOTE—I live in one of those few red counties, but I support decriminalizing marijuana in order to make it less of a moneymaker for criminals. While I think dope should be a legal substance, I view it as a potentially destructive one similar to alcohol. I would like to know how marijuana DUI would be handled before I would be ready to change the law though.
Stacy McCain has a post up about the negative economic growth reported for the last quarter of 2012. He wonders how the Main Stream Media will spin their reporting. I’ll bet they will claim that they were drinking heavily while celebrating the election results and blame Busch.
Mr. McCain’s post is entitled Obamanomics Fails–Unexpectedly! in a riff on the Main Stream Media’s continuing disbelief that The Lightworker is unable to defy the Laws of Economics.
Folks, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Expect the “unexpected.”
UPDATE–For the past year, I’ve expected the economy to begin contracting if Barack Obama were reelected. Business that were putting off investing in expansion in hope of a Romney victory are now being joined by joined by other firms facing the costs of Obamacare and four more years of over-the-top regulation and irresponsible fiscal policy. More people are going Galt.
The next four years are going to be
… and their math doesn’t add up, meaning that they can’t keep delivering on their big government promises. (H/T, Instapundit)
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Wow. Unemployment is up.
Whoda thunk it? I mean it’s not like employers are concerned about steep increases in the cost of employee benefits such as health care or businesses are worried about economic instability leading to a recession.
Yes, only two. I know that, since I have been certified as a Right Wing Nut Job Gun Nut by the eminent expert Breitbart Unmasked, the Gentle Reader would expect a resounding three cheers from me when gun sales are up. Alas, it is not so.
One cheer comes from the boost to the economy from these sales.
The second comes from more folks choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The third cheer is held back because of the reason many first time gun buyers are wanting a gun. Some no longer trust the government to protect them from crime. Others simply no longer trust the government. Still others fear a coming disruption in society. None of these reasons strike me as cheerful.
The moonbats on Twitter are ranting about the evil revenge business owners are taking on their employees because Barack Obama has been reelected. (H/T, Twitchy) Sure, layoffs are probably coming as the economy worsens. Even if Washington decides not to drive off the economic cliff, the politicians will most likely veer off into a deep ditch. Obamacare and other restrictive regulations are no longer a possibility to be hedged against. They’re a sure thing, and many companies are now faced with the choice of contracting to handle the expected economic downturn or simply giving up and cashing in while their assets still have value.
Let me give you an example of the kinds of consumer choices that will drive the economic contraction. I don’t get a chance to go hunting every year, but this year both Mrs. Hoge and I will be in the field harvesting deer for our freezer. Since we already have rifles, the incremental cost to us will be around $100 for hunting licenses and a couple of boxes of ammunition. Compare that with what we would spend on an equivalent amount of meat at Safeway, and you can see how our family’s economizing will help shrink the overall economy. Hornady (maker of the ammo we use) and Safeway will have to make their staffing decisions based on how they believe my family and millions of others will be making our spending decisions.
One wonders if any of these moonbats took Econ 101. Or if they all took it from Paul Krugman.
UPDATE–While I use a Tikka T3 Lite in .270 Winchester or a Marlin Model 1895 in .45/70 for deer, Stacy McCain seems to favor a Hyunai Sonata.
As I’ve noted before, TDPK (who isn’t registered to vote), claims to have been busy for the last month or so working on election integrity issues. He’s offering the following reward to anyone who can prove that vote hacking changed the results of any federal election.
<mockery>Methinks that it’s time for someone to throughly investigate each of the close races that resulted in the defeat of a Republican candidate, Allan West, for example.</mockery>
According to information on the last available IRS Form 990 (2010), Velvet Revolution US had to borrow $4500 from TDPK to pay its bills. Unless there has been a staggering improvement in its fortunes, either the megabuck reward is bogus or someone is willing to pony up the cash.
Just when I think I’m going to have to work at finding something new to tease Team Kimberlin about, they throw me another softball. Talk about a target rich environment.
UPDATE—Given the possible good news for Allan West (he may be leading in the recount), perhaps Mia Love’s race could use some scrutiny.