Foolishness in Travis County, Texas


Rosemary Lehmberg, the District Attorney of Travis County, Texas, was busted for DWI. As a result, she did jail time and temporarily lost her license to practice law. She refused to resign her office, and now, a special prosecutor has indicted Governor Rick Perry for exercising his veto power over a part of the state’s funding for the DA’s office.

This case is so bizarre that even John Chiat and Think Progress are embarrassed by it, but much of the leadership of the Texas Democrat Party is gone all in, hoping to make a dent in the Republican Party’s control of state’s government.

Patterico has the best legal analysis I’ve read so far of the patently bogus indictment. Read the whole thing.

Two Years Ago Today


How’s Obamacare workin’ out for you?

Homeopathic Economics

Originally posted on 30 July, 2012

Homeopathy is a form of quackery that bases medical treatment on the idea that stuff which makes well people sick will make sick people well. Obamacare is, among its many faults, a form of homeopathic economics.

Consider the effect of the Medical Device Excise Tax on unemployment. It’s a basic principle of economics that if you tax something, you’ll get less of it. That’s one of the justifications for the taxes on tobacco products. So if we tax medical devices, we should expect that the demand for them will go down (to the extent that it is elastic) or that manufacturing will contract because of the increase cost (to the extent that demand is inelastic) creating shortages. Either way, the costs to consumers go up and the need for employees at device manufacturers goes down.

Only an economic homeopath would think that doing something that kills jobs in a good economy will expand employment in a weak economy.

Oh, and the tax has the effect of raising the cost to consumers for medical devices. Again, only an economic homeopath would believe that increasing the cost of goods saves money.

Is it November yet?

Another Brick in the Wall


Celina Durgan reports at NRO that the Secular Coalition of America is asking folks to knit bricks to show their outrage over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. The knitwits at the SCA want to send hundreds yarn bricks to the Court to express concern for the “wall of separation” between church and state being breached.

Uh, huh.

If the knitwits had ever read Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists (the source of the phrase), they would know that he intended it to mean that the government should keep its nose out of the business of religion and not the other way around. I doubt that Jefferson would approve of a law or regulation that mandates that one must violate his conscience.

 

When the Hunters Become the Hunted


M. D. Kittle reports that the Wisconsin prosecutors who have been running the politically inspired John Doe investigations against various conservative organizations are not having a good time.

Some say the prosecutors, not used to being on the defensive, are sounding a little nervous these days, maybe even hostile. Their filings in federal court of late come across as condescending, and testy.

Read the whole thing.