The Weekly Sedition

Monday, 13 April 2020

[ABQ Journal] Re: “Hitting the Brakes” (“Speak Up!” submission)

Filed under: Economics, Media, Politics, Science — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:02 PM

“NM’s oil and gas industry is on the edge of a shutdown”

Well, the lefty-fascist economics deniers HAVE stated their desire to make NM “carbon-free” :

https://tinyurl.com/dpnm-luddites-2020

Meanwhile, NM Democrats see the petrochemical industry as an endless cornucopia when they want cash for their “free everything for everyone” plans.

In response to “Hitting the brakes”, by Kevin Robinson-Avila, Journal Staff Writer (Wednesday, 8 April 2020)

Submitted on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 [Facebook post by Albuquerque Journal]


As printed (Albuquerque Journal, Monday, 13 April 2020, p. A9 “Speak Up!”)

“NM’S OIL and gas industry is on the
edge of a shutdown” Well, the … eco-
nomics deniers have stated their desire
to make NM “carbon-free” … Meanwhile,
NM Democrats see the petrochemical
industry as an endless cornucopia when
they want cash for their “free everything
for everyone” plans. MB


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Monday, 9 March 2020

The March of History: Mises vs. Marx — The Definitive Capitalism vs. Socialism Rap Battle

Filed under: Economics, Entertainment, History, Media, Music, Politics, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:00 AM

John Papola (producer of the Keynes vs. Hayek series) hits it out of the park again —

See more (including the lyrics) at misesmarx.com.


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Friday, 25 October 2019

Jimmy Carter – The World Will Run Out of Oil in 2011

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Science — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:33 PM

H/T Tom Souther

Well, it’s eight years later, and not only hasn’t the world run out of oil, but the United States has gone from a net oil importer to an exporter, thanks to technology and the capitalist spirit.


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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

“Working for Workers” is Really Working AGAINST Workers

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:32 AM

From: Representative Debra Haaland <NM01DH@mail.house.gov>
Date: Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Working for Workers

News from Representative Haaland

August 29, 2019

Dear Mr. Blessing,

Happy Labor Day! Every year we celebrate the contribution of unions and the labor movement to our country. Unions built the American middle class. We owe the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, and child labor laws all to the work of organized labor and unions. They are a force against income inequality and we need them now more than ever.

As a member of the Labor and Working Families Caucus and a former member of the Teamsters Union, I am fighting for you every day. I am proud to be a cosponsor of The Protecting the Right to Organize Act to expand protections for workers who exercise their right to unionize. I also voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade.

Sincerely,
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Member of Congress

Of course, here’s my answer to her “survey” —


Monday, 6 June 2016

Winner of the Internet for Sunday, 5 June 2016

Filed under: Comedy, Economics, Humor, Politics, Principles — mikewb1971 @ 5:00 AM

Or at least the libertarian part of it.

That would be Christopher Schmidt, by the way —


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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Richard Berry, Keynesian (Letter to the Editor)

Filed under: Economics, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:45 AM

From: Mike Blessing
To: Editorial Page Editor, Albuquerque Journal
Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Subject: Richard Berry, Keynesian

Today’s Journal had as its headline a bit of free advertising — dare I call it a “puff piece” ? — about Richard Berry’s 50-mile bike loop.

Back in 2011, when Berry first proposed this elephante blanco project, he said that it “would create jobs.”

And it will for some — in the same way that Barack Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (the 2009 “stimulus package”) created jobs.

First, there’s the construction jobs for workers hired to build the project. But — those aren’t permanent jobs. When the project is completed, those jobs go away.

Then there’s the positions in Parks & Recreation and Public Works that will be added to maintain it. Those positions (and the funding for them) will be subject to the whims of future City Councils and Mayors.

The basic idea here is that public spending will create economic activity in the private sector, because those hired to build and maintain this project will spend their paychecks in the market, thus the “stimulus.”

What Berry and Obama either don’t realize or care about is that monies taxed from the private sector could also be spent in the market by the people who earned them in the first place in the same manner. Is that not a “stimulus” as well?

No, Richard Berry wasn’t the first to propose this sort of nonsense. Nor was Barack Obama. That “honor” goes to John Maynard Keynes.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.7

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Monday, 9 March 2015

[LPNM] Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending? (Letter to the Editor)

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:42 PM

Subject: Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending?
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:33:50 -0700
From: Mike Blessing
To: Albuquerque Journal

Ms. Nathalie Martin recently wrote in a guest column titled “Remember who votes against cap on loan interest rates” that

“The bottom line is that everybody favors the cap, except the legislators who have lined their pockets with industry funds.”

I for one do not favor the proposed cap, as it pushes those who can’t qualify for loans from businesses that meet with Ms. Martin’s approval to the extra-legal market — the gangs, Mafia remnants and such.

I submit that losing a car title for nonpayment is much less stressful than having your fingers or leg broken. But maybe that’s just me?

Still, I don’t remember being directly polled on this issue in any way, shape or form, so I have to ask — what sort of polling did Ms. Martin undertake?

To which polling firm was this contracted out?

What was the sample size? What was the demographic breakdown of the respondents? What was the poll format — telephone, direct mail, via the web, or face-to-face?

Another loaded line from the article:

“One-thousand percent interest loans hurt New Mexicans, and we unquestionably need to destroy these high-cost lenders before they destroy us.”

One easy way to avoid being “destroyed” by high-interest lenders is to simply not do business with them. I’ve gotten offers through the mail from such outfits in the past, and never been close to being “destroyed” — I simply put the mailings into the shredder.


Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should — you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer — what’s the question?

“Government is the disease that masquerades as its own cure.”
— Robert LeFevre

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
— Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNM
      1. Libertarian Party of New Mexico – Blog / Facebook group / Facebook page
      2. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Journal article

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Monday, 10 February 2014

A “Brewery District” for Albuquerque?

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:37 PM

Recently, State Senator (and Majority Leader) Tim Keller sponsored a Senate “Memorial” (SM81) that a “brewery district” should be created in Albuquerque.

The Legislature’s page for SM81

Here’s the actual text of SM81.

Here’s the KOB puff piece on this – Lawmakers call for brewery district in Albuquerque

How is a “memorial” (basically a non-binding resolution) going to do anything besides give Keller & Co. some press coverage about how they’re “pro-business” ?

What are Keller & Co. going to do to reduce the regulatory burden upon new and existing businesses?

What exactly are Keller & Co. proposing to REPEAL in this session?


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.7

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The “Sequester,” The Budget and Other Goodies

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:41 AM

Taking note of an article in The Weekly StandardReporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips?

So I guess a cut of 85,000,000,000[1] out of a budget of 3,800,000,000,000[1] really isn’t such a bad thing after all, is it? Maybe, just maybe . . . they could, you know, cut a bit more?

Dare I hope for such “slash and burn” legislation?

Never mind that no such budget has actually been passed by both U.S. House and U.S. Senate and been signed by Dear Leader Obama, as the U.S. Constitution supposedly requires?

Isn’t someone who was allegedly a “Constitutional law professor” supposed to notice things like these?

How is it that I, with ZERO formal schooling beyond the high school level in the law, the legislative process or the political process can notice this, but 535 people who allegedly swore to uphold and defend the Constitution blow it off without a second thought?

In my opinion, it would be worth it to pay Obama (and Biden, and Boehner, and the other 534 idiots) 1,000,000 a year, tax free, to do nothing but play golf all year around.

Just make sure that they understand that the deal is OFF the second any of them picks up any sort of writing implement or touches any sort of keyboard.


NOTES

  1. These numbers are ballpark wild-assed guesstimates, of course. As the cliche goes, “close enough for government work.”
  2. I have a habit of using the null set symbol (“∅”) to represent Federal Reserve Notes as opposed to the “dollar sign” (“$”), because the dollar is supposed to be backed by gold or silver, where the Federal Reserve Note is redeemable upon government demand from yours and my life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness.
  3. Original article

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Friday, 1 March 2013

LPNM PR — City Oversteps Bounds in Attempting Minimum Wage Enforcement

CITY OVERSTEPS BOUNDS IN ATTEMPTING MINIMUM WAGE ENFORCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/1/13)
Contact: Mike Blessing, State Chair
Alternate: Elizabeth Hanes, Press Secretary

[ALBUQUERQUE] – The Libertarian Party of New Mexico (LPNM) strongly condemns the decision by Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and City Attorney David Tourek to pursue legal action against Route 66 Malt Shop regarding wages allegedly not paid to an employee under Albuquerque’s minimum wage law.

“It’s not the city’s job to enforce wage and hour law,” said LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing. “This responsibility falls to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. In fact, the DWS website provides clear guidelines on how to file a claim. Why isn’t the city attorney directing the complaining employee to these proper resources?”

In various statements made to the media, Tourek has claimed the city flip-flopped on the issue of representing former employee Kevin O’Leary in an action against Route 66 Malt Shop because “no one was coming forward to help him.” Tourek had previously stated the city should not intervene in the dispute and that O’Leary’s only recourse was to “hire a private attorney.”

“The assertion that O’Leary – or any employee – with a wage and hour claim needs to ‘hire a private attorney’ in order to resolve the issue is patently false,” Blessing said. “First of all, the DWS provides a wage claim procedure specifically available to ‘any employee who cannot afford an attorney, and has not been paid his/her earned wages.’[i] Not only does DWS spell out on its website the exact procedure to be followed to make a wage claim, it provides a specific form for Albuquerque employees[ii]. Furthermore, any claimant can represent him– or herself pro se in an action against the employer in Metropolitan Court.”

Tourek claims the city’s decision to represent O’Leary is “an exception.”

“We can only ask ourselves why O’Leary should receive assistance from the powerful resources of the City Attorney’s office when so many other Albuquerque employees are denied such assistance,” Blessing said. “The bottom line is the city has no business intervening in a wage dispute, period, let alone doing so selectively – presumably based on the high-profile nature of the case.”

The LPNM opposes any mandatory minimum wage law as being contrary to the principles of free market economics.

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ABOUT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO

Established in 1971, LPNM is the third-largest political party in the state. LPNM seeks to preserve personal liberty and freedom by opposing new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, and new or higher taxes. Guided by the Non-Aggression Principle, which opposes the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, Libertarians promote peace, personal freedom, and unfettered capitalism.

[i] http://www.dws.state.nm.us/Mobile/Business/Resources/WageClaimProcedures

[ii] http://www.dws.state.nm.us/Portals/0/DM/Business/Wage_Claim_Albuquerque.pdf


NOTES

  1. Original article

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