Darrell Cody

Statist Mayor in NY is getting crazy - NYC mayor wants hospitals to lock up baby formula to encourage breast-feeding.

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The popular idea that the left is against economic liberty but for civil liberty, while the right is for economic liberty but against civil liberty is a totally false one (as if the two liberties could really be divided in the first place). Other than the left's two pet issues of abortion and gay rights, the left is far more aggressive when it comes to monitoring and controlling how we live our lives, far beyond merely controlling how much we get taxed or how many regulations fall on businesses. Think of Tipper Gore successively forcing video game manufacturers to put the equivalent of PG/PG-13/R ratings on their games (which indirectly censors, as it intimidates video game developers to soften content to get a "better" rating), and not even mentioning her crusade against rock and rap music with the Parents Music Resource Center. Then you have the left trying to destroy cigarette smoking and smoker's rights (while bizarrely simultaneously trying to legalize marijuana in some focused regions), trying to destroy gun ownership, and trying to control what kinds of fuels we can put in our cars and what kinds of foods we can put in our bodies and what kinds of energy we can put in our electrical appliances. Probably the most important "civil" liberty, freedom to choose education for our kids, is aggressively controlled by the left and their teacher union goonsquads. People who think they are morally and legally and constitutionally justified in controlling how we run our businesses and our personal finances for the "greater good" of the country are not suddenly going to barricade themselves from widening the scope of their power and jurisdiction. "We're after power and we mean it" sums it up.

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Bloomberg has been out of control forever.

Usually, this sort of statist nonsense is packaged with total ineptitude, out of control spending, etc. What makes Bloomberg, and even Romney, dangerous is that they're self-made men that see this sort of state power as just another tool to do what makes sense -- and many Americans are perfectly fine with state power being used this way.

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Probably the most important "civil" liberty, freedom to choose education for our kids, is aggressively controlled by the left and their teacher union goonsquads.

That is truly horrible, but the worst Leftist attacks on civil liberties have to be campaign finance "reforms," threats of government control of talk radio and the internet, and other assaults on free speech.

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That is truly horrible, but the worst Leftist attacks on civil liberties have to be campaign finance "reforms," threats of government control of talk radio and the internet, and other assaults on free speech.

That's a good (bad) one that I missed. I sometimes wonder how far we are from censorship of Fox news.

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Bloomberg has been out of control forever.

Usually, this sort of statist nonsense is packaged with total ineptitude, out of control spending, etc. What makes Bloomberg, and even Romney, dangerous is that they're self-made men that see this sort of state power as just another tool to do what makes sense -- and many Americans are perfectly fine with state power being used this way.

Well put.

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As in the case of banning abortions, once again the state wants to prescribe to women what to do with their own bodies, their time and their life. In this Kafkian situation the Nanny state became a wet nurse.

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