“Murder by Matchlight” character offers wisdom about big government

Octogenarian landlady in 1944 British novel talking to its detective hero about villainous murder victim.

“Black market, then?” inquired Macdonald.
“I didn’t say so — and I don’t know,” she replied. “But when governments go making all these rules and  regulations, why then the Johnnie Ward’s of this world say, ‘Where do I come in? — same’s they did with prohibition in America. Always happens.”

Yes. Gummint opens up a whole new world of possibilities, does it not? Always happens.

Wages of socialism

You sigh, the song begins, you speak and I hear violins
It’s magic.
— Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

Like the alleged living wage, which if mandated by government magically adds to prosperity, as we hear from our socialist friends and neighbors, who have unswerving belief in the power of government to save the world.

He can who thinks he can. The little engine that could. Socialists, democratic or the other kind — think Soviet, think National as in Germany in the ’30s and ’40s, think autocracies all over the world who run the banner of gummint uber alles.

These living-wage people need a new name. C’mon, reinvent yourselves. The red flag don’t fly hereabouts. We are too bourgeois, for all our flirting with pie in the sky before we die.

Such as Illinois Democrats spending, borrowing, spending some more, and look where we are now, will you? Heading up that old creek sans paddle in a cast-iron canoe. Not there quite yet. Give us time.

As for that mandated wage — telling employers what to pay employees, or else, or else what? After that, what? Tell them how to price their goods? Prix fixe for all!

That’s mandated wage all over, a fixed price. There’s a labor market, out of which can be priced hordes of people not worth the price. Wages are competitive or not, right? We can price ourselves or be priced out of that market.

Socialist policies do that. Want to know about democracy in the workplace, and anywhere else you look? It’s the will of the people. When they say free market, that’s what they have in mind: lots of people vote on what to pay for things and that vote prevails. It’s their money.

So when there’s something to sell, a man’s time for instance, democracy calls for open bidding, not a state directive. Free market, unhindered by government interference.

No price-fixing.

Your classic Dem, Lilly of Oak Park and elsewhere in gerrymandered district

She’s Mama Santa Claus, taxing, spending, loosening restrictions for constituents, adding them for employers, smiling all the while.

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Camille Lilly voted Yea(Concurrence Vote) on HB 105 – Authorizes Election Day Voter Registration – Thu, Sep 18 at 09:00:19
Camille Lilly voted Co-sponsor(Introduced) on SB 741 – Expands Medicaid Services – Thu, Sep 18 at 09:22:12
Camille Lilly voted Yea(Passage With Amendment) on SB 741 – Expands Medicaid Services – Thu, Sep 18 at 09:35:32
Camille Lilly voted Co-sponsor(Introduced) on HB 8 – Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Workers – Thu, Sep 18 at 09:55:09
Camille Lilly voted Yea(Passage) on HB 8 – Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Workers – Thu, Sep 18 at 09:55:47
Camille Lilly was rated 0 by Illinois Citizens for Life – Thu, Sep 18 at 12:20:04

Not so much for the unborn, however, as we see in that last one. She’s convinced there’s no human being there, having given the matter careful consideration, apparently. Sure.

Silent Cal on film — a Yankee friend to Catholics

 

Calvin Coolidge.
Calvin Coolidge — wasted neither words nor money. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Approached by a young woman at a reception and told she had bet she could get three words out of him, President Coolidge replied, “You lose.”

As mayor of Northampton MA, he bucked the trends and went out of his way for the Irish.

And how’s this for wisdom that lasts?

There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.

And:

I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.

Naughty Chinese, says Big Government in Beijing

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Yr not using it right, Beijing tells its subjects. (Image via CrunchBase)

Big Government fans have their model:

China has stepped up its campaign to clamp down on the Internet, which has emerged as a virtual town square for exchanging information about the Bo Xilai scandal and the nation’s biggest political upheaval in years.

The popular Twitter-like microblogging service Sina Weibo on Tuesday deleted the accounts of several users, including that of Li Delin, a senior editor of the Chinese business magazine Capital Week, whose March 19 post helped fuel rumors of a coup in Beijing. The service announced the move to many of its more than 300 million user accounts, thereby turning it into a public lesson in the consequences of rumor mongering.

They have their ways of getting things done, don’t they?

Great mind, simple thought

If we like Narnia, we have to like this from C.S. Lewis:

“It is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects —
military, political, economic, and what not.
But in a way things are much simpler than that.
The State exists simply to promote and to protect
the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life.
A husband and wife chatting over a fire,
a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub,
a man reading a book in his own room
or digging in his own garden —
that is what the State is there for.
And unless they are helping to increase
and prolong and protect such moments,
all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police,
economics, etc., are simply a waste of time.”

A. Waste. Of. Time.