Another fine example of the American way

The Mail Online (ever notice that if you want to know what’s going on you have to read the foreign press?) has a wonderful story about an American Army office with a an all-around great idea.

A female army intelligence officer is set for success in the fashion world after coming up with the idea to transform discarded tents, sleeping bags and parachutes into handbags and backpacks.

Emily Nunez, 23, who is stationed in Colorado and will be deploying overseas this June, started working on her military-inspired line of accessories called Sword & Plough last year.

To get the bags made Emily partnered with Green Vets Los Angeles, a nonprofit started by U.S. Army Reserve Major Jim Cragg in 2009 that gives veterans, both injured and non-injured, jobs in sewing factories.

Ten per cent of profits will be donated to the Veteran Green Jobs and the Wounded Warrior Project – two agencies which help U.S. military veterans transition to civilian life.

 She can’t be much more that a wet behind the ears shave tail lieutenant, but here she is, working up another American success story.  More details at the link, a really great story.

Administrative state metastasis

Back in the day, Mrs. Black, my PoliSci 101 prof, elucidated the real rules for bureaucracies.

  1. Perpetuate its own existence.
  2. Extend its power and influence
  3. Defend and increase its budget and turf
  4. Complexify its internal operations
  5. Perform the function it was created for.

Obamacare regsSenate majority leader Mitch McConnell has put out a picture of what that looks like in practice.  On the right, 1,600 pages of Obamacare; on the left, 20,000+ pages of Obamacare regulations so far.  In the words of the prophet Pelosi, “We have to pass it find out what’s in it.”  Indeed.

This is a business killer, which is exactly what it was intended to be.  Obamacare was from the start intended to nationalize the entire medical insurance industry and establish a Federal health management system as a sinecure for supporters of the Party of Socialism.

We can do no other

Over at the New Republican they have a list, “What we believe.”

Pretty impressive list, if you ask me (if Rumsfeld can ask and answer his own questions, so can I.), there is nothing here that I can’t get behind.  The best part is that they take traditional, American mainstream ideas and couch them in language that appeals to today’s citizen.  Here’s a sample:

  1. We believe in freedom.
  2. We believe in the Constitution.
  3. We believe freedom incentivizes ordinary people to do extraordinary things and that makes America an exceptional nation.
  4. We believe in freedom nationally and values locally.
  5. We don’t believe old, top-down, industrial-age government becomes a good idea just because it agrees with us or because we are running it.

All of them are similarly pungent and hard-hitting.  My personal favorite:

62. We believe in creating abundance, not redistributing scarcity.

Amen.  Here I stand.

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Obama’s EEOC: We’ll Sue You If You Don’t Hire Criminals

The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it should be a federal crime to refuse to hire ex-convicts — and threatens to sue businesses that don’t employ criminals.
In April the EEOC unveiled its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records,” which declares that “criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin.”

The impetus for this “guidance” is that black men are nearly seven times more likely than white men to serve time in prison, and therefore refusals to hire convicts disproportionally impact blacks, according to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by James Bovard, a libertarian author and lecturer whose books include “Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State  and the Demise of the Citizen.”