It’s time to take the union provisions out of the budget repair bill…

March 6th, 2011

…and pass them immediately.

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  • 1. capper  |  March 6th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Exactly when did you stop being a libertarian?

  • 2. Fuzz  |  March 7th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    It doesn’t affect private unions, it gives membership and payment liberties to public employees, and it limits the control that the unions have over the taxpayers. I would say it is a pretty Libertarian concept.

  • 3. Debunked  |  March 8th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Capper, I’m fairly certain he jumped the Libertarian shark when he scorned Wikileaks.

  • 4. Elliot  |  March 8th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    When I was young, I was an anarchist. Now, I’m more of a rational Libertarian (meaning I recognize that human nature won’t allow for a peaceful society in the total absence of a government). That said, Libertarians are dedicated to the most minimal government possible, public unions tend to maximize government both in cost and in reach. Why would ANY Libertarian be in favor of public unions?

    Here’s how I feel about wikileaks:
    1.) Julian Assange’s actions are often intended to hurt my country.
    2.) He’s a total failure. More than 1/2 a million leaked U.S. documents and not a single smoking gun? The guy should be laughed off the internet.

  • 5. John Foust  |  March 8th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Follow the logic:

    1. If any country is doing things that would cause outcry, it’s Julian’s fault.

    2. After you shoot the gun, write about it. If you don’t write about it, it’s Julian’s fault. If you do write about it, it’s still Julian’s fault. If a bunch of people write things nonetheless interesting but not a smoking gun, it’s also Julian’s fault.

  • 6. Debunked  |  March 9th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wait. What? Elliot, I think your second point is a complete rebuttal to your first point.

    1. They’re trying to hurt your country.
    2. They haven’t released anything that actually hurts your country.

    Come again?

  • 7. Elliot  |  March 9th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Not that hard, De. Just cause you suck at doing something bad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be recognized for your evil intentions. The charge of Attempted Murder comes to mind.

  • 8. Debunked  |  March 9th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Problem with both of your points is that Wikileaks has been very selective in releasing documentation.

    First, your issue that they have failed at what they do is assuming they perform investigative or illegal journalism. They do not. They are strictly a whistleblower organization. They only release information that is handed them by others.

    Second, your insinuation that their intent is to hurt your country is likewise incorrect. Their intent is complete transparency. Something a libertarian should be for. If we run with the assumption they were intentionally attempting to hurt the country, then explain why they have redacted much of the information in the documents they have released, they are sitting on a much larger volume of documents they have not released, and they have an “insurance file” which is under an extremely heavy security encryption that is only to be released if Julian Assange is improperly targeted by governments.

    It seems to me if they were actually intending to harm the American government, they would not have redacted certain information and would release all documents they have simultaneously to provide a major blow rather than multiple tiny stings released over years.

    If anything, you should dislike them because they have a ton of information that could actually be incriminating to multiple governments around the world that they are just sitting on.

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