I really should get back to my Symptom of the Disease series. If Jim and I were to write a book, we’ve discussed this as a topic. Kind of a mesh between Mark Levin’s Liberty & Tyranny and Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption. One leads to the other. Anyway…
Two quick examples as we wait for the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling today.
In Hartford, Conn., the federal government has chosen the Hartford Police Department as this week’s “winners” in the Community Oriented Policing lottery. The federal government will hand over $1.7 million from Obama’s Stash to fund 12 police officers in the city. The funds are enough to cover the salaries and benefits for three years.
Of course, nobody thinks ahead three years from now, but I’ll tell you what will happen. The Hartford Courant will write a story about how devastating it will be for the city to lose 12 of its officers due to “budget cuts.” They will complain about how the federal government is cutting their budgets to the point of near armageddon. They will blame the federal government for having to raise local property taxes or the Connecticut sales tax – or whatever – to keep the streets safe.
It’s simple, if the city needs the cops the city and its residents should be willing to pay for it today.
This is not new, it’s been happening for decades and it is a Symptom of the Disease.
Next topic… miniature golf … you know … put-put golf. For some unknown reason, the federal government has figured they need to regulate this activity to ensure the private business courses are accessible to the disabled. Here are just two of the written standards.
Fifty Percent Of Miniature Golf Holes Must Be Accessible
The 2010 Standards require that 50% of holes on miniature golf courses be accessible to persons with disabilities. The holes that are accessible must be consecutive, but there can be one break in continuity so long as the final hole on the course is included. For example, if only holes 1-8 are accessible, there can be a break such that players finish their round on the 18th hole of the course.
Requirements for The Teeing Ground
Players must have an accessible route to the first accessible hole, and all accessible holes thereafter. As well, there must be a clear floor space area at the start of play for each accessible hole that is 48” x 60” minimum, with a slope no steeper than 1:48 (2%) in all directions. This allows the player to tee off on a level surface.
The United States Constitution is being shredded every minute of the day by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington DC. I’m embarrassed. If you want to regulate miniature golf holes, it absolutely can not be done at the federal level. Article 1, Section 8 and the 10th Amendment are being blatantly ignored.
We are the United STATES of America for Christ’s sake, and the federal intrusion into the rights of states and the people are being crushed. I’m not fine with central planning and as I have said before, we must reverse this trend and be willing to promote and support conservative ideals for the next five decades. Yes, it took that long for us to get here and it may take that long to get us back.