Americans, Culture Wars, Preference Cascade, Statist Takeover ← Previous post Next post → Comments Delilah T Dec 03 2018 at 12:16 am Stop this bill before it is voted. It is a tax on you to fill a slush fund that will have zero accountability. Stop them. https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr7173/BILLS-115hr7173ih.xml interventor Dec 03 2018 at 1:16 am Its similar to the latest taxes Macron burdened the French with. Delilah T Dec 03 2018 at 8:38 am The Frogs are protesting, wearing gilets jaunes (yellow vests) as their symbol. Old Codger Dec 03 2018 at 2:05 am I checked it out at GovTrack.com and here is the prognosis Prognosis: 3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs It was sponsored by a DemonKKKRat so that right there kills from my point of view. Looks like another bureaucracy will have to be created to administer what seems to me to be just another tax. I’d hapilly write my congress critter but since he’s a Dem . . . (you know) MAJ Arkay Dec 03 2018 at 10:57 am Write ’em, anyway. The more constituents who howl in outrage, and who reference the French riots, may actually get his attention, and give his next opponent mucho ammo to show how little he actually cares about said constituents. Think longer term, OC. eon Dec 03 2018 at 8:09 am It talks about “market-driven solutions” and then hands both control and money over to the EPA. Which is staffed with primitivist deep-ecology Marxists who hate capitalism almost as much as they hate humanity in general. Yes, I can see how that works. The Law of Unintended Consequences does not apply when the negative outcome is intentionally “designed in” from the outset, as here. EPA should not have control of anything. Like BATFET, it is an agency created by Richard Nixon to attack the parts of America he, personally, hated, and long ago went rogue. And also like BATFET, EPA should be abolished. clear ether eon Delilah T Dec 03 2018 at 8:42 am “EPA should be aboloshed.” – eon Should have been dumped a long, long time ago. The tax is a slush fund, the egregious power slam it hands to a bureaucracy is enough to make you gag, and it comes from Florida, where they don’t really have winter like we do in the Great Frozen North States (north of the state of Florida). The 2-child limit on the “rebate” (sure, that rebate will happen) is so poorly written it appears to be leaning toward population control. PaulS Dec 03 2018 at 8:43 am BATFE. T? Trampolines Tambourines (oh, I might like that) Tits (NFW!) eon Dec 03 2018 at 6:42 pm Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives TAXATION. People keep forgetting that it began as the Alcohol and Tobacco Taxation division of the Treasury Department, and even after the Firearms part was added by FDR, it remained at Treasury and collected taxes in addition to enforcing laws on alcohol, tobacco and firearms. It was only transferred to Justice in 2003, by the second President Bush, but retained its tax functions even there. It remains one of only two U.S. government agencies which has both law enforcement functions and tax assessment functions- which BTW is a direct violation of the Constitution. The other (surprise!) is the Environmental Protection Agency, created in 1969 by Richard Nixon. It was also Nixon who elevated BATFET from a division of Treasury to a full Bureau in its own right, equal in authority to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It’s interesting to note that under the 1986 McClure-Volkmer law, it is the FBI, not BATFET, that does the background checks for firearms purchases, never mind that the dealers must be licensed by BATFET. Of course, if BATFET were doing it, there would never be any sales at all because they would simply refuse to do the check and/or claim the applicant was ineligible without giving a reason. This is just one more reason that BATFET serves no useful purpose. The licensing of dealers rightfully falls under the Department of Commerce, the background check function is at FBI where it should be as they have the access to criminal records nationwide, in theory at least. (NB; BATFET consistently refuses to share their records with anybody else, especially the FBI.) BATFET exists solely to terrorize law-abiding Americans into not owning firearms. It has no interest in pursuing actual criminals with actual Federal firearms charges; it’s too time-consuming and expensive, because criminals have lawyers. It’s quicker and easier to frame law-abiding citizens for technical offense, force them into court, and force them to choose between bankruptcy or pleading guilty to a bogus offense, losing their right to keep and bear arms forever. And the high rate of “case closures” that this results in looks good at budget time, especially when the Democrats control the House, as they are about to do next January. This book https://billstclair.com/Unintended-Consequences.pdf While a novel, documents BATFET’s history and offenses. It makes a convincing argument that at some point, their sins will catch up with not just them, but the Federal bureaucracy generally. I personally would prefer that it not get to that point. And for that reason, BATFET should be abolished, its personnel retired (and prohibited from ever wearing a badge or gun again for anybody as long as they live), and its few useful functions handed over to less psychopathic agencies. clear ether eon TomZ. Dec 03 2018 at 7:10 pm I have a signed copy of John’s book. It is an interesting read. cmblake6 Dec 03 2018 at 11:08 pm Loved that book! The whole series, as I recall it being. Brain fade… Deplorable B Woodman Dec 03 2018 at 12:31 am (whewwwww……..) Strong words, Zed. Hopefully President Trump reads and heeds DBD on a daily basis. Deplorable B Woodman Dec 03 2018 at 12:47 am President Trump, once you cut back on Gubberment rules, regulations, and bureaucracy, the economy can run along just fine by itself. Zed is right. Time to now concentrate on the next two phases of MAGA. #One (with a bullet); BUILD THAT WALL! Even if you have to task the Army Corps of Engineers to do it. We, the People, can’t wait while the DildoCrats and the RINO GOPe RepubliCan’ts continue to fiddle while Rome burns. #Two, time to Fire Mueller (with extreme prejudice), and appoint an Attorney General with spine and balls enough to start prosecuting the demon denizens of the DC swamp. interventor Dec 03 2018 at 1:23 am The US Army Corps of Engineers — Civil Works, doesn’t built things. They make the plans, let contract proposals for bid, select the builder, and administer the contract until completion. Its been that way since, at least, when the hydroelectric dams were constructed to provided electricity for WWI munitions plants. The military battalions don’t have the capability of constructing the type of walls required. They can string concertina wire, build walls of pierced steel planks (PSP), which is part of the makeshift walls along the border, lay minefields, and build obstructions to slow down enemy advances. In short, they’re trained and equipped for war. kadaka Dec 03 2018 at 1:45 am “lay minefields” … Nah. Deplorable B Woodman Dec 03 2018 at 6:27 am Why not? kadaka Dec 03 2018 at 7:43 am The usual deplorable tricks of coyotes, release a pack of dogs to clear the field, next day release dogs over there to draw attention while they send the cargo through the previously-cleared spot. Etc. Although if the military had a mine that fired downward that detected large movements and voids that they could drop into boreholes to aggressively dissuade tunneling… Maybe. Pamela Dec 03 2018 at 12:52 am “If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”-George Washington Good times can roll to a hard stop Mr. President. https://pics.me.me/hard-times-create-strong-men-strong-men-create-good-times-13790113.png Fronk! Dec 03 2018 at 7:28 am Like! (Scary too!!) John Dec 03 2018 at 4:00 pm Yet another vote for Heinlein’s “Franchise” I see. It is awfully tempting. We may have to resort to it after the Revolution. Ultracon Dec 03 2018 at 1:14 am Can I have an AMEN??? formwiz Dec 03 2018 at 1:15 am If anybody thinks people don’t care about the economy, watch what happens if Jerome Powell gets his way. It’s easy to snap one’s fingers and say, “Arrest ’em”. But, even before Constitutionalist judges, you still need evidence that will stick, and we’ve seen how hard they’ve fought to keep that hidden. And Trump can’t order. He’s got to get the DOJ to move on it. That may be easier now, but it’s still not as simple as some people want to believe. I’m willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt. He’s done a lot so far that nobody thought he could accomplish. That buys him some slack from me. Too Tall Dec 03 2018 at 1:24 am WORD! And an AMEN! for Ultracon. JTC Dec 03 2018 at 2:16 am Love me some Zed, and he ain’t wrong. But I didn’t elect Z, I elected T. And he’s making history pretty damn good so far. I’ll stick with him, his agenda (OUR agenda actually), and his methods. There is a plan and while neither Zed nor i may fully grok the details, I’m down with the Don…so far. kadaka Dec 03 2018 at 5:30 am George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Will Accompany His Body To Burial— Then Go On To Help Vets https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtdPut5VYAAbnnU.jpg Good dog. Halley Dec 03 2018 at 5:34 am Bullseye. It’s time, Mr President. Criminals(D) to jails. Or rule of law and MAGA die. Bill G Dec 03 2018 at 5:53 am Well said, Zed. Badger Dec 03 2018 at 7:35 am Do it. Fire Mueller & staff at the exact same time you seize their records, computers, etc. Put all of THAT into secure storage and none of it is touched by the 2nd Special Prosecutor you appoint to go wherever the Uranium One debacle leads. That way, being secured, no leaks; and when there are, you’ll know where they came from. They’re all going to yell? Pfft! They don’t know how not to – so what’s the difference? Too bad so sad. Antifa in the streets? We can take care of that. Otherwise Trump will be a 1-term president that’s hardly remembered in 12 years. formwiz Dec 03 2018 at 8:53 am People vote their pocketbooks, so forget 1 term. He’s stopped a couple of wars, made historic gains in trade, ended the tyranny of the environuts, and moved the Overton Window several times. He’ll be remembered. Old Codger Dec 03 2018 at 3:35 pm “People vote their pocketbooks, so forget 1 term.” I suspect that, on the left, people are less likely vote their pocketbook than their ideology and what they see on television. Since we all know what the general tenor of the most likely output of the networks (including, increasingly, Fox) the result seems obvious to me. When you add in the “votes” procured by whatever means, I am coming increasingly to believe Me Trump is destined to be a one-termer. Oh, and imagine that Mooshell decided she wanted to live in the WH. Would many of the progs vote for her – against the Prez? formwiz Dec 04 2018 at 1:38 am Nonsense and FUD. If true, there never would have been a Reagan Administration. Consider that in TX and FL Cruz and Scott received a black vote in the teens and Hispanic votes in the 40s. That was the margin of victory. Lefties will do what they will, but people who aren’t ideologues will vote their pocketbook. As for Mike, her day was over when black demonstrators started referring to her partner as halfa cracka. And the people that don’t like Trump now will vote for whatever slug the Demos put up. Trump is collecting evidence of vote fraud and has warned those who appear to have benefited from it will not be seated in January. Spreading FUD ain’t what it used to be. Willie k Dec 03 2018 at 9:40 am The Dim controlled house is going to pass every far left bill they can pull out of their collective asses, knowing they will be DOA in the senate. They are pandering to their lunatic base: “See? The mean Republicans are preventing us from giving you more free stuff…vote Dim.” And Pelosi wags her boney finger at you. Brad F Dec 03 2018 at 10:53 am Hammer hitting the proverbial nail, Mr. Muir. Ray Van Dune Dec 03 2018 at 2:13 pm America’s out of time. Make history or, be history! To coin a phrase, President Trump… “Read. My. Lips!” JTC Dec 03 2018 at 9:48 pm DT would never use that term, as it was forever sullied by it’s most famous utterer and the big lie that came directly after. Kevan Norin Dec 03 2018 at 2:23 pm Harsh. Dead accurate, but harsh. I took a break from DBD for a while because, frankly, it was farther down the situational understanding road than I was at the time and I couldn’t just look at Sam every day. Now I’m glad to be back. cmblake6 Dec 03 2018 at 3:22 pm Superb comic, but perhaps that IS “the plan”? John Dec 03 2018 at 4:07 pm I’m in favor of letting the Deep State run rampant. And _then_ declassifying _everything_! Let the bastards hang themselves with their own rope. I’m sure there are lots of up and coming young agents who would just love to stick their seniors in prison for sullying the name of the Bureau. armedandsafe Dec 03 2018 at 5:30 pm I call them BATFEces. Deplorable B Woodman Dec 03 2018 at 10:25 pm Ditto. And FiBbIes for that other three letter organization. JTC Dec 03 2018 at 9:52 pm Trump *is* making history… It is indeed “his story”, and so far at least, he’s sticking to it. NotYetInACamp Dec 04 2018 at 12:28 am Trump may be doing better than the great he has been doing. The entire paid employees in the federal government were acting against him and the people’s policies and trying to remove him since the day the election results were known, and some had insurance policies against Trump that they created beforehand. Good American patriots, be they Libertarian, Republican, Conservative, Constitutionalists, or whomever that wants to make the country have more freedom and liberty and responsibility in the future, needs to pick a seat and run against the insane policies, laws, ideas, and comments that those in Congress will be making for the next two years of Congress. And the really deep stuff that needed to be part of the discussion can be brought up to attempt, and then get, woke people intoo office, so this movement has a diversity of voices espousing many truths rather than too much relying on a great manager who gets great results often with really trash people. I am amazed at both President Trump and the people who he managed to get to rise to the patriotism or whatever their motivation and win victories for the American people. He may have come close to putting off the mistakes and massive fraud that have occurred in previous years for a little while, and strengthened the nation, its people, manufacturing, industry, production, efficiency, and its military for those hard times that have been showing right ahead on the path this world hav been placed on. I know so little real time information, yet so much is able to be inferred by what is happening. There are so many who support his goals and what he has done. So many. Use them when it is right to. Let them know when you can what has been planned, and what is happening. We wnt the good for the USA first, then, of course, we have always shined the Light of Liberty to the world and helped the world when our nation’s power has not been highjacked by those doing evil, yet calling that evil good. People want to think that they are doing good. Sometimes people don’t question the evil that is occurring as they want their regular check. Go President Trump. Keep winning the battles for us all so we can fight and win the good fights. We want to help. Time to make the history. Reply Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click here to have toons delivered to email This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.