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Labor Unions, The IRS, and Obama Immigration Executive Order: Abusing Government Power

May 28, 2015

LABOR UNIONS

Labor Groups Want Exemption For Unions In New L.A. Minimum Wage Law. Labor groups pushed for the higher minimum wage and now they want an exemption from the law. Here is a quote from the article, “For every local wage ordinance it has ever adopted, the Los Angeles City Council has respected agreements that businesses and employees have mutually reached,”.

I have a question. If I go to work for a business at a particular wage, have the business and I not mutually reached an agreement that the City Council has to respect? How can the L.A. City Council enforce a minimum wage law if  they truly respect agreements between businesses and employees? Or do they consider an individual, who is not a union member, smart enough to know what is best in his particular situation.

Labor unions have been trying to unionize fast food restaurants and Wal-Mart for years. Getting an exemption from the minimum wage law would give them a better chance to unionize these companies based on lower cost wages. I thought the reason they wanted to unionize these companies in the first place was because these benevolent union leaders thought the employees were not receiving a “living wage”.

Companies who don’t comply with the minimum wage law can get prosecuted by the state. Why doesn’t the employee get prosecuted for breaking the minimum wage law? There are two people involved in this illegal act. Why aren’t they treated equally?

All a Union is trying to do is create a monopoly on labor. The only way they can do this is through government sanction. The fact that Union membership has fallen from 35% of the work force in the 50s, to less than 12% today, shows they have priced themselves out of the market even with government sanctions.

IRS

This article titled, IRS And DOJ Get Schooled Over Pro-Israel Group, at tammybruce.com, shows how bureaucrats try to abuse the power of their agency. The IRS delayed granting tax-exempt status to a pro-Israel group because of the group’s policy views. After a federal district judge wouldn’t dismiss the suit filed by the pro-Israel group, the IRS and DOJ tried to use legal sleight of hand to get the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case, but the Judges wouldn’t fall for it. When you have unlimited funds, like the DOJ, you don’t have to weigh the cost of taking a horse s#*t case to court. You just go for it and hope you win. Hats off to the judges.

OBAMA IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

This article titled, Appeals Panel Won’t Lift Hold On Obama’s Immigration Action, we see the Obama administration trying to go beyond its constitutionally mandated powers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals wouldn’t lift the ban on Obama”s executive order originally made by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. This is a victory for the rule of law. But we know that the administration will use emotion to attack the Judges decisions because emotion always trumps logic in today’s world filled with shallow thinkers.

 

Related ArticleAbuses Of Power By Individuals In Government, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleProof Once Again That Power Corrupts, at austrianaddict.com.

The Tollkeepers On The Road To Serfdom, by D. W. MacKenzie

June 21, 2013
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The Road to Serfdom, by Hayek.(Photo credit: UniversidadFrancisco Marroquin)

In this article by D.W. MacKenzie titled,The Tollkeepers On The Road To Serfdom, at mises.org, he explains that when bureaucracies grow, “democracies could not be relied upon to hold it in check”. He calls the IRS the toll keepers on the road to serfdom, and we are  the tollpayers on this same road.This is an outstanding article and a must read. Here are some excerpts from it.

“Elected Federal officials can be voted out of office. But the entrenched army of empowered, unelected Federal bureaucrats remains to wield its power, and the Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats are some of the worst.”

“Politicians see the IRS and its tax code as a means of fixing perceived political problems…. Yet, regardless of the legislative agenda, it is largely unelected bureaucrats who decide where tax money goes.

“The potential for bureaucratic abuse is pervasive. The worst rise to the top of bureaucracies in part because the people who want power most are, as Hayek put it, single-minded idealists. Single-minded idealists are intolerant, by definition, believing that their plans for society are objectively superior to any competing plans. Those who have a comparative advantage at acquiring and wielding power are the most ruthless and insensitive people in society.”

“Hayek pointed out that people complete the path from citizenship to servitude only after a psychological (or sociological) change occurs. Today’s change is from a free people believing in the primacy of individuals to make their own choices to dependence and acceptance of government as the entitled class.”

“Once people accept bureaucrats as authorities, as persons who should direct the actions of others, and reject dissenting views as illegitimate or illegal, they have taken up the mantle of serf.”

“Obama most likely did not directly order Lois Lerner or Holly Paz to “punish enemies” in the Tea Party movement, but Tea Party members were singled out. Since Tea Party groups oppose the current Federal tax/spending system, the single-minded idealists at the IRS thought these targeting actions to be justifiable.”

I have said that the President is just the face of the problem. The expansion of Government power is the problem. The bureaucracy has an inertia of its own, no matter who is elected. Bureaucrats are self-interested individuals like the rest of us, which is why they will try to use their power to undermine any person, or group of people, who talk like they want to cut the size of Government. Politicians and bureaucrats both want power, the difference is politicians can at least get voted out if they abuse their power. A bureaucrat is immune from losing his position, and may even get a promotion for abusing his power.

Related article,  America’s Road To Serfdom? by Richard Ebeling, at mises.org.

Related article, Terminus On The Road To Serfdom, by D.W. MacKenzie, at mises.org.

Must Reads For The Week 5/25/13

May 25, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Bitcoin: The Tyranny Test by Paul Rosenberg, at freemansperspective.com. Will our Government protect its monopoly power to counterfeit money?

Rap Song Puts Massachusetts Behind Bars…Facing Terrorism Charges And Twenty Years In Prison, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Arbitrary decision on what constitutes a threat. “Government… is a dangerous servant and a fearful master”-George Washington.

ACLU Sues The FBI On Antiwar.com’s Behalf, by Danial McCarthy, at theamericanconservative.com. Arbitrary decision on what constitutes a national security threat.

Report: DOJ Leaked Documents To Smear Fast And Furious Whistle Blower, Says IG, by Matthew Boyle, at breaibart.com. Arbitrary abuse of power for the purpose of  intimidating future whistle blowers. Are we starting to see a pattern?

Ben Swann Reality Check: Cincinnati  Agent Giving Orders In IRS Scandal, fox 19 news. Arbitrarily using power to target specific groups. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Obama’s War Against The Free Press Gets Creepier, by J.D. Tuccille, at reason.com. I’m not a big fan of  journalists, but the first amendment protects them, not from us, but from Government.

Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action In History. Lois Lerner has a track record of arbitrarily using her power to violate the constitutional rights of specific groups. And then she will wrap herself in her fifth amendment right for her protection.

This is a partial list of stories about Government abuses of power from just this week. Its like this every week.

Most recent posts about arbitrary abuse of power in these articles from May 10th, and May 20th, and May 23rd, and May 13th by austrianaddict.com.

Here is the definition of tyrannyarbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship. Arbitrary means – subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion: an arbitrary decision.

Proof Once Again That Power Corrupts. Will We Have Enough Courage To Believe It This Time.

May 23, 2013
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Per1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  If only the IRS had a leash on it like this pit bull.

APPLE AND LOOPHOLES.

The story about Apple, read here, going in front of a Senate committee about avoiding taxes, and the story about Lois Lerner, head of the IRS’s tax exempt division, invoking the fifth amendment, read here, in the hearings before a House committee, are great examples of irony.

The Senate hearings are a show, for the purpose of making the Senators look morally superior to an evil private company. They are trying to make Apple look bad for using the tax laws that these geniuses in the Senate created in the first place. (more…)

The Most Recent Arbitrary And Unrestrained Exercises Of Power By The Federal Government.

May 20, 2013
English: The Liberty Bell in 2008.

English: The Liberty Bell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ARBITRARY EXERCISE OF POWER.

On May 10th I posted an article titled, What Is Tyranny? The President Should Know The Definition, in which we defined tyranny as–arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship. Arbitrary means – subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion: an arbitrary decision. What came to light last week about the IRS targeting specific groups, the Justice Department confiscating phone records and emails from AP reporters without a warrant, and Kathleen Sabelius asking for contributions from health industry officials to help implement the new health care bill, are all examples of “arbitrary or unrestrained exercises of power”, aka tyranny. We should not be surprised by any of this, they are default actions taken by people who think they should not be constrained by the rule of law, even though our country was founded on the rule of law and not the rule of men.

THOMAS SOWELL, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. (more…)