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L. Neil Smith's
Number 791, October 5, 2014

Bureaucracy is the form of government in which
everybody is deprived of political freedom, of
the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is
not no-rule, and where all are equally
powerless we have a tyranny without a tyrant.

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The "Do Nothing Congress"
by MamaLiberty

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

We only have one "representative" in the US Congress for all of Wyoming, and I'm on her website mailing list.

This week she's writing to complain about Harry Reid, a frequent theme:

Harry Reid is desperately trying to sell the "do nothing Congress" as republicans' fault but it was his own decision to keep the Senate from coming to the table to work on these critical issues. We have sent the Senate many different solutions and ideas. Harry Reid's Response? Still nothing but crickets.

Her focus, however, is really on the latest bill to be sidelined by Reid's tactics. H.R. 4: the Jobs for America Act.

H.R. 4 is a jobs package that would: restrain the recent explosion of federal regulations; make permanent the ban on internet access taxes; restore the 40 hour work week that has been undermined by Obamacare; encourage the hiring of veterans; and repeal the medical device tax. It would also require the Forest Service to actively manage for healthier forests and sustainable timber revenues for local communities, streamline the permitting process to expand America's supply of rare earth minerals, and give small businesses much needed relief so they can hire more employees.

All that sounds like a good idea at first glance, but if you are truly interested in individual liberty and self ownership, it's easy to spot the big flaw here.

By what legitimate authority does the US government, any part or person, have anything to say about any of it? Why do so many people assume that these things can only be decided, managed, paid for and organized by some non-voluntary government entity or personality? Why should any one person, such as Mr Reid, or any group of people, such as the congress, senate, president, etc... be able to block others from doing what is best for them and for their own property, in voluntary association and cooperation with their neighbors?

I suspect that H.R. 4 would be a very good thing. I know that the elimination of the 900 lb gorilla of government, sitting front and center in every home and business across the country, would be 100% better. I'd very much rather the "congress" did absolutely nothing at all. I'd rather it did not exist.

How about you?

About MamaLiberty
As a lifelong individualist and voluntarist, my philosophy can best be summarized here: No human being has the right—under any circumstances—to initiate force against another human being, nor to threaten or delegate its initiation. Self defense, and the defense of others, is a basic right of all living creatures. After a long career as a registered nurse in So. Calif, I retired in 2005 to NE Wyoming, living alone in my own log home, with good friends and neighbors all around. Biological family includes two grown sons and five grandchildren, unfortunately still in California. In addition to writing and editing, I garden, sew, cook and bake my own bread from home ground wheat and other grains. Hobbies include identification and cultivation of wild food and herbs. I am also a certified instructor for firearms and self defense. I carry a gun at all times.
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