Archive for August 29, 2011
I often disagree with Congressman Ron Paul, who is running for the Republican Presidential nomination, but I always respect his views.
Paul’s viewpoints are consistent with a purely Libertarian perspective, which holds that local communities and individuals should band together for disaster response, a role that is nowhere formalized in the United States Constitution. (Liberals would presumably define “provid[ing] for the common defence” as laid out in the Preamble to include disaster response.)
A state can decide. We don’t need somebody in Washington.
I live on the Gulf Coast, we deal with hurricanes all the time. The local people rebuild the city. Built a sea wall and they survived without FEMA. We should be like 1900, we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960.
Paul said the only purpose of FEMA is a
great contribution to deficit financing
What do Logarchism readers think? Would America be a better place if FEMA no longer existed? Do you accept Paul’s premise that 1960 was “better” than 2011?
- Ron Paul: We don’t need FEMA (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Ron Paul on hurricane response: “We should be like 1900″ — Ron Paul — Salon.com (mbcalyn.wordpress.com)
- Ron Paul Pines for the Good Old Days of the Galveston Hurricane (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Ron Paul Says Hurricane Victims Should Act Like It’s 1900 In Galveston (treehugger.com)
- Ron Paul Addresses Hurricane Irene, Says ‘There’s No Magic About’ FEMA (VIDEO) (laurieanichols.wordpress.com)
- Ron Paul Stands By FEMA Criticism (huffingtonpost.com)
- With Hurricane Irene ready to strike, Ron Paul says we don’t need FEMA (dailykos.com)
- Ron Paul Addresses Hurricane Irene, Says ‘There’s No Magic About’ FEMA (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- We didn’t need no stinkin’ disaster response (horsesass.org)
Americans, even those who have a strong political bent and populate websites such as Logarchism, tend to be blind toward the politics of other countries.
So it was that a major Canadian political figure died a week ago today, and few on the southern side of the border marked his passing. I’m here to rectify that, at least for the corner of the world I control.
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton died Monday, August 22, at the age of 61.
Since 2006, the Canadian government (a parliamentary system) has been controlled by the minority party, the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In the 2011 elections, Canadians stirred up the House of Commons, giving the Conservatives a majority but weakening the traditional Liberal opposition. Conservatives now control 166 of a total 308 seats in the House of Commons. There are four opposition parties holding seats — the New Democrats (102 seats, with Layton’s now empty), Liberals (34), Bloc Québécois (4), and Greens (1). Traditionally, the Liberals and Conservatives have alternated governments, with the Bloc Québécois (formed as a Quebec separatist party) and New Democrats (formed from a fusion of Socialists and labour/workers parties) relegated to shouting on the sidelines. For the first time in Canadian history, the New Democrats (formed in 1961) are the official opposition party, with the Liberals and Bloc Québécois weakened considerably from their earlier powerful role. (more…)