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April 08, 2006

Weekend reading 14

From the You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet department, the House passed the “527 Reform Act” (H.R. 513) this week to regulate groups not covered by the BCRA of 2002 (McCain-Feingold). Andrew Roth has been following this one closely at the Club For Growth blog during the last week.

Here's a good post about it at the Liberty Committee's blog:

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Tongue
Campaign-finance reform, whether pushed by Republicans such as John McCain or Democrats such as Russ Feingold, is being foisted on an unsuspecting American public as the way to clean up the corrupt political process. In reality, it is the way for the powerful political insiders to further control what is said at election time and thus control election results. Yes, the governing class wants you to shut up, pay your taxes and believe what they tell you. They will decide what is best for you, your family, our country and the world itself.

The silencing of Americans has been underway for some time. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (commonly known as McCain-Feingold) was a major step in limiting our freedom of speech and our political involvement. Emboldened by that success, the governing class is moving to squelch political speech even more by putting political groups known as "527 organizations" -- like the Swift Boat Veterans -- out of business. The U.S. House will vote on such regulation tomorrow. The bill is H.R. 513.

In the You've Got To Be Kidding Me category, here's an article from London's Daily Mail:

'Let burglars off with caution', police told

08:08am 3rd April 2006

Burglars will be allowed to escape without punishment under new instructions sent to all police forces. Police have been told they can let them off the threat of a court appearance and instead allow them to go with a caution.

The same leniency will be shown to criminals responsible for more than 60 other different offences, ranging from arson through vandalism to sex with underage girls.

New rules sent to police chiefs by the Home Office set out how seriously various crimes should be regarded, and when offenders who admit to them should be sent home with a caution.

Last but not least, Everything Not Forbidden Is Compulsory in Massachusetts (my emphasis):

In Massachusetts, Health Care for All?
A state bill would require universal health insurance. Implementing the initiative is likely to prove a lot harder than passing it

Efforts to extend health insurance to more Americans have been stalled in recent years between liberals' insistence on more government spending and conservatives' advocacy of private-sector approaches. Now Massachusetts may have broken the gridlock with an innovative bipartisan plan designed to achieve nearly universal coverage.

The bill, approved by the heavily Democratic Massachusetts legislature on Apr. 4, marries conservative and liberal ideas. For the first time ever in the U.S., all state residents would be required to have health insurance -- dubbed an individual mandate. Gov. Mitt Romney, a moderate Republican expected to run for the White House in 2008, champions this as a conservative victory that leads residents to take responsibility for their own health insurance. He says he plans to sign the bill soon, although he may first try to change some smaller provisions.

Posted by joke du jour at April 8, 2006 08:00 AM

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