The old saying is that Big Government is truly effective at least at one thing, and that is increasing the cost, power and control of Big Government. And what could be a better example than the California Coastal Commission? These non-elected bureaucrats have continued to extend their jurisdiction into many things not imaginable by reasonable people. For example, SeaWorld was forced to cancel its killer whale shows because the California Coastal Commission decided that it was cruel to the whales. Now you can agree with this outcome or not, but no reasonable person can conclude that this commission had or should have had the authority to control it.

Maybe you noticed, but it was the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels that caused Britain to vote to withdraw from the European Union. People in Britain legitimately concluded that these officials were controlling many things in their lives, and that they had no effective recourse other than withdrawal. If fact, when I heard that the bureaucrats were attempting to tell the Brits what type of kettles they could and could not use to make their tea due to their perceived overuse of electricity, I knew it was just a question of time. So before we have a similar exit from government, let’s all do our part to vote for going back to representative government in which only elected officials, who can be held to be responsive to the voters, are empowered to make such decisions. Maybe it’s only a question of time. . . .

Quote for the week: “There is no dishonor in losing. But there is dishonor in not competing because you might lose.” From the movie: “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President, along with
Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President