Federal Government

The End of The Country

This column by Andrew Napolitano was (or is based upon) his last (or nearly his last) appearance on Fox News. He was released from the network shortly thereafter.

The questions he asks are legitimate. To terminate someone ostensibly for such inquiries is truly terrifying, especially if the termination was motivated by government pressure.

 What If the Government Rejects the Constitution?

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

What if the government never took the Constitution seriously? What if the same generation — in some cases the same human beings — that wrote in the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech,” also enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made it a crime to criticize the government? What if the feds don’t regard the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land?

What if the government regards the Constitution as merely a guideline to be referred to from time to time, or a myth to be foisted upon the voters, but not as a historic delegation of power that lawfully limits the federal government? What if Congress knows that most of what it regulates puts it outsideRead More »The End of The Country

Government Promises Lead to Economic Dark Age

The US government believes that the Social Security and Medicare promises are not legal liabilities. The rationale, as stated by the Government, is that the government has the right to alter (or eliminate) these obligations at their sole discretion.

This rationale provides the basis for not showing these social obligations as liabilities in federal accounting reports. That enables the government to report debt in the range of $15 Trillion (the funded debt), ignoring the $100 Trillion estimated to be the present value of the future liabilities of these programs.

It is a convenient interpretation for the political class whose natural tendency is to avoid problems by hiding them and/or deferring them for another generation. How natural it must be for legislators, primarily attorneys, to think of all problems in legal terms. “If it is not illegal, it must be OK” seems to be the ethical code of Washington. Most of us don’t believe that illegality is even considered a constraint by government these days.

But legal and economic concepts areRead More »Government Promises Lead to Economic Dark Age