Clueless in Washington
Posted by aogTuesday, 02 February 2010 at 13:53
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As I catch up on things, I want to mock President Obama’s spending freeze because you just can’t do too much of that. Let us be careful to note that not only is it a pointless exercise, not only is it something Obama himself mocked when he was on the campaign trail, but it’s also stupid politically because it won’t mollify his opponents nor impress the moderates, while it has managed to enrage his only remaining partisans. How much more reality dysfunction could he exhibit?
Monday, 15 February 2010 at 13:53|
Travel by foot, animal-back, road, rail or air are all regulated by some level of gov’t, and usually at least two or three, as well as a half-dozen gov’t organizations.
All levels of gov’t have the authority to place given areas or locations, sometimes comprising tens of thousands of hectares, off-limits to travel.
I believe that both of you have an objection that might read something like “no gov’t can tell me that I can’t go to Portland if I want.” (Maine or Oregon, take yer pick [although OR’s Portland is much better].)
But if you want to arrive in a timely manner and convenient way, you’ll have to abide by the rules, regulations and laws concerning where you may walk, or where you may ride a beast, how you may operate a motor vehicle, what kind of vehicle you may operate, or what you may do as a passenger in a road, rail or sky vehicle. And regardless of how you choose to travel, you will be monitored and observed many times, perhaps many many times.
Along the way, there will be places barred to you, and when you arrive, there are locations that you may not visit.
And in extremis, Maine, Oregon and the Federal gov’t all have the authority and power to declare that nobody may go to Portland.
So while you might find the touch of regulation to be light, and be so accustomed to following its guidelines that you don’t even see it anymore, don’t mistake that for a lack of regulation on travel in America, or believe that it couldn’t become more onerous literally overnight.