It seems the base congressional salary of $174,000 per year just isn’t enough to pay for basic necessities like haircuts. That would be why the taxpayers are subsidizing their Congressional Hair Salon to the tune of over $400,000 last year.
When budget cuts are brought up congress quickly pushes military healthcare and public services into the line of fire, all the while living fat off of our wallets with unnecessary privileges such as this. In the words of Queen Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake!”
Source: Dayton Daily News
Maybe Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has forgotten that America is still neck deep into two wars. I can only assume, since she is pushing to cut the Department of Veterans Affairs budget by $4.5 billion dollars – all while still even more injured service members are on their way home from Iraq and Afghanistan. This department is responsible for providing American veterans with healthcare related to injuries sustained during military service, along with other Veteran’s benefits. With these two ongoing wars we are only going to see more disabled Veterans returning home, and more resources will be needed to take care of these heroes. The Veterans of Foreign Wars came out immediately rebuking her plan, and calling her out on her vapidly arbitrary plan. Read more…
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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality
As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
Courts: Police Have No Obligation to Protect Citizens
The case Warren v. District of Columbia involves three women who shared a house. Two men broke into the house and began raping one of the women. Her two roommates heard their roomate’s screams and called the police. The police officers that were dispatched drove around the house, knocked on the door, and then left after there was no answer. The two girls continued to hear their roommates screams from the floor below and again called police begging for help. This time, despite promises of help from the dispatcher, no officers were even dispatched to help the girls. The two men then found the two other girls hiding upstairs, abducted all three at knife-point, and took them to one of the attackers’ apartment. For the next 14 hours the girls were raped, beaten and tortured by the two men. Read more…