Americans Don’t Want More Regulation

Democrats routinely claim that American conservatives who oppose burdensome business and industrial regulations are in the minority, which isn’t surprising considering the left’s penchant for attempting to equate anti-regulatory sentiments with a dislike of Mother Nature or basic human safety.

But despite the hyperbole, polling data shows that a firm majority of Americans still believe U.S. businesses are over-regulated.

Numbers from Gallup’s annual Governance survey show that fewer than 22 percent of Americans believe that business and industry are under-regulated. Only 27 percent think that regulations are neither too burdensome nor lacking. That’s compared to a full 49 percent who feel the level of regulation in the U.S. is too high.

“As is the case with most attitudes about government and government use of power, Republicans and Democrats have sharply differing views on government regulation of business,” Gallup reports. “About three-quarters of Republicans (76%) say there is too much regulation, compared with less than one-quarter (22%) of Democrats.”

Gallup reports that the majority-negative opinion on regulation in the U.S. coincides with an overall dim view of the federal government.

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-15-2014

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Economic Patriotism: U.S. Ranks Near Last In Tax Competitiveness

As Democrats clamor to punish U.S. businesses who seek more favorable tax climates by relocating abroad, a new report finds that only two developed nations on the entire planet have a tax code less friendly to business than the United States. Read More…

Read This: WaPo Wonders If Rand Paul Is Leaving His Libertarian Leanings Behind

Rand Paul has clearly demonstrated that he is willing to bend on certain issues to gain more mainstream appeal. The question is: How much can Paul evolve before he becomes a certified “for it before against it” flip-flopper? Read More…

The Replacement For Fingerprinting? FBI Facial Recognition Program Set To Supplant Current ID Methods

Facial recognition technology and surveillance have been cohabiting for a long time, but today the FBI announced it’s officially wedding itself to a $1 billion program intended to help supplant older, traditional methods (think: fingerprinting) of identifying and tracking individuals. Read More…

Clinton’s Bubble Separates Her From Voters

Hillary Clinton is trapped in a bubble. She’s been guarded by the Secret Service since 1993. She hasn’t driven a car since 1996. When she shakes hands with voters — as she did Sunday in Iowa — she’s often separated from them by metal barriers. Out Of Touch?…

Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

The Swiss tradition of bank secrecy is legendary. The reality, however, is that Swiss bank secrecy is dead. Countries such as the United States have been unwilling to keep government spending in check, but they are running out of ways to fund that spending. Texas Straight Talk…

 

Don’t Go Hungry: Here’s How To Open A Can Without Tools

So picture yourself in this desperate situation: You have no tools, you’re starving and growing weaker but you have one can of food that, if you can get it open, could be the boost you need to get you over the hump and ensure your survival. But the dilemma is in how do you get the can open without risking losing some or all of the precious, life-sustaining food?

Here’s how:

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-12-2014

Tax Crusader: It ‘Defies Reason’ To Believe IRS Isn’t Being Used As A Political Weapon

Tax reform advocate Grover Norquist sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service Friday calling on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to resign after the revelation that the agency is auditing a popular conservative news outlet. Read More…

Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto Of Bill Permitting Armed Teachers

Both chambers of the Missouri legislature this week accomplished an override of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill expanding both concealed and open carry rights at schools in the Show Me State. Read More…

‘Don’t Tread On Me’ License Plates Grow In Popularity In Virginia, Other States

Vehicle registration officials in Virginia report that a Gadsden flag-inspired license plate design approved by state lawmakers in 2011 has rapidly gained popularity among motorists. Virginia is one of only a handful of states where the license plate is available. Read More…

When Government Targets Truckers, Everything Becomes More Expensive

Trucking represents 84 percent of all commercial transport revenue and 68 percent of all freight tonnage in America. In spite of trucking’s importance to both consumers and producers, the state has been preying on trucking companies and seeking to squeeze truckers of their productivity. Read More…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding the most recent terrorist group to make threats against our nation. The man without a plan finally came up with something: drop bombs on the bad guys in Iraq. Um, hello! Been there, done that, got the “Mission Accomplished” T-shirt. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. But the president did manage to come up with something new. According to Obama, the Islamic State terror group isn’t “Islamic.” Friday Funnies…

‘Don’t Tread On Me’ License Plates Grow In Popularity In Virginia, Other States

Vehicle registration officials in Virginia report that a Gadsden flag-inspired license plate design approved by state lawmakers in 2011 has rapidly gained popularity among motorists. Virginia is one of only a handful of states where the license plate is available.

Via Virginias PilotOnline:

It left clean-fuel vehicles in its dust and is coming next for Virginia’s lighthouses. Autumn likely will fall soon afterward, along with the commonwealth’s great seal.

Virginia’s “Don’t Tread On Me” license plate – yellow and bearing the popular rallying cry for limited government – is quickly climbing the ranks of special tags in the state.

The plates, a re-creation of the Gadsden flag with its coiled snake at the center, were on just 1,500 vehicles in summer 2012, early in their release. By Thanksgiving 2013, there were nearly 21,800.

There are now more than 38,000, good for sixth among Virginia’s best-selling special plates, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

At this rate, “Don’t Tread On Me” could be No. 3 by early 2015. The two most popular tags, the nature-themed “Scenic” and “Heritage,” have commanding leads, but their numbers are falling. There were a combined 423,000 in circulation as of June 30, down from 478,000 in 2011.

Plates emblazoned with “In God We Trust” also continue to sell well, rising to seventh in DMV’s June ranking, at 31,000.

 

“Don’t Tread on Me” license plates are also available to residents in Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and soon Alabama.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding the most recent terrorist group to make threats against our nation. The man without a plan finally came up with something: drop bombs on the bad guys in Iraq. Um, hello! Been there, done that, got the “Mission Accomplished” T-shirt. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. But the president did manage to come up with something new. According to Obama, the Islamic State terror group isn’t “Islamic.”

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Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons
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Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons
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Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com
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Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons
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Olle Johansson, Sweden
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Paul Zanetti, Australia
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Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-11-2014

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Senate GOP Quash Democrats’ Attack On Free Speech

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Feel Any Safer?: Personal Liberty Reader Reaction To Obama’s ISIS Speech

President Barack Obama’s abysmal approval ratings leading in to his Wednesday speech on the administration’s planned response to the Islamic State terror threat left us wondering if average Americans would gain more faith in the president as a result in the speech. Here’s what we learned from Personal Liberty reader response. What You Said…

One Third Of Voters Don’t Even Know Which Party Controls House, Senate

In two months, U.S. voters will determine whether Congress continues into President Obama’s last two years with a Democratic Senate and a Republican House. But a chunk of those likely voters don’t even know which party currently holds the majority in each chamber. Read More…

Video: Students Unaware Of Radical Islam Threat, Knowledgeable On Celebrity Nude Photos

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Republicans Grill Federal Officials Ahead Of 2nd Obamacare Enrollment Period

Two months before the second enrollment period begins to purchase health insurance through the online marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, Congress is asking if it’s going to go more smoothly this year. Not Likely…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 9-10-2014

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Obama, Democrats Advocate Arming Syrian Rebels As Key ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama is pushing for members of Congress to include in a stopgap spending bill a provision giving him the ability to arm and train Syrian rebels he believes can help defeat ISIS. Moderate Friends…

Commissioner Koskinen Says IRS Tries To Follow The Law ‘Whenever We Can’

Take comfort in knowing that, just as you only try to follow federal tax law “whenever you can,” the agency that collects and enforces those same laws is right there with you. …What? You always follow federal tax law because you don’t have much of a choice? Never mind then – the IRS hasn’t got anything in common with you. Read More…

Army Officer Barred From Visiting Daughter’s School While In Uniform — Because It Might Offend Someone

Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker, a U.S. Army officer with 24 years in service, was planning to meet with his high school-age daughter’s guidance counselor about her class schedule when a security guard stopped him and told him he couldn’t go inside the school unless he changed out of his military uniform. Why? It might offend a student. Apology Incoming…

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s planned remarks on the Islamic State terror threat, NBC’s Chuck Todd on Wednesday suggested that the president’s weak foreign policy stance could do “Jimmy Carter-like” damage to the Democratic Party. Watch…

Senators Tasked With NSA Oversight Urge Appeals Court To End Call Records Collection

Smith v. Obama, a challenge to the NSA’s warrantless collection of phone records, currently before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has received some high-profile support. In six amicus briefs filed yesterday, a range of groups add depth to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s argument that the NSA’s activities are an extraordinary invasion of the privacy of innocent Americans. Read More…

Army Officer Barred From Visiting Daughter’s School While In Uniform — Because It Might Offend Someone

Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker, a U.S. Army officer with 24 years in service, was planning to meet with his high school-age daughter’s guidance counselor about her class schedule when a security guard stopped him and told him he couldn’t go inside the school unless he changed out of his military uniform.

The guard at Detroit-area Rochester Adams High School told Baker his attire might “offend another student,” according to WJBK News. Strangely, another account offered in the same news report cites Baker’s lack of a tie as grounds for refusing him entry into the school.

“Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson says, ‘Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said sorry you’re not allowed in the school. Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student,’” WJBK reported.

“Baker says he was simply coming to the school to speak with his daughter’s counselor regarding her class schedule but was turned away at the doors because he was not wearing a tie.

“I can’t even believe they would think like that after all [our soldiers] do for our country,” one resident remarked.

Robert Shaner, superintendent of the Rochester Community Schools District, offered an apology in a letter to the TV station, saying the school district does not, in fact, “have a policy excluding individuals in uniform” and that the district would attempt to more effectively communicate its policies to the private company that handles security at its schools.

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s planned remarks on the Islamic State terror threat, NBC’s Chuck Todd on Wednesday suggested that the president’s weak foreign policy stance could do “Jimmy Carter-like” damage to the Democratic Party.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Todd referenced polling data that shows Republicans leading Democrats by 38 points in voter favorability on the issue of strong national defense.

“He’s on the precipice of doing Jimmy Carter-like damage to the Democratic brand on foreign policy… If he’s not careful,” Todd said.

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough called the poll results “shocking” but also insisted that the president could still turn public perception around.

Todd agreed, saying, “He’s in a[n] easy moment if he can step up on something he said he doesn’t like doing, which is the theater of the presidency. He needs to have a strong performance in the theater of the presidency tonight because the country seems to be demanding it… they’re begging him.”