It's Flag Day, and Mark Steyn has recycled a pretty good
column of his
from a couple years back. It's about flag-burning. Bottom line:
… a flag has to be worth torching. When a flag gets burned, that's not a sign of its weakness but of its strength. If you can't tand the heat of your burning flag, get out of the superpower business. It's the left that believes the state can regulate everyone into thought-compliance. The right should understand that the battle of ideas is won out in the open.
And Michelle has an article with displays satisfactory and not.
From the same mentalities that brought us clothes washers that don't
wash comes Senate Bill 1419, which ostensibly proposes
To move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers from price gouging, to increase the energy efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
… but Iain Murray proposes a shorter description:… the re-hashed command-and-control socialism and populist demagoguing masquerading as an Energy Bill.
He has a raft of specific criticisms, but, at bottom, it's authored by a host of people that distrust or hate the market. This inevitably means that we're in for (a) lower quality; (b) higher prices; (c) expensive litigation; (d) massive inconvenience; (e) shortages/unavailablity (for things you want); f) gluts (of things you don't want); And you can enjoy it all in your not-actually-clean clothes, driving your tiny "efficient" car between your office and home, both of which are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Fun!