■ I envision that the Proverbian took a bathroom break while
Chapter 24, and his mischievous cousin, Shecky snuck in, grabbed
the writing implement, and dashed off Proverbs
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Sullum at Reason is so old, he can remember… By
Trump's Logic, His Foot-Dragging on 'Extreme Vetting' Endangers Us
When Trump issued his first executive order restricting entry into the country on January 27, he presented it as a temporary measure aimed at facilitating better screening procedures. "We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days," he said on Facebook. White House Press Secetary Sean Spicer likewise emphasized that the whole point was to "make sure that the people who are coming in are vetted properly." According to the order itself, the 90-day ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and the 120-day ban on refugees were supposed to give the administration time to "ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals." That was 137 days ago.
Why, it's almost as if the issue is whether Trump gets his way, instead of
making sure the bad hombres don't get in.
■ Also on the Trump/immigration front, @kevinnr notes
Getting control of illegal immigration is at the top of Donald
Trump’s to-do list, and, on the campaign trail, he vowed to end the
Obama administration’s “unconstitutional executive amnesty” on his
first day in office.
So why hasn’t he done it?
■ You know, sometimes it seems Our Federal Government can't do
anything right. But, as Henry Miller points out in the WSJ,
it has successfully prevented an Attack
of the Killer Petunias.
Sometimes government regulators do things that are not merely
misguided but gratuitously stupid. A classic example came last
month, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture called for the
destruction of at least 13 varieties of petunias with striking hues.
These plants don’t pose any danger to health or the natural
environment. But because they were crafted with modern
genetic-engineering techniques, technically they’re in violation of
30-year-old government regulations.
I, for one, welcome our new flowery overlords.
■ David Henderson prefers calling it
Paid Parental Leave. And notes the damage to the languate
committed by those who say the US "has no policy on paid parental
Imagine that you and I are discussing what to do today. You strongly
want to go to the zoo. I strongly want not to. You say you have a
policy of going to the zoo. That makes sense. But does that mean I
don't have a policy on going to the zoo? Not at all. My policy is
not to go to the zoo.
I like the zoo, too, but never mind that.