Secure property rights, the law, public services, and the freedom to contract and exchange all rely on the state, the institution with the coercive capacity to impose order, prevent theft and fraud, and enforce contracts between private parties. To function well, society also needs other public services: roads and a transport network so that goods can be transported, a public infrastructure so that economic activity can flourish, and some type of basic regulation to prevent fraud and malfeasance. Though many of these public services can be provided by markets and private citizens, the degree of coordination necessary to do so on a large scale often eludes all but a central authority. The state is thus inexorably intertwined with economic institutions.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Public services in general and schools in particular were looking down the barrel of a gun because of PERS costs. Measure 97 was a way to shield them. It would have given time for the legislature to find a legally enforceable reform package, at the expense of someone other than our children.
But Measure 97 failed. That didn't solve PERS either, the vote against M97 changed nothing about pension obligations or the politics around it. We're no more likely to reform PERS than we were before the election, or if M97 had passed.
All opponents of Measure 97 did was put our kids are on the firing line.
Nice going, dicks.
The 2016 election wasn't just a political choice, it was a moral one.
Trump is a racist and a bigot. His politics is to scapegoat: not to solve problems but to use them to incite hate against anyone he can mark as "Other." Trump's political lineage flows through no American, foreign despots like Putin and Saddam Hussein are his heroes. Trump is an affront to America's democracy and a threat to its citizens.
On that choice, the OEB had no opinion. No opinion about a man who threatens fundamental freedoms like speech and press. No opinion about whether women in the military should have to salute Donald Trump as their commander in chief. No opinion on whether Trump's bigotry sbould be embraced or condemned. No opinion on his religious tests or his threat to deport millions. On the moral choice which is now the struggle of our times, the OEB was silent.
They are boot lickers.
I don't need to read their words to know what passes from their lips.