ASSET FORFEITURE ABOLISHED IN NEW MEXICO: “With this law, New Mexico leads the nation in protecting the property rights of innocent Americans. Convicted criminals will still see the fruits of their crime confiscated by the state, but innocent New Mexicans can now rest easy knowing that their property will never be seized by police without proper due process.” — Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation, on the signing of HB 560 into law by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, April 10, 2014. The law, passed unanimously in the legislature, ends the vile practice of civil asset forfeiture, also known as “policing for profit,” in that state. New Mexico is the first state where such a bill has passed. Hopefully others will follow.
JEB BUSH LOVES HIM SOME SURVEILLANCE STATE:
“I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the Homeland using, you know, the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced.” — GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on the Michael Medved radio show, April 21, 2015.
RAISIN’ INJUSTICE AT THE SUPREME COURT: “Could the government say to a manufacturer of cellphones, you can sell cellphones; however, every fifth one you have to give to us? Or a manufacturer of cars, you can sell cars in the United States, but every third car you have to give to the United States?” — Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. questioning the constitutionality of a New Deal-era federal law requiring raisin farmers to hand over a portion of any raisin crop surplus to the feds at a steep discount, or pay a severe fine. Farmers are hampered by similar laws regarding other crops, which are tyrannical and keep prices higher for consumers.
YOU CAN’T KEEP UP:
“Government sprawl and meddlesomeness mock the idea that government is transparent. There are not enough cells in the human brain to enable Americans to know more than a wee fraction of what their government is up to.” — columnist George Will, “Shriveled Grapes, Shriveled Liberty,” Washington Post, April 17, 2015.
THE PERMANENT WAR ECONOMY: “Despite a decline in military spending since 2010, U.S. defense expenditures are still 45 percent higher than they were before the 9/11 terror attacks put the country on a seemingly permanent war footing. …[T]he U.S. spends more on its military than the next seven top-spending countries combined, according to new figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). That’s nearly three times as much as China, and more than seven times as much as Russia.” — journalist Dan Froomkin, “US Military Spending Still Up 45% Over Pre-9/11 Levels; More Than Next 7 Countries Combined,” The Intercept, April 20, 2015.