Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Feds $26.8 million Bribe For Ohio - Seatbelts

The nanny state continues to grow. Each year the federal government offers bribes to states to do as the fed tells them and this year it is that all Ohioans must wear seat belts or the cash poor state of Ohio won't get the big bucks.

Cash-strapped states mull seat belt law changes
Drivers better buckle up or pay the price: More cash-strapped states want to give law enforcement officers the authority to pull over motorists just for not wearing their seat belts.

More than a dozen states that are considering making the switch to primary seat-belt enforcement laws need to do so before July to be eligible for millions in federal money.

One of those states is Ohio, which would get $26.8 million if it changes its law. Currently, officers in the state must first have some other reason to stop drivers over before issuing seat-belt citations.

States without primary seat-belt enforcement that want the federal money must pass a bill and have it signed by the governor by June 30 - and begin issuing citations by Sept. 30 - to qualify for federal funds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal money attached to seat-belt enforcement can only be spent for highway-related projects.
Still, the proposed change faces obstacles in states like Ohio, where many Republicans - who control the Senate - oppose it because of libertarian philosophies.

"People ought to be able to decide whether they want to drive 75 mph without their belt on," said House Minority Leader Bill Batchelder, a Republican from Medina.

And some lawmakers are hesitant to hand police more authority to stop motorists, believing that would lead to violations of Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure, Batchelder said.

It is nice to hear the new Minority Leader in the House speak as a Republican should. The fact that he is a conservative makes it even better.

Bribe or no bribe, get government out of my life as much as possible.

If The 'Stimulus' Bill Scares You, Here's Why

The stimulus bill is breathtaking in it's stupidity and in it's blatant power grab by Democrats. If you wonder who wrote this bill you might be onto why the bill is one of the ugliest and unAmerican bills ever introduced in the United States Congress.

The 647-page bill was introduced by Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc., as well as Reps. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Barney Frank, D-Mass., among others.

The bill, as odious as it is, seems to be just a start for the seemingly never ending power of the government to take over business and every other part of our country. Now, our glorious leader, hot off his nominee successes and standing next to tax genius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, stomped his foot, held his breath and announced what he will and will not allow:

"For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn't just bad taste. It's bad strategy. And I will not tolerate it as president," he said.

How special. He will not tolerate it. He knows more about business than anyone else in the world and he will not tolerate it. What a special moment for all the self-righteous know-it-all wanna-be bureaucratic nannies of the world. Ah, if he were only emperor....

Back to those that crafted this ugliest baby ever born in Congress.

Davis Obey, a wackjob liberal known for his civility when he's not trying to rip the nuts off someone he disagrees with.

Charlie Rangel, beloved by all halfwit bad criminals world wide.

Henry Waxman, an expert on the invisible markings on the black helicopters flying over his house at midnight, who hates corporations and those that make money when he can't.

Barney Franks, what does one say about Barney? How about he was, in a very large part, the reason we are in a financial mess right now. That and that he's like the maiden aunt who believes a succubus is in the basement wishing to do unmentionables to her.

Could this really be the change Obama promised us? It looks more like an incompetent rookie reaching too far with the help of people that don't get out enough. That is a combination that scares me a lot.