The Glorious Acts of Our Legislature

Written by By Mike Kole

By Mike Kole Libertarian Writersí Bureau

I always have to remember to take a deep breath when examiningrepparttar laws being proposed by our grand Legislature. I detest most ofrepparttar 125890 new legislation onrepparttar 125891 table, but have to forgive our representatives inrepparttar 125892 House and Senate for it. After all, writing laws is what a Legislature does, and if they donít write enough laws, it can begin to look like theyíve been loafing.

Call me strange, but I rather prefer a Legislature that goofs off and under produces new laws. Iím convinced we have enough of them already, and agree with Mark Twain, who famously said that no manís life, liberty, or property is safe whilerepparttar 125893 Legislature is in session.

Mainly, that is because no lawmaker wants to look like a slacker, especially so soon after an election. Itís bad form. As a result, we get some hideous proposals that I would chalk up as an effort to hide behind some broad good intention while looking meaningful, or at least busy.

House Bill 1508 is a textbook case as one such proposal.

Representative Vanessa Summers, an Indianapolis Democrat, has introduced legislation that would prohibitrepparttar 125894 use of cell phones, making exceptions for hands-free devices and for emergency use. The proposed fine for violations ofrepparttar 125895 law would be up to $25.

The intent is to make our streets a little less hazardous. We have all groused atrepparttar 125896 idiot guilty of driving while in conversation that cut us off or made us miss a light, and we have cursedrepparttar 125897 driver and his cell phone. Summersí proposal takes its cue from similar laws passed in New York andrepparttar 125898 District of Columbia. As everyone knows, these cities now haverepparttar 125899 safest streets inrepparttar 125900 world.

This law is rife with problems, from practical application torepparttar 125901 higher concerns of individual liberty.

I know four friends, right offrepparttar 125902 top of my head, who would gladly pay up to $25, as a cost of doing business. They think this highly of each and every one of their calls. $25 is no kind of deterrent for these people.

What is emergency use? I define emergency use of a cell phone as a frantic call to a friend because I suddenly had two tickets offered to me for a Coltsí playoff game, and I have to accept within five minutes, orrepparttar 125903 tickets will be passed on to a co-worker. My wife defines it as having found a deal on furniture, and sheís on her way home so I can look at fabric swatches. Iím betting that this is not whatrepparttar 125904 Representative has in mind. Some revisions will be in order.

How to Tinker With Social Security Correctly

Written by Paul Griffitts

The rhetoric about "tinkering" with Social Security inrepparttar name of setting aside some ofrepparttar 125889 contributions to private investments is only a play on people who are under forty to gain their support.

Before I was forty years old I also thought thatrepparttar 125890 six percent taken from me every week was outrageous and should be eliminated, but that was my youth and selfishness speaking. Today as someone over fifty my attention turns towards fixing what is advertised as broken.

I say begin with what is already there. There are according to some over half a million disability appeal cases pending in one ofrepparttar 125891 already largest agencies inrepparttar 125892 Federal Government. Most will be paid at an extreme cost torepparttar 125893 current Trust Fund; these costs are inrepparttar 125894 name of expert witnesses, being doctors, occupational specialists and attorneys torepparttar 125895 tune of hundreds of dollars sometimes thousands per case. Rememberrepparttar 125896 longer an attorney delaysrepparttar 125897 caserepparttar 125898 more they get inrepparttar 125899 settlement whenrepparttar 125900 claimant is paid. The fee is twenty five percent ofrepparttar 125901 back payment torepparttar 125902 claimant.

Then we have to look atrepparttar 125903 Adjudicating Law Judges (fancy name for administrators who preside over hearings) whose interest is best served by grantingrepparttar 125904 benefits torepparttar 125905 claimants simple because they will then not be brought up to an Appeals Council who may overturn a non-payment andrepparttar 125906 ALJ would then have to workrepparttar 125907 case again.

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