Friday, February 18, 2011

Filibustering Via Voting Boycott

In politics you can expect the unexpected.

In the state of Wisconsin in the US, minority lawmakers reportedly resorted to a bizarre form of filibustering which looks deserving of the hall of shame...

Take it away Tyler Durden (of Zerohedge)...

The farce over the Wisconsin anti-union vote has just passed into the surreal. According to the AP, democrat lawmakers, who are firmly opposed to voting on the bill which is said to already have majority support, and who have been boycotting the vote by being absent from the state capitol, have now escalated and patriotically left the state. The reason is that while the vote can not take place without at least one Democrat being present, the police had been sent out earlier, with orders to sequester the democrats. The democrat response: run away. As the AP reports: "Senate Republicans can't vote on the bill unless at least one Democrat is present. Police could be dispatched to retrieve them, but it was unclear if they would have the authority to cross state lines." So to all who were expecting the latest iteration of members of the executive class to run away (with or without gold) to come from Africa or the Middle East, will be disappointed: it was in America's very own back yard. (emphasis mine)

They certainly can run but they can’t hide as the laws of economics have been bearing down on them hard.

Ludwig von Mises has been once again validated when presciently wrote,

An essential point in the social philosophy of interventionism is the existence of an inexhaustible fund which can be squeezed forever. The whole system of interventionism collapses when this fountain is drained off: The Santa Claus principle liquidates itself.

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