Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Great Day for Socialism in the Arkansas Ledge

Well, the "conservatives" in the ledge have determined that the government of Arkansas is wise enough to step in and set wages. I don't know what the vote in the House was, but the Senate vote was 28-1, with a few sitting this one out. The bill had more co-sponsors than it did votes.

Other than Kim Hendren of Rogers, who abstained, no one really even spoke against the bill.

The next piece of anti-freedom legislation up the pike is the bill where the state of Arkansas tells every business in the state that they must ban smoking in the workplace. I guess next they will have to fund an army of "smoke police" to enforce their totalitarian nanny state. David Sanders understands freedom. He wrote a darn good column about this issue. The puzzling thing about him is that he does not back candidates that agree with his philosophy.

(/sm) We must have the most brilliant set of legislators in history. Not only are they smart enough to set wages for every business in the state, they also can prescribe the personal habits of employees while on the job, regardless of type of business or desires of the owner. I am especially impressed with all of the "conservative Republicans" who consistently vote to grow and centralize government and restrict personal freedom. Way to go guys. (end of sarcasm mode)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very disappointed that Bill Pritchard and Mark Martin were listed as Absent and Not Voting on the minimum wage bill, but I was glad to see that Jim Holt and even Doug Matayo had the courage to vote against it. We need more legislators who have the courage to do the right thing, instead of hiding under their desks when important issues are being voted on.

10:38 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger jppaulgraham said...

Mark Martin is out of the country

11:34 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mark and Jim would quit trying to ruin the RPA they would understand that the best thing we could do in our current situation to try and ensure Jim Holt has a chance at winning Lt. Gov. in the fall was to pass this legislation. Think big picture folks. We were going to have a increase in the wage the question is was it going to be in the constitution with an inflation clause or was it going to be done where we can control it?

2:11 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

Jim Holt has faith that when a virtueous people are well informed they can be entrusted with their own government. RPA leaders could have chosen to make the real case against government trying to legislate around the laws of economics and how it hurts people. By November, they could have turned it around and the people would have praised them for it.

They chose not to do that. They don't trust that the people would have done the the right thing.

Jim Holt has principles, and rule of the people is one of them. If Jim Holt has to go against those principles to "win" then he does not want to win. Just do the right thing and let the rest sort itself out. It is very liberating.

As for Jim Holt wanting to "destroy" the RPA, you don't know how wrong you are. IF they would follow Jim's lead the people would respect them more.

I don't want it destroyed either, but those running it are destroying it by their constant cynicism and refusal to support what their grass roots believe. That is the irony. You accuse me of trying to destroy the RPA and I am trying to help the one guy who can keep it together. I want conservative principles advanced and will support about any vehicle that will do so.

3:31 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Shawn Gott said...

As a person who works in a factory where smoking is so prevelent, I must say that I totally support the ban on workplace smoking.

6:13 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big pic is the libreals would have used the wage hike to GOTV now they have to find a new cause hopefully they bring up the ole gambling issue

6:54 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no one is forcing you to work there. you can change jobs, you can change sections. getting the government to mandate employers to enforce your personal preferences only seems good when you are doing it to other people. when they start telling you what to do with your private property, suddenly it is a problem.

6:54 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Shawn Gott said...

Yeah right after 15yo, give it up for somewhere without smoking. I am happy that this bill is passed. I agree a lot with you folks, but on this one I think you have missed the boat.

7:03 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I retract what I said above about Doug Matayo having courage. He took a walk on the minimum wage bill yesterday. Johnny Key of Mountain Home was the only vote against it in the House.

9:37 AM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Holt wouldn't know principles if they walked up and bit him on the a$$, causing Mark Moore to fall out. Jim Holt believes it's his right to make me breathe second-hand smoke everywhere I go. Jim Holt frames every political question in terms of Christian/unChristian because he's too dense to acually debate the issues. Jim Holt is the posterboy for wingnut extremism and is the best argument for forced sterilization of the retarded that I've see to date. Maybe instead of worrying so darn much about which Repub is going to get to LOSE the general election, you guys could go to Arkblog and have an equally pointless conversation about which Dem is going to WIN.

10:38 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to point out a situation that I just became informed of. Several people have caught someone pulling up Matayo signs and replacing them with Holt signs, and also using Matayo's fence posts. This has been happening all over NWA. That is a sin and also a crime. Unless these people would like to be all over the news, then I advise them to stop.

6:18 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Mark M said...

If this is not a hoax then my guess is that Doug did not tell the property owner that he was running against Jim. When they found out, they took his sign down and put up a Holt sign.

6:22 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be a great reason if several people hadn't seen it happen. They are also using Matayo fence posts. That is stealing. Other business owners that have been talked to said that one night they left and Matayo's sign was out and the next morning it was gone and Holt's was there. They are now taking down the Holt signs and putting Matayo's back.

6:50 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

ey anonymous slimer:

The Holt campaign is not doing what you are accusing us of. If you have any evidence GO TO THE POLICE AND THE MEDIA. Until then, keep your garbage off this blog. Matayo's partisans make one false accusation after another against Jim and it is getting REALLY tiresome.

Jim Holt has been putting up signs for years and there has NEVER been an accusation like this from any of his opponents. Only the Matayo camp starts hallucinating that Jim Holt is doing all of these terrible things.

GROW UP. If you have any real evidence instead of just more anonymous libel then go to the media and the police with it. And GO AWAY from this blog until you get the courage and integrity to put your REAL NAME with some REAL EVIDENCE on this guano you keep throwing out about Jim.

Got it?

7:39 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only proof I need is that this has happened to a family member. One night their Matayo sign was in their yard and the next morning it was gone and replaced by a Holt sign. If that wasn't done by the Holt camp, then who did it? I also heard from several businesses that said the same thing. Do you think it's just a coincidence? I don't. If this was being done to Holt, you would be screaming, and you know it. It's dirty and it has to stop.

8:03 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's dirty is someone taking it upon themselves to trash out a blog over some kook conspiracy theory.

I can't believe Mark Moore doesn't disallow anonymous comments and yank your slimy posts.

8:08 AM, April 10, 2006  

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