Would you leave your job for less pay?


First appeared on MissouriFreedom.com

All too often the left wants to vilify supporters of Right-to-Work as anti-family and anti-worker. Nothing could be further from the truth and many of us support this issue because we want a state with greater economic prosperity for our families and workers, not less.

I am fortunate to have a good family that has shown me firsthand the positives of working in a union.

Many in my family are highly skilled and could easily build a quality home with just a set of blueprints and materials. They take great pride in their work and have instilled their strong work ethic in the succeeding generation, taught us the importance of taking pride in our work, and always perform to our fullest potential.

Why would I support legislation that would diminish their ability to put food on the table, a roof over their heads, and provide for the needs of their family…my family?

I wouldn’t. Continue reading

Will Facebook Have to Charge You a 911 System Fee


A proposal may soon be taken up by the Missouri House to increase the monthly fees your household pays to maintain the 911 emergency system.

House Bill 714, sponsored by Jeanie Lauer, was likely crafted to deal with the inevitable demise of the landline phone.

Personally, I haven’t had a landline phone for fifteen years…and why would I? When my phone rang it was either a telemarketer or a robo-dialing politician. Everyone that knows me has my cell phone number.

911 systems have long been funded using fees on landline phone services. This was great when landlines were the only mode of communication outside of sending a written letter. But over the past several years we’ve given up our landlines and the revenues they brought in for 911 systems have been on the decline.

It is easy to recognize that the old funding method is obsolete and changes need to be made.

I also understand what HB714 is attempting to accomplish – moving the 911 system fees from landline phones to mobile phones and VOIP phone lines, often provided by internet providers like CenturyLink or Mediacom and third party services like Vonage or Ooma.

This would seem to make sense. We’re gathering our fees from a technology going obsolete so let’s switch it to the new technology taking its place.

If this bill were to pass I would presumably owe a fee of $1.50 for my cell phone, my wife’s cell phone, and for a number I have with Vonage. That’s $4.50 each month I’d owe in 911 system fees.

But is that all? Continue reading

Transparency at the Expense of Freedom


Originally posted at MissouriFreedom.com

I’m told some in the General Assembly are wanting to renew discussion on HB 222 when the legislature returns from spring break next week.

HB 222 forces corporations, including not-for-profits, to disclose their donors to the Missouri Ethics Commission if they participate in campaign type activities.

Traditionally, the desire to remove anonymity in political speech has always come from those in power.

These attempts may be seen throughout our history – from the 1735 Zenger trial when the Crown attempted to force a printer to disclose a client to the 1995 Supreme Court case involving Margaret McIntyre, an elderly woman attacked by the Ohio Ethics Commission for her opposition to a local school tax levy. (Judge Clarence Thomas’ remarks on this case are recommended reading)

Most threats to anonymity are proposed by those in power wishing to exert force on those not, and HB 222 is no exception. Continue reading

Open Letter to Missouri’s Republican Governor Candidates


This is important. I feel it needs to be said and I believe most Republicans from across our great state share similar thoughts.

I should preface that I like both of you.

I have no ill will to either. I have met and gotten to know both of you during my short time in Missouri politics.

I like you both.

When I think ahead to what Missouri would look like with either of you at the helm, I honestly don’t see much of a difference.

Working with the super majorities in the Missouri House and Senate I’m sure you’ll both sign nearly identical pieces of legislation to move our state forward, increase economic freedom, protect the rights of our citizens, and lower citizens’ tax liabilities to the state.

Because of this, I also understand the difficultly to differentiate yourselves from one another. Continue reading

Missouri Progressives Bully to Get Their Way #moleg


Missouri’s progressives again went to bullying to get their way yesterday.

Progress Missouri records video of committee hearings they know they can splice up and feed to their minions.

That’s fine. No thoughts or feelings on that. It is what it is.

The Missouri House is fairly lenient. Last I checked it was up to the committee chairs who records but I think most don’t mind or care. I might be wrong there so double check me.

Yesterday Progress Missouri wanted to record in the Senate.

Now – before I go any further – this is not about whether such recordings should be allowed. I really don’t feel strongly one way or the other. Personally, I may even lean that such recordings should be allowed more often than not.

The issue is the blatant lies and bullying tactics they use to try and get their way. Continue reading

The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit for non-Beginning Farmers


First posted on Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Farming is a business.

Its business is to grow food. A farmer’s motivation is to create a profit and trade their earnings for the same necessities and wants we all look to provide our families.

There are some who worry Missouri has less farmers today than twenty years ago.  They think this is a horrible thing. I see it as the answer to a formula summing innovation, efficiency, and competition.

We have fertilizers and irrigation techniques allowing more plants to be grown in every field.

We have tractors controlled by computers using GPS to precisely plant several rows of crops at once and provide the highest yield possible for each acre of farmland.

Missouri has come a long way since mules pulled plows through a field. Continue reading

What is Classical Liberalism?

I’m often asked what a classical liberal is. I find this video explains what a classical liberal is very well.

In it Dr. Nigel Ashford explains the 10 core principles of the classical liberal & libertarian view of society and the proper role of government:

  1. Liberty as the primary political value
  2. Individualism
  3. Skepticism about power
  4. Rule of Law
  5. Civil Society
  6. Spontaneous Order
  7. Free Markets
  8. Toleration
  9. Peace
  10. Limited Government

Universities Should Promote Freedom of Association


I just wrote a new post at Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Each year high school graduates pack their cars to overflowing and head off to one of Missouri’s fine institutions of higher learning. They take this step to acquire the knowledge they need to move into the career of their choice and down the path to success.

While at college these students will form lasting friendships with their fellow classmates and possibly raise their families together, go to church together, maybe become involved in a civic project together, or even start a not-for-profit together to help the less fortunate.

Some of these friendships are made in the classroom and studying with one another for finals. It is also likely many of these strong friendships were made when students sought out a campus organization that peeked a personal interest. Continue reading