Now they care about the Constitution?

Wall Street is considering a legal challenge to Obama’s proposed bank tax:

Wall Street’s main lobbying arm has hired a top Supreme Court litigator to study a possible legal battle against a bank tax proposed by the Obama administration, on the theory that it would be unconstitutional, according to three industry officials briefed on the matter.

In an e-mail message sent last week to the heads of Wall Street legal departments, executives of the lobbying group, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, wrote that a bank tax might be unconstitutional because it would unfairly single out and penalize big banks, according to these officials, who did not want to be identified to preserve relationships with the group’s members.

How very strange! I don’t recall them being overly concerned about the massive violations of the Constitution that were involved in bailing them out of bankruptcy in 2008. These men aren’t merely criminals and fraudsters, their foolishness and hypocrisy simply knows no bounds. And their greed makes even the most staunchly right-wing Republican dream of tumbrils and guillotines.

As Karl Denninger says: “Stop the looting, start prosecuting.”

For the Ilk

As some of you may recall, the little technology project on which I’ve been working with Markku is approaching the initial stages of completion. Some of you have asked if the Ilk can be of any asistance or score a discount, so here’s what’s up.

Next week we will be announcing a new program giving an additional 15% discount – stackable with the pre-order discount – to those who produce application modes. This doesn’t require anything more than filling out 30 cells on a spreadsheet and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. But we’ll give the Ilk first crack at participating in the program plus an additional 5% off. Combined with the pre-order discount, the modemaker discount will cut 40% from the retail price for what is easily the best mouse in the business.

We want modes for everything. Old DOS games, strange audio applications, popular mainstream applications, you name it. If it’s got hotkeys or pull-down menus with keyboard shortcuts, we can do it. So, if you’re interested, send me an email telling me the name of an application or game for which you’d like to make a mode. I’ll confirm that we don’t have one yet, you make the mode and send it to me. I’ll pop it into the software to test it out, then I’ll send you the code and you can place your pre-order. However, I’d recommend that you only make a mode for software that you know reasonably well.

Mailvox: don’t give up on Haiti

RK writes in response to my column today:

I agree and disagree with you at the same time. Sending only money to Haiti is useless and a complete waste because of the corrupt and inept government. However, sending people into Haiti who can help them help themselves is extremely effective. Our church has been working in rural areas for many years. We’ve set up vocational schools and have trained Haitian mothers how to sew items to sell while staying at home to raise their family. Along the way, we’ve set up several small orphanages for children who had no hope. With training they can become very productive citizens in their area.

This is just a very small area, so most of Haiti is not touched by this work. However, to them, it is a tremendous help. As followers of Christ we must be good stewards of our resources, so we should not blindly send them money. However, we must give them a way out of poverty by teaching them how to use whatever talents and resources the Lord has given them. This is much more difficult that just “sending money”, but it is what our Lord would have us do. Please don’t give up on the Haitians. Each one is a soul that Christ died for.

Give up on the Haitians? I can honestly say that I have never, ever given a moment’s thought to the Haitians one way or another. I don’t believe that 99.99 percent of the people now professing great concern about Haiti have either, and I’m confident that 99.98 percent of them won’t have a single thought about Haiti flicker past their consciousness six months from now. But I’m glad that there are those, like RK, who think otherwise.

I also think it’s great that the five men of Rubicon Rescue have taken it upon themselves to bring medical assistance to Haiti. That’s the only sort of help that means anything; it should be totally obvious that monetary contributions are nothing but self-congratulation considering that the various governments of the world are now making noises about injecting $1 billion into keeping the people of Haiti dependentsaving the people of Haiti from themselves.

To me, the Help Haiti business is little more than another example of food rotting on the docks so third-world gangsters can enrich themselves as celebrities preen, musicians write ridiculous songs, and the mindless masses salve their momentarily guilty consciences. And if you are convinced that money is the answer, then you should note that my suggested solution would provide the people of Haiti with far more money than anything proposed by even the most bleeding-heart aid activist and it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers a dime.

I’m a little amazed that people who want to help Haiti would see fit to criticize me when I’ve come up with a solution that would provide the people of Haiti with 10x more money than all the aid provided by the international community combined. If Haiti needs money, why would you oppose my Haitian Taxation scheme? Aren’t all the 10 million Haitians more important than a few thousand Goldman Sachs employees? Why do you hate the people of Haiti, why?

WND column

The Black Hole of Haiti

In 2009, the United States gave $290 million to Haiti. That was $28.90 for every single one of the 10 million-plus inhabitants of the island nation. It was also $290 million that the U.S. government neither had nor was constitutionally permitted to give. But then, that $290 million only represented about one-five-thousandths of the $1.42 trillion deficit created by the federal government over the course of 2009. It was also, obviously, financial aid that was provided prior to the earthquake that struck Jan. 12.

In the aftermath of the terrible earthquake and the reported large-scale loss of life, charities, celebrities, aid organizations and governments have geared up to pour even more money into Haiti. And while a portion of it will no doubt ameliorate the hellish lives of a small percentage of Haiti’s inhabitants for a short while, it should be recognized that the more significant and lasting result will be to provide funding for an international aid infrastructure that justifies its continued existence by keeping those it supposedly helps in a constant state of poverty and dependency.