Please note that:

1.   Since the post, “How does Josh Earnest Sleep at Night?”, Mr. Earnest has been promoted from White House Deputy Press Secretary to White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary.  I take no credit for this.  It is clear to me that this is ‘principal’ as in “most important,” not ‘principle’ as in anything remotely related to ethical.  In fact I heard an interview with Mr. Earnest on the radio this morning.  He was praising Mr. Obama for his strong leadership, using Executive Orders to get around a dysfunctional Congress (that is no longer a rubber stamp).  Funny, isn’t that one of the ways Mr. Bush allienated much of the nation, by using executive orders to do things he couldn’t get done legally through Congress.  But then what President would let a little thing like the Constitution get in the way of being a ‘strong leader?’

2.  In re my post on “Useful Idiots“, James Taranto commented yesterday on the Occupy Wall Street or “We are the 99%” movement.  I always feel he is worth reading (Best of the Web Today). He quoted a New York Daily News piece about the fact that many homeless have found it convenient to move to the park where Occupy Wall Street ‘campers’ have been living.  Evidently that is a problem for the ‘real’ occupiers of the park – “We have compassion toward everyone. However, we have certain rules and guidelines,” says Lauren Digioia, 26, who belongs to the “sanitation committee” at Zucatti Park where the “Occupy” group has their camp:  “If you’re going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back,” Digioia said. “There’s a lot of takers here and they feel entitled.”  It strikes me as curious that the Zucatti occupiers don’t want the homeless in their midst, and, that they point fingers at those who are “takers” and those who don’t respect their ‘rules.’  It reminds me of a two year old who looks down on the 18 month old and calls him a baby.

3.  Recent examples reinforce my views stated in “Regulation – The Economic Straight Jacket” and “How Government Can Create Jobs – Three Suggestions.”  First, a friend wrote to tell me of his success in getting started building his new home after a 4-5 year application process which required an EIR (“environmental impact report” for those who haven’t tried to build anything in the U.S. in the past 20 years) of well over 1000 pages.  Second, another friend is just about finished building a new restaurant.  It is in a perfect location, one block from a Hospital, a community college campus and two hotels.  The only other restaurant for over a mile is a McDonalds.  So why, did it take so long to build and why after all that trouble and expense build a restaurant with only 56 seats?  It was all they could get permitted, after having to hire a lawyer to plead their case, even though the zoning was already permitted for a restaurant.  Maybe I should redo the “How the Government Can Create Jobs” post and merely say, “Get government out of the way!”

4.  My Post “Government vs. Small Business – the-Difference and a Challenge” included a challenge that has not yet been accepted by anyone.  The challenge was, “If you work for a government agency that has a smaller budget than it had in 2007, send me an email or comment to this post.”  That post was July 12, 2011, well over three months ago.  Here is the list of those agencies that are smaller today than in 2007, the start of the “recession:”   1.  None   2. None   3.  None  4.  None ………….      That’s right.  Still no single person has come forward to say they work for a government agency that has gotten smaller than it was in 2007.   I would still love to learn of such a government entity, but find it very unlikely I will.