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Posts tagged libertarian
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Adam Smith - I suspect the invisible hand of the free market pushed him across.
Thomas Malthus - I don’t know but there are too many chickens
Frederic Bastiat - What can be seen is that the chicken crossed the road. What is unseen is that tariffs stopped it from crossing the road at a more advantageous location.
Karl Marx - Bourgeois thought holds that the chicken should be questioned. Only by questioning the motives of the proletariat chicken, can they determine the best way to roast it. Chickens everywhere should unite and throw off their chains. The road crossing endeavour is just the first step.
John Maynard Keynes - If the government were to build thousands of new roads, this would create a great deal of wealth as more and more chickens would be able to cross the road. We simply don’t have enough aggregate demand, and this is holding back the chicken crossing.
Ludwig von Mises - Praxeological analysis can never reveal the ends the chicken had in mind when crossing the road
Milton Friedman - The chicken was taking part in the American free market dream, we should applaud this action, the chicken is a true friend of freedom.
Murray Rothbard - It’s almost certainly the fault of the government
Ben Bernanke - If I press this button it will stimulate the egg laying rate of chickens.
Paul Krugman - If the government were to build thousands of new roads, this would create a great deal of wealth as more and more chickens would be able to cross the road. We simply don’t have enough aggregate demand, and this is holding back the chicken crossing.
John Yoo, NRO. Read all the ridiculousness, if you can stand it, here.
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Check any dictionary and the definition of “majority” seems pretty self-explanatory: it is simply a greater quantity or share.
But in the city of Macomb that definition is under dispute. On Monday, April 8, a judge will rule on what the definition of a majority is when it comes to elections: simply having the most votes or the most plus one more.
This debate started back in February during an alderman race between Western Illinois University student Steven Wailand and incumbent Kay Hill. When the votes were tallied, Wailand received 17 votes – Hill got 16.
Wailand thought that his 52 percent of the vote was enough to win the seat, but the city disagreed and instead scheduled a special election to determine the winner.
Wailand’s lawyers then filed a lawsuit on Wailand’s behalf to stop the city from proceeding with the new election. A hearing was held on Thursday to determine if the election should take place. The judge did not make a ruling at the Thursday hearing. Instead, he postponed the hearing until Monday, because he said that Hill should be named as a party to the case.
“Steven Wailand went to bed that night thinking he had won the election and other people had been congratulating him,” said Diane Cohen, who is Wailand’s lawyer and general counsel for the Liberty Justice Center, at a news conference after Thursday’s hearing. “When he woke up that morning he read in the paper that the city was saying, ‘not so fast, we have a different definition of majority. You are not the winner and we are going to subject you to another election.’”
Macomb’s city code is plain: A candidate “receiving a majority of the votes cast” is the winner. But city officials’ interpretation of this definition don’t match up.
When Wailand asked Macomb City Clerk Melanie Falk why he would not be certified as an alderman, she said it was because he did not receive a majority of the votes, which she said the city and county define as “fifty percent plus one vote of the votes cast in an election,” according to the lawsuit.
Using that definition, Wailand did not receive enough votes. There were 33 votes cast. Under the city’s alleged definition, Wailand would have needed 17.5 votes to win the election. His 17 votes were half a vote short.
The problem, according Cohen, is that the “50 percent plus one” rule appears nowhere in the city statutes, and the municipal code requires that words should be defined by their common usage.
“You can scour the Illinois election code, the Illinois municipal code, the city of Macomb special charter from the 1800s, the city of Macomb ordinances and you will not find any reference to any term that says 50 percent plus one vote [is a majority],” Cohen said at the news conference.
Cohen also said that the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a majority is “a number more than half.”
By that definition and similar definitions found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and other reference books cited in the lawsuit, Wailand should be declared the winner unless the city code officially defines a majority in a different way.
According to the lawsuit, there is no other definition of majority found in the code.
When Wailand asked to be shown where he could find the “50 percent plus one” rule in the statutes McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes was unable to do so and told him, “That’s how we have always done it,” according to the lawsuit.
DeJaynes refused to comment. The mayor’s office and city clerk’s office did not return multiple calls requesting comment.
The next hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, one day prior to the special election’s scheduled date.
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