Thursday, January 14, 2016

Political Correctness Doesn't Trump Property Rights

On the night of Friday Dec 11th, Aria Lounge staff on Ariapita Avenue denied the “ladies only free entry 9.30—10 pm” policy to a female club patron, because, according to the club said she was “projecting the image of a man” and therefore had to pay a man’s admission fee.

In short, Aria should be defended over its decision to deny entry for what ever reason to any potential patron it doesn't want on its premises. The debate that should be had which all the "legal scholars" and opinion leaders have not acknowledged is the nature of private property rights. 

Society and civilization doesn't work when one or more rambunctious persons seek to use a mob or the strong arm of government via political correctness to diminish the property rights of another.

Do remember that that the very essence of property rights postulates that ownership must include the ability to exclude others from using ones property. 

Therefore if a homeowner or club owner or grocery owner cannot exclude others from the use of his property then the owner does not actually own it, for without the right to exclude, the “owner” is reduced to little more than a hapless caretaker.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Asking a Woman’s Father For Her Hand In Marriage

By Brett and Kate McKay
So you’ve stopped hanging out with women and started dating them. Consequently, you’ve found a woman who has become your best friend, and you know she is the one. Things have been serious for quite some time now and you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level: marriage.
One tradition that has been slowly fading away from Western society is asking a woman’s father for her hand in marriage. Many argue that the whole idea smacks of sexism and chauvinism and harks back to times when women were treated like chattel.
Whatever. I think it’s just respectful to ask your future bride’s father for his blessing as you start down the path towards matrimony. It lets your girlfriend’s father know that you’re sincere in your intentions and a true gentleman. It’s an important tradition, a rite of passage, and a bonding experience between you and your future father-in-law. Plus, most women we asked think it’s a sweet gesture.
But it’s no easy task; the experience can make any man a nervous wreck. I remember when I had the talk with my father-in-law; I was sweating bullets. Hopefully, the guidelines that follow will help ease the stress and make the experience bearable if not enjoyable.
1. Talk to your girlfriend first. Before you go and sit down and talk man-to-man with your potential father-in-law, make sure you and your girlfriend are on the same page as far as the whole marriage thing goes. Is she ready to commit? Does she even want to get married? If so, how soon does she want to get hitched? You don’t want to get your girlfriend’s father’s blessing to marry his daughter, just to have his daughter turn you down when you propose.
2. Try to meet him before you ask. If it’s possible, try to meet your girlfriend’s parents a few times before you decide you want to marry her. While my wife and I were dating, I had the opportunity to visit her parents on several occasions. I got to know them rather well before we got engaged. It made sitting down with her dad and discussing my wish to marry his daughter a bit easier because we had already established a relationship. Again, not all situations will allow this, but if you can, do it.
3. Sit down with him man-to-man. There are several ways you can go about this, and I think it all depends on what kind of man your girlfriend’s father is. Consider taking him out to dinner or going to a bar or coffee shop. Breaking bread with him might make the situation a bit more comfortable. If that’s not a possibility, during a visit just ask if you can speak to him in private. If her dad lives far away, try to time the conversation for a trip home which has already been planned, perhaps during the holidays. If this is not possible, it’s okay to conduct the talk over the phone.

Read the rest of the article.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Debunking the notion: "Better salaries for MPs could reduce corruption"

Expert: "Better salaries for MPs could reduce corruption" 
"This is the hypothesis of parliamentary oversight expert and World Bank consultant Prof Rick Stapenhurst, who delivered a lecture on Tuesday evening at the Hamilton Maurice Room, ­Tower D, International Waterfront ­Centre, Port of SpainIn response to a question on whether there was a correlation between increased compensation for MPs and a reduced level of corruption, Stapenhurst said: “I would think so.""Via:
Government essentially a high priced auction
While attempting to eliminate or reduce corruption is a noble endeavor paying "Public Servants" higher salaries is not the solution. 

On the contrary the very nature of government ensures corruption will remain a pervasive scourge on Trinidad and Tobago.

A higher salary would never be enough compared to what rent seekers are willing to pay to get politicians to act in their favour. 

The flawed political system essentially bestows inherent power upon politicians to disburse massive tax revenues at the discretion of the politician. They have the power to award and cancel contracts, give hand outs, approvals and special favours. 

What should be done therefore to mitigate this unpleasant reality? Shrink the power, scope and size of the state, thereby limiting the politician's ability to dole out favours and tax payer dollars at their discretion. A gradual move to a less centrally planned more free-market environment with smaller government, would lead to less corruption in the distribution tax dollars.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Milton Friedman: Illegal Immigration Only Helps When Its Illegal

In the T&T context because of the limited availability Trinidad and Tobago workers due to generous social welfare programmes and make work programmes like CEPEP illegal Guyanese, Jamaican and Indian workers etc end up filling employment vacancies.