“Have you ever noticed that the only metaphor we have in our public discourse for solving problems is to declare war on it? We have the war on crime, the war on cancer, the war on drugs. But did you ever notice that we have no war on homelessness? You know why? Because there’s no money in that problem. No money to be made off of the homeless. If you can find a solution to homelessness where the corporations and politicians can make a few million dollars each, you will see the streets of America begin to clear up pretty damn quick!”—George Carlin (via thinksquad)
“Wow, that’s a hard one. From an emotional standpoint (and yes, we get emotional about our cases even though we’re lawyers), probably my toughest case was Meadows v. Odom, where we challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that requires florists to have a government-issues license in order to work, just like doctors or lawyers.
Our lead client, Sandy Meadows, was a widow in Baton Rouge who never finished high school and whose only vocational skill was making flower arrangements. But the florist licensing exam was so outdated and so subjective that she couldn’t pass it. (Nor could most other people—the pass rate on the florist exam was 33%, compared with 61.5% for the Louisiana Bar exam.)
Long story short, I was unable to convince the judge to strike down the law, and when the Louisiana Flower Police found out Sandy was managing the floral department of an Albertsons grocery store without a license, they threatened to shut it down. The store had no choice but to let Sandy go, leaving her unemployed and destitute. She died about two months later, alone and in poverty because the state of Louisiana wouldn’t let her work as a florist without a rinky-dink license and a federal judge wouldn’t do anything about it. That was a very tough case for me.”—
He is currently doing an AmA. I encourage anyone who doesn’t know who the Institute for Justice is to do some research on them. Anytime someone says libertarians don’t care about the poor, refer them to the institute for Justice. They are purely non-profit, they don’t charge their clients, and they sue governments on behalf of people whom cannot afford to in order to knock down legislation that holds the client back from being business owners. They are highly influential and have been involved with many different Supreme Court cases (and won 80%).
“Every president [since Truman] has spent more total real dollars in his last budget than in his first. Johnson increased spending by 38 percent. George W. Bush increased it by 53 percent, and even Reagan increased total spending by 22 percent.”—