Prostitution is a crime in 49 states. It would be perfectly reasonable for a government employees to be disciplined or terminated if they did commit such a crime. However, the agents involved in the recent so-called scandal were NOT in any of those states when this incident occurred. Prostitution is not illegal under federal law, nor is it illegal under Colombian law.
The only argument that I have heard so far for firing these agents is they could be subject to blackmail. But that same argument was used to discriminate against gay men in law enforcement and the military. When a unmarried federal employee visits a prostitute in a place where it is legal, it would be my guess that he's more worried about losing his job than social ostracism. The fact that he could face termination is the one thing that makes him vulnerable to blackmail.
It should be noted that married men routinely lose their security clearances when they have an affair. Secret Service agents do have a tremendous responsibility and must be held to a higher standard of behavior than everyone else, and so do the men that they protect. I propose that Secret Service agents be held to the same standard as the President when it comes to morals, and vice-versa.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Libertarian Party of Allen County's annual tax protest has been held every year since 2005. We protested Bush's overspending, we protested Obama's overspending, and I expect that we'll be protesting the next president's overspending. This year, it will take place on Tuesday, April 17th from 5pm until we get tired and leave around 8 or 9pm. It will be at the usual spot just north of the Clinton Street Post Office.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
As of January, the US unemployment rate is 8.3%. Our economy is recovering slowly but surely. But that figured can be improved greatly at the stroke of a pen. By giving France a portion of territory that they lost in the French Indian War, namely the state of Michigan, America can rid itself of a place with an unemployment rate above the national average. Michigan's unemployment rate is at 9.1%, which is still lower than France's unemployment rate of 9.7%. The transfer of the upper and lower peninsulas will serve to lower the unemployment rate of both countries. France has been a valued ally of the US for many years. During World War II, they generously provided their country as a place for Americans to fight Nazis. Hopefully, they'll help us out by taking the Wolverine State off our hands.