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Friday's Business News

In today's update we've got musings about the feds' ICEPIC terror/immigration tracking database, the government's wireless airwaves auction, the oil and natural gas sector, state immigration laws, and medical marijuana and workplace laws.

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Still (not) Smokin'

Calif. Supreme Court: Medical pot not OK at work

Employers are permitted to fire workers who use medical marijuana even if it legally was prescribed under state law by a doctor, the California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

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Medical pot should be legalized. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread for terminal cancer and AIDS patients, along with those suffering from other debilitating illnesses, e.g., neuropathy, M.S., etc.

Having said that, however, unless and until federal laws get changed those sorts of court decisions absolutely are correct. The law is the law. The Supremecy Clause is the Supremecy Clause. Glenn Reynolds and Lou Dobbs would agree 100%, as would anybody who advocates, for example, strict compliance with federal immigration laws. Because obviously one cannot argue for strict compliance with federal immigration laws but in the very next breath advocate against strict compliance with federal drug laws. To do so would be intellectually dishonest and hypocritical.

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Arizona Anti-Illegal Immigrant Law Debated,
Arizona businesses recommend changes

A committee representing the business community on Thursday recommended employer protections be included in an Arizona law that penalizes those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Read the whole thing. There's lots of interesting info in there. None of which, for reasons that should be obvious, will be featured by NRO or by conservative talk radio.

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Cause and Effect

U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Soared Last Year

With energy prices soaring last year, oil and natural gas drilling in the U.S. rose to a 22-year-high.

Economics 101.

But also Public Policy and Politics 101 -- check out the landmark 2005 Energy Policy Act.

Somewhere, BTW, a Sierra Club enviro-drone is reading this entry and is starting to weep. Not because of the "environment." Not at all. Most so-called "environmentalists" care little to nothing about the environment. They're socialists. Anti-capitalists. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Spirit of Radio

Bids top $2.4 billion for wireless auction

Top bidders put up a total of more than $2.4 billion on Thursday in the opening round of the Federal Communications Commission's auction of coveted U.S. government-owned airwaves.

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Capitalism and public policy. On full display.

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Electric Eye

ICEPIC database to help weed out illegal aliens, terrorists

A massive new federal database program dubbed 'ICEPIC" culls information from more than nine law enforcement sources and will help law enforcement agents link possible terrorists and other suspected criminals, including criminal and fugitive aliens, with criminal associates whose records already are in the system and are known to law enforcement.

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I love it.

Other than waging necessary and appropriate wars against foreign enemies, there is no better use of public money nor is there a more basic function of a civil government than endeavors designed to punish by incarceration the very lowest dregs of society, e.g., fugitive criminal aliens.


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There is actually a reasonable way where one could support Federal immigration laws and not Federal drug laws, and it's fairly simple. The Constitution authorizes the Federal government to control the borders. Article I section 8 reads in part:

"To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;"

So there's no question that Congress can pass immigration laws and have them be constitutional.

On the other hand, you have to look for emanations and penumbras in order for the Federal drug laws to be authorized by the Constitution. To be sure, in "Gonzales v Raich" SCOTUS did exactly that. But certainly reasonable minds can disagree with that, and 3 of the 9 supreme overlords did so.




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