Native Americans Get the Last Laugh on Government Regulation
by Lawrence Meyers,biggovernment.com –
In a ruling that I’ve followed closely because of my interest in the short-term cash advance industry, a Colorado court has sided with Native American tribes allowing them immunity to subpoenas issued by the state Attorney General. This is, of course, the absolute correct decision. Native American tribes are sovereign nations. Just as I support their right to build casinos and govern their own affairs, I also support their right to operate short-term cash advance businesses over the internet – regardless of who they choose to partner with. I also support the right of any individual to choose their own source of short-term credit, whether it be at a storefront in a state or over the internet.
Oh, wait, I buried the lead. It’s back there in the phrase, “govern their own affairs”.
I wish, for once, that courts would let the American people govern their own affairs. Heck, I wish the federal, state, and local governments would let people govern their own affairs. Unfortunately, here in Los Angeles – and California – and the United States – that is becoming more the exception than the rule. I’m too darn lazy to list them all. But a few come to mind. Stupid regulations by the EPA. And from the Obama administration. From state school lunch inspectors. Did you know the City Council of Los Angeles passed an ordinance protecting bicyclists from harassment and threats by motorists? Except it’s redundant, because bicyclists were already protected under the state’s assault and battery statutues. More…