Monday, July 12, 2010

The Trial of John Stagliano

by Richard Abowitz

July 12, 2010

This week's momentous obscenity case shows that Obama's Justice Department is no different than Bush's when it comes to pornographic speech.

It is business as usual in government, despite a president who was elected with a promise of hope, change, and the end of, well, business as usual.

At a conference of the nation's governors in Boston this past weekend, the main topic of conversation was the country's ongoing economic woes. Above all, the governors say, their states need jobs. California may be the headline basket case, with an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent, but my home state of Nevada is even worse—a whopping 14 percent.

So you would think a small businessman like John Stagliano would be held up as a model of entrepreneurship in the United States of 2010. Stagliano built his Southern California company from scratch into a business now worth millions, creating dozens of full-time jobs with benefits (and providing well-compensated work to hundreds of others, too). Included among those jobs were hires necessary for the specific purpose of compiling the bureaucratic paperwork his industry is required to maintain by various levels of government.