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Archive for April, 2007

It’s Time To Lower The Drinking Age

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Radley Balko has a great piece up at Reason arguing that it’s time we considered lowering the drinking age back to 18. Balko cites three reasons that the age should be lowered, or at least in favor of the proposition that the Federal Government should not be the one setting the drinking age, and they [...]

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Emancipation Day & Tax Day

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Did you know that today is Emancipation Day, celebrating Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves? I knew that tax day was pushed to April 17th, but I had thought this was purely due to April 15th occurring on a Sunday. But, instead, it was pushed back a second day to our federal government taking April 16th [...]

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Where Your Taxes Go

Monday, April 16th, 2007

In today’s Washington Times, Brian Riedl has a great column detailing just where your tax dollars go. As Riedl notes, in 2007 the Federal Government will spend $ 24,106 per household. Here are just a few examples of where that money goes: Social Security/Medicare: $8,301. The 15.3 percent payroll tax, split evenly between the employer [...]

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Taxes: What The Democrats Will Give You

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Tax day being upon us, I thought it might be a good time to lay out exactly what our new Congress has planned for you. And I’ll let Senator John Thune do the talking: You know how to stop this? Elect some Republicans to Congress in 2008, and put Ron Paul in the White House.

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Put Your Refund Into Perspective

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Given that it is April 15th (even if that date doesn’t hold it’s normal significance this year), I figured I’d pose a question to the readers here… How much did you get back from the government this year? I did alright, getting about $2K back from them. Of course, that leads to a secondary question: [...]

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Equador: Another Socialist Domino Falls

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

I’ve been watching for this one, and now it’s official. Ecuador heads for socialist reform of constitution Ecuadorans overwhelmingly voted Sunday in favor of forming an assembly to rewrite the constitution, a project sought by leftist President Rafael Correa, according to initial, unofficial results. Correa, who had staked his post on the outcome, was handed [...]

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Bush Asks To Expand Surveillance State

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Well, “expand” is probably not a very good term, I think it’s more likely he’s asking for Congress to approve the stuff he’s already doing… But it’s one more incremental inch towards widespread government monitoring of you and I. Administration Seeks to Expand Surveillance Law The Bush administration yesterday asked Congress to make more non-citizens [...]

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Tax Cuts And Economic Growth

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Fred Thompson writes in the Wall Street Journal on the connection between lower tax rates and economic growth: The results of the experiment that began when Congress passed a series of tax-rate cuts in 2001 and 2003 are in. Supporters of those cuts said they would stimulate the economy. Opponents predicted ever-increasing budget deficits and [...]

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Book Review — Mean Martin Manning, by Scott Stein

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Some of you have probably notice me link the Scott Stein a few times in the past. I found him a while back, when he was looking for examples of humorous writing for a class he was teaching. In fact, I even got him to give me a literary critique of The Search For The [...]

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Putin Proves Opponent’s Point

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Various groups in Russia have been claiming that Vladimir Putin is shutting down free democracy. So when they decided to organize a march in Moscow, Putin did what any self-respecting bastion of freedom would do: sent in the military and arrested people. Russian riot police detained as many as 200 demonstrators Saturday, including opposition leader [...]

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By Request

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

As a reader requested, I just installed a live preview for comments. As you write a comment, it will “live preview” as you type, just below the comment box. If you use characters that also are html, including > and <, you will need to use ASCII HTML Codes to have them display properly.

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Reader Question: Contracting Your Rights Away

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

One of our regular readers (and my old college roommate), Nick, sent me this question regarding a debate he’d wandered into: So, I have recently found myself in a discussion about HOA’s and the power they have. While this started out as a RKBA issue, it developed into a more general discussion about contracts. I [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Benjamin Franklin on the trade off between liberty and security: Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. As true today as it was in the 18th Century.

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Tax Refunds Are For Suckers

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Since it’s tax season, a thought has entered my head that I’ve never gotten a satisfying answer to. Why does everyone seem to think its great to get a tax refund every April ? Think about it for a second. When you get a tax refund it bascially means that you’ve overpaid your taxes for [...]

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Quote to Ponder

Friday, April 13th, 2007

“It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Rudy Giuliani And The Lust For Power

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Michael Tomosko has a long piece in the latest American Prospect on Rudy Giuliani and the question of what he really believes. It’s worth consideration by supporters and detractors alike, but here’s the money quote: When Giuliani was mayor, did he really believe in abortion rights and gay rights and strict gun-control laws and very [...]

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Hillary Clinton In Her Own Words

Friday, April 13th, 2007

I’ve spent much time here criticizing some the Republican candidates for President, principally Giuliani and McCain, for what seems to me to be a clear bias in favor of authoritarianism and a lack of real committment to individual rights and fiscal restraint. That doesn’t mean the alternative is any better. Consider this and this “The [...]

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Rudy Giuliani: A Big-City Liberal Republican

Friday, April 13th, 2007

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel writes about some things from Rudy Giuliani’s past that should cause concern for anyone who believes in fiscal conservativsm: The date is the mid-1990s, and Republicans have swept Congress with their Contract with America. A top promise is greater fiscal responsibility, and a crucial element of that is [...]

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Big Media Really Is Afraid Of Blogs

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Further proof of that here: “You’re going to be up against people who have an opinion, a modem, and a bathrobe. All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment [...]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Two Hundred Sixty Four years ago today, one of history greatest advocates of human freedom was born. Though he went on to live a life that, at times, contradicted the principles that he advocated, Thomas Jefferson remains one of America’s greatest treasures. I can think of no better way to remember him today than by [...]

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