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Archive for May, 2007

Ron Paul’s Reading List

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Ron Paul has given Rudy Giuliani a reading assignment: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Longshot Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday gave front-runner Rudy Giuliani a list of foreign-policy books to back up his contention that attacks by Islamic militants are fueled by the U.S. presence in the Middle East. “I’m giving Mr. Giuliani a reading […]

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Politics, Polls, And The War In Iraq

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Unless you’re fully into drinking the Bush Administration Kool-Aid, it’s hard to deny that the Iraq War is becoming more and more untenable by the day: Americans now view the war in Iraq more negatively than at any time since the war began, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Six in 10 […]

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You’re in violation of your face!

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

I love this ad for two reasons. 1) it panders to my political views. 2) it’s very funny.

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When corporations fight proxy wars using governments

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

It is always depressing to see a political battle erupt where you know, no matter who wins, the average citizen will be screwed. One such slow motion train wreck is taking place in Massachusetts as we speak. I became aware of it when one of the groups put an ad on TV that was so […]

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Mercantilism, Fascism, Corporatism — And Capitalism

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

In politics, language is crucial. When different sides of a debate use the same term in different ways, the entire debate becomes fruitless. When terms for different ideas are thrown around as if they’re identical, the debate becomes muddled. It’s even more difficult to understand when people on the same side of the debate use […]

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Paul counters Dondero

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Ron Paul on Eric Dondero: Reason: Your former staffer Eric Dondero is challenging you for your House seat in 2008. Paul: He’s a disgruntled former employee who was fired. Reason: But he says he’s running because of your debate performance. So is this presidential campaign weakening your standing in your district? Paul: Well, if it […]

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If Taxation Was More Transparent

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

This YouTube video humorously illustrates some of the hidden ways we are taxed. The ad was created by David Zucker (one of the brilliant minds behind the Naked Gun movies) for the 2006 campaign to warn viewers of the Democrats plans to raise taxes higher than any point in American history. Unfortunately, it seems that […]

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Culture of Corruption Update

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Remember last year when the Democrats took over Congress, they campaigned on, among other things, reducing the number of earmarks in Congress. Let’s check into see how they’ve done: A bill the Senate approved last week to authorize water projects contains 446 earmarks, and the House version has 692. The Senate bill was the first […]

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Paul Krugman — Milton Friedman To Blame For E. Coli

Monday, May 21st, 2007

First things first, I might as well just point you over to Cafe Hayek. Russ Roberts takes Paul Krugman apart, and does all the heavy lifting. What did Krugman say? Since it’s behind the TimesSelect firewall, I can’t really get it directly, but here’s a portion of it: These are anxious days at the lunch […]

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Posting this just to see the “Fun” that’s sure to ensue in comments

Monday, May 21st, 2007

What can I say, I’m a son of a bitch.

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Quote of the Day

Monday, May 21st, 2007

“Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if it changes. Maybe he can get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard.” Sen. John McCain on Mitt Romney’s latest immigration flip-flop in the NY Sun’s Latest Politics blog, 5/31/2007

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Monday Open Thread: Scary Phrases In Politics

Monday, May 21st, 2007

I’ve noticed that typically Monday mornings tend to be pretty slow around here. Which isn’t surprising, as none of us are quite able to make a career out of blogging (yet), and need to go to our real jobs. So here’s the first of (hopefully) many Monday Open Threads… I’ll give you the first theme. […]

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The Case Against Perpetual Copyrights

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

In today’s New York Times, Mark Helprin argues in favor of what effectively amounts to an extension of copyrights for an indefinite period. And does so by making what is, at best, an imperfect analogy: WHAT if, after you had paid the taxes on earnings with which you built a house, sales taxes on the […]

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Bush Administration Ignored Pre-War Warnings About Iraq

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

The Washington Post reports this morning that there were warnings two months before the start of the Iraq War that things might not go as planned: Two intelligence assessments from January 2003 predicted that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and subsequent U.S. occupation of Iraq could lead to internal violence and provide a boost to […]

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1776: The Year Liberty Stood In The Balance

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Today, we celebrate 1776, and more specifically the 4th of July as the birthday of American freedom, the day that the American colonists courageously stood up to the most powerful monarch on the planet and declared the independence of the thirteen British colonies on the Eastern seaboard of North America. The truth of the matter […]

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Kicking Libertarians Out Of The GOP

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Over at Real Clear Politics, Jay Cost argues that Ron Paul should be excluded from the Republican Presidential Debates not because of what he said about foreign policy, but because he’s a libertarian: I think Paul should be excluded because he is only a nominal Republican. He remains in the Republican Party because he caucuses […]

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Ron Paul On Tucker Carlson On Foreign Policy

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Ron Paul appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show a few hours before the MSNBC debate on May 3rd and actually got a chance to explain his views on foreign policy without having to worry about stupid 30, 60, or 90 second time limits, or being shouted down by a loud-mouth from the Bronx: Frankly, I don’t […]

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More on the Fair Tax II

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Thanks to the handful who wrote rebuttals to my previous post with arguments of their own. If I understood correctly, they boil down to the following counterarguments: 1) Your fears are not based on the proposed legislation, but rather on what might happen. I am pretty confident in my predictions, in that they fit public […]

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Explaining The Reaction To Ron Paul

Friday, May 18th, 2007

At TCS Daily, Gregory Scoblete tries to understand why conservatives freaked out so much over Ron Paul’s remarks about the links between American foreign policy and September 11th: I believe it’s because many conservatives, especially since 9/11, have become increasingly unwilling to internalize the simple maxim that government actions have consequences – many of them […]

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Ron Paul, The Republicans, and the “Hidden Support”

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Doctrinaire Libertarians always assume that: 1. They are right, without question (after all, their perfect doctrinal system says so). 2. It is so obvious and intuitive that they are right, that there must be a huge but silent majority that agree with them entirely. Thus, their anointed representative in the Republican party MUST have huge […]

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