Even in a political climate where everyone agrees that change needs to be made, that change never happens: WASHINGTON, July 25 â€” For the many critics of farm subsidies, including President Bush and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this seemed like the ideal year for Congress to tackle the federal payments long criticized as enriching big farm [...]Continue reading Why Politics As Usual Will Always Be Politics As Usual
Archive for July, 2007
Let’s look back a moment. How many times have we “hit bottom”, according to the financial cheerleaders on TV, over the last year? How many predictions of a “soft landing”? How many people have suggested the subprime meltdown would be “contained”? Well, even the lenders themselves are now seeing reality: COUNTRYWIDE Financial, America’s largest mortgage [...]Continue reading Worst Housing Market Since Great Depression
In a stunning display of either laziness or frugality (you can guess which I ascribe this too), our government has finally admitted that their ridiculous policy of banning lighters and breast milk don’t make us safer. Airline passengers will be able to bring many types of cigarette lighters on board again starting next month after [...]Continue reading Don’t You Feel Safer? Part 785
KipEsquire asks an interesting question…..why is it that Ron Paul isn’t acknowledging his libertarian roots ? Can you cite to one occasion in this campaign where Ron Paul has, unsolicited and not in response to an interviewer’s question, used the word “libertarian”? Can you point to one page at his website that contain the word [...]Continue reading Is Ron Paul Running Away From The Libertarian Label ?
I’ve written enough about the 2008 Presidential Campaign in general, and Ron Paul specifically, to know just how the die-hard supporters are going to react to this post, but, nonetheless reality is reality, and, as Ayn Rand once said A is A. In his case A would be the results of a poll showing just [...]Continue reading Ron Paul, The Polls, And Reality
So I can understand (at least to a small extent) how Chavez had cover for shutting down RCTV, as they were participants in the coup against him. It’s a stretch to defend him there, but I can at least give people a little benefit of the doubt on that one. But I don’t see how [...]Continue reading Critics Of Chavez To Be Deported
From The Agitator, taken directly from Hit & Run:Continue reading Poll Numbers That Will Satisfy All Night Long
Back in May in this post, I made the following statement about Michael Moore’s crockumentary on his claim that the average Cuban receives better healthcare than many Americans: It probably won’t occur to anyone in the MSM that perhaps Castro would want Moore’s propaganda to cover up the failings of his government. Moore is doing [...]Continue reading “SiCKo” Patients Received Better Treatment than the Average Cuban
Alright… So yesterday I alluded to one of my older, more optimistic posts, where I suggest that the internet will fundamentally change the world and be an enormous force for liberty. But on other days, I get very pessimistic, and worry that America has gone too far down, and that the trappings of “society” will [...]Continue reading Monday Open Thread: Getting To Liberty From Here
In today’s New York Times, Adam Cohen points out that the Founders had a very different idea about Presidential authority in war time from the one the Bush Administration puts forward: The Constitution does make the president â€œcommander in chief,â€ a title President Bush often invokes. But it does not have the sweeping meaning he [...]Continue reading The Founders, The President, And Iraq
Last week, the Democrats in Congress blocked an effort to give immunity from civil lawsuits to private citizens who reported what they believed to be suspicious activity from fellow airplane passengers: [L]ast March, the House of Representatives passed by a 304-121 vote the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007, with language protecting from [...]Continue reading What’s So Bad About John Doe Protection ?
Motivated mostly by his opposition to the Iraq War, Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, along with New York Congressman Charles Rangel, has been among the most vocal members of Congress talking about the idea of bringing back the draft, and forcing young men, and presumably women, into military service whether they like it or not. Let’s [...]Continue reading There’s No Good Reason To Bring Back The Draft….And Plenty Of Bad Ones
Aaron, one of the bloggers over at autoDogmatic and the founder of the Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter, recently attended a Ron Paul rally in South Carolina, particularly looking for freaks and fringe groups. He found none: You see, I went in expecting an audience which was somehow “not normal”, indescribably; maybe quirky or geeky; paranoid; socially-awkward; [...]Continue reading autoDogmatic Reports On SC Ron Paul Rally
That is the somewhat interesting result of a recent New York Times poll: THE probing about his Mormon beliefs has by now become familiar to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But when Mary Van Steenis, a teacher at a local Christian school, took the microphone at a recent â€œAsk Mitt Anythingâ€ forum in Pella, [...]Continue reading America: More Likely To Elect A Gay, Muslim, Former Drug User Than An Athiest
Sunday’s New York Times Magazine features a profile of Ron Paul, his campaign for President, and the motley crew of supporters that he’s attracted. For The Times, it is, I suppose, a mostly positive piece. Being The Times, of course, there is much discussion of his position on the Iraq War: Alone among Republican candidates [...]Continue reading Ron Paul In The New York Times
To be honest, I’ve never really thought much of most of the legal arguments put forward by the tax protest crowd. For the most part, such as in the case of those who try to argue that the 16th Amendment was never really ratified, they just sound nutty. But, that may have to change, now [...]Continue reading Tax Protester Acquitted Of Tax Evasion
Aaron Russo, a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate, has made his documentary, America: From Freedom to Fascism, available for viewing online. I don’t agree with all of his points and I think some of it is far fetched, but it is a very good documentary about the history of the income tax and the abuses [...]Continue reading America: From Freedom to Fascism
Ron Paul is widely considered, rightfully so I would argue, to be the most libertarian candidate for President running in either party. At the same time, a few bloggers have raised questions about some of his public policy stands and whether they really are pro-liberty. He favors restrictions on immigration, while most libertarians would argue [...]Continue reading Ron Paul And Gay Rights
The Politico reports on the reaction of Alaska Congressman Don Young to efforts by Congressional Republicans to cut back on pork to his state: Rep. Don Young attacked his fellow Republicans on the House floor Wednesday, as he defended education funds allocated to his home state of Alaska. “You want my money, my money,” Young [...]Continue reading A Politician’s Rare Moment Of Candor
Patrick Ruffini is predicting that Ron Paul will place second in the non-binding straw poll to be held in Ames, Iowa in August: You heard it here first. He leads the second tier in cash-on-hand. He was able to get 1,200 people out to the Hy-Vee (has any candidate done something that big on their [...]Continue reading A Ron Paul Surprise In Iowa ?