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Archive for January, 2008

Government Influence Of Science — Mandating Losers

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Democrats seem to want the federal government to invest huge sums of money in development of alternative energy sources. tarran, last year, pointed out that government has all the wrong incentives and thus often picks the most politically-palatable technologies, not the most effective. This is currently occurring in Britain, a nation which has gone down [...]

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So What’s Going On With Romneycare ?

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

When Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, he signed into a law a bill mandating that every resident purchase health insurance or pay a fine to the state to subsidize the cost of state-provided insurance. When the law was passed it was assumed that most people would be covered by employer provided insurance, but according [...]

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Bush, Congress To Pass Ineffective “Stimulus” Package

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

It hasn’t been made official yet, but it looks like the Bush Administration and Congress have reached a deal on an economic stimulus package, the major component of which will include tax rebates of up to $ 600 per person: WASHINGTON (CNN) — American taxpayers would get checks of several hundred dollars from the federal [...]

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Free Market Organs

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Last week, Doug linked a post about British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s support for a policy that would allow hospitals to harvest organs without prior consent of the decedent or his/ her family. In essence, the organs of all deceased British citizens would belong to the government’s healthcare system except for those individuals who “opted [...]

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French Prefer Linguistic Purity To International Relevance

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

France is a nation that once dominated the world. In the 14th Century or so, the King of France would have likely been considered the “most powerful man in the world”, much as an American President would be considered today. Over time, the French have become irrelevant, as their empire has shrunk and their power– [...]

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Welcome To North Korea

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

This film won an International Emmy in 2001, and it’s easy to see why. It’s an hour long, but if you want to know what tyranny is really like, it’s worth watching:

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That Lottery Ticket Is Guilty !

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Police in Maine are holding onto a lottery ticket worth $ 1,000 on the ground that it constitutes proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs: ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — His lottery ticket was a $1,000 winner, but police have seized it saying it was bought with proceeds from an illegal drug sale. Michael David, who [...]

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That Money Is GUILTY!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

As yet another example of how insane the drug war has become, cops in Nebraska have seized $69K in “suspected drug money” from a driver who was not arrested, ticketed, nor in any way proven to be involved in criminal activity: Deputy Chris Engel, 25, had been on the job just two weeks when a [...]

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Quincy’s Back!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Back in the early days of The Liberty Papers, one of the founding contributors was Quincy. Life interceded into his desire to blog, and he eventually took an unspecified hiatus from the blogosphere. Thankfully, he’s back! Head on over and see what he’s up to.

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Calvin Coolidge Speaks

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

And makes more sense than anyone running for President this year: H/T: Cato@Liberty

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Fred Thompson Withdraws From Race

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Fred Thompson, in a statement released by the candidate, withdrew his candidacy for President: Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of [...]

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The Consequences When Government Tries To Do A Good Thing™

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I think we can all agree that gender equality is a Good Thing™. I think we can all agree that there should not be any barriers, legal or otherwise, to women reaching the highest levels of the workforce. And I think we can mostly, if not all, agree that the “old boy’s club”, to the [...]

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Venezuela Shows Why Price Controls Fail

Monday, January 21st, 2008

In my regular Chavez-watching, I read an article about bickering between the United States, Colombia, and Venezuela over drug trafficking and interdiction efforts. As a libertarian and an opponent of the drug war, that’s little more than political theater. After all, for all the tons of cocaine stopped by the local government, tens or hundreds [...]

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Quote Of The Day: I Have A Dream

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Posted last year, but worth reposting again. One of the best political speeches in American history, on a par with Washington’s Farewell Address and Lincoln’s Gettyburg Address: Full text: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our [...]

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California Propagandists — Pulling Out All The Stops

Monday, January 21st, 2008

California currently has a term limits law– 14 years total, with a max of 6 in the State Assembly and 8 in the State Senate. As is expected, politicians don’t like this law. They want to stay in office for as long as possible. So they’re trying to change it. They can’t advocate an outright [...]

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Nevada and South Carolina Wrap-Up

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Well, on the Republican side Mitt Romney won Nevada (uncontested) and John McCain won South Carolina. The Republican race finally narrows with departure of Duncan Hunter and the probable departure of Fred Thompson after his third place finish in South Carolina. Now for the rest: John McCain: He has the momentum going into Florida. Basically, [...]

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Nevada/South Carolina Predictions And Saturday Open Thread

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Once again, I tread into the dangerous and, so far unsuccessful, world of prediction. In this case, today’s South Carolina Republican Primary and Nevada Caucuses. First Nevada: Democrats Barack Obama Hillary Clinton John Edwards The current polls show Clinton with a slight edge, but caucuses are harder to poll than primaries and I think Obama [...]

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Mike Huckabee vs. The First Amendment

Friday, January 18th, 2008

In an interview on NPR, Mike Huckabee said that he wants to outlaw all independent speech in political campaigns: Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Wednesday disavowed the use of a negative campaign tactic known as “push polling” being used on his behalf by an independent group ahead of the South Carolina primary. Huckabee said [...]

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Hillary Wants To Do For The Housing Market What She Tried To Do For Health Care

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Destroy it. At the last Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton laid out her proposal to deal with the subprime mortgage crisis: “I have a plan – a moratorium on foreclosures for 90 days [and] freezing interest rates for five years, which I think we should do immediately,” Clinton announced at what was the last Democratic debate [...]

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More On The Ron Paul Newsletter Story

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Julian Sanchez, who co-authored a Reason article detailing the history behind the Ron Paul newsletters, responds today to some of the criticism that has been thrown his way: First, Paul was not going to be the next president, or even the next Republican nominee, in any parallel universe remotely close to ours. We have not [...]

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