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Federalism 2008

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

States and cities are lining up for a bailout…

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The Ever-Expanding Nanny State

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The guys at Reason.tv take a look at smoking bans, including one town that prohibits people from smoking in their own homes: H/T: Rick Sincere

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Credit Crisis News — Pay Attention This Weekend

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to devote time to the credit crisis and bailout. Unfortunately, the news cycle is often so short that it’s difficult to keep up. Today I was lucky to be able to catch the bailout modification. With the busy times ahead, though, there’s something that needs to be [...]

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Barack Obama’s Really Bad Plans For The Auto Industry

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

President-Elect Obama has already signaled his support for a Federal bailout for the automobile industry, but that only seems to be the beginning of what seems to be a plan to involve the Federal Government in the automobile industry to an unprecedented extent. For example, he seems to like the idea of appointing a single [...]

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They Don’t Know What They’re Doing

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

For anyone who thinks this “bailout” is any more than a haphazard guess about what the market needs to remain mobile, here’s your answer… They’ve changed their minds — again: An already disheartened Wall Street turned sharply lower Wednesday after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the government won’t buy banks’ soured mortgage assets after all, [...]

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If The Government Recognizes One Religion, Must It Recognize All Religions ?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

An interesting religious liberty case is pending before the Supreme Court that opens an entirely new front in the war over the public display of religious symbols: PLEASANT GROVE CITY, Utah — Across the street from City Hall here sits a small park with about a dozen donated buildings and objects — a wishing well, [...]

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Justice Department: Indicting Spitzer is Not in the “Public Interest”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Last March New York governor Eliot Spitzer resigned because of his involvement in a prostitution scandal. This is all well and good; I was among many others who called for Spitzer to resign. But should his resignation from office be enough? I think not. Apparently federal prosecutors disagree. Washington Post, November 7, 2008 Former New [...]

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Obama’s Next Trick — Pulling Rabbit From Hat!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

In a truly laughable article, Arjun Appadurai gives us an explanation for Obama’s election — magic! So the election of Barack is a magical thing in two distinct ways. It is awesome, historical, redemptive, and yes, transcendent too. But it is also magical in a much more serious way. It has been performed and produced [...]

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The Next Washington Bailout…

Monday, November 10th, 2008

…Is going to Republicans in Washington: Congressional Democrats announced today that they had agreed to a bailout plan for Republicans after last week’s devastating election results. While exact details are unavailable, sources tell us that the Republicans will be given 4 seats in the Senate and 15 in the House. Nancy Pelosi said in a [...]

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A Conversation

Monday, November 10th, 2008

LSE (larval stage engineer): Exactly what kind of job can you get with a degree in feminism? Chris: Socialist Indoctrinator LSE: You’d think the market demand for socialist indoctrinator would be rather small… Chris: Sadly, no.

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California Voters Respond To Deficit

Monday, November 10th, 2008

California’s in a major crunch right now, as property taxes — a windfall the last several years — have turned into a drought: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said his state’s finances have deteriorated so rapidly that a budget he signed just six weeks ago has already fallen into a $11.2 billion deficit and taxes must [...]

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Porker Steps Down

Monday, November 10th, 2008

In some worlds, this would be seen as good news: A passing of the baton happened Friday. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., announced he will step aside as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. … Byrd is 90. He has served in the Senate since 1959 – the most senior member of the Senate. It [...]

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Monday Open Thread — Grounds For Secession?

Monday, November 10th, 2008

What began decades ago as a joke is gaining steam here on the west coast. Rural counties on the Cal-Oregon border who believe they are completely unrepresented in Sacramento & Salem are considering a way out: Some folks around here think the economic sky is falling and state lawmakers in Sacramento and Salem are ignoring [...]

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One Libertarian’s Advice for Republicans and Republican Leaders

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism [...] The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -Ronald Reagan (1975) For the second election in [...]

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Doublespeak of The Day

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Yesterday from Obama (google cache here, screenshot here): Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama today: Obama will call on citizens of all [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

From my brother, who is astoundingly close to my political position, when asked by my wife (who likes Obama) about the election last night: The bus has already sailed over the cliff… Who you put in the driver’s seat doesn’t much matter. I have but one bit of disagreement… If it’s possible, Obama’s election might [...]

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Could Ron Paul Have Won?

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

As we speak the heavyweights of the Republican Party are meeting to discuss how to recover from the debacle (for the Republicans that is) that was to 2008 election.  Their goal will be to figure out how they can win national elections again.  I wonder if they will even consider the advice of Ron Paul.  [...]

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Bob Barr: “This Is Just The Beginning”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Bob Barr has issued the following press release on the election results: ATLANTA, GA – “This is just the beginning of the new Libertarian Party,” says Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian Party nominee for president. “In these next four years, there will be an even greater need for a political party fully dedicated to lower [...]

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Bob Barr Likely To Fall Short Of Hopes

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Based on these preliminary vote total figures, it looks like Bob Barr’s best outcome would be to exceed Harry Browne’s vote total in 1996: Based on these numbers, Barr has exceeded Ron Paul’s vote total from 1988 and seems likely to match or exceed Harry Browne’s vote total from 1996, but will fall far short [...]

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Demographics, Statistics, and Signs of Hope

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Obviously, I disagree with the choice that 51% of Americans made last night, but in that choice, there are many aspects that I think are good things… perhaps great things. The first point, is that although the democrats are already trying to spin this as a huge numeric victory, it is not. Though the electoral [...]

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