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Archive for February, 2009

Thanks For Nothing, Mr. President

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Remember Barack Obama’s promise to cut taxes for 95% of American workers ? Well, it’s in the stimulus bill, but it doesn’t amount to much of anything: Q: What are some of the tax breaks in the bill? A: It includes Obama’s signature “Making Work Pay” tax credit for 95 percent of workers, though negotiators [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

From The Federalist Paupers: Obama is an underpants gnome. Step 1: Win the presidency. Step 3: Be a great president. For the uninitiated, explanation here. Hat Tip: dispatches from TJICistan

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Resist The Stimulus

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Now that the members of the United States Congress have ignored the American people and are set to steal and borrow around $800 billion for a “stimulus” package which benefits left-wing special interests, political machines on the state and local level, and other vote buying programs in general; those of us who actually believe in [...]

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Possibly the most profound words I have ever heard spoken

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

“We are living in a universe of willing slaves; which is what makes the concept of liberty so dangerous, and the concept of freedom so dangerous” — James Baldwin

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Feds to Launch New Comedy Site

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

From FinancialStability.gov (props): This site is coming soon. On Tuesday, February 10th, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner outlined a comprehensive plan to restore stability to our financial system. In the address, Secretary Geithner discussed the Obama Administration’s strategy to strengthen our economy by getting credit flowing again to families and businesses, while imposing new measures and [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The current state of America, summed up quite nicely in this comment over at Donklephant: Instead of wasteful fiscally irresponsible and corrupt Republican controlled government spending money we don’t have on Republican pork, constituencies, contributors, and unproven pet ideologies led by a president who couldn’t talk… We now have a wasteful fiscally irresponsible and corrupt [...]

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Newsweek: “We Are All Socialists Now”

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

It’s no longer just libertarians making this claim, but now Newsweek magazine: As the Obama administration presses the largest fiscal bill in American history, caps the salaries of executives at institutions receiving federal aid at $500,000 and introduces a new plan to rescue the banking industry, the unemployment rate is at its highest in 16 [...]

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Stimulus vs. Stability

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

In Barack Obama’s first press conference, he says the following: “It is absolutely true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or economic growth. That is and must be the role of the private sector…But at this particular moment, with the private sector so weakened by this recession, the federal government is [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Russell Roberts, on the push for a fast bailout vote: The urgency to get this bill passed reminds me of the quarterback who tries to get off a play quickly before the opposing coach can challenge the previous play. Yep… That’s about right.

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PETA Says AKC Is Like KKK? WTF?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I’m sure this will get their point across: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals knows how to grab attention. And show off its laundry. The animal rights group, which every year stages a protest at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, had two of its members dress in Ku Klux Klan garb outside Madison [...]

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Read the Declaration

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I said earlier that the “stimulus” package was a declaration of war on those who produce wealth and live responsibly, now and into the future. The kind folks at NRO have taken the time to show just how bloated a declaration it is.

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Who must suffer so others may profit?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

One of my favorite TV shows is Babylon 5.  It offered interesting plots and much to think about.  The episode “Deathwalker” comes to my mind when thinking about the stimulus.  Jha’dur, a scientist from a vanquished enemy species, has become known as “Deathwalker” for her terrifying bioweapon experiments.  Now, she appears on Babylon 5 with [...]

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Wisconsin Police Woman Endangers Family

Monday, February 9th, 2009

This is another one of those stories that I read and say “this could happen to me!” More than a month after Sam Salter wound up in the Ramsey County jail for two nights, the 40-year-old adjunct college instructor from Hudson, Wis., is still fuming. “You feel totally helpless,” he said. At the end of [...]

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Which is Freakier: A bong hit or “the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris [as] an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement?”

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps took a bong hit; Kellogg’s has dropped their sponsorship of Phelps. In my opinion, Kellogg’s has every right in the world to drop the sponsorship. And I have every right in the world to quit using Kelloggs’ products. If the Phelps issue wasn’t enough, let’s [...]

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Drudge Headline Vindicates Libertarian Arguments

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Since the term has been in existence, libertarians have railed against our federal monetary policy, bloated federal budgets and deficit spending.  Today’s headline from the Drudge Report illustrates what we’ve been arguing for years.  Here’s a re-creation scaled for this site: ‘Enough to pay off more than 90% of the nation’s home mortgages’… TAXPAYERS RISK [...]

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An Economy Is Not About Jobs

Monday, February 9th, 2009

One of the bizarre fallacies propounded by President Obama, the Congressional leadership, and their intellectual enablers such as Paul Krugman, is the notion that society should be organized to give people jobs, and that if the supply of jobs is insufficient to meet the demand, the government should step in and create an additional supply [...]

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So, we’re not all going to drown, or be killed by hurricanes?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

This is the single best, and clearest, explanation of the Rationalist Position on global warming I’ve Ever Seen Key line: “So, why don’t we ever talk about the suns contribution to global warming? …Well, because we can’t regulate it, tax it, or make it feel guilty for what it’s doing“. Got it in one there [...]

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Economic Enhancement

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

As reason (via Stephen Littau) informs us, all economies have “performance issues.”  Our national case of electile dysfunction has led to a stimulus package that Robert Stacy McCain says simply “won’t work.” If we are going to continue with the sexual analogies, here’s a thought: Obama certainly isn’t going to stimulate me with a trillion-pound [...]

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Democrats’ love of dependency on display

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

One of the most galling moments for hard-left Democrats in the last two decades was Bill Clinton embracing welfare reform. Gone were the days that welfare acted as a black hole that sucked people in and kept them there. The spirit of the law was changed from one of dependence to one of independence, removing [...]

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Kevin Drum Completely Blows It On Payroll Tax Cut

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Kevin Drum, responding to Matt Yglesias’ suggestion that a payroll tax cut would be worthwhile in the “stimulus” bill: Agreed, but isn’t the $500/$1000 refundable tax credit in the current package essentially the same thing? Technically it’s a credit against income tax, but in practice, since it’s refundable, it’s a flat tax rebate for everyone [...]

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