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Archive for February, 2009

Stimulis: Because all economies have performance issues

Saturday, February 7th, 2009
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The Silver Lining Of Libertarianism

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Kevin Drum wonders why Republicans are recalcitrant obstructionists: Republican senators have a modest proposal for Hilda Solis: that if she’s confirmed as Labor Secretary, she recuse herself from any advocacy for the Employee Free Choice Act. That’s quite the suggestion. Rather like asking Robert Gates not to advocate for the armed forces, or Judd Gregg […]

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Illinois — Where Our Governors Make Our License Plates

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Ahh, as a transplant from Chicago, I just got this in an email from my family — who is excited about the move up to 40 degree days this weekend!

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Will Wilkinson, on the Democrat [and media's] spin regarding the stimulus package: It’s Porkulus or starvation, nation. Choose sides carefully. The statists have honestly succeeded in framing the debate this way. Thus, those of us who are against the stimulus are accused of being willing to wreck the economy rather than engage in a little […]

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1,000,000

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Early this morning, The Liberty Papers recorded our millionth unique visitor. A visitor from Terre Haute, Indiana. I’ve got fond memories of Terre Haute; from a mardi gras party at Rose-Hulman [I attended Purdue, but visited a friend there] and a visiting Indiana State coed… But that’s a story for another time. The Liberty Papers […]

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A Tenth Amendment victory?

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

This may be the only time that President Obama doesn’t try to undermine the sovereignty of individual states granted by the Tenth Amendment, but I’ll take it: Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama’s campaign promises to stop the raids. The White House said it […]

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Open Thread — Gas Prices

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

When oil went into freefall, dropping from $147/bbl last year into the $40/bbl range, I wasn’t surprised to see gas make an enormous downward trend, and (as usual) trail the oil price by 1-2 weeks. But since then, I’ve seen little appreciable movement in the oil price, but gas has been trending back upwards (at […]

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Off Topic Public Service: Parents Please Watch Your Children

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

As a father of a toddler, when I heard this story on the radio this morning, I was completely heartbroken for this mother: SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities are investigating the death of a 4-year Mission Viejo girl who was killed at home when she climbed into a front-loading washing machine that 15-month-old brother turned […]

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Utah To Replace Private Club Booze With Big Brother Booze?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

After reason.tv’s first foray into the explanation of the idiocy of Utah’s blue laws, the Hit&Run blog has followed it up with Utah’s proposal to finally end the “Private Club” craziness that they put people through. But is the cure worse than the disease? A plan to do away with Utah’s private club law and […]

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“Socialism on Trial” Will Necessitate Republican Defendants

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

About the direction the Republican Party should take, Craig Shirley said: “The 2008 campaign was never an honest choice between conservatism and liberalism. Really, it was just a referendum on George Bush,” said Craig Shirley, a consultant and author of a forthcoming book on the 1980 presidential campaign. Shirley thinks equating Democratic values with socialism […]

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Obama-little — Economic Sky Is Falling If Stimulus Doesn’t Pass Soon

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Obama: “We need to do something!” Congress: “This is something.” Obama: “That’s good enough for me.” The president rejected several complaints about the plan, including arguments that tax cuts alone would solve the problem or that longer-term goals such as energy independence and health care reform should wait. Obama opposed such piecemeal approaches. Instead, he […]

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Managing to Fail

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The alarmist, emotionally manipulative tone, and shallow nature of this report offends me; but I have to say, if anything, the picture they paint of DHLs operations is actually nowhere near bad enough. They’re only focusing on the impact of the closure here without ever asking why. I know from the inside. I was a […]

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Threat Of Budget Cuts Always Hit The Popular Programs

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Michigan’s in some trouble, and as usual, when government starts threatening budget cuts, it’s always to the programs people like: Under Granholm’s proposal, this year’s Michigan State Fair, which runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7 at the corner of Eight Mile and Woodward Avenue in Detroit, would be the last after 160 years. The state […]

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Execute Michael Phelps

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I’ll assume that US News and World Report writer Mary Kate Cary despises the people on this list (which was provided by Radley Balko): Barack Obama, president-elect.  Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S.  John Kerry, U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic nominee for president.  John Edwards, multi-millionaire, former U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic nominee for […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

From Murray Rothbard (relayed by EconLog): In fact, if you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place. Full quote below the fold.

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“They Still End Up Gettin’ Drunk” In Utah

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Utah is a beautiful state. I have traveled there quite a few times over the last few years — I”ll be there next week, in fact — and am always struck by the amazing scenery available just traveling in the Salt Lake City area. I’ve driven through the salt flats, and have stayed up in […]

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“Swing Vote” On The Economic Stimulus

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The improbable plot of Swing Vote, where a small-town man somehow becomes the deciding vote in a Presidential election — causing the candidates and media to swarm him like, well, politicians for votes — may be becoming reality. While I haven’t seen the movie, my understanding is that the character of Bud, played by Kevin […]

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The Latest Stimu-pork Earmark

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Louisiana Looter, I mean Senator, Mary Landrieu has asked for nearly a doubling of the Army Corps of Engineers budget for more “flood control projects” (ie. pork barrel spending). The earmark is not intended to create any jobs immediately, but instead to repay Louisiana’s political bosses for helping her get reelected last year. Louisiana’s “conservative” […]

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Quote Of The Day — Birthday Edition

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

On the 104th anniversary of her birth, this Ayn Rand quote seems to be appropriate given tarran’s post below: “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.”

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Administration Declares War On Middle Class Dissatisfaction

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

…or something like that: For years, we had a White House that failed to put the middle class front and center in its economic policies. President Barack Obama has made it clear that is going to change. And it’s why he’s asked me to lead a task force on the middle class. America’s middle class […]

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