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Archive for September, 2009

Barack Obama’s Newspeak on Health Care

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Tonight’s speech on health care was a doubling down on the part of the administration. All the bad policy, all the economic voodoo, and all the flat out repression remain in the President’s platform. So does all the newspeak: Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build […]

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Supreme Court Seems Poised To Overturn Campaign Finance Precedents

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Based on the oral argument that occurred before the Supreme Court today, it seems pretty clear that the Court is prepared to strike down many restrictions on political advocacy that it had previously allowed: WASHINGTON — There seemed little question after the argument in an important campaign finance case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday […]

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Jon Henke Appearance on Rachel Maddow Show

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Having spent a few years in the ‘sphere, I remember the good ol’ days when Jon Henke was a fellow obscurity at QandO — which I’d point out was then and is today a bit less obscure than The Liberty Papers. He’s gone on to quite a few high-profile gigs, including online media coordination for […]

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Honduras sheds light on Obama

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Juan Carlos Hidalgo asks the question of the day in a post at Cato@Liberty: What Principle is Guiding Obama’s Honduras Policy? The Obama administration is threatening not to recognize the result of Honduras’ presidential election in late November unless Manuel Zelaya returns to the presidency beforehand. The presidential poll was already scheduled prior to Zelaya’s […]

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Supreme Court May Overturn Previous Rulings On Campaign Finance

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear re-argument in a case that could lead to a big change in campaign finance law: The Supreme Court’s unusual hearing Wednesday on the role corporations can play in influencing elections carries the potential not only for rewriting the nation’s campaign finance laws but also for testing the willingness of […]

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Taxation And Morality

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

There have been plenty of books and policy papers written, plenty of speeches and television and radio interviews, about the economic reasons that high progressive taxation is a bad idea. We’ve heard many times about how it restricts innovation by discouraging investments, or how higher tax rates actually have the seemingly perverse impact of decreasing […]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

“Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren, America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.” — Senator Barack Obama (Ill), 2006 We need to raised the debt ceiling above $ 12 Trillion. — President Barack Obama, 2009.

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Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

From former GAO head David Walker in the WSJ: Mr. Walker’s own speeches are vivid and clear. “We have four deficits: a budget deficit, a savings deficit, a value-of-the-dollar deficit and a leadership deficit,” he tells one group. “We are treating the symptoms of those deficits, but not the disease.” Remember, this is from someone […]

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Chart Of The Day

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Does this look to you like we’re headed out of a recession yet?

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Shooting the Messenger

Friday, September 4th, 2009

JERICHO, Ark. – It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn’t hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps. The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in […]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, September 4th, 2009

America has “Czars” because there are still a few respectable people using the titles of “Capo” and “Don” — Samizdata via Billy Beck

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A Conversation with Family

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

From my cousin: No one should die because they cannot afford health care, no one should go broke because they get sick, and no one should be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions. (But I also believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions especially from personal experience. And I won’t urge you repost this […]

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AARP Ad: Opponents of ObamaCare Oppose “Health Care Reform”

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The “Ambulance Commercial” from AARP claims that the “special interest groups” are “trying to derail” the healthcare debate. Those who oppose “reform” are “spreading myths” about rationing of care. In case you’ve missed it, here’s the ad: One of the things that really makes me angry about this debate is the way groups like AARP, […]

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Open Thread – Government Debt

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

From the Treasury, as of Tuesday 9/1: Total US Debt: 11,792,918,170,836.43 ——————————– Debt Held By The Public: 7,481,218,854,095.12 Intragovernmental Holdings: 4,311,699,316,741.31 Debt held by the “public” includes anything not held by other government agencies. I.e. this is t-bills sold to individuals, corporations, foreign individuals and even foreign governments or sovereign wealth funds. Intragovernmental holdings a […]

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Georgia Pastor Is Latest Victim Of War On (Some) Drugs

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

A Georgia Pastor was mistakenly killed in the a police drug string operation: STEPHENS COUNTY, Ga. — A pastor was shot and killed following a drug sting in Stephens County, Ga., on Tuesday, and the officers involved and friends of the pastor are giving different versions of what led up to the shooting. The Stephens […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Liberals want to be your Mommy. Conservatives want to be your Daddy. Libertarians want to treat you like an adult. — @solmc via Twitter

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Kevin Drum: The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act makes it illegal to sell toys that haven’t been tested for lead content. In general, I think that’s a perfectly fine idea. You know, I’ll step away from anarchism for a moment to say this. I think, in general, it’s perfectly fine to make it illegal to […]

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Show Support For Your Team With Bud Light!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

With the start of college football barely over 24 hours away, those of us who are rabid fans are salivating for some action… And for many of us, that pavlovian response to college football has us salivating for a tasty adult beverage as well. What better way to show our support than by drinking our […]

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