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Archive for August, 2010

Point: Nullification Is The Civil Disobedience of Federalism

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

This post is a part of our continuing series Point/Counterpoint. I am taking the position that state Nullification of federal law is a legitimate action, and Doug Mataconis will respond tomorrow with a rebuttal. In memory of James Kilpatrick, we’ll dedicate this installment to him. In federal politics, states are party to an uneasy compact [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

From the Irvine Housing Blog: Borrowers who took out enormous loans during the housing bubble never intended to repay these loans from their wage income, they always intended to pass this debt to some else. Somewhere along the way this subtle paradigm shift took place. It seems very reasonable that one could merely service debt [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Karl Smith on taxes vs. regulation: On the other hand barrels of ink and the fates of political parties are determined over debates about the taxation of labor. Its a generally accepted principle of Public Economics that taxes are less damaging than regulation and in either case the broader and more uniform the restriction the [...]

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Obama: Judge, Jury, and Executioner in Chief

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Ezra Klein, on marriage, and the fight for “traditional” marriage: In other words, America does not currently conceive of marriage in the way that Douthat and Tushnet would like it to conceive of marriage, and in the way it would need to conceive of marriage in order for there to be a good reason the [...]

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The Whys And Wherefores Of Armed Rebellion And Beer

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Over at Popehat, Ken has posted a very thought-provoking question about the American Right’s rhetoric lately regarding armed rebellion. He delves into two topics, first exactly what the reasoning, scope, and result of revolution might be, and secondly into why the rhetoric tends to follow very similar paths to rhetoric of the socialist revolutionaries of [...]

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$26,000,000,000 for 300,000 jobs

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

That’s roughly $86,000 a job. Just how many more jobs would this $26 billion giveaway to spendthrift states and special interests have created in the private economy?

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We’re On The Left Side Of The Laffer Curve…

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

…but on the right side of the supply-side argument growth curve. I’ve posted about this several times, but I think the Laffer Curve is presented in such a way that it becomes highly misunderstood. Today that was made perfectly clear by Ezra Klein, who asked economists, political leftists and political rightists what tax rates would [...]

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Christopher Hitchens On The Campaign Against The “Ground Zero” Mosque

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Christopher Hitchens may be battling cancer, but he hasn’t lost his talent for saying exactly the right thing in exactly the right way. Take, for example, his new Slate column regarding the ongoing and seemingly endless controversy over the “Ground Zero” mosque: Take, for example, the widely publicized opinion of Abraham Foxman, national director of [...]

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Well, Well, Well. Looks Like Somebody Forgot There’s A Rule Against Alcoholic Beverages In Fraternities On Probation!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Rules, rules, rules. You try to do something nice. You try to organize a little competition for homebrewers where they can have their craft evaluated, judged, and [even for those who don't win] provide valuable feedback on technique. It’s done in private events, county and state fairs, organized by major breweries and by national brewing-centric [...]

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Medicare ‘Waste, Fraud, and Abuse’

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Obama on Saturday: “We’ve made Medicare more solvent by going after waste, fraud, and abuse – not by changing seniors’ guaranteed benefits” Really? And how aggressively have you been “going after” them? It took private sleuths hired by Medicare an average of six months last year to refer fraud cases to law enforcement. According to [...]

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I’m Not A Fan Of “Joe Boxer”, But…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

In Canada, there’s terror afoot. Young girls, late at night, are just BURSTING into flames! It seems they’ve been buying unapproved underpants, and the bodies are piling up. Only, they’re not. Nobody to date has burst into flame. And they were approved, but they just got reclassified, and apparently the difference between calling them underwear [...]

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Religious Freedom Is What Makes America

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

We live in weird times. There is still plenty to criticize radical Islamists about, and we really should be wary of efforts to bring political Islam special favors and acceptability in the United States and elsewhere. These rational arguments, however, are doomed to be misunderstood thanks to the efforts of Newt Gingrich, Bill Kristol and [...]

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Hitchens’ Passing Will Be A Tragedy For America

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

If Christopher Hitchens, as he pronounces pretty clearly in an interview for The Atlantic, is about to die on us, we’re really in for a descent in American knowledge of the Founding Fathers. Gone will be this sort of free thinking: And, in replacement of free thinking, will be Glenn Beck’s own brand of distortive [...]

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I Scratch Your Back, You Give Me A Reach-Around

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Who says government can’t coordinate their actions? Local governments, hard hit by the recession and a loss of tax revenue, are loosening restrictions at airports regarding the sale of liquor. This will help them better fleece serve travelers who just need a lil’ sumpin’ to take the edge off before they step foot on that [...]

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A Critique of the ACLU

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It takes considerable skill to be able to write from both ends of a political issue, and I’m happy to say that that is the task I am going about with the ACLU. For my defense of the ACLU, click here. The ACLU frequently backs itself up as being in favor of the Constitution. If [...]

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Nancy Folbre: Chickenhawk of the Tax War

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Nancy Folbre, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, opens her article “The Art of Tax War” (via the Tax Lawyer’s Blog via Instapundit) with a truism: As Sun Tzu observed about 2,500 years ago, “All warfare is based on deception.” Then, the deception begins.

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Point: The ACLU Is A Friend of Liberty

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

It takes considerable skill to be able to write from both ends of a political issue, and I’m happy to say that that is the task I am going about with the ACLU. For my critique of the ACLU, click here. The Left and Right political labels are pretty useless at a certain point, but for [...]

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State Debt A Problem Well In Advance Of Great Recession

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I saw a chart today that took me aback. At the Cato @ Liberty blog, a look at aggregate state debt over the last decade: I had well expected that state governments were growing their budget in accordance with the boom economies of the past decade (especially rising property tax collections through the boom), but [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

On taxes in Boston: The business of the Town is still decaying, the taxes are not at all lessened, but continue very high — A great many of our industrious inhabitants are gone into the country, the burden now falls on a small number; and they less able to bear it than ever — This [...]

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