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Why Democracy Doesn’t Work, Evidence #1,083

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Over at Ezra Klein’s place, Dylan Matthews points to the fact that elections are driven by the economy (and in some years, by war). And that George McGovern, who died yesterday, gets a bit of a bad rap based on the fact that he was up against an incumbent President presiding over a rapidly-expanding economy [...]

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Why America’s “Third-Party Airline” Shouldn’t Sponsor The Debates

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Commission on Presidential Debates has been coming under a lot of fire for their exclusion of third parties this year, due largely to the fact that Gary Johnson is polling at 6% nationally and happens to be suing them* at the moment. As Reason points out, they’ve already lost three national sponsors, and are [...]

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Why The Big, Dumb Spending Cuts Nobody Wants Are A Good Idea

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Ezra Klein’s believes that it’s a horrible thing that the big, dumb spending cuts that nobody wants might actually happen: The initial idea was that if the supercommittee failed, there would be automatic spending cuts and automatic tax increases. This way, both parties would have an incentive to reach a deal. But Republicans refused the [...]

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Obama Breaks Numerous Laws To Transport/Distribute Alcoholic Beverage

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Okay, so the title was a bit tongue-in-cheek to get your attention… But there is a serious issue to discuss here based on a campaign stop in Iowa: A surprising anecdote from a White House pool report this morning: Campaign official also offers up that potus was talking about white house beer, which apparently the [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

From J.D. Tuccille at Reason Hit’n’Run: But I still think I’m correct in looking at the presidential race and seeing anything but an easy call. Strictly speaking, I see two midgets locked in a slap fight, and the loser is us as we confront the fact that one of them will be left standing. Well [...]

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Eric Tweets The History Leading To The American Revolution

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I’m posting this on behalf of Eric, who on twitter (@e_cowperthwaite) gave a series of tweets highlighting the key events leading up to the US Revolution & Declaration of Independence. I’m providing the whole list here: How did the American Revolution happen? Did we really fight a bloody, 7 year war only because of taxes [...]

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‘Wendy’ Condemns Chick-fil-A President Remarks On Gay Marriage

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Caught this across the wire today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wendy’s Spokeswoman ‘Wendy’ Stands With Gay Marriage Supporters Dublin, Ohio, July 25 2012: Wendy’s corporation found Dave Thomas believed in treating all people, customers, employees, and vendors with the utmost respect. As the woman you see on the sign and in the logo of Wendy’s, it [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

David Brooks has fired up Radley Balko. And I highly recommend you go read Radley’s whole piece… It’s worth it. One bit that I found particularly poignant, regarding why democratic politics, in particular, is not worthy of blind deference: Politics—the quest for power because you’re sure that you, more than others, know what’s best for [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The AP, lamenting the fact that so many new college grads are having trouble finding work: College graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level Actually, like the guy interviewed with a “creative writing” degree who now works as [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

From M.S. @ The Economist’s Democracy In America blog: To say that most American political discourse takes place at the intellectual level of baboons would be an insult to baboons. Baboons are capable of handling two-factor reasoning problems: if I eat all the bananas now, I’ll have none left for later; better eat enough to [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, April 13th, 2012

From Steven Greenhut, writing at Reason: Americans suffer under the delusion that transportation systems are just that—systems for transporting people from one destination to another. What most of us fail to recognize is that the politicians, activists and planners who play the greatest role in creating those systems have far different goals than improving the [...]

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On Judge Jerry Smith’s “Homework Assignment” And Judicial Deference To The Legislature

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Last Tuesday, a federal judge in the 5th Circuit, Jerry Smith, blasted a DOJ lawyer on an ObamaCare case in the wake of Obama’s comments on judicial activism. The Judge assigned the lawyer a three-page, single spaced homework assignment to draft a position on whether the judiciary has the legitimate right to overturn Unconstitutional legislation. [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Arnold Kling, on the “gotcha” mentality of partisanism: If your goal is to accumulate a fan base and fire them up, then of course calling intellectual fouls on the other side is the way to go. However, I claim that if your goal is to contribute to a discussion in which fair-minded people will consider [...]

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Point: How The Supreme Court Will Find The Individual Mandate Constitutional

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This is part of The Liberty Papers’ continuing Point/Counterpoint series, where two contributors (or a contributor and a guest) argue competing sides of an issue. In this installment, I will argue that the Supreme Court has a realistic defensible argument to find the Individual Mandate in ObamaCare Constitutional. Tomorrow, Doug Mataconis will respond with a [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Is there a more worthless phrase on the political landscape than “judicial activism”? And a court that gave us Bush v. Gore and Citizens United will prove conclusively that it sees no limits on its power, no need to defer to those elected to make our laws. A Supreme Court that is supposed to give [...]

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Happiness Is A Choice

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I’m not an old or wise man. I’m assuredly not qualified to dole out advice — particularly to people I’ve never met. I was raised in a family where one didn’t readily admit the existence of ones feelings much less talk about them. For everything I’ve learned, I’m still filled with more dysfunctions than I [...]

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Book Review — The Cult Of The Presidency, Gene Healy

Monday, March 19th, 2012

America has a love affair with the Presidency. Unfortunately, that love affair is a codependent, abusive relationship, and one in a very long string of the same. It wasn’t always this way. But to fix the problem, as with most abusive relationships, we need to fix ourselves first — ask what it is we want [...]

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We’re Here! We’re Gluttons! Get Used To It!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Over at Megan McArdle’s place, she’s on a leave of absence for some as-yet-unnamed project. In her stead, Katherine Mangu-Ward picks up one of Megan’s common refrains about Americans and obesity: Fat people know they’re fat. They know why they’re fat. And they know that being fat kinda sucks. This may seem obvious, but think [...]

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Quote Of The Day

Monday, March 5th, 2012

From Don Boudreaux. He’s addressing the Cato/Koch lawsuit*, but more specifically addressing the question of ideas-based ideological battles vs. the more common political election-based battles: At the end of the day in any society, political office holders largely reflect the culture and climate of ideas that prevail in that society. The overwhelming effects of culture [...]

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Penn Jillette, Seth McFarlane, And The “Stupid or Evil” Political Fallacy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Recently Chris has pointed out (here & here) the stupid/evil fallacy the left often uses* to paint the right. In short, the fallacy goes like this: 1) Republican policies are bad and designed purely to reward the current power structure. 2) If you are a Republican, you then must fall into one of two categories: [...]

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