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Lawsuits Await As ObamaCare Passes

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Shortly, ObamaCare will be the law of the land, then the next round in the battle begins: WASHINGTON — The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political […]

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ObamaCare, The Constitution, And The Next Round In The Health Care Wars

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The Constitutionality of ObamaCare is apparently a subject that neither Nancy Pelosi, nor any other Member of Congress has given any consideration to. In today’s Washington Post, however, Law Professor Randy Barnett takes a look at the probable Constitutional challenges to the health care bill: Can Congress really require that every person purchase health insurance […]

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Is “Deem And Pass” Constitutional ? Neither The Question Nor The Answer Are As Simple As You Think

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

As the debate over health care reform approaches it’s final hours in the House of Representatives, there’s been much discussion over the past week over a rather obscure topic — the internal operating procedures of the House of Representatives, and specifically the apparent intention of House Democrats to use something that has been called “deem […]

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The CBO Health Care Numbers Are Phony And Meaningless

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

While the Democrats in Congress will try to spin it otherwise, the truth about the CBO numbers released today can be found on the first page of CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf’s letter to Speaker Pelosi: Although CBO completed a preliminary review of legislative language prior to its release, the agency has not thoroughly examined the […]

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. – Thomas Jefferson

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Liz Cheney, Bill Kristol, And The Shameful NeoCon Attack On America’s Legal System

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The latest controversy of the day among many on the right, led principally by Liz Cheney and William Kristol, involves attacking Justice Department lawyers who represented alleged members of al Qaeda or the Taliban detained at Guantanmo Bay. As Kristol puts it: [L]awyers now at the DOJ worked on the historic Boumediene case. That case […]

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Ron Paul Wins CPAC 2012 GOP Straw Poll

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

It doesn’t necessarily mean much of anything, but I’ve got to admit that this libertarian was quite pleased to hear that Ron Paul won the straw poll at this year’s CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C.: Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll today, ending Mitt Romney’s streak and serving notice that about a third of […]

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Supreme Court Strikes A Blow For Free Speech

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

By driving a stake through the heart of McCain-Feingold: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that […]

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National Debt Tops $ 12,000,000,000,000

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Just 247 days after topping $ 11 trillion and 414 days since passing the $ 10 trillion mark, America’s national debt is now above the eye-popping level of twelve trillion dollars: It’s another record-high for the U.S. National Debt which today topped the $12-trillion mark. Divided evenly among the U.S. population, it amounts to $38,974.34 […]

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Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead Of The Modern Libertarian Movement

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

There are few figures in the American libertarian movement that gave rise to as much controversy or passion as Ayn Rand. Love her or hate her, it’s hard to find a libertarian who doesn’t have an opinion about the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. For many of us, she was the one who […]

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Ludwig Von Mises Finally Getting Some Of The Respect He Deserves

Friday, November 13th, 2009

When Ludwig von Mises first arrived in the United States after escaping from Nazi Europe, and pretty much up until the present day, he was essentially ignored by the mainstream economics community in the United States. It was only through the assistance of American businessmen that he was able to get a job teaching at […]

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Thoughts On Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

As we mark Veterans Day here in the United States, it is worth remembering that, for the rest of the Western world, today marks the end of what may very well be the most pointless war in human history The war in which millions of educated and working class men sacrificed their lives to fight […]

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Pfizer Abandons Site Condemned In Infamous Kelo v. New London Case

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In the annals of Supreme Court history, there are perhaps only a handful of cases that go down in history as more egregious than what happened in Suzette Kelo v. City of New London. In that case, the Supreme Court approved an eminent domain taking by the City of New London, Connecticut that involved taking […]

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Twenty Years Ago Today

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The people of Germany are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the end of the division of their nation: With prayers, music and pomp, Germany on Monday remembered the 20th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall fell, sending East Germans flooding west and setting in motion events that soon led to the country’s reunification. Chancellor […]

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Will The Supreme Court Finally Start Reining In The Necessary And Proper Clause ?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

One of the most pernicious clauses of the Constitution that has, through creative interpretation led to an expansion of the power of the Federal Government far beyond where it was intended is the Necessary and Proper Clause, which sits at the end of Article I, Section 8 and states as follows: To make all Laws […]

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Good News On Health Care Reform: They Don’t Have The Votes Yet

Friday, November 6th, 2009

This is a good sign: WASHINGTON – A House leader says Democrats haven’t yet lined up enough votes to pass their health care overhaul bill. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says the vote that House Democrats had scheduled for Saturday could slip to Sunday or early next week. Hoyer acknowledged to reporters Friday that […]

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The Enduring Legacy Of Ayn Rand

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Part One in Reason.tv’s new series about Ayn Rand: Few authors have ever achieved the popularity that the novelist and essayist Ayn Rand (1905-1982) did. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943 and Atlas Shrugged in 1958, Rand became a full-blown cultural phenomenon, selling millions of books and inspiring countless readers—ranging from former Federal […]

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Gene Healy Talks About The Cult Of The Presidency

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Recently, Cato Institute Vice-President Gene Healy, author of , which I recently reviewed, spoke on Freedom & Prosperity Radio about his book and the rise of Executive Branch power in the United States. The whole interview is worth listening to.

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The World Of Ayn Rand

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

On Wednesday evening, I was fortunate to attend a forum at The Cato Institute featuring the authors of two new biographies of Ayn Rand — Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right and Anne C. Heller, author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made. It was a […]

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The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. […]

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