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Utah shuts out school choice

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The bad news from last night…Utah rejected school vouchers: Voters decisively rejected the will of the Utah Legislature and governor Tuesday, defeating what would have been the nation’s most comprehensive education voucher program in a referendum blowout. […] More than 60 percent of voters were rejecting vouchers, with about 95 percent of the precincts reporting, […]

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Milton Friedman lives on…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Mike Huckabee would hate this… Speaking of Milton Friedman…on November 2nd, PBS will be showing The Ultimate Resource, which focuses on individuals in five countries (Ghana, Peru, Bangladesh, Estonia and China) and how the ideals of individual choice, freedom, free trade and private property are successfully being spread throughout the world and improving quality of […]

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Clinton and Executive Power

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Hillary Clinton said she give up some expanded executive powers: If elected president in 2008, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton would consider giving up some of the executive powers President Bush and Vice President Cheney have assumed since taking office. In an interview published Tuesday in Guardian America, a Web site run by the London-based Guardian […]

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GOP Debate Open Thread

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

There is another Republican debate tonight on Fox News (8pm EST). I’ve missed the last two or three, so I may sit down and live-blog this one. The candidates that will be participating are: Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson. WINNERS & LOSERS: Winners […]

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Coalition…what coalition?!

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Erick Erickson tells us why Mike Huckabee is a threat to the Republican Party’s coalition than Rudy Giuliani: The leaders of the social conservative movement who were present, the Arlington Group members you hear so much about, were ready and willing to get on board Romney’s campaign on Saturday morning. Then Huckabee spoke. Then the […]

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I wish I’d done it

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’m glad to see that someone destroyed this monument to a murderer: A glass monument to revolutionary icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara was shot up and destroyed less than two weeks after it was unveiled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government. Images of the 8-foot-tall glass plate bearing Guevara’s image, now toppled and shattered, were shown […]

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Liberty and 2008 – Part One

Friday, October 5th, 2007

You can’t help but sit back and look at the current field of Presidential candidates and be disappointed. It’s not like there aren’t distinguished individuals in the field. Out of the seventeen candidates there are some impressive credentials. Nine of them have served as United States Senators. Eight have at some time or another served […]

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Part of PATRIOT Act ruled unconstitutional

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Another federal judge has ruled that sections of the so-called USA PATRIOT Act are unconstitutional: Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, […]

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Stossel takes on Moore

Monday, September 10th, 2007

John Stossel and Michael Moore will go at it on the healthcare issue this Friday on 20/20. Here is a taste of things to come.

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Fred and the First Amendment (not a good record)

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Fred Thompson tried to weasel his way out of his past support of McCain-Feingold today with Laura Ingram, but the Club for Growth did some fact checking on his claims: Thompson says at about the 10:55 mark “the issue ad thing wasn’t even being discussed as far as I remember when the first debates were […]

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The “D” word back in the news

Friday, August 10th, 2007

A top military adviser is floating the idea of a military draft: Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush’s new war adviser said Friday. “I think it makes sense to certainly consider it,” Army Lt. […]

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Tancredo: Bomb Mecca and Medina

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Tom Tancredo believes that bombing Muslim holy sites is a deterrent against future terrorist attacks: On Tuesday, Tancredo warned a group of Iowans that another terrorist attack would “cause a worldwide economic collapse.” recorded his comments. “If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of […]

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America: From Freedom to Fascism

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Aaron Russo, a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate, has made his documentary, America: From Freedom to Fascism, available for viewing online. I don’t agree with all of his points and I think some of it is far fetched, but it is a very good documentary about the history of the income tax and the abuses […]

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House votes to withdraw from Iraq

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The House of Representatives has voted to withdraw from Iraq: The House has voted, 223-to-201, to approve legislation that would require the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq beginning within 120 days. You can view the vote total here.

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Massive tax increases in our future?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Our entitlements are catching up to us: Sen. Judd Gregg released (pdf) a Congressional Budget Office study (pdf) yesterday that attempts to quantify the tax rates needed to pay for the spending increases projected in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Average taxpayers would typically pay marginal federal income tax rates in the 30s, much higher […]

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Bush to commute Libby’s sentence

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Fox News is reporting that the George W. Bush will commute the sentence of Scooter Libby. Apparently, Bush doesn’t want Republicans to have any shot at retaining the White House in 2008 and seems destined to destroy his own party. This is a just a stupid political move.

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Update on the “Fairness Doctrine”

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy The United States House […]

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Spending cuts proposed

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

There were attempts to cut spending in the House of Representatives by up to four percent. I’m sure you can guess the outcome: All of these votes were held this week on various appropriations bills. Notice a pattern? Notice the similarities in the vote tallies? The House failed, 177-231, to pass an amendment that would […]

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NTU straw poll

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Fred Thompson wins the straw poll at the National Taxpayers Conference, but guess who came in second place: Every attendee of our Conference was given a chance to vote for any of the declared Presidential candidates, Republican or Democrat. After counting the votes, we can announce partial results. Fred Thompson was the winner with 25.7% […]

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No confidence in Congress

Friday, June 8th, 2007

A no confidence vote is looming for Attorney General Alberto “no right to habeas corpus” Gonzalez, and rightfully so…Gonzalez, much like the rest of the Bush Administration need to go. However, United States Senator Tom Coburn wants to add some language to the resolution on Gonzalez. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

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