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Democrats’ love of dependency on display

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

One of the most galling moments for hard-left Democrats in the last two decades was Bill Clinton embracing welfare reform. Gone were the days that welfare acted as a black hole that sucked people in and kept them there. The spirit of the law was changed from one of dependence to one of independence, removing […]

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Moving nowhere fast in Oregon

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Coyote Blog has an excellent post up about a moving business at the whim of Oregon law: Cato has a video of some folks in Oregon who started a moving business, only to find that sate law effectively requires them to get permission of current moving companies before they can operate (apparently, someone in Oregon […]

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Eliot Spitzer on Transformation and Stimulation

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer gives us a look at the kind of stimulation he would give the economy in Slate: The incoming Obama administration and Congress are planning a huge fiscal stimulus package. They hope that such a stimulus will catalyze an economic turnaround and be a cornerstone of a “New New Deal.” […]

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It’s not a privacy threat today…

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Oregon is trying to devise a system to tax all those shifty, tax-evading environmentalists they have up there: Oregon is among a growing number of states exploring ways to tax drivers based on the number of miles they drive instead of how much gas they use, even going so far as to install GPS monitoring […]

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You should want what I want

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

…or “The Basic Fallacy of all Leftist Economics” The political left throughout the world loves to proclaim its eternal devotion to diversity. They like diverse schools, diverse workplaces, diverse TV shows, diverse music, and on and on. It turns out, though, that this love of diversity is only skin deep. That is, the skin of […]

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A Libertarian-Friendly Economic Stimulus Plan?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Based on Brad’s recent post about the stimulus plan and the comments to it, I’ve come up with a plan that puts money in the hands where it can do some good, ours, while allowing the politicians in Washington to claim they’ve done something. Here are my starting assumptions: 1) The plan must be revenue […]

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The Need for Deflation

Friday, December 26th, 2008

In a follow-up on Tarran’s excellent Primer on Money, I’d like to take the opportunity to bring the lessons to bear on our current financial situation. Tarran correctly points out what has happened with the US Government and its ability to control the money supply: Today, the United States government has engaged in massive amounts […]

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Bush ignores Congress…

Friday, December 19th, 2008

…again. When Congress couldn’t come to terms on a bailout for the big three stooges, President Bush had to make sure it got done: President George W. Bush’s decision to provide up to $17.4 billion in short-term loans should help General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC avoid a short-term cash crisis, but it will force […]

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It’s the dollar, stupid

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

So, GWB and San Fran Nancy have been sniping at each other over the nation’s economic malaise. Who’s to blame? He says inaction by a Democratic congress is to blame, while she says his administration’s incompetence is to blame. Well, as entertaining as this tussle is, they’re both wrong. Fabius Maximus has a good post […]

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The FBI Hyperlink Honeypot, and what you can do to stay safe

Friday, March 28th, 2008

This post is intended to help internet users who make legitimate, non-criminal use of the internet avoid being caught by the FBI’s hyperlink honeypot. While there are methods that can be used to cover deliberate criminal activity on the internet, I will not post them here. Declan McCullagh brings scary news of the latest tactics […]

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Thank you, Mr. Governor

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

An open letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger: Mr. Governor, I thank you for making my life harder. By allowing a minimum wage increase, you are ensuring that my money, as well as the money of every other Californian, will buy me less. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about much, since I’m not in the unenviable […]

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Where multiculturalism fails drastically…

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

New LLP member Lone Pony pointed me towards this article, Victor Davis Hanson on the War on Terror on National Review Online, which included the following: …the bogus notion of multiculturalism has blinded us to a simple truth: we in the West can live according to our own values and should not allow those radicals […]

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“the freedom of speech, or of the press”

Monday, February 6th, 2006

That phrase comes from the First Amendment. Here, for context, is the entirety of the Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the […]

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The Alito hearings were worthless

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

I am deeply disappointed in the Senate this week after seeing the absolutely horrible confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito. The truly important issues of the day, property rights, privacy, and free speech, fell by the wayside in favor of abortion and executive power. It is no wonder we never got a useful answer from Samuel […]

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Democracy and Tyranny

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

If you ask most people to compare democracy and tyranny, they will say that they are polar opposites, since no particular person can gain or abuse power without the consent of the majority. While even this is not true, as proven by Adolf Hitler’s rise to democratically-elected power, it is far from the end of […]

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Humble equality vs. haughty equality

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

In the history of the United States, the word equality has been held in the highest esteem. It has also been subjected to a multitude of meanings. Our understanding of equality has drifted far from what it was when Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” […]

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About Quincy – The (highly) abridged version

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

In the blogosphere I go by Quincy, which is a nickname I picked up in high school. I’m a twenty-something working as a software designer at an insurance company here in Marin County, CA. Odd place to find someone with my pro-liberty beliefs, I know. More on that in a moment. I spend my off […]

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