Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

February 27, 2009

Doublespeak — We’re Not Going To Nationalize

What would they call this, then? A new Citigroup deal has finally been announced by the Treasury. The government will convert $25 billion in preferred shares to common shares. The move could give the Treasury close to a 36% stake in the company. The government’s influence is becoming apparent. Citi will eliminate its dividend and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:55 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Doublespeak,Economics
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February 23, 2009

Doublespeak Of The Day

From Ezra Klein: Over the weekend, I asked Henry Aaron, an economist at Brookings, whether it would be fair to say that the definition of fiscal responsibility had changed. Where once it meant entitlement cuts, now it meant an attention to health reform. “Yeah,” he said. “That’s exactly right.” Ahh, I see… Instead of trying […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:41 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak
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February 3, 2009

Threat Of Budget Cuts Always Hit The Popular Programs

Michigan’s in some trouble, and as usual, when government starts threatening budget cuts, it’s always to the programs people like: Under Granholm’s proposal, this year’s Michigan State Fair, which runs Aug. 28 to Sept. 7 at the corner of Eight Mile and Woodward Avenue in Detroit, would be the last after 160 years. The state […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Government Waste,Politics
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January 26, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Proposes $540 Billion Corporate Welfare Package

Move over McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy and McCain-Lieberman.  We’ve now got the Limbaugh-Obama Bipartisan Economic Recovery Package (AKA LOBERP, pronounced like “low burp”).  Here’s the description provided over at The Next Right: Mine is a genuine compromise.  So let’s look at how the vote came out, shall we?  Fifty-three percent of voters in this country — we’ll […]

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January 20, 2009

Orwell Couldn’t Have Named It Better

From WaPo: The George W. Bush Presidential Center will include a “Freedom Institute” focused on a broad portfolio of topics, including the expansion of democracy abroad and education reforms of the kind Bush implemented during his presidency, according to organizers. Aside from a few really minor issues which defined the Bush presidency (i.e. torture, Gitmo, […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:05 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak
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January 15, 2009

Depends on What the Meaning of the Word “Torture” Is

“As I’ve said before, the United States does not torture,” said President Bush in 2006.  “It’s against our laws and it’s against our values.” The AP brings us the latest episode of the other half of the story: “We tortured Qahtani,” Crawford said, making her the first senior Bush administration official to say that aggressive […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:03 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Doublespeak,Foreign Affairs
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January 11, 2009

Another Permanent State of Emergency

Many people have expressed a hope that Barack Obama will be an improvement over George Bush and that he will roll back some of George Bush’s excesses.  They see in Obama a man who understands nuanced argument, who at least acknowledges that those who oppose his policies can have good reasons and arguments for doing […]

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November 26, 2008

The Un-American Pledge of Allegiance

One aspect common to totalitarian regimes is the forced loyalty oath. Nazi Germany, for example, forced all pastors, civil servants and soldiers to take an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler. In the Soviet Union, in Communist China, and numerous other nations, the state demanded that people swear loyalty to the government as a condition […]

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November 23, 2008

Gay Marriage, Religious Rights, and Freedom of Association

California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure aiming to outlaw same sex marriage, passed on a very close vote. Prop 8’s supporters* pushed a campaign of fear, misinformation, and a complete distortion of the meaning of individual liberty. This campaign commercial is typical of the intolerance and hysteria being promoted from the “yes” campaign. Argument #1: […]

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November 9, 2008

One Libertarian’s Advice for Republicans and Republican Leaders

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism […] The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -Ronald Reagan (1975) For the second election in […]

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November 8, 2008

Doublespeak of The Day

Yesterday from Obama (google cache here, screenshot here): Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama today: Obama will call on citizens of all […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Government Regulation,Socialism
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October 7, 2008

The Credit Crisis: A Bipartisan “Achievement”

First, President Bush in 2002 pushes for increased home “ownership” regardless of creditworthiness. Second, despite what Nancy Pelosi says, the Democrats most certainly did their part to help President Bush succeed in his “ownership society.” These Democrats who scream that this credit crisis is a result of lax regulations didn’t much appreciate the regulators when […]

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September 30, 2008

Quote Of The Day — Orwell Would Be Proud

McCain on the Campaign trail, referring to the massive Treasury power-grab: “The first thing I would do is say, ‘Let’s not call it a bailout. Let’s call it a rescue,’” McCain told CNN. He said, “Americans are frightened right now” and political leaders must give them an immediate solution and a longer-term approach to the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Doublespeak,Economics,Politics,Quote of the Day,Socialism
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September 12, 2008

In fact, let me say unequivocally, I’m OK with more people dying, so long as we have more freedom; be it with drugs, or guns, or sex, or anything else. Are there limits? Of course there are; at the very least, my fist is limited by your nose… but doing immoral, unethical, and unconstitutional things […]

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September 8, 2008

Inconvenient Convention Facts and Fictions Exposed

Now that the conventions are over, it’s time to separate the facts from the fiction. With so much misinformation being peddled by the political campaigns (not to mention rumors spread through e-mail, the internet and the MSM), this is very often a difficult task. My approach is to be skeptical until I am satisfied that […]

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September 6, 2008

Maybe They Should Call It ‘The Cheese-Maker’

No matter how jaded I get, American “Christians” seem to come up with new ways to make me aghast. The latest CINO (Christian in Name Only) is Sheriff Lott, who is prepared to use a 50 machine gun to keep law and order in what I thought to be the relatively unwarlike Richland County of […]

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July 23, 2008

Want to Serve Your Country? Well, What’s Stopping You!

Time has an ongoing series which advocates the need for “voluntary” national service. In the magazine’s latest article by Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the author praises both John McCain and Barack Obama for their urging of Americans to “serve interests greater than self.” It is a unique moment for the idea of national service. You […]

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July 16, 2008


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June 30, 2008

Anyone Else Object to Being Called a “Human Resource”

Ahhh work, that most marvelous of pursuits that keeps food on the table. Today was my first official day of work as a full time employee of Gigantomegabankcorp North America, where I have been a contractor for 26 months. Going from Contractor to FTE means bennies, paid time off (25 days a year actually. Woo […]

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June 18, 2008

So-Called, Quote, Candidate McCain

Exhibit A, back in 2006: I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected Exhibit B, earlier this month: We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called, quote, Habeas Corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about […]

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