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

January 13, 2010

Reporting On Stimulus Jobs Becomes Even Less Useful

I suspect we’ll see a corresponding shift in the rhetoric. Instead of Obama saying the stimulus “created or saved X million jobs”, he’ll say the stimulus “put X million Americans to work.” Either way, it’s still a joke: When the White House unveiled its nearly $800 billion stimulus package last year, it promised not only [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:21 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Government Waste
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January 7, 2010

Would C-SPAN Make The Healthcare Bill “Worse”? Define Worse.

I’ll blockquote Peter Suderman over at Reason blockquoting the CAP’s “wonk room” blog on this one: The short version of the argument is that C-SPAN’s coverage would put pressure on legislators to perform for the cameras and thus make the bill worse: C-SPAN is grounded in the belief that transparency produces superior legislation. And maybe [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:11 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Healthcare,Politics,The Welfare State
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January 4, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Jonah Goldberg, re: airline security: Anyone who flies regularly will tell you, the hellishness of airline travel is not primarily derived from the outrage of lost privacy, it’s derived from the outrage of inefficient, time-consuming idiocy. I would gladly trade the privacy invasion that would come with those body scanners in Total Recall in [...]

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December 15, 2009

This is your government on no-bid contracts

Alabama’s premium political blog reports the following: “The Department of Finance, Executive Budget Office has released a power point presentation on the same subject.” The topic of the report may be interesting, but that’s not why I’m posting these links.  If you open up the Power Point presentation, here’s what you’ll see on page 5: [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 6:49 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence
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December 9, 2009

Automakers Steal $30B From Obama’s Jobs Program

Now it’s the automakers. Too bad nobody predicted that throwing money into these fine well-run American corporations could have been a bad deal! The Obama administration will tell Congress Wednesday that it expects to lose about $30 billion of the $82 billion government bailout of the auto industry. Gene Sperling, senior counsel to Treasury Secretary [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:49 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Government Waste
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November 25, 2009

The Blind Leading The Blind

Now, as we’ve all been taught for many years, the free market is the tool of evil brutes, who’d just as soon toss your kids into a sweatshop (if not outright slavery) to produce products that are dangerous and deadly, and will collude amongst their fellow ruffians to ensure that consumers have no recourse to [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:45 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence
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November 24, 2009

The War of the Whoppers

For some time, it looked like Republicans were more persuasive liars than their counterparts in DC. After all, they (with the assistance of Judith Miller and The New York Times) convinced a great deal of Americans that aluminum tubes had been intercepted which were to be used to create nuclear bombs. Visions of Islamic terrorists [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 11:49 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Democrats,Doublespeak,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Government Incompetence,Hubris,Republicans
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November 6, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Land of Confusion” by Genesis

I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t occurred to me to post “Land of Confusion” for Liberty Rock sooner. This is a great song with a great message that seems perhaps even more appropriate now than its original 1986 release. The song raises questions in my mind such as: Who is ultimately responsible for this land [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 6:42 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Culture,Freedom,General,Government Incompetence,Humor,Liberty,Liberty Rock,Multimedia,Theory and Ideas
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October 28, 2009

A symbolic victory in a sea of defeats

The governator sent a letter to the California State Assembly where he, er, told them he would “strike” them. Carnally. To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature. For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while manyunnecessary bills come [...]

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October 7, 2009

Quote of the Day: Unlearned Lessons of Failed Experiments Edition

Peter Suderman writing for The Wall Street Journal has written an excellent article about the (apparent) unlearned lessons of government run healthcare. But unlike many others who use Canada and the UK as examples, Suderman insists that we only need to look at states like New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and Tennessee for their respective failed [...]

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September 30, 2009

Lake Los Angeles

Here in Southern California, water is a pretty precious commodity. And I’m not just talking about the pretentious restaurants where you get dirty looks if you don’t like your water “sparkling” and at $6 a bottle. No, it’s a serious outgrowth of building a major city in the middle of a desert, in which you [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:39 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,Government Waste,Hubris
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September 29, 2009

The Daily Show Illustrates the Shortsightedness of Government

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Arizona State Capitol Building for Sale www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Ron Paul Interview The above video clip from The Daily Show, while very humorous, illustrates a fundamental problem of government: shortsightedness. In this example, the State of Arizona is offering [...]

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September 28, 2009

Sorry Granny, “But For The Good Of Everyone, The Law Was Put Into Effect.”

I tells ya, sometimes ya just gotta to make an example of ‘em: When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine for her family back in March, she never dreamed that four months later she would end up in handcuffs. … Harpold is a grandmother of triplets who bought one box of Zyrtec-D cold medicine for her [...]

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September 15, 2009

What’s Next, Richard Gere’s Hamster?!

After reading the litany of Radley Balko’s Puppycide chronicles, I still took solace in the fact that if some brute squad mistakenly came to bust down my door instead of a neighbor’s, my 10 lb Yorkshire Terrier, who I refer to as a “barking cat” due to his laziness, would probably not get himself shot. [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:34 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Police Watch
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September 14, 2009

Obama Makes Highways More Dangerous

Barack Obama’s recent dictatorial decision to once again break his campaign promise on raising taxes byraising tariffs on Chinese made tires in order to payback political allies in organized labor is already having some consequences. First of all, Obama has probably ignited a new trade tensions that may cause a trade war between the US [...]

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September 4, 2009

Shooting the Messenger

JERICHO, Ark. – It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn’t hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps. The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in [...]

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September 3, 2009

AARP Ad: Opponents of ObamaCare Oppose “Health Care Reform”

The “Ambulance Commercial” from AARP claims that the “special interest groups” are “trying to derail” the healthcare debate. Those who oppose “reform” are “spreading myths” about rationing of care. In case you’ve missed it, here’s the ad: One of the things that really makes me angry about this debate is the way groups like AARP, [...]

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September 2, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Kevin Drum: The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act makes it illegal to sell toys that haven’t been tested for lead content. In general, I think that’s a perfectly fine idea. You know, I’ll step away from anarchism for a moment to say this. I think, in general, it’s perfectly fine to make it illegal to [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:19 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,Quote of the Day
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August 25, 2009

Obama: You’re doing a heck’uva job, Bernie

Continuing his George Costanzaesque presidency, Obama has decided to reappoint Ben “Helicopter” Bernanke to another term on the Fed. Here’s what Obama had to say: Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom; with bold action and outside-the-box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall [...]

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August 21, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Earlier today, I provided one more reason why corn-based ethanol mandates/subsidies might be the dumbest government program ever. Chris Edwards of Cato@Liberty suggests that Cash for Clunkers might win that honor. I have to hand it to him, he provides a few good reasons supporting his case. All good reasons, but I’ll stick with ethanol, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (27) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Waste
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