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

July 27, 2011

Social Security Trust Fund: Accounting Kabuki

The looming government debt ceiling crisis has cause Obama to threaten inability to pay Social Security checks. It’s renewed the debate, which I’ve hashed out many times (here, here, here and here, for posterity’s sake), whether the Social Security “Trust Fund” is a veritable asset or merely a convenient accounting fiction used to hide deficits. […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:51 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Government Transparency,Taxation,The Welfare State
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July 23, 2011

Sorry Steny…

…but California is living proof that a supermajority requirement doesn’t “make it virtually impossible to raise revenue,” it only encourages stupid politician tricks.

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July 13, 2011

The Painful Human Cost Of Government Shutdown

We runs out of da booze: Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes — a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown. In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:57 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Regulation
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July 11, 2011

Double Standards

Now, I’m not one to regularly bang the feminist drum around here… But this is f’ing ridiculous: Officer Sashay Brown returned to work in May after having her second child. At first, she worked a desk job. Soon after, though, she was forced to patrol the city streets under a new department policy that was […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:06 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Equal Protection,Government Ethics,Government Incompetence,Police Watch
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June 28, 2011

Will Individualized Medicine Increase Health Inequality?

Ezra Klein has a rather thought-provoking post today about human genome sequencing and its ability to allow doctors to better-tailor treatment to the specific needs of an individual patient. It presents a phenomenal opportunity to both make medicine more effective, and IMHO to make it cheaper by spending less time and energy on substandard treatments. […]

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June 15, 2011

Montana Firearms Freedom Act: Tilting At Windmills

While I laud any state trying to expand the freedom of its residents while simultaneously thumbing it’s nose at Washington, I can’t see this ending well: On October 1, 2009, Montana passed the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, the purpose of which was to regulate guns manufactured and kept within Montana state lines under a less […]

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June 9, 2011

Auto Bailout; Can’t Prove A Counterfactual, But You Can Infer

So the big debate is whether the gov’t should sell their post-IPO shares in GM. At current prices, they’d [unsurprisingly] be losing money on the sale, compared to the amount put up in the bailout. So we have to ask — was it worth it? To determine that, we can’t base our entire calculation on […]

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April 22, 2011

Quote Of The Day

Why we should go after the online poker vendors: There are plenty of victims of (allegedly) illegal online poker, starting with the desperately-short-of-cash federal and state governments which are deprived of all the taxable revenue ($3 billion, say the feds) from the now-suspected operations. And just ask casino and horse racing executives what they think […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:21 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Regulation,Individual Rights,Legal,Quote of the Day
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April 12, 2011

A modest proposal

Following along the lines of Glenn Reynolds’ proposal of a 50% surtax on the earnings of former government officials, here’s my modest proposal for our elected officials: For 10 years after leaving office, each elected official shall pay the highest income tax rate for which he cast a “yes” vote. Same goes for a president […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 11:48 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Ethics,Humor
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March 19, 2011

Quote Of The Day

I posted yesterday about Bernard von Nothaus of the Liberty Dollar being convicted. I definitely think the fact support a guilty verdict on the charge of “issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money”, but some of the others seem quite a bit ridiculous, such as “conspiracy against the United States”. […]

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March 18, 2011

Liberty Dollar Founder Reportedly Convicted

Hard to believe it was over three years ago, but may of us in the libertarian movement will remember the seizure of the Liberty Dollar holdings/equipment/etc. For those new to the movement, the Liberty Dollar was a metal-backed currency presented as an alternative to traditional fiat currencies, but unlike Gold/Silver Eagles, or Krugerrands, or gold/silver […]

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February 23, 2011

There’s More Missing from the Collective Bargaining Debate for Government Workers than Democrat Legislators

In all the coverage I’ve read, listened to, and watched concerning the public sector unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere, there is one term that is usually very much present in the political debate that seems to be conspicuously absent: special interests. Special interests, we are so often told, have a very corrupting influence on our […]

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February 2, 2011

South Dakota Lawmakers Confused By Federal/State Distinction — Embarrass Selves

[shakes head] A group of South Dakota lawmakers has introduced a bill that would require almost everyone in their state to buy a gun once they turn 21. Turns out it’s not a serious attempt. Rather, the lawmakers are trying to make a point about the new health care law — that an individual mandate […]

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December 9, 2010

Reason.tv Presents: Great Moments in Unintended Consequences

One point that I often try to make when debating policy with friends and family is that virtually all policies have unintended consequences. How could anyone be opposed to such idealistic acts of legislation such as the War on Poverty, Social Security, Medicare, hate crimes legislation, affirmative action, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the […]

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November 29, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Will Wilkinson writing for The Economist: To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Foreign Affairs,Government Transparency
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November 16, 2010

Playing the World’s Smallest Violin for Rep. Charlie Rangel

Via CBSNEWS.com: A House ethics committee subpanel today found Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 charges of ethics violations against him. The panel, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans, emerged after private deliberation to announce their findings. […] The subpanel will now submit its findings to the full ethics committee, […]

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November 12, 2010

Innocence Project: Key DNA Sample Not a Match to Man Executed in Texas

The Innocence Project reported just today that the hair sample used to condemn Claude Jones to death was not a match. “(Houston – November 12, 2010) The Innocence Project today released DNA test results proving that crucial hair evidence found at the scene of a murder, the only physical evidence linking the accused Claude Jones […]

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November 9, 2010

If The Gov’t Doesn’t Pick Up The Trash, It’s Rat-Infested Black Plague For Us All

It seems that Radley Balko has gone playing whack-the-left again, this time smacking around John Cole of Balloon Juice for an overreacting tirade against people who are overzealously overreacting. It seems that Fountain Hills, AZ had competitive trash pickup, and the city council wanted to bid out trash pickup as a single-provider city service instead. […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:55 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Individual Rights,Monopolies
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October 1, 2010

The most revolting political video I’ve ever seen

Here are the first two tenets (of ten) of the organization dubbed 10:10: 10:10 is a voluntary emissions reduction campaign for any person, organisation or business to commit to cutting 10% of their emissions in a 12 month period starting in 2010. 10:10 is an inclusive campaign. Every person, business and organisation is welcome to […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 11:27 am || Permalink || Comments (22) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Environment,Government Regulation,Hubris
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Quote of the Day: No, Cops Do Not Have Any Expectation of Privacy Edition

Anthony Graber, the man who was charged for violating Maryland’s wiretapping law for recording on his motorcycle helmet cam and posting a video to YouTube of an undercover cop who pulled a gun on him during a traffic stop will not spend the next 16 years of his life in prison. Hartford County Circuit Judge […]

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