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

July 20, 2011

Government: Shows A Loss While Selling Money

I was passed this story by a relative, and thought it was absolutely genius: Would you take advantage of a federal loophole that gives you a free first-class flight anywhere on Earth? That’s what hundreds — possibly thousands — of shrewd travel enthusiasts are doing, in light of a 2005 law that unwittingly created a […]

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Too big to fail: Washington edition

From Megan McArdle, a list of reasons why the Federal Government is too big to fail (or even pause): The nation’s nuclear arsenal is no longer being watched or maintained The doors of federal prisons have been thrown open, because none of the guards will work without being paid, and the vendors will not deliver […]

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July 15, 2011

Ron Paul’s First 2012 Political Ad Warns Republicans to Avoid Repeating the Mistake of Trusting Democrats on Taxes and Spending

Can the Republicans trust Democrats and compromise by raising taxes in exchange for spending cuts in this debt ceiling debate? Ron Paul says “no” in his first 2012 political ad. Why not trust Democrats? Ask former President George H.W. Bush what happened to him when he broke his infamous “Read my lips” promise that he […]

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June 27, 2011

Wrangling Long-Term Costs

Ezra Klein, on education & health care costs: I’m not going to end this post with some wan paragraph explaining how to transform these two industries into something closer to their potential. My ideas on health-care reform are available elsewhere on the blog and I don’t know enough about education to say anything worthwhile. But […]

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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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January 25, 2011

Use “YouCut” to Encourage Fiscal Sanity and Restore Liberty

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has set up a website called YouCut to solicit ideas from regular people for suggestions on specific programs and policies that should be cut or eliminated. From the website: YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project – is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you […]

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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 8, 2010

Correcting the so called “Corrections” system

As of today, it should be clear to everyone in this country, that our system for dealing with criminals (I won’t call it a “criminal justice” system since justice has so little to do with it), is utterly broken, beyond any conventional concept of repair. At this point, again I say, it should be clear […]

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October 18, 2010

“More Expensive” Offers Alternatives to Incarceration to Break the Recidivism Cycle

Title: It’s More Expensive to do Nothing Producer: Humane Exposures Films Directed by: Alan Swyer Non-violent offender is arrested, convicted, does his time, re-enters society and the cycle repeats. This is the typical cycle of recidivism in the American criminal justice system thanks largely to the “tough on crime” approach of state and federal policy. […]

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August 9, 2010

Medicare ‘Waste, Fraud, and Abuse’

Obama on Saturday: “We’ve made Medicare more solvent by going after waste, fraud, and abuse – not by changing seniors’ guaranteed benefits” Really? And how aggressively have you been “going after” them? It took private sleuths hired by Medicare an average of six months last year to refer fraud cases to law enforcement. According to […]

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August 3, 2010

State Debt A Problem Well In Advance Of Great Recession

I saw a chart today that took me aback. At the Cato @ Liberty blog, a look at aggregate state debt over the last decade: I had well expected that state governments were growing their budget in accordance with the boom economies of the past decade (especially rising property tax collections through the boom), but […]

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July 20, 2010

Voting For Smaller Gov’t In November? Good Luck

As Chris pointed out last week, Republicans might be able to get us to at least a divided Congress in November. One expects that if they do, they’ll stand athwart the tracks as the big-government train approaches, yelling STOP! But their bark is worse than their bite: Yeah! Go Red team! Go Democracy! via TJIC, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:12 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste
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July 13, 2010

This Is Your Government

As our readers can no doubt see, things have moved to a snail’s pace here. I’m not sure I expect that to change soon [at least for me]. However, I came across this post at TJIC, referencing a post at Coyote Blog, that is an absolute must read. This is a government that is arbitrary, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:09 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Government Waste,Look About
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March 8, 2010

The Government Paid Me $10 To Tell Them How Awesome My Job Is

So the receptionist at the office started* walking around handing out envelopes — envelopes larger than a paycheck — which is sometimes not a good sign. But lo and behold, opening the envelope revealed a nice crisp, clean $10 bill courtesy of [a proxy for] the government! This is an employment survey designed to assess […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:34 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste
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February 24, 2010

Porkulus III Passes Senate With Republican Help

The Senate passed Porkulus III by a vote of 70-28 with 13 Republicans demonstrating their party’s new found fiscal conservatism by crossing over to vote with every Democrat present for the bill. Like the first Porkulus signed by George W. Bush in 2008 and the Porkulus II passed last year, Porkulus III forks over billions […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 11:31 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '10,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste,Republicans
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February 19, 2010

LP’s Wes Benedict on ‘Limited Government’ Conservatives

Those of us who truly believe in limited government* tend to be simultaneously amused and irritated hearing the folks at CPAC speak of limited government as though it’s a principle they truly support. Yesterday, the Libertarian Party’s Executive Director Wes Benedict, monitoring the CPAC festivities from afar, said some of the things that many of […]

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February 1, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Obama to cancel NASA moon mission: But in his federal budget request issued on Monday, Mr Obama said the project was “over budget, behind schedule, and lacking in innovation”. Sounds like government to me. And GM. But I repeat myself. Hat Tip: Doug @ United Liberty

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January 30, 2010

Is The PAYGO Rule Fiscally Responsible?

On Thursday, the US Senate voted to restore pay go rules on a party line vote. President Obama praised the restoration of the PAYGO rule. Obama supporter Andrew Sullivan used the vote as a club to attack Republicans. Republicans opposed the restoration of pay go calling it a backdoor attempt to raise taxes. However, the […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 7:18 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Government Waste
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January 29, 2010

“Are these Republicans Walter”? “No Donny, these men are just nihilists”

“I mean, say what you like about the tenets of the Republican party, Dude, at least it’s an ethos…” Apologies to Joel and Ethan Coen… There has been a recent meme circulated by the leftosphere, that the Republicans… in fact any opponent of the Obama agenda… are nihilists. Now, I have to say, I don’t […]

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A Bit of Unexpected Wisdom from a Friend

You might have heard the old saying “The best measure of a mans intelligence and wisdom, is how closely he agrees with you on any given subject”… Well, by that measure, Kommander is a damn genius (from a thread discussing Obamas abandonment of manned space flight): The problem with exploring and colonizing space, as opposed […]

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