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

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 21, 2009

United Liberty Podcast

Many readers here are also familiar with the United Liberty blog, not least because our contributor Jason Pye is the editor-in-chief of that blog, and co-contributor Doug writes at both locations. They (Jason and UL Assistant Editor Brett Bittner) recently honored me be asking that I join them as a guest on their podcast, which [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:30 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Federal Reserve,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste,Healthcare,Human Rights,Immigration,The Contributors
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December 12, 2009

Earmark And Healthcare Wars: Ron Paul vs Jeff Flake

A recent article in the Washington Examiner by John Labeaume details the differing approaches to earmarks that two of most libertarian members of Congress have. This difference came out in a vote on an amendment that Flake wrote to H.R. 3791 which was the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009. The Flake amendment would ban [...]

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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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December 7, 2009

Gov’t Not Going To Lose As Much Money As Expected; Reveals Plans To Spend Difference

Normally this might be considered good news: The Obama administration plans to announce this week that it is slashing its estimate of the losses from the government’s financial bailout package by about $200 billion, Treasury officials said. The White House had projected in August that the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, would [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste
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December 4, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Prison Song” by SOAD

Here’s a perfect song to complement my recent call to action to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009. System of a Down “Prison Song” Toxicity (2001) Written by: Tankian, Serj;Malakian, Daron;Odadjian, Shavarsh; and Dolmayan, John They’re trying to build a prison, They’re trying to build a prison, Following the rights movements You [...]

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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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October 2, 2009

Quote Of The Day

From the WSJ: The bottom line is this: The available empirical evidence does not support the idea that spending multipliers typically exceed one, and thus spending stimulus programs will likely raise GDP by less than the increase in government spending. Defense-spending multipliers exceeding one likely apply only at very high unemployment rates, and nondefense multipliers [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:23 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste,Quote of the Day
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October 1, 2009

Fact Of The Day

From The Club For Growth: Thanks to you, the federal government is going to dole out $615,175 to help digitize the Grateful Dead’s archive.

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste
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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 17, 2009

Fact Of The Day

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued benefit checks totaling $40.3 million to an estimated 6,100 beneficiaries for months – and in some cases for decades — after receiving notification of their deaths, according to a June audit report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General. H/T: The Other McCain

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:07 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste
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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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August 31, 2009

UAW = Unions Accepting Welfare

Hmm, I guess we can see once again that our Congress is not in any way trying to manage our car companies (and their unions) for political gain: The latest example is the $10 billion taxpayers will be asked to shell out to prop up the United Auto Workers’ retiree health insurance program. That provision [...]

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August 26, 2009

Another False Green Shoot Exposed

Here in California, our state decided to offer a tax credit to buyers of new housing construction. Unsurprisingly, $10K in free money gave the housing market a bit of a kick in the pants, particularly new construction. Now they’ve run out of money. And in a complete and utter coincidence, which nobody could possibly have [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:50 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Government Waste
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August 25, 2009

Inflation Causes Misallocation of Production

The spike in car buying has caused automakers to ramp up production (via John Stossel): Many auto industry analysts and dealers expect sales volumes to fall now that the program is over. They worry that many people who took advantage of the program were merely accelerating purchases they would have made later in the year. [...]

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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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August 11, 2009

Our Exalted Fearless Leader Almost Gets It

Obama is not a dumb man. He understands that government provisioning generally produces a worse service than private organizations which are dependent on people choosing to patronize them. Here he is pointing out that while Fedex is required by law to charge higher prices than the Post Office for equivalent services, it is the Post [...]

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July 22, 2009

Control Without Responsibility

At Cafe Hayek, a letter to the editor by Andy Morriss to the Wall Street Journal is posted: Holman Jenkins asks “Does Obama Want to Own the Airlines?” (Business World, July 8). I am sure he does not. Rather than own them, the president and his congressional allies want to control the airlines — a [...]

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