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

April 29, 2009

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

One of these things doesn’t belong: Graph c/o Ezra Klein I’d say government would be considered “countercyclical”, but unfortunately it doesn’t shrink when the economy is growing.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:19 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste
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April 22, 2009

Colorado One Step Closer to Abolishing the Death Penalty

The Colorado House passed the bill which would eliminate the death penalty by 1 vote. The Denver Post reports on the dramatic moment: In the hushed state House chamber, all eyes Tuesday stared up at the vote board, which showed lawmakers deadlocked 32-32 on whether to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. All but Rep. […]

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Comment Of The Day

Yesterday, I linked an article about Obama “challenging” his cabinet to find $100M to cut from the budget. I suggested it would have to grow considerably to even be a drop in the bucket. One commenter named John suggested that he should do that every day for the rest of his term, and we might […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:25 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Comment Of The Day,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste
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April 21, 2009

Obamessiah Pisses Away More of Your Money

In news that shocks absolutely no one, the Obamessiah found yet another way to piss away some more American taxpayer dollars, this time on a “national service” bill. President Obama on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing a major expansion of funding to federal community-service programs, marking a rare example of Washington bipartisanship. The legislation reauthorizes […]

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April 19, 2009

An Open Letter To Jan Schakowsky

Dear Representative Schakowsky – I’m a taxpayer.  The Tea Partiers are also taxpayers.  We are the people who make the enterprise of government possible. People in government would object to that statement.  They would say that the US Government has multiple revenue streams:  the income tax, other federal taxes, the Social Security Trust Fund, other […]

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April 16, 2009

A Tea-Party Postscript

According to Nate Silver’s estimate, something approaching a quarter million people took part in the tea party protests that took place around the country yesterday. That seems like a large number, and maybe even the start of something big, right ? Ross Douthat thinks not, and doubts that they’ll have any more impact on the […]

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A Question For The Tea Partyers

It’s fairly clear what your against and, by and large I agree, but what, exactly, are you for: Protesting government spending is meaningless unless you say what you’d cut. (…) All protests against spending that do not tell us how to reduce it are fatuous pieces of theater, not constructive acts of politics. And until […]

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April 15, 2009

Debts, Deficits, Taxes, and Tea Parties

In watching the MSM coverage of the Tea Party protests, the following arguments are used to try and debase the factual arguments of the protests: Obama plans to lower taxes on the majority of Americans while raising them on the rich. Obama’s budget cuts the deficit in half over the next 10 years. Right now […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 5:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Waste,Monetary Issues,Taxation
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April 11, 2009

Reforming America’s Prison System: The Time Has Come

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) in his recent article calling for a major reform of America’s prisons in Parade Magazine brought some very disturbing, eye opening, statistics about America’s prison system to light. In summary this is some of what he found: -Since 1984, America’s prison population has quadrupled from 580,000 to 2.3 million -Though the […]

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April 6, 2009

Action item for libertarians and small-government conservatives

For years, believers in small government have been fuming at egregious Republican spending. All of a sudden, more mainstream Republicans are livid about bailouts. Even elected Republicans who supported bailouts are suddenly jumping on the anti-bailout bandwagon because they’ve been popped upside the head by their own supporters. Even Republican governors accepting bailout money are […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 11:28 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Elections,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste,Republicans
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March 26, 2009

Obama’s Policy to Fight Mexican Drug Cartels is Doomed to Fail

The Obama administration, rather than dealing with the root cause of the violence along the Mexican border, has decided to adopt a policy to deal with the symptoms. The problem is that this policy will neither alleviate the symptoms nor come close to treating the problem. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help […]

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March 23, 2009

I WILL NOT OBEY

As I have said here before, I am a senior technical executive at a large bank. As it happens, a bank that was forced at gunpoint, by the secretary of the treasury and chairman of the federal reserve, to accept TARP funds (as all the top surviving banks in the U.S were). Let me be […]

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March 19, 2009

Leave it to Munro…

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 11:07 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Waste,Humor
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The Dastardly Bonuses: AIG, Fannie, and Freddie

Those eeevvviiilll capitalists at AIG have been taking quite a beating. Now it’s time to spread the “wealth”: Fannie Mae plans to pay retention bonuses of at least $1 million to four key executives as part of a plan to keep hundreds of employees from leaving the government-controlled company. Rival mortgage finance company Freddie Mac […]

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March 18, 2009

Who is John Galt?

This question is asked repeatedly in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged until Galt himself introduces himself to a world in crisis. In light of this new phenomenon of “Going Galt” being encouraged by Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others (particularly on the Right), this question deserves a serious answer. How else would it […]

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Fixing The Hidden Homeless Problem? No, Throwing Money At The Non-Existent Homeless Problem

Maybe, in the fury over federal bailout dollars spent on AIG bonuses, someone should stand up and ask whether this $600K in stimulus money is well spent: The Town of Union is getting $578,661 in federal Recovery Act funding for a homeless problem that may not exist within its borders. The money is coming from […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:53 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Waste
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March 11, 2009

Is Ron Paul Right About Earmarks ?

The Club for Growth calls his thinking backwards and alleges that he’s enabling more and more spending, Don Surber just calls him daft, but Ron Paul has an argument in favor of earmarks that does make sense: NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Speaking of a lot of money, the battle about the money they’re spending on Capitol […]

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Name That Socialist

Today, a news story came out where a company planned on purchasing chicken processing plants and the government was going to match the private company’s bid dollar for dollar. This plan is proposed under the guise of saving jobs. Now let me give you a hint who this socialist leader is; he’s a national leader. […]

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March 9, 2009

The $30 Billion Stack of Paper

21 pages of paper is apparently worth $30 billion taxpayer dollars — if you are too big to fail, that is. That’s 1,428,571,428.57 bucks per page. Here’s how ABC reports the story: An AIG report to the Treasury Department last month warned that if the government didn’t come to its rescue again, its collapse would […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:54 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Environment,Fiscal Policy,Government Waste
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March 8, 2009

Joke of the Day

From RepublicansForObama.org, here’s one reason people were supposed to vote for Obama: National Debt The federal debt matters. We cannot saddle future taxpayers with having to service the debt we create with our irresponsible fiscal policies. Cutting the deficit will additionally decrease interest rates and increase private investment. Suckers!!!!!!!!! — (not that McCain would have […]

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