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

December 30, 2010

Open Thread: Successes and Setbacks for Liberty in 2010/Hopes for 2011

Was 2010 a good year or bad year for liberty and why? Like most of you will likely respond, 2010 was very much a mixed bag IMHO. On the positive side, the mandate section of ObamaCare was found unconstitutional, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, Wikileaks exposed the federal government for the [...]

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December 17, 2010

Cuba banned Michael Moore’s “Sicko” for fear of public backlash

The latest revelation from Wikileaks shows that Michael Moore may have been a bit too good at making agitprop even for Cuban authorities to handle: US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show that the government of Cuba banned Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, Sicko, “because it painted such a ‘mythically’ favourable picture of Cuba’s healthcare system [...]

Posted By: TomStrong @ 9:38 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Healthcare,The Welfare State
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October 12, 2010

Government-Run Amputation Panels

For some time, we’ve been using words and sometimes charts or graphs to describe the multitude of problems with government-run health care systems. The Greeks have finally allowed us to put a face to the issue. Well, perhaps a few extremities lower. From the Daily Caller: This Saturday, one of Greece’s most respected newspapers, To [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare
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Aren’t You Glad To Be A Gamma?

I had a really interesting philosophical discussion with Brad Warbiany, our curator at The Liberty Papers, over a Facebook status I wrote. I had just re-listened to the CBS Radio Workshop rendition of Brave New World and had commented that it seemed like a far more livable situation than 1984. Warbiany added that California, if [...]

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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 [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:29 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Government Waste,Healthcare
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July 27, 2010

Oh Noz! Unintended Consequences!

A few months ago, when Pelosi crowed about the immediate effects of Obamacare, I pointed out a long list of them and my responses. My thoughts: 6. NO DISCRIMINATON AGAINST CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS—Prohibits health plans from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Effective 6 months after enactment. (Beginning in 2014, this prohibition would [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:29 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Incompetence,Government Regulation,Healthcare
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July 15, 2010

What The Appointee Says, And What It Means

While most of us were in the middle of a slow week following a holiday, Obama decided to issue a recess appointment for the job heading Medicare & Medicaid. Could it be that he issued it as a recess appointment because he didn’t want us digging too deeply into what the good Dr said? Below [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:16 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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May 24, 2010

Why I Don’t Listen To Jenny McCarthy — Or the CDC

The journalist responsible for the original uproar about the MMR vaccine and autism has been shown to have produced very shoddy research, and widely discredited. He was even recently banned from the practice of medicine in the UK. This has, of course, not quieted the debate. In fact, it’s gotten even worse, with his vaccine [...]

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May 17, 2010

But I Thought This Was The [Secret] Plan?

Sometimes this gets tiring. I’m getting a bit sick of showing that bad consequences, entirely foreseeable (and possibly planned) and predicted, are coming to fruition — and the power-brokers in Washington have the gall to actually act appaled? The great mystery surrounding the historic health care bill is how the corporations that provide coverage for [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:17 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Socialism
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May 13, 2010

Prosecutors Ask If Congress Duped CBO To Obtain Favorable Score

Okay, that’s not true. But it’s no different than this: Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped Rating Agencies Wall Street played a crucial role in the mortgage market’s path to collapse. Investment banks bundled mortgage loans into securities and then often rebundled those securities one or two more times. Those securities were given high ratings [...]

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May 10, 2010

A New Introduction

I am honored to join The Liberty Papers. Brad Warbiany and Doug Mataconis have been very welcoming, and my new realm into libertarian thought should be fulfilling and rich. I’ve been at United Liberty for two years, starting with the 2008 election and running all the way up to coverage of Arizona’s discriminatory immigration law. [...]

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May 7, 2010

NIMBY, Granny!

Oh dear. “Stonemill Farms will be the scene of many memorable days with family and friends alike,” according to marketing materials. The development, with its $300,000 to $500,000 homes, is “the perfect place to raise a family,” the website boasts. Sounds like a nice place. At least until the influx of the brain-devouring proto-zombie hordes [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:32 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Culture,Government Regulation,Healthcare,Property Rights,Zoning and Land-Use
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April 3, 2010

Congress Begs For Intervention Due To Spending Addiction

Congress has a problem. They have a tough time cutting unpopular spending, but cutting popular spending is just impossible. They talk about their ability to be elected, go to Washington, and make the tough decisions, but when push comes to shove, they want to shove responsibility off to a third party. I believe it’s called [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:47 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Healthcare
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March 27, 2010

Will The Supreme Court Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Be So Quick To Say Yes

The New York Times’ long-time SCOTUS reporter Linda Greenhouse takes a look at how the current court might look at the challenges to the health care reform law: The challengers invoke and seek to build upon the Rehnquist court’s “federalism revolution” that flowered briefly during the 1990’s. In a series of 5-to-4 rulings, the court [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:24 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Founding Fathers,Healthcare,Legal,Liberty,Politics
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March 24, 2010

Life Expectancy — Due To Lack Of Healthcare Or Gluttony and Smoking?

A new study suggests that simply due to the results of blood pressure, obesity, blood glucose levels and smoking, American life expectancy is artificially low by 4.9 and 4.1 years for men and women, respectively (h/t Reason): A new study led by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with researchers [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:04 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Healthcare
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March 23, 2010

The Cost Of Repeal

So, the CBO says this bill lowers the deficit. And thus, says Ezra Klein, it’ll be tougher for the Republicans to repeal, should they win control of Congress: And as a reader reminds me, people should also remember that “now that the reform bill is the law of the land, [repeal] would increase the budget [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:10 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Elections,Healthcare,Taxation
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Thirteen States File Suit Against ObamaCare

Well, that didn’t take long: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed the bill the House passed Sunday [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:01 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Freedom,Healthcare,Legal,Politics
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Will The Courts Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Count On It

Over at The American Spectator, conservative lawyer Stacy Cline points out that the legal challenges to ObamaCare have the odds, and the case law, against them: Last night’s passage of the greatest expansion of the federal government since the Great Society is a sad day for our country, not only because it may bankrupt our [...]

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March 22, 2010

ObamaCare’s Immediate Impact

As we all know, most of ObamaCare is pushed out to 2014 or so. But Ezra Klein, ever helpful, points out this nice PDF which explains what will occur nearly immediately. Ezra is always celebrating the cost-control measures of ObamaCare, so let’s see how these provisions stack up: 1. SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS—Offers tax credits [...]

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Historically Appropriate Fact Of The Day

It was 245 years ago today, that The Stamp Act of 1765, one of the first of the many punitive taxes imposed on the American colonies and precipitated the Revolution, was passed by Parliament. 244 years and 364 days later, the United States Congress passed a piece of legislation that makes the Stamp Act look [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:53 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Healthcare,History
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