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

July 17, 2010

Venezuela: Ruled By A Complete Madman

If it wasn’t already evident that Hugo Chavez is a complete madman, the exhuming of the long dead revolutionary Simon Bolivar should prove that to you: (Reuters) – Venezuela exhumed the remains of 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar on Friday and will test them to see if he was poisoned by enemies in Colombia. [...]

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May 21, 2010

Who Defends 40% Taxation?

Saw this (original comic by Wuerker of Politico) at The Big Picture: My question… In what world is it fair that any entity stakes a forcible claim to 40% of your income? It doesn’t matter that the number was higher in the past, the number is simply too high. Again, that number is 40%! You [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:57 am || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Socialism,Taxation
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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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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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January 25, 2010

A Must Watch on “Climate Change” from Climate Skeptic

Catastrophe Denied: The Science of the Skeptics Position (studio version) from Warren Meyer on Vimeo. Warren is local to me (he lives about three miles away actually), and runs both the excellent libertarian small business and economics blog CoyoteBlog, and the absolutely essential climate blog Climate Skeptic.

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December 29, 2009

Just because people make bad choices…

…Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have any choice at all. The first freedom is the freedom to fail… And when it comes to choosing our leaders in this country… whoooo boy have we failed big time, for a long time. So fellow gunblogger Tam, being an Ovarian American, got a bit tweaked at a comment over [...]

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November 16, 2009

Bruce Bartlett, May Your Chains Set Lightly Upon You

Ezra Klein quotes approvingly from Bruce Bartlett’s new book, The New American Economy: The Failure Of Reaganomics And A New Way Forward: The reality is that even before spending exploded to deal with the economic crisis, the government was set to grow by about 50 percent of GDP over the next generation just to pay [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:41 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Fiscal Policy,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Individual Rights,Liberty,Socialism,Taxation,The Welfare State
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November 9, 2009

On promises made and broken

In the lead up to the vote on H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America” Act (scare quotes intentional), Barack Obama offered this encouragement to legislators to vote for the bill: “This is their moment, this is our moment, to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us,” Obama [...]

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November 7, 2009

The House values Control over Health Care

So it is done: 220-215. Two-hundred and twenty United States Representatives put their support behind 20 pounds and 2,000 pages of abusive legislation in the form of innumerable mandates enforced by 110 new government agencies. One of those mandates, though, cuts so violently to the core of our freedoms that it cannot go unanswered: Buy [...]

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October 27, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Hugo (via Cato): Every day I’m more of a revolutionary, every day I’m more socialist… I’m going to take Venezuela toward socialism, with the people and the workers…The revolution is not negotiable, socialism is not negotiable, because every day I’m more convinced that socialism is the kingdom of God on earth. That is what Christ [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:54 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Quote of the Day,Socialism
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October 8, 2009

An HSA Isn’t Insurance

My old representative when I lived in Georgia, Tom Price, has offered competing health care legislation to the Democrats’ bills. I’m not a health-care wonk, so I’m not going to get into the meat of his proposal, but apparently one of the key points is limiting the employer-provided health insurance tax deduction and extending a [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:38 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Healthcare,Individual Rights,Socialism
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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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September 18, 2009

Hey Ezra, Strawman Much?

Ahh, the infamous strawman. Take one aspect of an argument, assume it is not part of a cohesive whole, and argue against it as if it negates everything else at hand. I.e. libertarians and conservatives argue that capping drug prices just MIGHT reduce drug innovation, and Ezra Klein acts as if we’d keep everything else [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:01 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Look About,Socialism,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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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 16, 2009

The Battle Between the Right to Medical Care vs. Government ‘Medicine’

For decades the cost of medical care has risen relative to prices in general and relative to people’s incomes. Today [1994] a semi-private hospital room typically costs $1,000 to $1,500 per day, exclusive of all medical procedures, such as X-rays, surgery, or even a visit by one’s physician. Basic room charges of $500 per day [...]

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July 29, 2009

Kevin Drum Astonished That People Disproportionately Like Subsidized Stuff

Satisfaction levels of Medicare beneficiaries are pretty high. This surprises Kevin Drum: There’s a pretty obvious political dynamic that’s responsible for this. Seniors, who actually use Medicare, know perfectly well that it’s a good program. They can see any doctor they want, they get care when they need it, and the quality of service is [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:32 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Look About,Socialism,The Nanny State
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July 28, 2009

Chavez’ Plan: Domination Through Caffeine Withdrawal!

We’ve already reported on Venezuelan food shortages, which are going to make the population too weak to fight Chavez. Now it appears they’ll be too tired as well: Venezuela, a traditional coffee exporter that boasts one of the best cups of java in South America, may have to import coffee for the first time ever [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:44 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Economics,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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July 22, 2009

The Perfect Guidebook As We Travel Down The Road To Serfdom

As I’ve noted in the past, sales of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged have increased significantly over the past year. Now it appears that the same is happening to Frederich Hayek’s seminal work: So far this year the most popular edition of Road to Serfdom has sold 11,000 copies. That compares with 3,000 copies at the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:59 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: History,Socialism,Theory and Ideas
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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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