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

January 8, 2009

The Logical Conclusion Of “Universal Healthcare”

Paul Hsieh, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, opens: Imagine a country where the government regularly checks the waistlines of citizens over age 40. Anyone deemed too fat would be required to undergo diet counseling. Those who fail to lose sufficient weight could face further “reeducation” and their communities subject to stiff fines. Is this […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:53 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Socialism,The Nanny State
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January 6, 2009

Obama’s Terrible Stimulus

During the recent presidential election, I found myself unfortunately defending Barack Obama from charges that were absurdely false (ex. Obama’s a foreigner, Obama’s a Muslim, Obama’s a terrorist) than demonstrating how absolutely terrible an Obama presidency would be for country and for individual liberty. Fortunately, Obama is demonstrating through his policy proposals how dangerous he […]

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December 29, 2008

Grievous, That’s What

Kevin Drum, in response to a Tyler Cowen post explaining that we have very little evidence that fiscal stimulus actually works, suggests we try it anyway: But do we need examples? I’d argue that we’re basically in terra incognita today. In the postwar era, we’ve virtually never seen an industrialized country, let alone the whole […]

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December 14, 2008

Lining Up At The Trough

Don’t think it’s just Wall Street & the Big 3, everyone’s coming for this: “We’re talking a significant bump up in Pell,” says Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The association is one of the organizations signing on to a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste,Socialism,The Welfare State
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December 12, 2008

Che, Mao, and Pop Culture

One thing that disturbs me to no end is the way despotic Communist serial killers like Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Mao Zedong are iconic figures in American pop culture. When I see someone wearing Che’s ugly mug on his/her chest, I want to ask him/her: “Do you really have any idea who this man was […]

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December 8, 2008

Return Of The WPA

Prior to the election, the question loomed — would a potential Obama administration govern as a political moderate? The recession and financial crisis have solidified the answer… FDR and LBJ may have nothing on BHO! President-elect Barack Obama is focusing his economic recovery strategy on making the biggest investment in the nation’s infrastructure since President […]

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December 4, 2008

Roubini Advocates Nationalization Of Auto Industry

You know, Nouriel Roubini is smart. I’ve long believed that we should never treat those in opposition* like dullards, because that leads to sloppiness in fighting them. But I just don’t know how a smart person — an economist — can advocate the nationalization of our auto industry with a straight face. “We’re spending $2 […]

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December 2, 2008

A Letter to Senator Kerry

Dear Senator Kerry, I was aghast to read your response to my email on the subject of requiring people to get Federal government approval to work.  It is the sort of totalitarian policy I would expect from some right wing fascist dictatorship. I am especially stunned see a former nominee of the Democrat party send […]

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November 25, 2008

Seems Everyone Except Me Has Been Bailed Out Already

But maybe I can make use of this too: The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled a plan to pump $800 billion into the struggling U.S. economy in an attempt to jumpstart lending by banks to consumers and small businesses. The government hopes that these initiatives will enable more money to flow to […]

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November 17, 2008

Atlas Starting To Shrug In Healthcare Sector

While I am a vociferous opponent of socialized medicine or even some of the mandated-coverage plans floated by the left-ish folks in society, you’ll not find me defending our current healthcare system in America. Why? Because it’s “our healthcare system”, and not anything approaching a free market. Through coverage mandates, Medicare, restrictions, licensing, employer-sponsored healthcare […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Healthcare,Socialism,The Welfare State
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November 12, 2008

Barack Obama’s Really Bad Plans For The Auto Industry

President-Elect Obama has already signaled his support for a Federal bailout for the automobile industry, but that only seems to be the beginning of what seems to be a plan to involve the Federal Government in the automobile industry to an unprecedented extent. For example, he seems to like the idea of appointing a single […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Politics,Socialism,Theory and Ideas,Unions
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November 10, 2008

The Next Washington Bailout…

…Is going to Republicans in Washington: Congressional Democrats announced today that they had agreed to a bailout plan for Republicans after last week’s devastating election results. While exact details are unavailable, sources tell us that the Republicans will be given 4 seats in the Senate and 15 in the House. Nancy Pelosi said in a […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:50 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Humor,Socialism
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November 8, 2008

Doublespeak of The Day

Yesterday from Obama (google cache here, screenshot here): Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama today: Obama will call on citizens of all […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Government Regulation,Socialism
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November 3, 2008

Bailout — Rent Seeking IS Sound Financial Management In This Environment

Regional bank BB&T, prevalent throughout the Southeast, is known for their opposition to government intervention in markets. After Kelo, they announced that they would not lend for private projects that made us of eminent domain. It is, then, sad to see them jumping into this: Most of the banks say they want the capital so […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Government Regulation,Government Waste,Socialism
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Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen […]

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October 26, 2008

Social Security: The Betrayal Between Generations

If you think the “bailout from hell” is going to be painful to taxpayers, wait until the bill comes due for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. According to Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher, the unfunded liability for Social Security and Medicare sits at an incredible $99.2 trillion. This figure does not account for the myriad […]

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October 25, 2008

Best Biden Interview Ever

Found via Michelle Malkin UPDATE: The campaign retaliates by denying the TV station access for the rest of the campaign. WFTV-Channel 9’s Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday. A friend says it’s some of the best entertainment he’s seen recently. What do you think? West wondered about Sen. Barack […]

Posted By: Chris Byrne @ 8:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democrats,Economics,Election '08,Politics,Socialism,The Welfare State
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October 21, 2008

A slight profundity

A question was asked of me recently: “Why don’t libertarians and real conservatives win elections”. Simple really. True libertarians and conservatives share the same electoral disadvantage: True libertarians and real conservatives, CANNOT win electorally, in a climate where everyone is allowed to vote; and that “everyone” includes the huge politically created classes (both underclass, and […]

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October 20, 2008

Is Free Market Medicine Heartless?le

Recently I had an interesting conversation with someone who leveled the following accusation: “You libertarians don’t care if people die from lack of medicine, or if someone can’t afford a doctor.  Libertarianism is the freedom to die from a cold while the doctor who could treat you is doing a checkup for a rich guy […]

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October 15, 2008

If You Live By The Petrodollar, You May Die By The Petrodollar, Right Hugo?

For the better part of a decade, Hugo Chavez has been running “La Revolución!” It’s been an attempt to remake Venezuela and then the rest of South America into a socialist powerhouse that would stand up to el Diablo del Norte. He’s financed this movement on high oil prices. As an oil exporting nation, and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:00 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Foreign Affairs,Socialism
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