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

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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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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March 13, 2010

How To Shrink The Size Of Government

It’s very simple… Just require federal employees to follow the law, and they’ll make themselves ineligible for service: `SUBCHAPTER VIII–INELIGIBILITY OF PERSONS HAVING SERIOUSLY DELINQUENT TAX DEBTS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT `Sec. 7381. Ineligibility of persons having seriously delinquent tax debts for Federal employment `(a) Definition- For purposes of this section– `(1) the term `seriously delinquent […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:42 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Government Ethics,Strategies For Advancing Liberty,Taxation
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February 23, 2010

The Lean Years?

It seems that a town in Northern California, Tracy, is having some budget problems. So what do they suggest? Charge for 911* calls! And it has aroused the ire of Thomas Friedman: A small news item from Tracy, Calif., caught my eye last week. Local station CBS 13 reported: “Tracy residents will now have to […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:22 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Fiscal Policy,Taxation
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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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January 5, 2010

The Reports Of CA’s Jobs Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ezra Klein links an interesting story by econoblogger Ryan Avent about declining cities. His post is a fairly interesting read about how (or whether to) try to save dying manufacturing cities. But one of his passages discusses a greatly different topic. As a California resident, I’m stuck with a very high-tax, heavy-regulating, dysfunctional state government […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Government Regulation,Taxation,Theory and Ideas
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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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October 22, 2009

Government v. Prosperity

Leslie Carbone, local Virginia blogger and author of Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform spoke at an Accuracy in Media sponsored even in D.C. last week. Here’s the video: And, here’s my review of Leslie’s book, which I highly recommend.

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:33 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Economics,Liberty,Taxation,The Welfare State,Theory and Ideas
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October 6, 2009

Results Not Typical

The Federal Trade Commission has taken a solid step towards regulation of bloggers, first by declaring that any “in-kind” contribution for a product review must be considered an official endorsement and requires disclosure. Despite the fact that I — of my own volition — did so on the one occasion I was actually given something […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:02 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Government Transparency,Taxation
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September 24, 2009

Quote Of The Day

“You heard the mantra, ‘Tax the rich, tax the rich… We’ve done that. We’ve probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state.” – Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) H/T: United Liberty

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:30 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Quote of the Day,Taxation
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September 15, 2009

The Other Bad Healthcare “Reform” Bill

The Senate Finance Committee is finishing up work this week on a “compromise” Obamacare bill that’s being billed as better than pure Obamacare because it doesn’t include “death panels”, a public option, and free healthcare for illegal aliens. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Monday that he will propose an overhaul of the […]

Posted By: Kevin Boyd @ 6:22 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fascism in America,Healthcare,Taxation,The Welfare State
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September 12, 2009

Obama Raises Taxes Without Vote of Congress

“I can make a firm pledge….no family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase…..not any of your taxes”-Barack Obama, September 12, 2008 Once again, President Obama has lied to the country. After raising cigarette taxes earlier this year, Obama just ordered another tax increase. This time, he raised every American’s taxes […]

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September 8, 2009

Taxation And Morality

There have been plenty of books and policy papers written, plenty of speeches and television and radio interviews, about the economic reasons that high progressive taxation is a bad idea. We’ve heard many times about how it restricts innovation by discouraging investments, or how higher tax rates actually have the seemingly perverse impact of decreasing […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Constitution,Taxation,Theory and Ideas
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July 21, 2009

Lies, Damn Lies, and California Budget Proposals

The news out of Sacramento appears good for the California middle class: The good news, Schwarzenegger glowed, is no new taxes. Digging a little deeper, of course, reveals the truth: REVENUES * Accelerate income tax withholding — $1.7 billion * Increase estimated tax payments for businesses and the self-employed — $610 million Between now and […]

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July 18, 2009

Charts Of The Day

Kevin Drum sees this and weeps. My god! The rich aren’t paying any taxes any more! Look at how steep those lines are! Those greedy rich bastards are getting off easy! Or, maybe if you rescale the image, you make a different point (my apologies for an inability to make a chart, this in Excel […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:11 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Taxation
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July 6, 2009

A few thoughts about last weekend’s Tea Parties

While I’ve not had enough time to take a comprehensive look at Tea Parties held around the nation on or around Independence Day, here are some quick observations from this full-time Tea Party enthusiast and part-time skeptic. First of all, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) was booed when he spoke in Austin, Texas.  The key reason […]

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July 5, 2009

California’s problem is taxation

Instapundit links to a NYT Magazine propaganda piece about governing California, and the part about taxation reads as if it were written by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, right down to euphemistically renaming taxes “revenue”: In the view of many, the origins of the mud slog began with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the […]

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July 1, 2009

A Vote for Revenue

Politicians are usually most revealing when speaking off-the-cuff, and so it was with Karen Bass: Q: How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature’s work? A: The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue […]

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June 26, 2009

I have to give the man some credit

I happen to live in Arizonas 5th congressional district; and am currently represented in the house by Harry Mitchell. Congressman Mitchell and I disagree about a lot of things. Abortion, social security and government health care, school choice and education policy, many economic issues, government intervention and regulations in general, and the overall wisdom of […]

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June 6, 2009

California Department Of Real Estate Trust Fund Nearing Deficit!

The California Department Of Real Estate oversees and administers the state’s real estate agent and broker licensing program. During the big housing boom, the fees generated by the high level of real estate activity (and the agents/brokers who were licensed to enable that activity) has caused them to build up some a nice Trust Fund. […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fiscal Policy,Government Incompetence,Government Transparency,Taxation
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