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

June 2, 2009

You Can Tax My Beer When You Pry It From My Cold Drunk Hands!

Now it’s personal: Consumers in the United States may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all. Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document that will be used to brief lawmakers Wednesday at a closed-door meeting. Taxes [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:33 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Socialism,Taxation,The Welfare State
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May 20, 2009

Don’t Apologize For Funny

Comedy is hard. Really, really hard. Funny requires stepping outside the box — saying something a bit unexpected. There are a lot of ways to screw it up, and often what sounds funny in your head is not so funny when a listener hears it. There’s a reason why many actors say that comedy acting [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:59 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Humor,Media,Taxation
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May 15, 2009

Obama’s Against Deficit Spending?

Just who is he trying to fool? President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries. “We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:37 am || Permalink || Comments (79) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Taxation
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May 12, 2009

Nominal SSA/Medicare “Solvency” Dates Worsen Slightly; Journalists Apoplectic

As I’ve thoroughly explained here and here, the whole Social Security “trust fund” issue is a joke. It’s an accounting gimmick designed to push the supposed date of concern out into the future. When does Social Security become “insolvent”? Well, let’s look at what the word means: adjective not solvent; unable to satisfy creditors or [...]

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May 11, 2009

Cap And Tax

Coming from Ezra Klein – Via Dave Weigel and Matt Yglesias comes the depressing news that the vast majority of the public doesn’t know what cap and trade” is. And I don’t mean in the sense that they don’t understand the auctions. They have no idea what problem the policy actually refers to. “Given a [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:14 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Taxation
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May 8, 2009

Truth Hurts… Ignorance Hurts Worse

I disagree with Schiff on hyperinflation; but we’re DEFINITELY going to be seeing significant inflation. I’m thinking 1979 levels or so. Note: Schiff is also a firm believer in the inherent value fallacy; which is just that, a fallacy. There is no such thing as a stable currency, because nothing has inherent value. All value [...]

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May 1, 2009

No Secession, No Legitimacy!

Many Republicans, having discovered that Bush’s policies are tyrannical, are making noises about wanting out of the fascist state that they were cheering on a few months ago. While we may wonder why it took the trivial matter of having people who have the letter D appended to their names on news reports executing Bush’s [...]

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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 17, 2009

Weekend Open Thread: Tea Parties As Pent-Up Hostility?

As said before, much “ink” has been spilled on these “pages” to discuss the libertarian response to the tea parties. Several of us have suggested that while we’re happy the partiers have regained their allegiance to small government and fiscal conservatives, we’ve thought it a bit strange that these folks seem to come out of [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (49) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Politics,Republicans,Taxation
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April 16, 2009

Keeping What What We Make Away From the Tax-man

The furor over the Tea Party movement has been quite exciting.  While I love watching government officials and their sycophantic propagandists energetically denounce people for daring to suggest that people should be permitted to keep their earnings,  I, like others, think the protests – in and of themselves – are insufficient to meaningfully change the [...]

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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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Stephen Gordon On Rachel Maddow

As Jason noted last night, our own Stephen Gordon appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show last night discussing the rift between conservatives and libertarians over the Tea Party’s. Here’s the video: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy UPDATE: Huffpo on Gordon’s appearance here. HotAir here. Raw Story here. Maddow fan [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:40 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Politics,Taxation,The Contributors,Theory and Ideas
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Tax Day Protestors — Time To Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

A few weeks ago, I asked those who were interested in fighting back against the forces of taxation to actually do something tangible to make a difference. I asked for a real Tax Day protest. The idea was simple. Decrease your tax withholding to the minimum level to avoid penalties, in order to ensure that [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:30 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Taxation
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April 13, 2009

The Tax Day Coalition

A lot of digital ink has been spilled on these pages over the tax day “Tea Party” protests. Not all of it has been supportive, but I think there’s to some extent a need to clear the air and explain our position. Granted, this is a group blog and I can’t quite speak for everyone [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:35 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Fiscal Policy,Taxation,The Contributors
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You are “The Rich”, and you didn’t even know it

Video From Reason.TV: A lot of folks hear numbers like “the top 5%” of income earners, and they think that means Bill Gates, and fortune 500 CEOs etc… No, although that’s exactly what the government, and the media, would love for you to believe. It’s how they pit us against one another. It is a [...]

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Our Tax Day Protest, and Celebration

We’re not going to a tea party; mostly because we have jobs, and also because I think they’re both great, and ineffective. Great, because it’s amazing that so many people are making it known publicly that they don’t want to have their freedoms abridged, and more of their money stolen from them. Ineffective because basically [...]

Posted By: Chris @ 8:48 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Humor,Politics,Taxation
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April 12, 2009

Nevada Government Turns Down Tax Revenue?

Talk about some strange incentives. A business is clamoring for the state to tax their services, and the budget-constrained state turns them down: Nevada, suffering from a $3 billion budget crisis, passed on a chance to raise at least $2 million a year. Yesterday, lawmakers said “No Thanks” to a $5, er, service tax, for [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:51 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Taxation
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March 30, 2009

Great Idea from the Left: Have Candidates Sign Pledges to Increase Taxes and Spending

While trashing a positive review of a Republican candidate I just wrote over at The Next Right, the good folks over at The American Prospect inadvertently came up with a good idea.  I was describing a recent conversation with Tim James, who is running for governor in Alabama: When I had the opportunity, I asked [...]

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March 29, 2009

Don’t Read This if You Aren’t Libertarian

Here’s the wording (no direct link available yet, but here’s the latest cut-and-paste source) from one of the April 15th Tea Party notifications. To further insult people with an I.Q. over 80, they threw a new Gingrich video on the page.  They ask: Are you fed up with a Congress and a president who: * [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Doublespeak,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Republicans,Taxation
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March 25, 2009

It Usually Begins with Naked Tax Protesters

Since it appears that a whole lot of people are going to engaged in one of the two manifestations I previously identified as “Going Galt” this April 15th, perhaps it’s time for some additional perspective on the process.  Jerome Tuccille wrote It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, which he followed with It Still Begins with [...]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 5:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Humor,Media,Taxation
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