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

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 29, 2009

The Daily Show Illustrates the Shortsightedness of Government

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Arizona State Capitol Building for Sale www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Ron Paul Interview The above video clip from The Daily Show, while very humorous, illustrates a fundamental problem of government: shortsightedness. In this example, the State of Arizona is offering [...]

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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 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 @ 6:22 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Fascism in America,Healthcare,Taxation,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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August 7, 2009

When You Ask AARP Members to Voice Their Opinions About Healthcare…

…you better be prepared to hear opinions which don’t necessarily support the Democrats proposed government takeover of healthcare. The speaker at this meeting (in the video below) made the mistake of saying “I think we can all agree…”. From there, the AARP members took over. Really brings a smile to your face huh? Hat Tip: [...]

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July 18, 2009

Government Is Not Society

One of the most pernicious beliefs held by Americans is the conflation of the state with society. This belief is causing them acquiesce to government actions that threaten the destruction of American civilization if not stopped. The word society comes to us from the Latin societas, which meant a group of people bound by friendship [...]

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July 7, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI Would Make Marx Proud

Pope Benedict XVI has decided to wade into territory which he has no understanding or expertise: the global economy. The New York Times reports that the pope is now calling for a “New World Economic Order”* VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a [...]

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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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June 26, 2009

If Government Ran Healthcare…

First a little humor in this Sprint Spoof from Reason.tv Now Dr. Ron Paul’s prescription for reforming healthcare in America

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June 21, 2009

BB&T One Of First To Return TARP Funds

BB&T, a regional southern bank, is a bit of a darling of the libertarian movement. After Kelo, they made it bank policy to not lend money towards projects utilizing eminent domain. Co-contributor Jason Pye suggested a desire to open an account there after BB&T began donating money to UNC-Greensboro to found a pro-capitalism and pro-markets [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:22 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Fiscal Policy,Socialism,The Welfare State
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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 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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April 29, 2009

Let’s Talk, Barack.

So Barack Obama has a few snide remarks for the tea partiers: Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans. “Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Fiscal Policy,Politics,The Welfare State
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April 21, 2009

Obamessiah Pisses Away More of Your Money

In news that shocks absolutely no one, the Obamessiah found yet another way to piss away some more American taxpayer dollars, this time on a “national service” bill. President Obama on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing a major expansion of funding to federal community-service programs, marking a rare example of Washington bipartisanship. The legislation reauthorizes [...]

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April 20, 2009

Medical Ethicist Suggests Senile “Have A Duty To Die”

This is what medical ethics has come to in Britain: Medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock, 84, said senility sufferers were a burden to their families and doctors. And she said there was nothing wrong with them feeling they had a “duty” to opt for euthanasia for the sake of others. She said: “If you are [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:45 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Healthcare,Human Rights,Socialism,The Welfare State
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April 16, 2009

A Tea-Party Postscript

According to Nate Silver’s estimate, something approaching a quarter million people took part in the tea party protests that took place around the country yesterday. That seems like a large number, and maybe even the start of something big, right ? Ross Douthat thinks not, and doubts that they’ll have any more impact on the [...]

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A Question For The Tea Partyers

It’s fairly clear what your against and, by and large I agree, but what, exactly, are you for: Protesting government spending is meaningless unless you say what you’d cut. (…) All protests against spending that do not tell us how to reduce it are fatuous pieces of theater, not constructive acts of politics. And until [...]

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