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

April 14, 2009

The Trouble with Involuntary Collectivists

… and in fact leftists of any stripe (and some on the far right for that matter), is that everything they believe is wrong. Yes, I mean that directly, literally, and completely. Everything they believe is wrong. Incorrect. False. Everything they believe in is wrong, because it all flows from absolutely wrong first principles, which [...]

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April 13, 2009

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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April 11, 2009

Reforming America’s Prison System: The Time Has Come

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) in his recent article calling for a major reform of America’s prisons in Parade Magazine brought some very disturbing, eye opening, statistics about America’s prison system to light. In summary this is some of what he found: -Since 1984, America’s prison population has quadrupled from 580,000 to 2.3 million -Though the [...]

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March 26, 2009

Obama’s Policy to Fight Mexican Drug Cartels is Doomed to Fail

The Obama administration, rather than dealing with the root cause of the violence along the Mexican border, has decided to adopt a policy to deal with the symptoms. The problem is that this policy will neither alleviate the symptoms nor come close to treating the problem. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help [...]

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March 23, 2009

I WILL NOT OBEY

As I have said here before, I am a senior technical executive at a large bank. As it happens, a bank that was forced at gunpoint, by the secretary of the treasury and chairman of the federal reserve, to accept TARP funds (as all the top surviving banks in the U.S were). Let me be [...]

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March 13, 2009

Tonight On 20/20: Bailouts & Bull

Tonight’s 20/20 is definitely worth watching, not just for libertarians but for anyone who wants to know what’s really going on: Additionally, starting at 8:30pm ET, Reason.com will be live-streaming an event from it’s D.C. Headquarters tied into the special. So, watch it live or set your DVR’s !

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:40 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Media,Politics,The Nanny State,The Surveillance State,The Welfare State
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March 11, 2009

Name That Socialist

Today, a news story came out where a company planned on purchasing chicken processing plants and the government was going to match the private company’s bid dollar for dollar. This plan is proposed under the guise of saving jobs. Now let me give you a hint who this socialist leader is; he’s a national leader. [...]

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March 10, 2009

E-mail to GM President: “It’s time to pay for your [own] sins, Detroit”

My apologies to those who have already read this, but for those who haven’t this is just too good not to share. Since December 2008, the Knox e-mail to GM has been making its way to inboxes all over the world; I learned of it only yesterday when listening to Neal Boortz yesterday. Within an [...]

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March 8, 2009

Is Obama a Socialist?

Writing that “Calling Barack Obama’s plan socialistic lacks any class,” Albor Ruiz argues that “fear mongering over a ‘class war’ and an Obama conspiracy to turn the U.S. into a ‘socialist’ country is reaching a fever pitch.” He then cites “Tax Hike Mike” Huckabee as an example: Huckabee, no doubt, takes the cake. “Lenin and [...]

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March 4, 2009

Four Questions for Barack Obama

From CNN: “It’s time for this waste and inefficiency to end. It’s time for a government that only invests in what works,” Obama said. The president said the country must “turn the tide on an era of fiscal irresponsibility so that we can sustain our recovery, enhance accountability and avoid leaving our children a mountain [...]

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February 24, 2009

Kids’ Nutrition Choices Made By Lobbyists, Not Doctors

Kevin Drum tells us “the reality is, this is how things get done”. In the below exchange, Kevin is MJ (Mother Jones), and Michael Pollan (Berkeley journalism prof & food author) is MP: MJ: Does WIC [the Women, Infants, and Children program] still specify that you buy dairy? MP: Yes. We had a huge fight [...]

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February 20, 2009

Santelli’s Tea Party

This might be the best rant about Obama’s $75 billion dollar home mortgage bailout plan I’ve heard so far broadcast by the MSM. Get ready to stand up and cheer this man!

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 12:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Media,Quote of the Day,Taxation,The Welfare State
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February 19, 2009

Octomom: A Microcosm of Democrat and Republican Policies Realized

Much to my delight and surprise, the news of Nadya Suleman (a.k.a. Octomom) giving birth to 8 children in addition to her other 6 children she could ill afford to support has not been well received by a large portion of the American public. Octomom seemed to go into this undertaking with the idea that [...]

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February 17, 2009

“How bad is it going to get?

Yesterday, a reader wrote me and asked: “I have been wondering how bad the current economic “crisis” will get. Depending on who I talk to I have been told everything from “this is simply part of the normal cycle of economics” to being told to invest heavily in ammo” Ok, here’s my take on it. [...]

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February 12, 2009

Ezra Klein Assumes Big-Governmentism Is A Partisan Thing

Ezra Klein, discussing the left’s worry about adding AMT reform to the stimulus bill: But this also got to one of the other problems with the bill: So many of the provisions were politically vulnerable in isolation that you couldn’t pick through them one by one. It would have meant passing the legislation late next [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:39 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Government Waste,Politics,Taxation,The Welfare State
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Quote Of The Day — Lincoln-esque Edition

As Barack Obama tries to claim the legacy of our 16th President, perhaps he should think about this quote from Honest Abe: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Quote of the Day,The Nanny State,The Welfare State
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February 9, 2009

Read the Declaration

I said earlier that the “stimulus” package was a declaration of war on those who produce wealth and live responsibly, now and into the future. The kind folks at NRO have taken the time to show just how bloated a declaration it is.

Posted By: Quincy @ 6:59 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,The Welfare State
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Who must suffer so others may profit?

One of my favorite TV shows is Babylon 5.  It offered interesting plots and much to think about.  The episode “Deathwalker” comes to my mind when thinking about the stimulus.  Jha’dur, a scientist from a vanquished enemy species, has become known as “Deathwalker” for her terrifying bioweapon experiments.  Now, she appears on Babylon 5 with [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 12:59 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,The Welfare State
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February 8, 2009

Democrats’ love of dependency on display

One of the most galling moments for hard-left Democrats in the last two decades was Bill Clinton embracing welfare reform. Gone were the days that welfare acted as a black hole that sucked people in and kept them there. The spirit of the law was changed from one of dependence to one of independence, removing [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 2:28 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: The Welfare State
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February 7, 2009

Stimulis: Because all economies have performance issues

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