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

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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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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