Archive for March, 2010

The Middle Class Welfare State »

In the 1980s, left-liberals talked about homelessness as a plague and human rights issue. It has been over a decade since I’ve even heard about homeless people as a political issue. Now the victim class is the middle class. The Democrats and Republicans both talk about shoring up the middle class with targeted tax...
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Samizdat: The Libertarian Alarm Clock »

You might have read the story about the Socialist Alarm Clock. Here’s one version. A friend who wishes to remain anonymous sent his libertarian version and asked me to post it: This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock built by the ingenuity of millions of individuals all working for their own gain,...
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Sergey Brin Takes a Stand »

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Google co-founder Sergey Brin elaborated on what was apparently primarily his decision for Google to withdraw from mainland China. Mr. Brin immigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of 6: The 36-year-old co-founder said he was moved by growing evidence in China of...
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A Leftist Critique of Obamacare »

Jane Hamsher’s fact sheet is very useful in explaining to liberals why Obamacare is a corporatist scam and an expensive imposition upon the middle class. Update: Hamsher on Fox late last year calling on Americans to stop Obamacare:

Coming Soon: Marijuana Legalization »

This November California voters will have the opportunity to vote for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for personal use. Californians would be able to cultivate gardens of up to 25 square feet, and possess up to an ounce for their own use. Not everybody is happy about this. In addition to the...
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The Health-Care Reform Act: Que Paso? »

What has this gargantuan statute wrought? To this question, there can be only one answer: Nobody knows. I am being quite serious: no single human being knows ― no one can know ― what provisions the statute’s more than 2,000 pages contain. Even if someone had the power to read and remember everything in...
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Mike Church Interviews Robert Higgs »

Last week, Robert Higgs appeared on the “Mike Church Show.” If you missed it, you can check it out here.

Obamacare Will Cut Costs? The Market Shows Otherwise »

One of the promises of Obamacare has been that it would reduce health care costs. The day after the House passed the Senate’s version of health care reform, this headline says “Health Care Companies Pull Stock Market Higher.” Clearly, money is being bet on health care costs increasing, putting more money, not less, into...
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The V.A.’s Failure to Provide: The Promise of Obamacare »

With the enormous and dangerous implications of Obamacare for American health care, employment, innovation and the economy, understanding the actual track record of existing governmental control and management of health care services is of enormous relevance to what health care nationalization/socialization promises to create. As a result, the Independent Institute has just released the...
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Ratchet Effect »

FIRST Truman went to war against Korea without Congress, and I didn’t speak up because the communists had to be stopped. THEN Clinton passed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, and I didn’t speak up because innocent people don’t need habeas corpus. THEN Bush passed the USA PATRIOT Act, and I...
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