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Archive for April, 2010
Census Inverted: No Representation Without Taxation?

Census forms are due April 12, and soon Census workers will be seen pounding the streets, looking for the unaccounted-for. This year’s promotional campaign by the Census Bureau, urging compliance so that each of us can get our “fair share” of government money, turns the traditional purpose of a census on its head: from...
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Inflation: Our Cure for Debt

As the Greek government slides closer to default because of its crushing deficits and level of debt, more than one American has asked, in light of our huge projected budget deficits, whether the U.S. government could be in that position someday. Paul Krugman says that the responsible policy for the U.S. to follow is...
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C.S. Lewis on the Welfare State: Dangers of Obamacare

With the enormous expansion of the welfare state with the passage of Obamacare, C.S. Lewis’s insightful essay on the dangers, dehumanization, and immorality of welfare/therapeutic statism, “Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” (from his book, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics) is especially timely and noteworthy. Here are...
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The New Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons

In an article in the Wall Street Journal on January 4, 2007, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons,” national security establishment icons George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn startled many people by calling for a campaign to ban nuclear weapons worldwide in a effort to avoid a new nuclear arms race...
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ObamaCare will Make Employees and Employers Worse Off

While Americans are reckoning the financial impact of President Obama’s healthcare reform initiative on the economy as a whole and on them personally, some of its obvious consequences for labor markets thus far seem to have escaped notice. In a freely functioning marketplace, the compensation of employees consists of a mix of wages or...
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General McChrystal’s Admission of Guilt

Obama’s man in Afghanistan has made an amazing admission of guilt to, dare I say, complicity in officially sanctioned murder. General Stanley McChrystal has said the following: We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat. Now, if the General would take the...
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Declaration of Dependence: Self-Evident Truths for the New Age

We hold these Truths to be self-evident; that through the beneficent hand of government, Society (50%-plus-one) ought to 1. Provide money solely to public education. History shows that public schooling does not discriminate based on color, creed, or ability. 2. Provide health care—paid for and regulated by the federal government but only available for...
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Our Present Situation: Eight Haiku

Cherry blossoms in Washington bathe frightful deeds in springtime beauty. – Firms too big to fail savor scent of roses from Treasury’s garden. – No systemic risk too dark a cloud for Congress to make darker still. – Government jobs cause illusion of revival – mirage in desert. – Big banks take their ease...
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It Is About Power and Fear

I had missed Anthony Gregory’s great post here when I wrote my piece for Lew a few days ago—but it seems everyone is noticing that it is about power—and fear—their fear of losing power! Government resources will be directed at those “enemies” foreign and domestic that threaten the guys in power. What I’m discovering...
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Anarchists for Big Government

When I saw that an anarchist website was urging its members to “crash” the tea party movement, my first thought was that they might perform a worthy service. The anarchists would be in an excellent position, for example, to expose the statist orientation of many tea partiers on war and immigration. Unfortunately, the main...
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