Archive for January, 2011

The U.A.W.’s Plan to Move All Auto Manufacturing Overseas »

As the “big three” U.S. auto manufacturers have lost market share—and two of the three have gone into bankruptcy, only to be rescued by the federal government—foreign manufacturers have filled the void. Many of those foreign auto manufacturers now make many of the cars they sell in the U.S. in U.S. factories. The United...
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The Government on the Extent of the Commerce Power »

In a dissent from a denial of cert. in Alderman v. United States, Justice Clarence Thomas highlights just how far the Government is willing to take the Commerce Power. The issue in Alderman was whether Congress may prohibit a convicted felon from possessing body armor. See 18 U.S.C. section 931. The vest had been sold in...
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Biblically Inspired Verses for Contemporary Americans »

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a central bank soweth, that shall it also reap. The legislator that is without sin among you, let him cast the first vote to outlaw victimless actions. Given that more than 4,500 actions are now considered federal crimes, blessed are the merciful federal prosecutors, for...
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Should Wages Never Fall? »

Sudeep Reddy, writing on the front page of January 11th’s Wall Street Journal, claims that one of the “ugly” legacies of the current economic crisis is a “lasting drop in wages”. Following National Public Radio’s modus operandi for reporting “news”, he supplies some human-interest stories recounting the experiences of former money managers and other...
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Who Killed JFK? The Conservative “Climate of Hate”! »

According to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and other Kennedy-friendly biographers, the young president was a victim of the political atmosphere, not Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald. Conservative criticism of Kennedy led a disturbed young man (Oswald) to kill Kennedy and The Dream. Man, this is an old left-liberal script: Go straight to Schlesinger’s A Thousand Days:...
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Tea Party Rhetoric and the Arizona Shooting »

In the aftermath of the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, in which at least a dozen people were shot and at least six have died, some commentators have placed at least some of the blame on what they see as extreme Tea Party rhetoric that has created political divisiveness. Pima County, Ariz. Sheriff...
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Why Not Gun Control for the Government? »

Whenever someone commits a particularly shocking crime with firearms—especially a horrific mass murder—there are calls for gun control. The reasoning seems to be that a law prohibiting the ownership or carrying of certain weapons will prevent or reduce the number of such atrocities. Although most other laws targeting ownership of contraband—such as drug laws—do...
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The Daily Show Skewers San Francisco’s Ban of Happy Meals »

Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central hilariously skewers the hypocrisy, authoritarianism, and foolishness of “progressive” San Francisco’s Nanny-State ban of Happy Meals at McDonald’s restaurants in the city. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The Daily Show on Facebook HT: Carl Haberberger

Limited Government? Keep an Eye on Florida »

With both the federal and state governments in the United States seemingly headed the way of Greece, Florida appears to have the best prospects among the states for limited government. Florida already is among the lowest in per capita state government spending, and in state government employees per capita. and is one of the...
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Fat Cats, Big Dogs, and Campaign Finance Reform »

From the front page of today’s New York Times, headlined “Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions:” Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective...
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