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Archive for January, 2012

“Single-payer” Health Care Requires Evermore Patient Patients »

Those hoping ObamaCare will soon lead to a “Single-payer” plan such as Canada’s might want to look through the most recent annual report on wait times for health care in Canada just released by the Fraser Institute. Among other findings in “Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2011 Report:” Specialist...
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Leading Scientists Debunk Climate Alarmism »

In their recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” a group of sixteen world-renowned scientists decry the unscientific alarmism over “global warming,” citing numerous inconvenient facts that dispute global warming claims. Here is a video interview with signatory William Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton University: Their message...
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The Statist of the Union »

Unsurprisingly, President Obama’s campaign speech masquerading as the routine address to Congress, spelled out in the Constitution and known as the State of the Union, was saturated with every prevalent form of modern American statism—protectionism, corporate-liberal socialism, nationalism, and militarism. In a couple areas, however, he was particularly bold in his statist proposals. Obama...
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The Fed’s Inflation Target »

The Federal Reserve has announced what appear to be inconsistent policy targets for the upcoming year. The Fed says they want to keep interest rates low at least through 2013, meaning a continuation of easy money policy, and has also announced that their inflation target is 2%. The inflation rate for 2011 was 3.2%....
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Obama’s Prosperity-Killing Protectionism »

I often disagree with Matthew Yglesias, but I found myself cheering when I read parts of his Slate column on President Obama’s State of the Union Speech. The president’s stated wish to protect domestic jobs by hindering trade is, Yglesias writes, “a strikingly retrograde, self-contradictory, and confused agenda of reviving American prosperity through mercantilism.”...
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The Lawless Executive Branch and the Irrelevance of Congress »

Despite Congress’s decision, in response to a huge backlash on the internet and in Silicon Valley, not to pass SOPA last week, the executive branch shows that it essentially has all the powers in that legislation already—the power to accuse a website of deliberately facilitating “piracy” and shut it down and confiscate its assets...
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Mitt Romney’s Taxes »

Mitt Romney’s just-released tax return for 2010 shows he paid $3 million in income taxes on an income of $21.6 million. What should we make of that fact? People tend to view taxes in one of two ways. One way is to think of taxes as the price we pay for government goods and...
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U.S. Senator Detained by Transportation Security Administration »

This story has been getting some press, and I hope it gets a lot more. The Senator who was detained was Rand Paul, which may make the story more interesting. Senator Paul has been a frequent critic of the TSA. Even though I do a fair amount of airline travel, I still get a...
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Charles Dickens, Capitalist »

Did you know 2012 is the centenary of Charles Dickens’s birth? Dickens is often lumped with Carlyle, Shaw, Ruskin, etc. as a Romantic, Victorian, literary anti-capitalist. (Carlyle indeed disliked capitalism, but not for the usual reasons.) But Dickens, as I originally learned from Paul Cantor, was a wildly successful capitalist and entrepreneur, a driving force behind the...
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True Religious Freedom Means Freedom for All »

A recent development in Obamacare’s reach raises an important point about religious liberty. The health care law requires hospitals to provide contraceptives to patients. Churches have protested and have won an exemption to this regulation as it concerns their own health services. This is all well and good: Religious institutions shouldn’t be forced to...
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