Tag: George W. Bush
There’s “Hope” for Reducing the Federal Debt
A Fox News report broadcast on November 28 supplies means of stanching the unprecedented effusion of budgetary red ink overseen by presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In that report, talking-head Chris Wallace interviewed Jeffrey Post, curator of the gem and mineral collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History. The story...
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Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Video II
First performed publicly last week in New York at The Economist‘s conference, The Buttonwood Gathering, here is the sequel to the sensational rap video pitting the economic ideas of Austrian School economist F.A. Hayek against those of interventionist John M. Keynes. The original video, “Fear the Boom and Bust,” has had more than 1.5...
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Bush’s FEMA Was No Gem Either
Open Letter to The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2010 Dear Editor: Paul Rubin argues that President Obama is getting a free pass in the media in light of the environmental disaster caused by the BP oil spill. The press, on the other hand, harshly chastised President Bush, for what Rubin thinks was a...
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The Left Called the U.S. Government Fascist, Too
And the media and respectable liberals were not nearly as hysterical about this. Of course, there was a kernel of truth to the left’s descriptions of Bush as a fascist, and there is truth to the criticism of the Obama administration as fascist. It is incoherent to say one is true and not 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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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Military Tribunals Are Unconstitutional
In an article in the Los Angeles Times on November 29th, “The case against military tribunals,” Judge Andrew P. Napolitano presented his opposition to military tribunals in the U.S. government’s undeclared “war on terror.” It’s a violation of the Constitution to use the panels without a declaration of war—and just calling it a “war”...
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The Lynch-mob Mentality in the “War on Terror”
In his latest column at Salon.com, “The lynch-mob mentality,” Glenn Greenwald correctly discusses the utter contradiction by those who properly want to hold terrorists accountable for their criminal acts against the innocent but then embrace both a foreign policy that knowingly harms innocent people and a legal system that tramples due process by not...
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Masters or Slaves?
Using data just released from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Cato’s Chris Edwards has built this chart vividly illustrating the upshot of America’s love affair with big government under Bush and continuing under Obama—average federal compensation is now more than double the average in the private sector: Meanwhile, the trend of government jobs increasing...
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When Will the Wars End?
A majority of Americans, including an overwhelming majority of Democrats, oppose the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the warmongering persists. The Afghanistan war has been expanded and Obama has greatly expanded upon Bush’s drone attacks in Pakistan. I predicted this would happen with an Obama presidency. Because the Democratic voters tend to...
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The Bush-Obama Spying Regime
The Obama administration is planning to cite “national security” concerns to quash a lawsuit alleging illegal government spying under Bush. This is no surprise. A full year ago, Obama the candidate made it completely clear he intended to break his promise to oppose warrantless spying when he voted for cloture on the 2008 FISA...
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