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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Millions of permits may be needed. We have written repeatedly about the EPA’s war on energy and, more generally, on economic growth. But a case that may soon make its way to the Supreme Court is, critics argue, even more extreme than anything mandated by the Agency. The case is Georgia-Pacific West, Inc. et al. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center. ... MORE
by Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News. Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after ... MORE
Taxpayers shovel $433 billion to Obama's crony for nothing. The Obama Regime is best known for its crony car and crony green energy capitalism, but there is scarcely any industry it hasn’t tried to corrupt for its own interests. An unlikely source has now informed us of an especially egregious new variety — what can only be described as crony drug capitalism. ... MORE
Thursday, December 8, 2011
An effective means of stimulating debt. Last year, a one-year cut in the payroll taxes that working Americans pay to finance Social Security was enacted in the name of so-called economic "stimulus." But, like the rest of the economic stimuli that have come from Washington over the last three years, the only thing that has been stimulated is the growing hole of ... MORE
The promise of Obama. In Teddy Roosevelt's era, President Barack Obama explained to the nation this week, "some people thought massive inequality and exploitation was just the price of progress....But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take whatever you want from whoever you can." And he's right. Even today there are people who ... MORE
Give the gift of wisdom. The joys of Christmas do not include coping with crowds at shopping malls or wracking your brains trying to figure out what to get as a gift for someone who already seems to have everything. Books are a way out of both situations. You don't even have to go to a bookstore, with books so readily available on-line. As for the person who seems to have ... MORE
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
from THE BLAZE. Watch what you Tweet, because the government will be able to retrieve it for years– or decades– to come, according to a new report. That’s the lesson you can take from the Library of Congress’ mandate to collect anything that may have long-term historical interest, says Federal News Radio. Most digital data has at least a ... MORE
Organization and principle could yield victory in Iowa. Rep. Ron Paul rarely makes news, and his candidacy is frequently ignored by Beltway reporters. But headlines, his aides say, are overrated. In fact, the Texas Republican’s low-key autumn was strategic. As Paul’s competitors stumbled and sparred, he amassed a small fortune for his ... MORE
Fighting terrorism one catheter at a time. With age come such things as catheters, colostomy bags and adult diapers. Now add another indignity to getting old — having to drop your pants and show these things to a complete stranger. Two women in their 80s put the Transportation Security Administration on the defensive this week by going public about their ... MORE
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A story of San Francisco politics. On his official website, San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi starts his list of accomplishments with this item: "Plastic Bag Ban: First-in-the-Nation ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drug stores, which sparked similar legislation around the world from Oakland to Canada to Paris to Beijing." In his final month as supervisor ... MORE
Forcibly using one person to serve another. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, in his New York Times column titled "Free to Die" (9/15/2011), pointed out that back in 1980, his late fellow Nobel laureate Milton Friedman lent his voice to the nation's shift to the political right in his famous 10-part TV series, "Free To Choose." Nowadays, Krugman says, ... MORE
CBSNews.com. When Republicans and Independents who are planning to attend next month’s Iowa Republican caucuses were asked who they believe is the “most principled” candidate in the Republican field, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas ranked first with 24 percent, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Sunday. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was second with 17 ... MORE
Monday, December 5, 2011
Free market magic, that is. I protested when San Francisco began cracking down on Happy Meals with its cleverly worded edict to prohibit restaurants from giving away toys aimed at children with food that did not satisfy its nutritional standards. But perhaps I despaired too soon. As it turns out, the magic of the market, the ingenuity of McDonald’s, and the incompetence of ... MORE
Insightful economic conversation (taped 9-3-70) remains relevant today.
Note Mr. Browne predicts that, "as an act of economic desperation," our government will have to "renege on their promise to foreign governments to pay one ounce of gold for every $35 turned in at the Treasury." On August 15, 1971, the Nixon Administration did so.
The welfare-regulatory state is the problem. Newsmax.com reports: Illegal immigration costs Arizona $1.6 billion a year – a staggering 19 percent of the state’s budget – Gov. Jan Brewer said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, adding that the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to it since migrants will help register Democratic voters. “It’s unfortunate ... MORE
To promote the welfare state. Have you noticed how government takes sides against the little guy? Street vending has been a path out of poverty for Americans. And like other such paths (say, driving a taxi), this one is increasingly difficult to navigate. Why? Because entrenched interests don't like competition. So they lobby their powerful friends to erect high ... MORE