AFP: Attorney General Holder Tied To OKC Bombers

He provided the explosives to Nichols and McVeigh.  Eric Holder, current attorney general of the United States, managed an FBI operation that provided explosives to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols just prior to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, according to official documents released during the ongoing ... MORE

David Hogberg: Walter Williams For Christmas

His autobiography is a great American story.   "Racial discriminatory preferences do not explain all they are purported to explain" is the central theme in economist Walter Williams' new book, Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? That's not surprising to anyone familiar with Williams' work. However, it is somewhat puzzling given his background ... MORE

VIDEO: FDR - Hard Times Redux

Wayne Allyn Root: Obama's New Math Is A Job Killer

President must have missed class on subtraction. President Obama’s math skills leave something to be desired. As a matter of fact, based on Mr. Obama’s recent interview on “60 Minutes,” the president deserves a grade of F in math. When confronted by the reporter with the reality that his economic stimulus package failed, he decided to lie to the American   ... MORE

VIDEO: The Methodical Enslavement of Americans

Jacob G. Hornberger: Vision Of A Free Society

The answers that freedom provides.   If we abolish public schooling, then how will the poor be educated? If drug laws are repealed, won't everyone go on drugs? If Social Security is abolished, won't old people starve to death? If we don't have Medicare and Medicaid, how would anyone afford decent medical care? If we don't have licensing, won't quacks be performing heart ... MORE

Nick Bilton: iPads For Me, But Not For Ye

FAA gives pilots thumbs up, passengers thumbs down.     The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that pilots on American Airlines flights would be allowed to use iPads instead of paper flight manuals in the cockpit starting Friday, as reported by ZDNet, even during takeoff and landing. But passengers are still required to shut down anything with  ... MORE

VIDEO: Ayn Rand - Entitlements Are Not Rights

People are not born with a claim on the production of others.

Damon W. Root: The EPA Vs. The Constitution

High Court prepares to hear major 5th Amendment case.   The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declares that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” This means that if the government infringes on your rights, you are entitled to mount a timely and meaningful defense of those rights in court. It’s one of the  ... MORE

ViDEO: Ron Paul Knows What Davy Crockett Learned

A lesson few politicians grasp.

Jerry Hirsch: California Launches War Against Oil Changes

Legislative nannies gone wild.   Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule. The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a    ... MORE

WSJ Editorial: Regulation For Dummies

Obama's regulatory surge has hamstrung the economy. The White House is on the political offensive, and one of its chief claims is that it isn't the overregulator of business and Republican lore. This line has been picked up by impressionable columnists, so it's a good time to consider the evidence in some detail. Jan Eberly, an Assistant Treasury Secretary, kicked ... MORE

VIDEO: Ending the Global Drug War takes hard look at one war on liberty.   "Ever since the War on Drugs, everything has hit the fan," says Romesh Bhattacharji, former Narcotics Commissioner of India. Rather than continue the unnecessary and costly drug war. Last month, at the Cato Institute's "Ending the Global War on Drugs" conference, Bhattacharji's sentiments were echoed by ex-drug czars, cops, politicians, intellectuals, liberal and conservative journalists, and even the former President of Brazil.

Walter E Williams: Economic Fairness

Who defines fairness? The most prevalent theme in President Barack Obama's Dec. 6 Osawatomie, Kan., speech was the need for greater "fairness." In fact, though the president never defined the term fair(ness), he used it 15 times. Explaining his new hero, Teddy Roosevelt, Obama said: "But Roosevelt also knew that the free market has never been a free license to take ... MORE

VIDEO: Speaking Without Government Permission

Tom McClintock: Job Creation Is No Mystery

Government regulation kills jobs.  The government's continuing failure to address our nation's gut-wrenching unemployment stems from a fundamental disagreement over how jobs are created in the first place. We are now in the third year of policies predicated on the assumption that government spending creates jobs. We have squandered three years and trillions of dollars ... MORE

John Brennan: Taxation By Citation

Its about tyranny, control and trolling for revenue, not safety. Years ago, at its inception, the Internal Revenue Service, was duly deputized as the primary government agency responsible for collecting all personal and business taxes. The IRS, as it is referred to by most, has, over the years, grown into a mammoth operation. Steadily and methodically ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Political Free Speech

Carpe Diem: Government Spending Vs Unemployment

The chart of the day.    "This chart (inspired by Brian Wesbury) again bears repeating since it lends support to claims by the anti-Keynesians (of which I am one) that the biggest factor that has worked to slow economic growth in recent years is the huge increase in federal spending. The reason? The public sector spends money much less efficiently than the private sector.    ... MORE

VIDEO: U.S. Antidumping Rules Kill American Jobs

a presentation of the CATO Institute.

Daily Mail: Predator Drones Used By Domestic Police

North Dakota family targeted by militaristic vehicles.   Meet the Brossarts, a North Dakota family deemed so dangerous that the local sheriff needed to unleash an unmanned Predator drone to help bring them in. The Brossart's alleged crime? They wouldn't give back three cows and their calves that wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm this summer. The same aerial ... MORE

Internet Piracy Bill Would Be A Free Speech Kill Switch

by Bill Wilson. What began as an attempt to restrain foreign piracy on the Internet has morphed into a domestic “kill switch” on First Amendment freedom in the fastest-growing corner of the marketplace of ideas. Proposed federal legislation purporting to protect online intellectual property would also impose sweeping new government mandates on internet service providers  ... MORE

VIDEO: Andrew Napolitano - What They Can't Control

Jerry Brown's Disastrous Plan For California

by Steven Greenhut. Gov. Jerry Brown last Monday released “An Open Letter to the People of California,” in which he called for the state’s taxpayers to approve tax-raising initiatives to “fix” the state’s structural deficit. Here is the letter and my translation of what Brown really meant to say. Brown: When I became governor again … California was facing a  ... MORE

VIDEO: Media Admits Ron Paul Could Win

Richard M. Salsman: Capitalism Isn't Corporatism

What is capitalism, exactly?  Capitalism is the greatest socio-economic system in human history, because it’s so moral and so productive – the two features so essential to human survival and flourishing. It’s moral because it enshrines and fosters rationality and self-interest – “enlightened greed,” if you will – the two key virtues we all must consciously adopt and practice if ... MORE

U.S. Agents Launder Big Bucks For Drug Cartels

40,000 deaths since 2006
from the New York Times.    Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials. The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of   ... MORE

VIDEO: Barry Goldwater - To The Future From The Past

James Kellogg: EPA Has No Business Regulating Fracking

EPA continues its war against domestic energy.   Domestic natural gas provides nearly 25 percent of electricity in the United States. This proportion stands to increase as additional shale gas deposits become accessible due to the combination of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). This vast resource can provide the nation with  ... MORE

ViDEO: The Money That Is Sold Abroad Is You!

Sheldon Richman: Who's Afraid Of Friedrich Hayek?

Economist has modern critics running scared. I’m sensing some panic in the air. Certain people seem mighty concerned that other people are...discovering Hayek. As a W. S. Gilbert character might say, Oh horror! Economics and business reporter David Warsh is getting much attention for suggesting that F. A. Hayek, far from being one of the two most  ... MORE

VIDEO: Brad Newman - One Million Dots

About possibility, potential, incentive, reason and the pursuit of happiness.

John Hinderaker: Is Rain Water An Industrial Pollutant?

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

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Regulation In A Free Society

ATF Used "Fast and Furious" To Pimp Gun Regulations

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

VIDEO: Democracy, Tyranny, and Liberty

Gary Jason: A Cure For What Doesn't Ail You

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

Star Parker: Payroll Tax 'Cut' Is Another Welfare Scam

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

VIDEO: Beck's Enlightening Interview With Newt Gingrich 2

Newt Gingrich argues for government healthcare and green policies.

David Harsanyi: Saving The Middle Class By Enslaving It

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

VIDEO: Beck's Enlightening Interview With Newt Gingrich 1

Newt Gingrich argues for big government programs, regulations and subsidies.

Thomas Sowell: Christmas Books

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

Feds Saving All Tweets Forever On Massive Database

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

VIDEO: John Stossel - Free Speech And Its Enemies

Robert Costa: The Ron Paul Factor

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

VIDEO: Unintended Consequences

TSA Agents Make 3 Elderly Women Pull Down Pants

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

Debra Saunders: Where Windbags Outlaw Plastic Bags

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

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - Corporations Are Tax Collectors

Walter E Williams: Free To Die?

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

VIDEO: Another Federal Assault On States' Rights

War against drugs becomes war against doctors and their patients.

Iowa Poll: Ron Paul Is The "Most Principled" Candidate  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

Anthony Gregory: Do You Believe In Magic?

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

ViDEO: Harry Browne - The Coming Devaluation

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.

Michael Hurd: Obama's Kind Of Immigrants

The welfare-regulatory state is the problem. 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

John Stossel: Blocking The Path Out Of Poverty

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

VIDEO: Missing You - The Incandescent Light Bulb Song

Remy mourns the impending loss of his beloved incandescent light bulbs.
BEAT THE 1/1/12 BAN:  Buy 48 100W incandescent bulbs for $35.

Greg Beato: Pepper Spray's Progressive Origins

Government's favorite air freshener also works for individuals.  In late September, a New York cop started spritzing Occupy Wall Street protestors with the predatory zeal of a Macy’s fragrance demonstrator dispensing free samples of Kim Kardashian’s latest perfume. Then, Seattle’s finest chemically neutralized an 84-year-old grannie. Next there was Lt. John Pike in ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Ever Wonder Why?

America is the exception, not the rule.

The Unintended Consequences Of Racial Preferences

by George Will.  The Supreme Court faces a discomfiting decision. If it chooses, as it should, to hear a case concerning racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas, the court will confront evidence of its complicity in harming the supposed beneficiaries of preferences the court has enabled and encouraged. In the 1978 Bakke case concerning preferences in a      ... MORE

Feds Declare Advocating Jury Nullification Is A Crime

The heavy hand of the state strikes again.  One of the long-term legacies of expanding the powers of federal prosecutors is that they now are able to criminalize just about everything, including legal behavior. The latest outrage is in New York City, where the feds have charged Julian P. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor from Penn State University ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Is Salt A Silent Killer Or Silent Seasoning?

Bad science pushes busybody federal effort forward.   "Put down the salt shaker and back away from the table. And don't even think about going for the chips." Those are lines you may hear on a TV police drama of the future, when the federal drive to curb salt consumption reaches cruising speed. Last year, the government's Institute of Medicine urged the Food and Drug     ... MORE

VIDEO: The Vulnerable Underbelly Of Newt Gingrich

Rand Paul: War On Terror Doesn't Justify Retreat On Rights

Constitution entitles American citizens to civilian trial.    James Madison, father of the Constitution, warned, “The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home.” Abraham Lincoln had similar thoughts, saying, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Ending Income Inequality?

A question for Paul Krugman.   Benefiting from a hint from an article titled "Is Harry Potter Making You Poorer?", written by my colleague Dr. John Goodman, president of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, I've come up with an explanation and a way to end income inequality in America, possibly around the world. Joanne Rowling was a welfare mother in ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Gingrich And Immigration

The crux of the matter.  Now that Newt Gingrich has become the latest in a series of Republican front-runners, he is getting the kinds of scrutiny and attacks that have done in other front-runners. One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would not be  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Public Sector Unions

Bill Frezza: Cause Of Market Failure In Higher Education

What China knows that we do not.   A little noticed Associated Press news story last week reported that China now plans to phase out college majors that consistently produce unemployable graduates. Any program in which 60% of the graduates failed to find work for two consecutive years would face funding reductions until supply was brought back into balance ... MORE

NY Times: Democrats Abandon White Working Class

Party to focus on a welfare state coalition.  For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class. All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working ... MORE

WSJ Editorial: The United States Of EPA

Ms. Jackson's agency takes over automobile design. Here's one good way to consider the vote in 2012: It's about whether to re-elect President Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, which these days runs most the U.S. economy. The EPA heaved its weight against another industry this month, issuing a regulation to sharply increase fuel     ... MORE

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Path To Smaller Government

Limited government begins with making the 10th Amendment matter.

Washington Times: Time To Stock Up On Light Bulbs

Government ban on mercury-free fixtures starts Jan 1.  Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A. Edison’s brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age.       ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Balanced-Budget Amendment Delusion

Wrong tool to halt the growth of government.  When I graduated from college in 1976, I got a job in Washington with the National Taxpayers Union, which was working to get a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget. Someone graduating today could sign up there and pursue the same goal. The balanced-budget amendment has never ... MORE

Josh Wolford: Police Are Tracking Your Every Move

Law enforcement aid requires personal liberty sacrifice.  Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss their concerns about online privacy. But as technology gets better, and ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Fairness Or Freedom?

Karin McQuillan: Scientific Revolt Against Global Warming

Global warming "consensus" losing ground. Global warming became a cause to save life on earth before it had a chance to become good science. The belief that fossil fuel use is an emergency destroying our planet by CO2 emissions took over the media and political arena by storm. The issue was politicized so quickly that the normal scientific process was stunted. ... MORE

Mark Steyn: More, More, More

What does government have in common with a porn actress? I see Andrea True died earlier this month. The late disco diva enjoyed a brief moment of global celebrity in 1976 with her ubiquitous glitterball favorite: More More More.  In honor of Andrea’s passing, I have asked my congressman to propose the adoption of this song as the U.S.     ... MORE

New Poll: Ron Paul With Firm Lead In Iowa

Candidate largely ignored by all but the people.  Texas Congressman Ron Paul continues to boast high numbers in public polls despite the lack of media attention that he has received throughout the race for the GOP primary. Just prior to the start of last night’s GOP debate, Paul’s poll numbers were at their highest since the start of the race. According to Revolution PAC ... MORE