Showing posts with label economics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label economics. Show all posts

April 19, 2019


US government’s net worth is now NEGATIVE $75 TRILLION

fromDailyBell:  And that doesn't calculate the negative value of tyranny.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Four ways that Uncle Sam will respond to its $75 trillion insolvency

fromDailyBell:  1. Ignore the problem, 2. raise taxes, 3. default, 4. continue creating inflation.

The reasons behind the relentless ideological onslaught against free markets

fromAlt-Market:  Whenever disaster strikes economically, free markets are blamed. Whenever something is fixed, even if that fix is a band-aid on a sucking chest wound, government involvement and socialism are applauded.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

How Rachel Maddow turned into Infowars

fromAmericanConservative:  She's still spinning Russiagate conspiracy tales, even as her ratings crash down.
Media Bias on Parade

Massachusetts And New York beginning to see the ugly side of minimum wage hikes

fromForbes:  On December 31st, NYC raised the minimum wage to $15, a 15% increase from the 2018 level, and a 34% hike from 2017. The result? Close to three-quarters of restaurants in New York City have cut labor input.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

The GPS granny nanny

fromEricPetersAuto:  "All of this is due to the Safety Cult, which obsesses about “risk” in the same way that ‘50s McCarythism obsessed about communism."

Feb 25, 2019


The case for legalizing blackmail

fromMises:  Don't confuse blackmail with extortion. Extortion is about applying pressure under threat of bodily harm. Blackmail is about applying pressure under threat of simply revealing the truth.

Phony Houston drug warrant prompts FBI investigation and review of 1,400 cases

fromReason:  Lying to justify a search that killed two people could be a capital crime.

NYC fast-food workers stunned some are being fired after $15 minimum wage hike

fromFEE:  Serving as ground zero for the $15 minimum wage battle, New York City saw its fast-food workers also serve as the subjects in an experiment that completely ignored the laws of economics.

The top four reasons California Is unsustainable

fromForbes:   California is moving ever farther left and wants the nation to pay for it. Economically, it is on a high-speed rail to unsustainability.

VIDEO: Away with Pretenses - Unabashed Media Bias

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  From Tucker Carlson Tonight, commentary from Lara Logan and Brit Hume on how the pretense of objectivity no longer exists in modern journalism.

To reduce money in politics, slash the size of government

fromReason:  Reformers always have a new scheme to take “the money out of politics," but it usually just makes the government larger and campaign spending increase.

Feb 19, 2019


How 1984 turned into an instruction manual

fromTheDailyBell:  One of the key themes from George Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984 is that the Party can do and say whatever it wants. And more importantly, you must believe it, with all your heart. No matter how absurd.
The Government is Not Us

Wayne Allyn Root: Democrats can't hide crazy

fromCreators:  Why is Donald Trump's approval rating surging? Look at what he is compared to.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Walter E Williams: Plunder - An American way of life

fromCreators:  "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Beyond guilt or innocence, should jurors weigh if law is worth enforcing?

fromChristianScienceMonitor:  Because juror deliberations are private, and rarely discussed afterward, it’s unclear how much nullification may be happening even without juries being instructed.

Feb 18, 2019


VIDEO: Off the Rails - California's High Speed Boondoggle

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  A tribute to the ability of politicians to rip off taxpayer money and grab citizen land with no accountability. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market         Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Feds collect record individual income taxes in calendar 2018--as debt climbs

fromCNSNews:  The federal government collected a record $1,665,484,000,000 in individual income taxes in calendar year 2018, according to the Monthly Treasury Statements for the year.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market       Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

These are dangerous times, and the government is to blame

fromRutherfordInstitute:  Mind you, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or because of terrorism, which is statistically rare. The real danger comes from the U.S. government its powers to has granted to its standing army to steal, cheat, harass, detain, brutalize, terrorize, torture and kill.
The Government is Not Us         Police State America

You can't say that on Twitter

fromCreators:  She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter. The truth qualifies as "hate speech" for some of the gnomes at Twitter HQ.
Indoctrination and Censorship          Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

The ‘war on drugs’ is causing great damage

fromTheGuardian:  Readers discuss the best way to combat the violence fueled by the drugs trade.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Majority of California residents want to leave: poll

fromBreitbart:  Sixty-two percent of respondents realize the Golden State's best days are in the past.

Feb 14, 2019


Green New Deal: A Democratic suicide note

fromWND:  Among the endorsers of this Green New Deal is Sen. Cory Booker, who compares the battle to stop climate change to fighting the Nazis in World War II.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery        Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia

fromNBCNews:  The two and a half year long Democratic Party witch hunt comes up snake eyes.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

VIDEO: Tucker Carlson - Environmental Crisis: The Last Straw

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  Across the nation, the movement to ban plastic straws is gaining momentum. Tucker Carlson looks at the danger posed to Americans by this tubular menace.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

National debt hits a new record high: $22 trillion

fromReason:  A new record, but one that won't stand for long.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Cory Booker: ‘This planet simply can’t sustain’ people eating meat

fromWashingtonFreeBeacon:  The latest clown to pile into the car says he "is vegan because eating eggs 'didn't align with my spirit'.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery        Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Students' free speech rights need to be strengthened

fromNWI:  In 1965, the court reasoned, “It can hardly be argued that students shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”  What happened?
Indoctrination and Censorship

Feb 6, 2019


Donald Trump: ‘We’ve got to get out of these endless wars’

fromBreitbart:  President Donald Trump detailed his position Sunday on withdrawing troops United States from Afghanistan and Syria.
Defense Verses The War Machine

Major DNA testing company sharing genetic data with the FBI

fromBloomberg:  FamilyTreeDNA is the culprit. Unwitting citizens are paying to have their genetic information sent to the FBI and other government databases.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Are you a woman traveling alone? Marriott might be watching you.

fromReason: The surveillance tactics that have been adopted by hotel chains are part of a disturbing partnership between hospitality businesses and federal law enforcement to track the movements of people, especially women.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

How the drug war eats the poor

fromVice:  According to a new report by the NGO Health Poverty Action, prohibition drives poverty and criminality in places like Brazil and India.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Hawaii considers ban on cigarette sales

fromABC30:  Vice cops look for new products as busybodies seek to mind YOUR own business.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Capitalism has been the bane of poverty worldwide

fromReviewJournal:  Bill Gates noted that the proportion of people on Earth living in extreme poverty has declined from 94 percent in 1820 to below 9 percent today. “Most of the credit … must go to capitalism and free trade.”

Feb 4, 2019


Walter E Williams: Demonizing white men

fromCreators:  The new racism. "There are only two ways to explain the silence by people who should know better. Either they agree with the sentiments expressed or they are out-and-out cowards."
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

‘I’m not going to enforce that’: sheriffs disobey new anti-gun laws—refuse to disarm citizens

fromPJMedia:  We see "the behavior of a police state where the laws are written to help the government achieve its ends, not to guarantee the freedom of the people — and where police break the laws they are sworn to enforce."
2nd Amendment Assaults

⭐  VIDEO: The proper social system for man.

fromAynRandInstitute/YouTube:  A short lesson from Ayn Rand herself.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market         Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

VIDEO: Don't talk to cops

fromRegentUniversitySchoolofLaw/YouTube:  Information is Power. Know Your Rights
Police State America      Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Apocalyptic debt crisis in America: 63 of America’s largest 75 cities are completely broke

fromSHTFPlan:  Most of the debt is due to unfunded retiree benefits such as pension and health care costs.  That means those depending on that money, likely won’t see a dime of it. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Kamala Harris hopes you'll forget her record as a drug warrior and draconian prosecutor

fromPJMedia:  The senator and presidential hopeful went to bat for dirty prosecutors, opposed marijuana legalization, and championed policies that endanger sex workers.

Jan 29, 2019


America’s public schools have become socialist indoctrination factories

fromAmericanThinker: How is it that the same generation that has benefited more from capitalism than any other in human history is also the generation most willing to destroy it?

Washington state lawmaker wants to ban dwarf tossing, says it 'ridicules and demeans'

fromReason: What's actually demeaning is thinking you know what's best for an entire group of people.
Regulation Nation

VIDEO: Deep State Double Standard - The Persecution of Roger Stone

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: The Mueller investigation doggedly persecutes Trump associates over crimes not associated with Russian collusion but rather stimulated by his own inquisition.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process        Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

One way outraged Americans can beat Robert Mueller

fromAmericanThinker: Jury nullification can be used to rebuke abuses of power committed by unaccountable, out-of-control special counsels like Robert "Gestapo" Mueller.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process        Police State America

America's stubborn left clings to Nicolas Maduro despite all evidence

fromReason: It's time to admit the failure of Venezuela's "21st century socialism."
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

California governor calls for a tax on the very water citizens drink

fromTheFreeThought Project: Communities throughout the state struggle with dangerous pollutants in their supply, but opponents of the suggested tax say there is no need to tax residents in order to solve the problem.

Jan 18, 2019


VIDEO: Tucker Carlson - Trump's FBI inquiry

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: From Tucker Carlson Tonight, Tucker applies compelling reason to the allegations of Democrats and their media allies that Donald Trump is a Russian agent.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

The slow diminishment of the 4th Amendment

fromDailySentinel: Colorado doesn't impose criminal penalties for refusing to submit to a warrantless search, but refusal leads to immediate, and virtually automatic, license revocation. Big penalty for invoking a right!
Police State America

Cannabis deliveries OK’d in California: 'The public spoke loud and clear'

fromUSAToday: California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Defaming Milton Friedman

fromCATO: In the future, if you tell a student or a journalist that you favor free markets and limited government, there is a risk that they will ask you why you support dictatorships, torture, and corporate welfare.
Indoctrination and Censorship       Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Feds can't force you to unlock your iPhone with finger or face, judge rules

fromForbes: The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision.
Police State America

Jeff Sessions deals one more blow to criminal justice reform on his way out the door

fromReason: The former Attorney General has made it much for difficult for the DOJ to crack down on police departments accused of civil rights violations.

Dec 27, 2018


Policing for Profit

fromHPR: A primary incentive to violate citizen's rights. Money is a powerful driving force, an element of abuse, whether based upon good intentions or simply just a failure to reform.
Police State America

Top 10 inbound vs. top 10 outbound US states in 2017

fromAEI: Americans are moving from states with higher tax burdens and unfriendly business climates with fewer economic opportunities to fiscally sound states that are more economically vibrant.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

More Syria Thoughts: The Case for Intervention Was Never Made

fromNationalReview: "Someone needs to explain to me why I should be outraged at Trump, but not outraged that we got into this mess without making sure the public, through Congress, was on board."
Defense Versus The War Machine

John Stossel's New Year's resolution

fromTownhall: My New Year's resolution: Make a careful distinction between speech and violence.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Kansas Supreme Court says cops can search your home without a warrant if they claim it smells like pot

fromReason: Cops supposedly smelled 25 grams of pot inside a plastic container inside a safe inside a closet 30 feet from a guy's doorstep.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     Police State America

Cop gets 15 day vacation for drunken road rage shooting that left Innocent dad paralyzed

fromFreeThoughtProject: For shooting two innocent people in a fit of road rage, leaving one of them paralyzed, a San Antonio cop received just 15 days suspension and is back on the job.

Dec 7, 2018


Hey, Mr. Trump! Tear down that Deep State wall.....of secrecy

fromTargetLiberty: Attacking this rotten perversion of democracy should be the Donald's real calling. Time for actions to speak louder than words.
The Government is Not Us        Government is Watching Every Move You Make

For climate interventionists, new taxes are only the beginning

fromMises: This peek into the interventionist mentality should serve as a wake-up call for the few writers who keep charmingly calling on libertarians and conservatives to strike a carbon tax deal with progressive leftists.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery    Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Walter E Williams: Our Ignorance of Socialism Is Dangerous

fromTheDailySignal: A recent survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market    Indoctrination and Censorship

Victor Davis Hanson: One-Eyed-Jack law

fromNationalReview: At minimum, the Mueller investigation has effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

MSM Is getting weirder, more frantic, and more desperate By the day

fromMedium: The only thing keeping the many from rising like lions against the few to create a new world which benefits everyone is the establishment propaganda machine.
Media Bias on Parade

Ocasio-Cortez unwittingly reveals that climate change is a ploy to achieve socialism

fromGrabieNews: The Democratic Party's favorite kook puts their wealth redistribution agenda on the front porch, where the goats can get it.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption    Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Dec 5, 2018


France's protesters are part of a global backlash against climate change taxes

fromSFGate: People of the world are revolting against extreme government taxes based on the pretense of climate change.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Pageant may show that men make the best women

fromTheBlast: Gamblers say transgender could be the next Miss Universe. Many observers conclude that feminism just got set back a good bit.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

San Francisco's wealthy leftists are making homelessness worse

fromMises: In S.F., the median price of a modest single family home now stands at $1.6 million. A family of four with a household income of $100k is considered at the poverty line and actually qualifies for assistance from HUD.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

The Amazon deal shows why we must end corporate welfare

fromActivistPost: Amazon is but one example of local governments bestowing special favor on the few at the expense of those less able to petition for tax dollars.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

VIDEO: Colion Noir - Guns and Reason

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: From the Rubin Report, gun rights activist Colion Noir explains his advocacy of concealed carry and other gun rights and his opposition to universal background checks and assault weapon bans.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Paul Ryan Is kinda sorry he was a total failure at balancing the budget

fromReason: Ryan presided over three years of growing deficits and laid the groundwork for worse to come.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Dec 4, 2018


Without an Obamacare penalty, many are planning to drop health plans. The consequences could be dire.

fromTheHill: Evidence that mandates are only necessary when persuasion has no chance. Premiums, even for a bronze plan with a deductible of more than $6,000, can cost more than $500 a month.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market     Regulation Nation

Census confirms: 63 percent of ‘non-citizens’ on welfare, 4.6 million households

fromWashingtonExaminer: A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans says a Census Bureau finding.
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency

The aggressive (and subtle) faces of coercion

fromCSMonitor: China today: The portrait is appalling. Obedience is enforced at gunpoint. Fear is widespread. The desire to change others is put above every other consideration. 
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

George H.W. Bush's legacy holds little, nothing for libertarians to celebrate

fromReason: There is little to celebrate and much to criticize.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Our deficits may finally be coming home to roost

fromTheHill: The fact that our government is able to print money means that outright default is extremely unlikely; rather, the cost of excessive borrowing shows up in more subtle ways.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Author's anger after his book about reducing plastic is sent out shrink-wrapped in PLASTIC

fromDailyMail: An eco-friendly author has been left raging after copies of his anti-plastic book were dispatched wrapped in plastic. Hilarious.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Nov 28, 2018


George Will: Civil forfeiture makes law enforcement lawless

fromAVPress: "Such laws are incentives for abusive governments, because the entity that seizes the property frequently is allowed to profit by keeping or selling it. Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless."
Police State America        The Government is Not Us

Grade school rolls out fingerprint ID lunch system, parents don’t approve

fromNYPost: A Nebraska public school system is failing kids by forcing them to get their fingers scanned to pay for lunch, according to irate parents.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

After losing $1 billion to tariffs, General Motors announces 14,000 layoffs

fromReason: Trump's rally promises won't happen because of his trade policies.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Proposed New York gun law violates five Constitutional amendments

fromIndependentSentinel: In New York, they want to allow law enforcement to peruse your social media history going back three years to decide if you are fit to exercise your Second Amendment right to own firearms.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Drug-sniffing dogs facing early retirements due to legalization of marijuana

fromFoxNews: Snitch dogs are free to become man's best friend again. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Red flag gun laws: Yet another government weapon for compliance and control

fromRutherfordInstitute: We never learn. In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Nov 11, 2018


Debt ceiling will be set to record high of $22 trillion

fromWashingtonExaminer: The federal government is set to reinstate its borrowing limit to a record $22 trillion but it won’t provide enough money to fund the government past summer.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Privacy vs. security: Why the widespread use of encryption is essential to national security

fromCNSNews: Government may not like it but privacy and security go hand in hand. The widespread use of strong encryption both guarantees individuals’ right to privacy while hardening society against waves of data breaches.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

FLORIDA: Rick Scott files suit accusing Dem officials of 'trying to steal the election' after his narrow Senate victory, while a mystery ballot box is found two DAYS after the vote... then Trump wades in

fromTheDailyMail: Florida Governor and Senator elect Rick Scott announced he was suing Broward County and Palm Beach County elections officials alleging 'rampant fraud'.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

8 ways in which Jeff Sessions sucked

fromReason: The former attorney general's worst hits -- and they were bad.
Police State America

A badge of shame: the government’s war on America’s military veterans

fromRutherfordInstitute: In recent years, military veterans have been increasingly targeted for surveillance, censorship, involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights.
Defense Versus The War Machine      The Government is Not Us

It's time for Congress to acknowledge the collapse of pot prohibition

fromReason: Two-thirds of the states have now legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Nov 7, 2018


San Francisco voters smack businesses with new tax to fund more homeless

fromCNBC: As high rents drive out productive citizens, SF seeks to build more homeless shelters to attract more unproductive citizens. 
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency           Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Federal judge advocates jury nullification in response to overzealous child pornography prosecution

fromReason: It just makes sense to let jurors know about their already established power to exercise discretion over bad laws and ill-considered prosecutions. 
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Walter E Williams: Skin in the game

fromCreators: It turns out that 45 percent of American households, nearly 78 million individuals, have no federal income tax obligation. That poses a serious political problem.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

It’s not just one bad apple. Little Rock’s police department Is rotten throughout

fromReason: Radley Balko thoroughly documents a culture of misconduct, incompetence, and poor training, and the unnecessary deaths that resulted. 
Police State America

Attorney: School needs lesson on Fourth Amendment

fromNewsNow: A public school district in Indiana has announced it will drug test students participating in extracurricular activities, a policy that is being criticized by a longtime civil liberties attorney. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Two NY Dems find brand new way to crap on the Constitution in an effort to regulate guns

fromTwitchy: They are “drafting a bill that would allow authorities to review 3 years of social media history and 1 year of internet search history for anyone who wants to buy a gun” 
2nd Amendment Assaults

October 31, 2018


A national debt 6 times the size of the economy? That's where America is heading.

fromReason: While federal revenue will continue to rise as well, it will not keep up with spending.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

3 steps to get the government out of your life

fromTheDailyBell: Step one: stop taking the bait
The Government is Not Us

Trump’s tariffs are backfiring even on industries that were supposed to benefit from trade protectionism

fromAEI: Trump’s steel tariffs are backfiring even for the US steelmakers who were supposed to be the main beneficiaries of tariffs since the whole point of Trump’s protectionism was to artificially prop up high-cost.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Parents outraged after school shaved large patches of hair from kids’ heads to drug test them

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: Government's compliant slave training. Students in a Kansas middle school were humiliated after officials removed large chunks of their hair to comply with the school's drug test policy.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange     The Government is Not Us

How the government uses its giant facial recognition database

fromTheDailyBell: Government used the terrorism crisis to deploy its massive domestic surveillance scheme
Read about the real reason it exists.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Walter E Williams: Democratic-controlled House

fromCreators: The Founders recognized that we need government; however, they also recognized that the essence of government is force and that force is evil.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

October 29, 2018


5 things Canada got right when it legalized pot

fromReason: Our northern neighbors are handling the transition from prohibition to regulation better than the U.S. in several ways.
Regulation Nation     The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Defaming Muhammad does not fall under purview of free speech, European court rules

fromScienceMag: Forget government permission. Forget those long lines at the pharmacy: Someday soon, you might be making your own medicines at home.
Regulation Nation      Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Walter E Williams: Price gouging during a natural disaster

fromCreators: Price gouging after natural disasters is often seen as evil exploitation by sellers to rip off desperate customers. Let's hold off on that conclusion until after you give thought to some very important questions.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

You could soon be manufacturing your own drugs—thanks to 3D printing

fromScienceMag: Forget government permission. Forget those long lines at the pharmacy: Someday soon, you might be making your own medicines at home.
Regulation Nation

Has America become a dictatorship disguised as a democracy?

fromRutherfordInstitute: We’re living in two worlds, you and I. There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of).
The Government is Not Us

More than half of America gets more in welfare than it pays in taxes

fromMisesInstitute: Why exploding debt? More than half of Americans receive more money in various types of government transfer payments (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security) than they pay in federal taxes.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market