Showing posts with label high speed rail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label high speed rail. Show all posts

Dec 1, 2018


When governments restrict guns, people make their own by the millions

fromReason: Sophisticated firearms are becoming ever-easier to illicitly manufacture in basic workshops, says a new report. We’ll even show you how to do it!
2nd Amendment Assaults

Trump says pardon for Paul Manafort still a possibility

fromNYPost: It certainly is looking like Manafort is a political prosecution. If so, he should be pardoned.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption      Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

California assisted suicide law clears hurdle

fromOregonLive: A man has the right to destroy anything he owns. If he does not have the right to end his own life, he is obviously owned by someone else.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Oakland University to fight shooters with hockey pucks

fromDetroitNews: Q: How stupid can political correctness get? A: The university's "no weapons" has left vulnerable students to defend themselves with the equivalent of rocks.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery     2nd Amendment Assaults

Brace yourselves: A 163% meat tax could be coming

fromActivistPost: Remember when smoking was the only socially engineered target of government health nannies? Then fat, then sugar, then caffeine and now even soda.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

California Gov-elect Gavin Newsom faces pressure to cut $77 billion high-speed rail project after audit

fromActivistPost: The train to nowhere is going nowhere. Assemblyman Jim Patterson: “This audit is so damning that it basically says there is no path to completion and has now triggered a federal audit.”
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

March 14, 2018


More imprisonment does not reduce state drug problems

fromPewTrusts: Nearly 300,000 people are held in state and federal prisons in the United States for drug-law violations, up from less than 25,000 in 1980. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Why not private provision of many government services?

fromFFF: There are a wide variety of tasks that the private sector could better provide that many think must be supplied by the government.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Majority of college students say their campus climate hurts free speech

fromTownhall.com: An increased majority of U.S. college students, 61 percent, now agree that the climate on their college campus “prevents some people from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive.” 
Indoctrination and Censorship

Trump is more like recent presidents than anyone wants to admit

fromReason: On trade, foreign policy, and so much more, he's Clinton, Bush, and Obama without the charm and respect. That can be a good thing. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

VIDEO: Why it’s so hard for government to fix social problems

fromLearnLiberty/YouTube: What if the government can’t solve our problems because the government doesn’t really exist? Prof. Mike Munger explains his “unicorn” theory of the state.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

The utter stupidity of California in one project

fromAmericanThinker: This is California, the canary that died to reveal to the rest of the country the final destination of arrogant liberalism and open borders. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

March 9, 2018


Best Buy’s geek squad techs search customer computers for the FBI

fromCBSPittsburgh: A child pornography case against a California doctor has revealed that Geek Squad technicians have worked with the FBI to uncover data on customer’s computers for years. Best Buy should be dead to you.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: 'Worst-case scenario has happened'

fromLATimes: California taxpayers have been run over by the idiotic train-to-nowhere, as politicians grab land, money and resources to feed their cronies.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery       Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Tariffs and economic populism: Good politics, bad economics

fromCBSPittsburgh: Obama majored in political science. But Trump has a BS degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. What's his excuse?
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Uncle Sam continues to stick his head in the sand on entitlements

fromReason: America needs to rethink programs that send so many taxpayer dollars to well-off seniors.
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency     Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Why does government fear marijuana?

fromSanLuisObispoTribune: The severe suppression of marijuana will continue and even escalate until “We the People” replace our current dictatorial regime with the representative republic upon which this nation was founded.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Trooper stops driver twice within 3 hours, gropes her for no apparent reason

fromReason: The cop's boss says he did nothing wrong; the local D.A. disagrees. Make no mistake. Cops, doctors and priests are just as likely to molest as Hollywood types.
Police State America      The Government is Not Us


February 6, 2018


VIDEO: Want to make an untraceable handgun at home? Cody Wilson can help.

fromReason/YouTube: Cody Wilson's Ghost Gunner milling machine and 3D printed firearms are destroying the concept of gun control.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Students hate Trump's SOTU quotes...until finding out they're actually Obama's

fromCampusReform/YouTube: Some students reacted negatively to quotes they believed were from President Donald Trump’s recent State of the Union Address, until realizing they were actually quoting Barack Obama.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Leave right now or arm yourself to the teeth: life in Caracas

fromBloomberg: A frightening look at end-stage socialism in Venezuela.
Economic Policy Statism Versus The Free Market     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Vacant lots, empty homes and dying orchards on bullet train route attract squatters, vandals and thieves

fromLATimes: State lawmakers believe parents who homeschool their children are more likely to become child abusers and should be subjected to involuntary home visits to prove they are acceptable parents.
Economic Policy Statism Versus The Free Market     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Proof that 50 years of drug policy is based on lies

fromTheDailyBell: More terrifying than monsters, murderers, snakes, and rats: politicians. They create horror stories that go on for decades. And their tales are real.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Enemies of the Free Market

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Professor Friedman identifies the two primary enemies of economic freedom.
Economic Policy Statism Versus The Free Market     

fromLATimes: Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it's worth asking why California has fallen behind.
Economics: Statism Versus The Free Market     Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

fromYouTube/RutherfordInstitution: Every move you make is being monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to see who you are or what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

fromYouTube/LibertyPen: Jerry Brown’s high speed rail project appears to be an effective scheme to steal private property from farmers and landowners through eminent domain, but will not produce any value for fleeced taxpayers.
The Government is Not Us    Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

fromProjectVeritas: “Everything you send is stored on my server… You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

fromForbes: Walmart had good news and bad news for the hundreds of thousands of its employees recently. The good news is that it is hiking the minimum wage it pays them, the bad news is that it is closing dozens of its Sam Club Stores.
Regulation Nation     Economics: Statism Versus The Free Market

fromTheGuardian: Rates of assault and murder decreasing in regions near Mexican border where cannabis use has been partially legalized.

September 22, 2017


The politician behind California high speed rail now says it's 'almost a crime' 

from Reason: The creator of the scheme is suing to keep it from happening.
Economic Policy: Statism vs The Free Market

In Florida it’s illegal to power your home with solar panels—thanks to lobbying 

from The Free Thought Project: The function of government is about enriching cronies, not representing citizens.
The Government is Not Us

Unleashing the power of mockery on annoying social justice warriors

from Creators Syndicate: In a culture where humorless leftists scolds seek to impose their rule upon us normals by sucking every drop of joy out of life, it is the conservative smartass who is the true subversive.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

 🎬  Do You Have the Courage to Dissent?

from LearnLiberty: Does peer pressure have you running with the crowd or are you guided by the judgment of your mind?
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

This is how Californians take back their privacy

from The Sacramento Bee: An internet privacy bill failed to pass California’s Legislature this session, so advocates are pushing a measure for the November 2018 ballot.

Feminist claims sex dolls can be raped 

from Milo: If boys can be girls by simple proclamation, isn't anything possible?
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

50-Year Disaster Of Government Trains, Buses & Streetcars

by Daniel Bier.  Today, Less than 2% of trips use transit. Ronald Reagan once quipped that "government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." There, in a nutshell, you have a short history of mass transit in America. CEI's Marc Scribner explains,  ... MORE

More Trouble For Jerry Brown's Rail Boondoggle

by Steven Greenhut.    Moonbeam's plan no longer resembles original proposal. One of the biggest problems with California Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to battle climate change is the "do or die" nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there's little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake,   ... MORE

Throwing Billions Down A Dark Tunnel For Bullet Train

Political nitwittery thrives in California.    For years, critics of the California high-speed rail project – from government oversight agencies to transportation and engineering experts to think tanks to local grass-roots organizations to these Opinion pages – have faulted the California High-Speed Rail Authority for its overly optimistic and ever-changing  ... MORE

John Stossel: Who'll Build The Roads?

Government planners vs the free market.     "Tea party members don't think there's a federal role in transportation!" complained Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week, near the site of a $5.8 million highway project. If only most tea party members were that radical. While Brown and other big-government folks worry that Republicans will     ... MORE

John Stossel: Trains To Nowhere

When Democrats and Republicans agree, I get nervous.     It often means that they agree to grab my wallet. Both parties now agree that we don't have extra budget money lying around, but both say government does need to spend more on "infrastructure." Even conservatives want more spent on roads and mass transit.   ... MORE

Conn Carroll: American Energy Revolutionized By Fracking

As green energy failed.      It's hard to remember now that President Obama's agenda has degenerated into a sham gun control bill with loopholes big enough to drive a Mack truck through, but back in 2008, progressives had big dreams about how to reshape the entire U.S. economy, starting with the energy sector. For years, liberal     ... MORE

Politicians Prefer Scare Tactics To Sensible Reform

by Steven Greenhut.  Not many of my friends or neighbors are sitting on pins and needles, worrying that the world as we know it will end as the federal government “slashes” spending as part of the automatic sequester cuts mandated by a previous budget bill. And not many people have been thinking, “Geesh, there’s nothing we need more than  ... MORE

John Fund: Off The Rails, Over The Cliff

California's train to nowhere: full speed ahead.  It’s hard to express how sad it was for me to watch, in person, as the state I grew up in committed fiscal suicide. I went down to the state capitol here on Friday afternoon to watch the state senate approve, by a single vote, a $4.7 billion bond package to build a high-speed-rail system from ... MORE

AP: Broke California Spends $62 Billion On High-Speed Rail


They can always get a bailout. California lawmakers gave the green light to start building the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line, a multibillion dollar project that will eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco. The move marked major political victories for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. Both have promoted ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Getting Nowhere, Very Fast


A spending spree with other people's money.  California has a huge state deb and Washington has a huge national debt. But that does not discourage either Governor Jerry Brown or President Barack Obama from wanting to launch a very costly high-speed rail system. Most of us might be a little skittish about spending money if we were teetering on the ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Taking Taxpayers For A Ride

It's often been said of Barack Obama that his policies are "data driven"—meaning that whatever his ideological inclinations, he pays attention to dispassionate analysis of real-world evidence. His approach was a refreshing contrast to George W. Bush and John McCain, with their ostentatious reliance on gut instinct. This administration gives due deference to nerds.  ... MORE