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Wisconsin raids speak volumes

April 27, 2015
Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  
Posted in Commentary

"In Wisconsin, laws regulating political speech, along with the clamor for stepped-up 'enforcement,' have facilitated an awesomely powerful prosecutor to launch dawn SWAT raids, dragging men, women and children out of their beds, stealing their computers and cell phones and ransacking their homes. For what crime? Supporting an act passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor. And for having the bravery, or naivete, to think we live in a free republic where organizing with others to promote ideas about public policy is a noble pursuit. Not a one-way ticket to Room 101." (04/27/15)  

Scott Horton on The Crypto Show

April 27, 2015
Scott Horton The Crypto Show
Posted in Commentary

"Scott Horton Joins the show to discuss Wilson's War Ukraine Iran and much more." (04/27/15)  

Paul Krugman’s love affair with France

April 27, 2015
Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Louis Rouanet  
Posted in Commentary

"In recent years, Paul Krugman has incessantly defended France and its welfare state, even going so far as to pretend that the French economy was in fact in better shape than the British economy. According to him, 'To an important extent, what ails France in 2014 is hypochondria, belief that it has illnesses it doesn't.' However, except for some Keynesian propagandists, nobody believes that the French economy is not deeply in crisis and it is now more and more obvious that Krugman is wrong." (04/27/15)  

ObamaNet vs EuroNet — “competing” protectionist industrial policies

April 27, 2015
Scott Cleland Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland  
Posted in Commentary

"The US-EU 'competition' of protectionist digital industrial policies -- U.S. Title II net neutrality vs. the EU's emerging 'platform neutrality' plans -- creates an ironic backdrop to negotiations for the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) 'free' trade agreement. Heightening the irony, the Obama Administration, not the European Commission, has been the protectionist digital industrial policy leader, trailblazing the political path for the EU's Single Digital Market to follow. At least on the digital markets front, TTIP will be much less a commercial 'free' trade negotiation and much more a political 'fair' trade negotiation.  

Diplomats say financing oligarchs boosts US security

April 27, 2015
The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Peter Fricke  
Posted in Commentary

"Supporters of the Export-Import Bank say it is vital to national security, but Ex-Im financing often goes to state-owned foreign firms from Russia, China, and other autocratic countries." (04/27/15)  

E-cigarettes are not tobacco products

April 27, 2015
Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  
Posted in Commentary

"For years anti-smoking activists and public health officials have tried to justify their irrational hatred of electronic cigarettes by arguing that vaping leads to smoking, especially among impressionable young people who otherwise would never touch tobacco. But that is not happening. To the contrary, vaping and smoking rates among teenagers are moving in opposite directions. Rather than admit they were wrong to claim that e-cigarettes are a 'gateway' to the conventional kind, opponents of vaping have escalated their prevarications by implying, in defiance of all scientific evidence, that there is no important difference between the two kinds of nicotine delivery devices." (04/27/15)  

Power play: State to give special electricity deal to favorite business

April 27, 2015
Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Michael Rathbone  
Posted in Commentary

"Well, it appears that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has decided to get in the economic development game. The PSC serves to regulate utilities in the state so that Missourians receive safe and reliable services while the utility companies charge rates that allow them to earn a reasonable rate of return on their investments after they recoup project costs. However, the PSC recently instructed its staff to prepare an order granting Noranda (an aluminum company in Southeast Missouri) a reduced rate on the electricity it consumes. The reasoning behind this decision is to allow Noranda to save on costs so that it can improve its financial position and avoid financial difficulties in the future. This is yet another attempt by the state to help improve Noranda's bottom line." (04/27/15)  

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