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Thank goodness government isn’t as involved in the food service industry as it is in the health care industry

September 27, 2016
Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreax  
Posted in Commentary

"Margot Sanger-Katz usefully analogizes Obamacare to all-you-can-eat restaurants ('Football Team at the Buffet: Why Obamacare Markets Are in Crisis,' September 24): if these restaurants don't price their buffets wisely, they go bankrupt. Given the helpfulness of Ms. Sanger-Katz's analogy, I'm surprised that it didn’t lead her to draw what is for me the obvious conclusion -- namely, replace heavy government involvement in health-care with private competitive markets of the sort in which restaurants and supermarkets operate. After all, despite the pricing challenges that Ms. Sanger-Katz correctly notes confront many restaurants, they continue to thrive, all while being only very lightly regulated and completely unsubsidized." (09/26/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/09/41441.html  

Congress looks to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill

September 27, 2016
Willoughby News-Herald    
Posted in News

"Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The showdown is scheduled for Wednesday. Proponents of the legislation say they have enough votes for what would be a first: During his nearly two full terms in office, Obama has vetoed nine bills. None has been overridden." (09/26/16)

http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20160926/congress-looks-to-override-obama-veto-of-911-bill  

Poll: 70 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro out of office ASAP

September 27, 2016
PanAm Post PanAm Post    
Posted in News

"Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has lost eight points of approval in five months, according to a recent poll. Over 76 percent of Venezuelans said they considered Maduro’s adminstration to be doing a poor job, according to the study by Venebarómetro, with 68.4 percent saying they disapproved of his management." (09/26/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/09/26/70-of-venezuelans-want-to-oust-maduro-asap/  

Why activists should learn to think on the margin

September 27, 2016
Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by John Zaleski  
Posted in Commentary

"Leaders of liberty must sometimes take a step back and reflect on the best ways to use their limited resources and local knowledge to reach their ultimate goals. Students For Liberty's mission is '... to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty.' To strive for this goal as efficiently as possible requires applying certain economic concepts, specifically marginalism. The Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility states that every additional unit of a good consumed yields less utility to the consumer than the unit before it (assuming all other factors are held constant). This is important when considering the nature of value and helps to resolve apparent paradoxes." (09/26/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/26/activists-learn-think-margin/  

Economic ideas: Plato, Aristotle, and the ancient Greeks, part 2

September 27, 2016
Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  
Posted in Commentary

"When we turn to the other most famous ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C.), we find little of the political regimentation that characterizes his teacher, Plato. For Aristotle, the appropriate behavior is the 'golden mean,' that is, the avoidance of 'extreme' or unrealistic goals or conduct in the affairs of men. While he hopes that wise policies may help to improve the conditions and actions of men, Aristotle recognizes that man possesses a human nature that cannot be molded or bent or transformed to conform to some ideal of a perfect State populated by transformed people in the way that Plato believed was in principle desirable and possible." (09/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/economic-ideas-plato-aristotle-ancient-greeks-part-2/  

The real threat to the Constitution is Trump

September 27, 2016
Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  
Posted in Commentary

"Many people in his party have repudiated Trump's comments on race, immigration, Vladimir Putin and more. But among those who support him, there is one decisive, last-resort justification: Trump would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Constitution, and Hillary Clinton would not. What makes them so sure? If there is anything clear from his tweets and speeches, it's that he has no more regard for the Constitution than he does for the creditors he stiffed in his many bankruptcies." (09/26/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/26/the-real-threat-to-the-constitution-is-t  

No, really, Clinton will be very hawkish as president

September 26, 2016
Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  
Posted in Commentary

"Stephen Walt isn't persuaded that Hillary Clinton will be as hawkish a president as her record suggests .... Clinton would be unwise to pursue an even more activist and militarized foreign policy agenda as president, but Walt and I agree about this because we generally view that sort of foreign policy as dangerous and contrary to American interests anyway. It does seem foolish for any president to want to do the things that Clinton thinks the U.S. should do, but that is not a reason to think it won't happen." (09/26/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/no-really-clinton-will-be-very-hawkish-as-president/  

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