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Justice system should not be monopoly

November 22, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"True monopolies can only survive when enforced by laws that forbid -- or heavily regulate -- competition. An enforced monopoly never results in the best you can get for your money. When such a monopoly administers something as crucial as justice, it is especially tragic." (11/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kybml8j  

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AEI’s Perry ignores the unseen

November 22, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"Perry concludes from a CBO federal income tax report that, ''the rich' are paying beyond their fair share of the total tax burden, and we might want to start asking if the bottom 60% of 'net recipient' households are really paying their fair share.' But there is more to class analysis than taxes. Other government interventions lurk in the background, infecting every economic transaction." (11/21/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/33652  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/21/14

November 22, 2014
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The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
by  

"In this episode: * The Great Big Nothing of Obama's Immigration Speech * AMA Questions and Answers * Take my book ... PLEASE! * Earth to Soundcloud, how about that there RSS feed? * And Speaking of feeding, support your libertarian podcaster!" [Flash audio or MP3] (11/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qerzvpp  

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Gruber, ObamaCare and lying intellectuals

November 22, 2014
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"Democratic politicians and the liberal media are scrambling to curtail the damage from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s proclamations on stupid voters and deceitful legislative tactics. A New York Times editorial dismissed Mr. Gruber's comments as 'impolitic' while the New Republic largely exonerated him as an 'independent-minded professor' devoted to the public good. However, the 'nothing to see here, move along' defense is doomed to fail. Mr. Gruber's comment that 'lack of transparency is a huge political advantage' could do permanent damage to the administration’s credibility." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ofdk58h  

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The real reason liberals hate the Uber app

November 22, 2014
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Liberty Chat
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"[H]ere are the real issues liberals have with the explosive growth of the sharing economy. First, it demonstrates, in no uncertain terms, that whatever benefits central planning offers, people want things, and the market provides them. Even more threatening than that, however, is how the rise of the sharing economy reveals the really ugly truth about regulation." (11/20/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/11/real-reason-liberals-hate-uber-app/  

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Obama’s immigration plan may be his most worthy act

November 21, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Yael Ossowski  

"The New York Times and others are reporting that President Obama will sign an executive order Friday to allow some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States. In an administration notorious for its incompetence and overreach, the president's order will be among his few worthy actions." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kg77f6j  

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Fissionism: Why libertarianism should extricate itself from conservative entanglements

November 21, 2014
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Grant Babcock  

"The father of 'fusionism,' the philosophical and political alliance of libertarianism and conservatism, was Frank Meyer. Meyer thought libertarianism and conservatism dovetailed nicely, that they weren't even really separate things. ... Meyer was simply wrong about libertarianism. ... Indeed, it seems that in many cases conservative values are harmful to the cause of liberty, encouraging obedience to illegitimate authorities and glorifying war." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n938u6b  

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What the government giveth …

November 21, 2014
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Let’s see if I understand this issue correctly. The federal government is simply giving away bundles of taxpayer money to lots of people it deems are “eligible” that sustained damage after a big storm but perhaps didn’t take the precaution of buying insurance. They aren’t expected to pay it back. The rest of us saps who suffer the same kind of damage from storms or other disasters are expected to fend for ourselves. Some of the free money recipients that were not entitled to the cash even under the generous rules of the government program are now complaining that, even though they were ineligible to get the cash, they nevertheless shouldn’t be expected to pay the money back because they are poor, disabled or old." (11/21/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-government-giveth.html  

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Sharyl Attkisson vs. Obama’s Police State

November 21, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"If the revelations of Edward Snowden didn't convince you that we're living in a police state, then Sharyl Attkisson's book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington, is the clincher. Indeed, it is more convincing insofar as the reporting that came out of Snowden's disclosures never definitively demonstrated how such powerful technology in the hands of unrestrained government has led to the targeting of political opponents by government officials. In Attkisson's book, the ultimate Orwellian nightmare comes true ..." (11/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lpu42pf  

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The new gun suspect: Every school child

November 21, 2014
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The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"The use public schools as social reform institutions continues full-bore as evidenced by the new push to turn them into gun-control factories. The Obama administration is obsessed with eliminating gun ownership at its root by defining the behavior and beliefs of a fresh generation. To date, most anti-gun efforts in schools have focused on punishment. News stories abound of students being disciplined for drawings, for playing cowboy or for pointing a finger like a gun. ... The anti-gun focus is expanding from mere punishment. This year, school children across America will be mentally screened and monitored in order to promote a gun-control agenda." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ososuf5  

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Uber forgot the charm, but not the offensive

November 21, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"When Uber hired one-time Obama whisperer David Plouffe, CEO Travis Kalanick wrote, 'We are in the middle of a political campaign and it turns out the candidate is Uber. Our opponent -- the Big Taxi cartel -- has used decades of political contributions and influence to restrict competition, reduce choice for consumers, and put a stranglehold on economic opportunity for its drivers.' Translation: This is war, and we’re going to use every weapon known to win." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mf23hr4  

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Religion and public education

November 21, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"In a free society, there would be no controversies concerning the teaching (or lack of teaching) of religion in public schools. That is because there would be no public schools, which, after all, are nothing but government schools. In a free society, not only would the government not operate schools, it would have nothing to do with education." (11/20/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/religion-public-education/  

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Why people are “walking in” for public schools

November 21, 2014
posted by

Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"Every school day in the Lincoln Park community on the North Side of Chicago greets students with well-appointed institutions that include some of the best facilities that American public schools have to offer. Click over to the Yelp ratings for the elementary schools and you’ll read parent reviews that talk about their elementary school’s band programs, afterschool programs, and recent innovative practices being implemented. ... This is not at all like the lived experience of students attending public schools on Chicago’s South Side." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lwlucnf  

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Always look on the bright side of life

November 21, 2014
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Aaron Tao  

"In the modern era, when new cycles are driven by 'if it bleeds, it leads' and naysayers continue to insist that things are getting worse, it is easy to lose heart and think we are living a world descending into violence, stagnation, bigotry, and [insert your choice of social ill]. ... A careful review of facts shows that public perception is often out of sync with reality, particularly when long-term trends are taken into account. Matt Ridley's excellent book The Rational Optimist tells the uplifting side of the story." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qbjyncu  

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You’ve been Gruber’d, stupid!

November 21, 2014
posted by

Alan Caruba Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"Will the last name of the MIT professor identified as the 'architect of ObamaCare' become a verb some day? Will people say 'I've been Gruber'd?' or 'the government is “Grubering again?' After all, when he admitted that ObamaCare's passage was achieved by deceiving the Congressional Budget Office and the entire American public, turning his name into a synonym for lying is not unthinkable. Adding insult to injury, he said the voters were 'stupid.'" (11/20/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/11/youve-been-gruberd-stupid-2/  

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Who rules the world?

November 21, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Benjamin Dangl  

"With a $4 billion price tag, the recent US midterm election was the most expensive in the country’s history. For the first time in eight years, the Republicans gained complete control of Congress, as well as won victories in key Senate and gubernatorial races across the country. With elections in the US, we are granted the illusion that voters generally have power over our elected leaders, the direction of the economy, and how to tackle climate change and other major issues. But where does the real power lie?" (11/20/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/20/who-rules-the-world/  

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Starting with Latinos, Obama seeks a lasting legacy

November 21, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Bill Schneider  

"Demographics is long. Politics is short. That’s what President Barack Obama is counting on with his executive action on immigration. President Obama is risking what may be short-term political setbacks in order to create a legacy for himself and the Democratic Party. He is seeking to shore up lasting support among key Democratic constituencies. The president and his party are counting on demographics. Demographics delivered a great Democratic victory in 2012. This year, however, politics trumped demographics, and the Democrats were done in." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lpfvkvb  

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How the Fed got huge

November 21, 2014
posted by

Reason Reason
by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel  

"Before he became chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke agreed with the free market economist Milton Friedman that central bank policy played a key role in making the Great Depression the most severe in U.S. history. But the two parted ways on the reason why. And that disagreement goes a long way toward explaining why the financial crisis of 2007-2009 has brought not just a dramatic increase in the powers and activities of the Federal Reserve but a fundamental transformation of its role within the economy." (for publication 12/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/11/20/how-the-fed-got-huge  

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The 2014 tax revolt

November 21, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"As they whistle past the post-election graveyard, Democrats have found a new tune: Voters may have rejected their candidates for everything from U.S. Senate to dogcatcher, but they really still agree with them on the issues. Of course this clearly isn’t true when it comes to Obamacare, which just dropped to its lowest approval ever in the most recent Gallup poll. And as we examine the election results in more detail, it’s apparent that voters don’t much like other liberal ideas -- like tax hikes -- either." (11/19/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/2014-tax-revolt  

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Fix the Internet

November 20, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Chip Bok  

Cartoon. [editor's note: Don't know why this just made it on to the Cagle web site when it's five days old ... but it's too good not to use - TLK] (11/15/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/fix-the-internet/  

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Why Republicans are so mad about Obama’s immigration order

November 20, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. That's an important question to address, but it also frees Republicans (for the moment anyway) of having to visibly argue for things like deporting the parents of kids who are already allowed to stay in the United States." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o9pm97q  

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Beyond Gruber

November 20, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Scot Vorse  

"By June 2015, the Supreme Court will rule on the issue of Obamacare insurance exchange subsidies in King v. Burwell .... In implementing the law, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made individuals purchasing health insurance on both state and federally facilitated exchanges eligible for tax credits to offset part of the cost of the insurance. That rule violates the plain text of the Act, which makes such subsidies available only for insurance purchased on exchanges established by the states. Obamacare supporters have defended the IRS rule on the grounds that the precise statutory language is a mere drafting error .... However, a growing body of contemporaneous evidence shows that even many Obama administration officials believed just the opposite -- that subsidies would only be made available on state-established exchanges." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nh8mznb  

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Sheldon Richman on The Scott Horton Show

November 20, 2014
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Sheldon Richman The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Sheldon Richman, vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses Hillary Clinton's gushing admiration of war criminal Henry Kissinger in her review of his new book World Order; and why progressives hoping for a successful Clinton 2016 presidential campaign should take a second look before they elect a power-hungry monster." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/11/19/111914-sheldon-richman/  

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Why I am pro-choice

November 20, 2014
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"The first rule of the politics of fear is that if you want to make something sound scarier than it actually is, you add the word 'culture' at the end of it. ... And so it is with abortion. How can you make what is a pretty mundane medical procedure that British women have been legally accessing for nearly 50 years sound like something terrifying? By adding the magic c-word. That is what we've been invited here tonight to talk about: 'abortion culture.' I've been asked to oppose the motion 'This House Believes Britain's Abortion Culture Hurts Us All.' The reason I'm happy to oppose this motion is because it is built on a fallacy. There is no 'abortion culture.'" (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mk3sxkt  

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Elizabeth Warren needs to run for President

November 20, 2014
posted by

In These Times In These Times
by Ian Reifowitz  

"The midterms didn't go so well. The Democrats should have run on economic populism. They should have put forth a coherent vision of where they want to take our country, one that includes a frank assessment of our current problems, and a concrete set of proposals to address them. Instead they tried to run to the right of President Obama by distancing themselves from Obamacare and other administration priorities. One candidate even tried to keep 'private' the fact that she voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lc7valk  

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