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May 22 2015 - The New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman
For a presidential campaign that has started so early, it’s striking how little most of the candidates want to engage with major issues of the day, let alone the future. Hillary Clinton won’t take a clear stand on two big issues she helped to negotiate as secretary of state: the free–trade deal with Pacific nations and the nuclear deal with Iran. Jeb Bush’s campaign seems stuck on whether he is or is not his brother’s keeper. Marco Rubio was for comprehensive immigration reform before he was against it. While Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders are motivated by clear ideologies, the others, so far, evince much more compelling ambitions to be president than compelling reasons for why they should be.
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He misses the big point. Liberty is breaking out all over. bbm
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News / Government / Forms of Government
Free enterprise and small government
May 21 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Maggie Thurber
Should change need a government permission slip?
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Should be applied to drugs. bbm
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Hillary Clinton
May 22 2015 - Five Thirty Eight by Harry Enten
A bunch of reporters have recently discovered a shocking truth: Hillary Clinton is liberal! (I heard a rumor that Columbo has been helping with the investigation.)
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She has nothing in common with liberty. Call her what she is. LEFTIST. BBM
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Conservatives
May 28 2015 - Mercury News by Leonard Pitts Jr
For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:
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Liberals have this philosophy: Government against everybody. bbm
Libertarians
May 26 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by MAX BORDERS
Is libertarianism just a "dogmatic prejudice"?
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I could have a lot of fun with this but it is too long and I'm more interested in showing the benefits of liberty than defending it against some academic. bbm
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News / Government / Regulation / FDA
FDA management
May 26 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Bartley J. Madden
When it comes to life–saving drugs, we need more than modest reform

Rob Donahue used to ride horses. He was a modern–day cowboy until he was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Now his muscles are weak. He can’t ride horses anymore. And his condition is worsening quickly. ALS will degenerate Donahue’s neurons and nervous system, and he will probably die in less than five years.
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Freedom should be part of the national debate on 21st century medical legislation. For that to happen, we need to give freedom lovers and chronic sufferers a seat at the table." YEAH.
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Free-Trade Agreements
May 21 2015 - The Desert Sun by Rekha Basu
Every presidential election cycle, the tension between moderate and evangelical conservative voters in the Republican Party becomes the subject of hand–wringing speculation: Could a moderate seeking the Republican nomination win in an early voting state like Iowa, where evangelicals dominate? Could an evangelical candidate win the general election? Now a growing libertarian wing is further fragmenting Republican votes.
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Fuzzy thinking. bbm
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Campaign for President
May 26 2015 - The Desert Sun by E.J. DIONNE JR
Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.”
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Democrats just keep blindly going toward communism. bbm
May 21 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
Amid rising Republican interest in his presidential candidacy, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida laid out detailed positions on foreign policy during a well–received appearance before the Council on Foreign Relations.
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I liked everything he said that Rubio stood for. Principles don't change if they are good in the first place, like those of Christ. bbm
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Economics
May 28 2015 - Indiana Gazette by Paul Krugman
Remember Douglas Adams’ 1979 novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life–forms “are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” But that was then, in the early stages of the information technology revolution.
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What you don't understand, Paul, is that government is holding us back. bbm
Wages
May 25 2015 - Economic Policy Institute. by Elise Gould, Alyssa Davis, and Will Kimball
Over the last three–and–a–half decades, progress in reducing poverty has been painfully slow despite significant gains in economic productivity and average incomes. During the same time period, the inflation–adjusted wages of most low– and middle–income households have been essentially stagnant, which is the root cause of rising income inequality.
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This is so limited in thinking. If salaries are too high that others won't buy their output, then the economy doesn't work. You just can't raise salaries in isolation and expect the system to work. bbm
Depression
May 21 2015 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
As the financial crisis of 2008 took shape, the policy recommendations were not slow in coming: why, economic stability and American prosperity demand fiscal and monetary stimulus to jump–start the sick economy back to life. And so we got fiscal stimulus, as well as a program of monetary expansion without precedent in US history.
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The results have been underwhelming: the number of breadwinner jobs in the US is still two million lower than it was under Bill Clinton." And that with millions of illegal and legal immigrants that should be bolstering the economy.
Economists
May 21 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Robert P. Murphy
The empirical failures of Krugman’s macroeconomic model

One of the running themes throughout Paul Krugman’s public commentary since 2009 is that his Keynesian model — specifically, the old IS–LM framework — has done “spectacularly well” in predicting the major trends in the economy. Krugman actually claimed at one point that he and his allies had been “right about everything.” In contrast, Krugman claims, his opponents have been “wrong about everything.”
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Wish I understood all this but it has to do with government meddling in the economy which has to lead to ridiculous conclusions. bbm

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News / Economics / Labor
Automation
May 27 2015 - The Desert Sun by ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
Critics of President Barack Obama’s plan to sign a Trans–Pacific agreement that would create the world’s biggest free trade zone are missing the point: The biggest threat to U.S. jobs won’t come from cheaper imports from Vietnam, Malaysia or Mexico, but from robots.
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That's always been a worry about machines. It never happens. Change happens,usually for the better. bbm
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News / Media Bias and Failures
Leftist media bias
May 21 2015 - Omaha World-Herald by DAN K. THOMASSON
There’s an old saying in journalism, at least among the pure of heart. It simply is that you can’t sleep with the elephant if you are covering the circus.

If George Stephanopoulos is any indication, today’s “star reporters” haven’t learned that lesson or perhaps consider themselves immune from its meaning. At the least, the continued “relationship” between ABC’s chief political anchor and his former bosses, Bill and Hillary Clinton, would indicate a clear insensitivity to rules about journalistic fairness.

Editor's Comments:
And who among the journalists are pure of heart? ".....presumption of favoritism in a news report. And although that goes on constantly in certain cable channels, it has not been a prominent feature of the broadcast variety." That is a big joke. The big three are notoriously biased, much worse than Fox. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Axis of Evil / Iraq
War in Iraq
May 22 2015 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?
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Eugene, you forget that if we hadn't bailed out in the first place, Iraq would still be free. bbm
May 21 2015 - Economists View by Paul Krugman
Surprise! It turns out that there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago...
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Paul should know. He lies and makes mistakes every day. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
The Present Global Culture War
May 28 2015 - Indiana Gazette by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
The Arab world is a pluralistic region that lacks pluralism — the ability to manage and embrace differences peacefully. As such, the Middle East’s pluralistic character — Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Christians, Druze, Alawites, Jews, Copts, Yazidis, Turkmen and an array of tribes — has long been managed by iron fists from above. But after we removed the fists in Iraq and Libya, without putting a new bottom–up order in place, and the people themselves tried to remove the fists in Syria and Yemen, without putting a new live–and–let–live order in place, a horrifying war of all against all has exploded.
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What you are missing Thomas is the idea of a government based on Liberty. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Middle East-Israel
Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
May 21 2015 - Front Page Magazine by William Kilpatrick
Contrary to reports in the mainstream press, Pope Francis did not call Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace.” The correct translation of the pope’s words is “I have thought of you: that you could be an angel of peace.”
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The Pope will find himself dead if he doesn't watch his back with Muslims. bbm
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News / Immigration
Illegal immigration
May 29 2015 - Mercury News by Ruben Navarrette
This week, a three–judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's injunction against President Obama's executive moves on immigration. Here are the five most important takeaways.
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Logic is missing. bbm
Immigrants
May 25 2015 - Economic Policy Institute. by Lauren A. Apgar
Legislators have proposed the increased use of U.S. temporary foreign worker programs, also commonly referred to as “guestworker” programs, as a way to limit unauthorized migration from Mexico. Temporary foreign worker programs allow migrants to enter the U.S. workforce for a designated period, at the end of which workers return to their home countries. Legislators view these programs as a means to channel future, would–be unauthorized migrants through a legal pathway; foreign workers seeking employment in the United States would receive a guestworker visa through an employer rather than surreptitiously cross the border.
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Liberty says people can associate with who they want, including geographical boundaries. bbm
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Lifestyle
Morality
May 28 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Steven Horwitz
Are mountains out of molehills proof the world’s getting better?

A recurring theme of recent human history is that the less of something bad we see in the world around us, the more outrage we generate about the remaining bits.
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Seems to me that liberty answers most of these problems. Did anyone's liberty get violated? In most cases, NO. bbm
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Black issues
May 21 2015 - Miami Herald by Leonard Pitts Jr
Maybe some people didn’t understand the question.
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No facts in this article. He got the Ferguson thing all wrong. bbm
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