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Apr 16 2015 - Mercury News by Leonard Pitts Jr.
On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children.
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More and more people hate government. Leftist government, anyway. bbm
Apr 12 2015 - Indiana Gazette by Paul Krugman
As Republican presidential hopefuls trot out their policy agendas — which always involve cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor and middle class — some real new thinking is happening on the other side of the aisle. Suddenly, it seems, many Democrats have decided to break with Beltway orthodoxy, which always calls for cuts in “entitlements.” Instead, they’re proposing that Social Security benefits actually be expanded.
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Like all advanced nations, America mainly relies on private markets and private initiatives to provide its citizens with the things they want and need, and hardly anyone in our political discourse would propose changing that." Politicians throw a wrench into free enterprise every day.
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Liberty
Apr 11 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Steven Horwitz
If you’ve spent any time on the Internet in the last couple of weeks, you’ve found it abuzz with opinions on Indiana and gay rights. The passage of the state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has generated all kinds of commentary from both left and right, and most of it is misguided or overwrought.
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Gay marriage is an oxymoron. I wish Horwitz had brought that up. bbm
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News / Government / Forms of Government
The Constitution
Apr 12 2015 - City Journal by Myron Magnet
Philip Hamburger’s indictment of the regulatory state is profound and sobering.
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"For starters, the Constitution lodges all legislative power in Congress, which therefore cannot delegate its lawmaking function. So it’s forbidden for Congress to pass a law creating an executive–branch agency that writes rules legally binding on citizens—for example, to set up an agency charged with making a clean environment and then to let it make rules with the force of law to accomplish that end as it sees fit." WOW.
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Leftists
Apr 10 2015 - The Cap Times by E.J. DIONNE JR.
The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party.
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Republicans are much more conservative as a group (close to two–thirds of them) than Democrats are liberal (about one–third)." Dumb, dumber and dumbest. Who is going to define these terms? Anybody that elects Obama cannot be anything but extreme liberal. BB
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News / Government / Politics / Elections / Election 2016
Campaign for President
Apr 14 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by Paul Krugman
So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyze the candidate, endless attempts to read significance into what she says or doesn’t say about President Barack Obama, endless thumb–sucking about her “positioning” on this or that issue.
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As you can probably tell, I’m dreading the next 18 months, which will be full of sound bites and fury, signifying nothing." We all dread when Krugman spews his nonsense. bbm
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Federal Reserve issues
Apr 10 2015 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Frank Shostak
In a market economy a major service that money provides is that of the medium of exchange. Producers exchange their goods for money and then exchange money for other goods.
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I've been saying this for a long time; I also think I can be more precise. bbm
Apr 13 2015 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Brendan Brown
Fed officials have been busy lately spreading the view that incessantly low interest rates are symptomatic of a still–dim economic reality rather than a result of their own monetary experimentation. Indeed they are full of self–praise for not having been hasty to raise rates given the overwhelming evidence that the natural or neutral level is indeed very low. They even weep for the plight of the small saver.
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Could be a great article but isn't. bbm
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Workers
Apr 13 2015 - Economic Policy Institute. by Lonnie Golden
The labor market continues to recover, but a stubbornly high rate of underemployment persists as more than five million Americans are working part–time for economic reasons (U.S. BLS 2015a; 2015b). Not only are many of this type of underemployed worker, by definition, scheduled for fewer hours, days, or weeks than they prefer to be working, the daily timing of their work schedules can often be irregular or unpredictable. This both constrains consumer spending and complicates the daily work lives of such workers, particularly those navigating through nonwork responsibilities such as caregiving. This variability of work hours contributes to income instability and thus, adversely affects not only household consumption but general macroeconomic performance.
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If they don't like the hours, quit and do something else. bbm
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Nuclear energy
Apr 14 2015 - The News Tribune by LLEWELLYN KING
On the face of it, the nuclear power industry should be enjoying a boom, reveling in its extraordinary safety record and the fact that it is a carbon–free way to make electricity.
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Again, it shows that private regulation would be far better than government. bbm
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Airline security
Apr 18 2015 - Washington Post
It’s time government employees stopped fondling airline passengers and taking their stuff.
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It should never have been federalized. Private enterprise always does a better job and can change much faster than government. bbm
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Iran's nuclear programs
Apr 16 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
In the two weeks since a U.S.–led coalition agreed on a surprisingly detailed outline for curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, hard–line elements on both sides have dominated the public debate, giving a false impression the complex negotiation is already in serious trouble.
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No, it only shows Obama's incompetence. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
The Americanization of Islam?
Apr 18 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Michael Cutler
Time and again reports have surfaced from various sources along the U.S./Mexican border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico. On April 14, 2015 Judicial Watch posted a chilling report, “ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm” that was purportedly based on information provided to Judicial Watch by a “Mexican Army field grade officer” and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.
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Long but interesting reading. bbm
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Civil War
Apr 12 2015 - uexpress by COKIE ROBERTS AND STEVEN V. ROBERTS
When the Civil War ended 150 years ago, Washington, D.C. celebrated with parades and pyrotechnics as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his wife arrived fresh from accepting Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Greeted by booming cannons fired from forts surrounding the capital, the triumphal procession took them past buildings festooned in red, white and blue.
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Yeah but. But the federal government became way too powerful because the threat of secession went away. It also printed lots of money, as the article mentioned, which led us to devaluing money at the stroke of a pen, whether needed or not. bbm
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Police actions
Apr 10 2015 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
You thought, perhaps, that we were making this stuff up? That the whole "Black Lives Matter" thing was probably overblown? That the idea of African–American men having to fear routine encounters with the police was being exaggerated by self–serving activists?
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He was running away from a policeman. Enough said. bbm
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Lifestyle / People and their Relationships
Parenting
Apr 12 2015 - Libreprensa by Ruben Navarrette
Michelle Obama is a good mother. When raising her daughters, 13–year–old Sasha and 16–year–old Malia, the first lady means business. She takes the job very seriously. Even when the girls were younger, she didn't pass off her parental duty to nannies or baby sitters.
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As long as she doesn't want to have government impose regulations. bbm
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Lifestyle / People and their Relationships / Homosexual Issues
Gay marriages
Apr 18 2015 - The Desert Sun by S.E. CUPP
Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on gay marriage cases in four states, including Tennessee, where Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty are hoping their New York marriage will soon be recognized.
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Gay marriage is an oxymoron or a redefinition of the word marriage. I don't care what gays do to themselves, just don't call it marriage. bbm
Gay Marriage
Apr 11 2015 - GOPUSA by Cliff Kincaid
With media coverage slanted in favor of gay marriage by a five–to–one ratio, it’s unlikely that the legal documents being filed before the Supreme Court in favor of a traditional one man and one woman marriage will ever be covered in an objective fashion.
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Gay marriage is an oxymoron. Marriage has been defined as between a man and a woman for eons. They are tryingt to change the meaning of a word, willy nilly. bbm
Politically correct actions
Apr 10 2015 - NewsMax
President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
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Yeah, we probably ought to have courses in how wonderful the gay livestyle is; that way, we can get more gays. NOT. bbm
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