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Principles of government
Oct 25 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CHARLES LIPSON
When presidents become unpopular, they are no longer welcome on the campaign trail. They’re trapped in Washington, watching their party abandon them.
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What this guy doesn't realize is that government is the problem. It's not that leaders haven't produced results as he suggests, but that government can't produce results. It is a failed institution. It must go back to the only thing it is good for: Protecting liberty. bbm
Liberty
Oct 27 2014 - In These Times by ROB RICHIE
Citizens United prompted cries for a constitutional amendment. But how to amend?
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If you followed the logic of individual rights, then it is surely true that a partnership of two people would have similar rights. Carry that further and soon you have rights for a corporation that mimic those of an individual. Logic doesn't support different rules for corporations. bbm
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News / Government / Forms of Government
Free enterprise and small government
Oct 26 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Gary D. Libecap, Robert Glennon
The drought in the Western U.S. from California to Texas has generated gloomy editorials and op–eds predicting dire consequences and even water wars. But the West is not running out of water, nor are prolonged fights over water inevitable. Modest changes in water use could have big results: A reduction of just 4% in agricultural consumption would increase the water available for residential, commercial and industrial uses by roughly 50%, according to our analysis of U.S. Geological Survey data.
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Not a bad article except for his belief in global warming. bbm
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News / Government / Politics
Polls
Oct 29 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Pew Research Center just released data from its yearlong look at polarization, a follow–up to the June release of its largest survey ever on American politics. The result is an informative read about where Americans get their news, but once again, a distinct minority are receiving outsized attention, just as they do in our political process.
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What this shows is that 80% of the public worry more about themselves than about the country. Liberals care about demanding people respond like they do whereas conservatives want people to do what they want. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Political Ideology
Democratic Party
Oct 31 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
President Barack Obama isn’t the only prominent Democrat keeping a low profile on the campaign trail this fall.
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What bias! "As a master of senatorial procedures, he will be an effective leader if his party again finds itself in the negative, occasionally obstructionist role that the GOP has played in recent years." Who is obstructionist? It is obviously Reed and Obama, not the Republicans who try to present alternative ideas that Democrats see to it that they don't meet the light of day. bbm
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News / Government / Regulation / FDA
FDA management
Oct 26 2014 - Daily Caller by Henry Miller
Last month FDA granted permission for “expanded access” to an experimental medicine for Ebola virus infection. The drug, currently designated TKM–Ebola, has barely begun to be tested for safety and efficacy and is available in extremely limited quantities. It will be administered to patients with confirmed or suspected Ebola infections but not as part of a clinical trial.
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At most, the FDA should be testing for safety. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Health Care
Health care debate
Oct 27 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Roger McKinney
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act focused the attention of Americans on government regulation as few issues have. However, they should have paid attention decades earlier because states have been eating away like termites at freedom in the healthcare insurance market for decades. The PPACA adds little to existing state regulations. States began dictating to insurance companies what to cover, whom to cover, when to cover them and how much they could charge in the 1950s. Massachusetts, home of Romneycare, the template for Obamacare, enacted the first state mandate in 1956 requiring insurers to cover mentally and physically handicapped children.

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True enough. But sometime maybe the destruction of liberty will break the camel's back. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Elections / Election reform
Voting fraud
Oct 26 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by ANDREW COHEN
In allowing Texas' voter identification law to go into effect, at least for the November election, the U.S. Supreme Court showed the nation precisely what it meant in 2013 when its conservatives struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.
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Absolute nonsense. Why not let everyone vote as many times as they want, particularly those on welfare with nothing else to do. bbm
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Campaign money
Oct 31 2014 - Burlington County Times by Martin Schram
With its gush of deceptive, distorting video ads, Campaign 2014 has at least given us this: Three out of the four branches of Washington's governance clearly have seen the light about dark money in politics.

Most politically savvy players in three branches — the executive, legislative, and, yes, the news media branch (it's time we admit that we, too, are players in how things happen in Washington) — now grasp the corrosive impact of the so–called "dark" or secret money in politics. Recent news stories make clear that record money amounts are flooding into our campaigns from sources that are not clear to voters. But, of course, it is never secret from the politicians.

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The bias in the "news" branch is worse than all the money poured into DC. In fact, it causes a lot of money to be sent to DC. bbm
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Congress 2014
Oct 31 2014 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
No matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday –– and my hunch is they won't do as well as they hope –– the GOP won't be able to claim any kind of mandate. That's because they have refused to articulate any vision for governing.
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Republicans vote against more government. So they don't have a plan? Yes they do. It is to minimize government, something Robinson doesn't agree with. He wants the GOP to come up with more ways to involve government.
Oct 24 2014 - Troy Record by EUGENE ROBINSON
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.
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Warren: “We can go through the list over and over, but at the end of every line is this: Republicans believe this country should work for those who are rich, those who are powerful, those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers,” she said Friday in Englewood, Colo. “I will tell you we can whimper about it, we can whine about it or we can fight back. I’m here with [Sen.] Mark Udall so we can fight back.”
That is a huge lie and it is not just political season, it is a LIE. It should disqualify her for any political office. bbm

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News / Economics
The economy
Oct 29 2014 - Caveman News by Paul Krugman
America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer.
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Krugman thinks that spending on infrastructure is the answer. Infrastructure helps production but IT PRODUCES NOTHING BY ITSELF. The problem is much deeper than that. The problem is that government at all levels is taking about 50% of our income. Why would you invest when half of your return is given to the government? We must severely cut government and then the economy would blossom. bbm
Broken Window Theory
Oct 26 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by Henry Hazlitt
A young hoodlum heaves a brick through the window of a baker’s shop. The shopkeeper runs out furious, but the boy is gone. A crowd gathers, and begins to stare with quiet dissatisfaction at the gaping hole in the window and the shattered glass all over the bread and pies. After a while the crowd feels the need for philosophic reflection. And several of its members are almost certain to remind each other or the baker that, after all, the misfortune has its bright side. It will make business for some glazier.
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In their various ways they all dilate upon the advantages of destruction or they declare that the mere act of government spending “stimulates” without ever asking where the money must come from.
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News / Economics / Labor
Overtime
Oct 27 2014 - Economic Policy Institute.
Americans are working longer hours and are more productive—yet wages are largely flat. Indeed, the median worker saw a real (inflation–adjusted) hourly wage increase of just 6.1 percent between 1979 and 2013, despite overall productivity growth of 64.9 percent. One reason Americans’ paychecks are not keeping pace with their productivity is that millions of lower–middle–class and even middle–class workers are working overtime and not getting paid for it.
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Overtime rules are a violation of the liberty of employee and employer to decide on the terms of employment. bbm
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News / Education
Educational ineptitude
Oct 28 2014 - The New York Times by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
THE best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken.
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Maybe it is welfare that is causing a drop in education. bbm
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News / Environment
EPA
Oct 31 2014 - PJ Media by BRIDGET JOHNSON
Senators who have warned of a massive power grab with the Environmental Protection Agency’s “clarification” of protected waters are accusing the Obama administration of intentionally misleading the public to push the rule through.
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The EPA, as an arm of the Obama administration, is intent on regulating even the smallest bodies of water, including ponds (if you have one on your property). They want to curtail private property rights to ensure the federal government has total control over our lives. js
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
Our Own Hundred Years? War
Oct 31 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Thomas L. Friedman
In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love–bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself: "How did we get this country so wrong? How did we end up in a war with Vietnam that cost so many lives and drove them into the arms of their most hated enemy, China?"
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The context was different. Communism was a world threat. His analogy for Muslims is also faulty in that the religion itself is anti–liberty. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Middle East-Israel
Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Oct 26 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
When Secretary of State John Kerry began his high–energy effort to forge an Israeli–Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two–state solution. If it didn't work, it would mean that the top–down, diplomatically constructed two–state concept was over as a way out of that conflict. For Israelis and Palestinians, the next train would be the one coming at them.
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Wasted words, Friedman. The only real solution is to defeat Islam and its anti–liberty notions. bbm
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News / Violence / Drugs, illegal
The Drug War
Oct 23 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Dallas Morning News
Amid all the recent commotion over Ebola, it might have been easy to miss a shocking story from Mexico: the Sept. 26 mass kidnapping of 43 student teachers in the city of Iguala. Their disappearance and suspected massacre should not fade from Americans' attention, regardless of the health care crisis at our doorstep.
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Another casualty from the drug war. bbm
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News / Legal Issues / Civil Liberties
Civil rights
Oct 27 2014 - The Desert Sun by The Orange County Register
It’s a match made in nanny–state heaven. Having failed to ban Big Gulps in New York City, former Big Apple mayor Michael Bloomberg has dumped $85,000 into the campaign in San Francisco to pass Measure E — a two–cent tax on all “sugary drinks.”
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Nobody has a human right to drink Coca–Cola at a certain price." Is this dumb or what? bb
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News / Medical
Ebola
Oct 25 2014 - The New York Times by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.
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Hey, the way to stop epidemics for eons has been to isolate those who have it. Travel bans make sense or quarantines. If you want to travel, expect to get quarantined somewhere for 21 days or more if needed. bbm
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News / Welfare / Rich vs Poor
Income Inequality
Oct 25 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Esther Cepeda
Class, not race, might be the defining discrimination issue of my children’s lifetime.
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It is not bigotry. It is all about working hard. And government programs let people off the hook. bbm
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