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Spain politics
Aug 31 2014 - Indiana Gazette by STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS
RIOFRIO, Spain — Sunday in Spain and time for lunch. This small town, about an hour from the Mediterranean coast, is famous for the trout that are raised here in large concrete ponds. Families from all over Andalusia crowd into a dozen different restaurants.
Ours is the only table set for two. Many hold three generations, or even four. Next to us, three large young men enter together and dutifully embrace their abuela, or grandmother. It is a lovely scene except for one stark fact.
Many of the young people we saw that Sunday are out of work. The unemployment rate for Spaniards under 25 is about 54 percent, and almost half of those under 30 still live with their parents.
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Get government out of the way and alll will be well. bbm
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News / Government
Sep 01 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by New York Times
Fast–food workers, who have been striking regularly for higher pay and an unimpeded right to unionize, are not the only people fed up with powerful corporate bosses.
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The bill would bar a corporation from closing a franchise business for minor violations of the franchise agreement, a tactic that some convenience store owners say corporations have used to shut down established locations in order to resell them at high prices to new owners." What is an agreement if it doesn't mean anything and some outside entity like the state can void it, even though it was voluntarily agreed to. dumb. bb
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President Obama
Aug 26 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by RUTH MARCUS
I’ve thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct.
Yet events of the last few months — specifically, the rise of the Islamic State and the accompanying specter of a renewed terrorist threat to the U.S. — have raised the alarming prospect of a legacy even more dismal than suggested by the current grim poll numbers.
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parade of faux scandals, from Solyndra to Benghazi to the Internal Revenue Service." The whole article is like this. What a joke. These are far from faux. bb
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Democratic Party
Sep 02 2014 - The Desert Sun by RICHARD COHEN
America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. “This is the sound of a people rising,” ABC’s Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, it was a day “when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life.”
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Democrats pundits are fleeing Obama, again. See Caveman article: http://www.cavemannews.com/NewDemocraticStrategy.htm

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Health care debate
Aug 31 2014 - Bloomberg by Lanhee Chen
If Republicans capture control of both houses of Congress in November, they will have a golden opportunity to lay the groundwork for a market–based health–care overhaul –– a goal that can only be achieved after the next presidential election.
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He may be right, but it is a big shame. ObamaCare is destroying America. bbm
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Ex-Im Bank
Aug 29 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by ANN MCFEATTERS
The excitement is building. Only a few more weeks until the long–awaited midterm elections, which Republicans hope will mean they take over the Senate and smite President Barack Obama even harder.
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Talking about the ExIm bank, she says "Hurrah, say some conservative Republicans, who argue the bank is a monster running amok, one form of the kind of corporate welfare and crony capitalism that they oppose. (But they like some forms, such as low taxes on corporations.)"
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News / Economics
Gold standard
Aug 31 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Joseph T. Salerno
According to mainstream economics textbooks, one of the primary functions of money is to measure the value of goods and services exchanged on the market. A typical statement of this view is given by Frederic Mishkin in his textbook on money and banking. “[M]oney ... is used to measure value in the economy,” he claims. “We measure the value of goods and services in terms of money, just as we measure weight in terms of pounds and distance in terms of miles.”
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He has some great points but before we throw away the idea of gold, it has worked in the past better than letting politicians getting their ugly hands on money creation. bbm
Aug 29 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by Jeffrey A. Tucker
Those who use the work of Mises to challenge bitcoin should think again
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I can't say I understand but I want to. bbm
The economy
Aug 26 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Frank Shostak
Despite all the massive monetary pumping over the past six years and the lowering of interest rates to almost zero most commentators have expressed disappointment with the pace of economic growth. For instance, the yearly rate of growth of the European Monetary Union (EMU) real GDP fell to 0.7 percent in Q2 from 0.9 percent in the previous quarter. In Q1 2007 the yearly rate of growth stood at 3.7 percent. In Japan the yearly rate of growth of real GDP fell to 0 percent in Q2 from 2.7 percent in Q1 and 5.8 percent in Q3 2010.
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What he says is true but not as clear as it could be. bbm
Aug 28 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Devin Leary-Hanebrink
In February, the Federal Reserve made a cursory observation that the unusually severe winter was partly to blame for the stagnant pace of the US economy. The news media, ranging from liberal to conservative, all highlighted the Fed’s report and provided their respective “spin” on how the weather damages the economy. But soon enough, focus turned back to the brutally cold temperatures and not winter’s economic impact.
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I think this fellow has some truth in his comments but if we believe the economy is basically a measure of the amount of work being done, it is surely true that winter can reduce the quantity of work. Idle people don't contribute to the economy. They may spend savings but that too damages the economy because those savings are important to furthering the economy. bbm
Aug 27 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Paul Krugman
Gov. Rick Perry is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn’t a horse race column.
What I’d like to do, instead, is take advantage of Perry’s ambitions to talk about one of my favorite subjects: interregional differences in economic and population growth.
You see, while Perry’s hard–line stances and religiosity may be selling points for the GOP’s base, his national appeal, if any, will have to rest on claims that he knows how to create prosperity. And it’s true that Texas has had faster job growth than the rest of the country. So have other Sunbelt states with conservative governments. The question is why.
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What the facts really suggest is that Americans are being pushed out of the Northeast (and, more recently, California) by high housing costs rather than pulled out by superior economic performance in the Sunbelt." Krugman should read Thomas Sowell sometime. Sowell explains that high CA housing prices are solely the result of liberal zoning laws. The South lets developers expand the region with lower costs. CA instead makes it more difficult to expand.
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News / Economics / Government Economics / Taxes
Corporate Tax
Aug 29 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
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Stupid idea. The real solution is to cut income tax rates.
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Tax rates
Aug 28 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Ramesh Ponnuru
A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy. His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy and partly as a result have decided to make him chairman of the tax–writing committee of the House should they keep control of it in November’s elections.
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Author obviously doesn't understand tax economics. bbm
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News / Economics / Labor
Sep 02 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Edward Ott and Nancy Rankin
As we head back to work after the Labor Day weekend, it's a good time to reflect on how things are going for New York's 9 million working people.
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Clearly, liberty is taking hind teet. bbm
Labor Day
Sep 01 2014 - The Desert Sun by E.J. DIONNE JR.
Who knew that one of the best made–for–Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO?
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Dionne understands nothing about business. Every CEO knows that it is not only capital but also labor that allows it to survive. bbm
Sep 01 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by James C. Harrington
Americans are pretty tone–deaf when it comes to Labor Day. Many don’t even know that labor unions created the holiday in 1882 to honor workers, mostly immigrants, who were organizing themselves against appalling wages and inhuman working conditions. Instead, we’ve devalued Labor Day to an end–of–summer holiday and cheapened it to a three–day sales weekend.
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First, we should always buy products that are ethically manufactured and union–made, which guarantees fair wages and working conditions." That surely is a violation of the liberty of anyone else. bb
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News / Environment
Eco-nomics: Economics and the Environment
Sep 02 2014 - Mercury News by Mercury News Editorial
Appliance efficiency, gas mileage standards –– and now a ban on one–time–use plastic bags. California once again sets the pace for the nation in improving the environment and, by the way, people's lives. Despite an outrageously cynical last–minute lobbying blitz, the Legislature came through last week. When Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, the Golden State will be the first to go plastic bagless.
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Another violation of people's liberty. Price controls don't work in the long term. The complication of remembering to bring your old dirty bag to the grocery to put your fresh fruits into will not last. It is another leftist trick to control us. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Axis of Evil / Iraq
War in Iraq
Aug 29 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by AHMED KHALAF AL-DULAIMI
We in Iraq’s Anbar province share President Barack Obama’s outrage at the Islamic State’s heinous murder of journalist James Foley. Foley was an innocent, brave man doing a critical, humanitarian service in showing the world the suffering of the Syrian people. We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends and to the American people.
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Ahmed Khalaf Al–Dulaimi is governor of Iraq’s Anbar province. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
The Present Global Culture War
Aug 31 2014 - Indiana Gazette by LLEWELLYN KING
It is a simple question, but there are only fragments of an answer. The question is: Why do so many Muslims, born in Britain, turn to jihadism?
The best numbers available show that more than 500 young, British–born Muslims have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State.
By comparison, an estimated 100 Americans have taken up arms for the Islamic State. As the population of the United States is 313 million, compared to 63 million for the whole of Britain, the disparity is huge.
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It's pretty simple dummy. Muslims support violence. bbm
Our Own Hundred Years? War
Aug 29 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by FRED KAPLAN
Let’s hope that President Barack Obama does not bomb the Islamic State inside Syria — unless, maybe, the airstrikes are coordinated with some other country’s troops on the ground. That’s what happened in northern Iraq last week, when U.S. airstrikes paved the way for a mix of Iraqi special forces, Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga fighters to push Islamic State away from the Mosul Dam.
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Saudi may be the answer. Fight fire with fire. bbm
Aug 27 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Roger Cohen
Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti–Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of the U.S. journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come.
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We know all that. bbm
Aug 28 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
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America's experience in Iraq, however, gives us pause. There, the United States invaded a country on faulty premises, became mired in nation building and finally left, leaving behind a destabilized, factionalized country and creating an opportunity for ISIS to sweep in from Syria." WRONG. We had brought peace to the country but we didn't follow through; we left. bb
Aug 28 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by RUTH MARCUS
Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."
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I don't understand. Do liberals want us to ignore the atrocity? Is this part of the "Muslims are peaceful" movement? Let's face the facts; they are brutal and need to be eliminated. We need to enrage Americans. bbm
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News / Violence / Military
Military funding
Sep 01 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Mackenzie Eaglen
From the moment the Budget Control Act (BCA) was signed into law three years ago, many—including the president—said its mechanism to force automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, in the absence of a larger “grand bargain” would never happen. By design, sequestration was constructed as an outcome so unpalatable that it would prompt compromise over larger federal budget issues such as entitlements and taxes. As was argued at the time, sequestration spending cuts were too steep and too irresponsible to ever become law. According to then–Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the sequester was akin to “shooting ourselves in the head.”[1]
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Sequestration wasn't the problem, that it was applied unequally to defense WAS the problem. bbm
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News / Welfare / Rich vs Poor
Income Inequality
Sep 01 2014 - Mercury News by Mercury News
In his wonderful "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy, the late Douglas Adams delivered insights into the human condition wrapped in science fiction hilarity. One of our favorite conceits, in the third book, is the technology of making anything invisible –– even a huge mountain –– by enveloping it in an S.E.P. field.
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It happens because of all the government safety nets that allow people to get by without realizing their full potential. bbm
Are CEOs overpaid?
Aug 29 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Sam Pizzigati
Corporate America's CEO pay horror stories just keep rolling in.
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These days, even relatively small–fry CEOs are cashing in an outrageously big–time way. Terry Kellogg, the chief exec at Blue Cross–Blue Shield of Alabama, pulled in $4.84 million last year. The average worker in Alabama would have to work 123 years to make that much."
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Lifestyle / Race Relations
Aug 30 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by CATHERINE RAMPELL
Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought–after secrets.
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Just like basketball teams, tech companies will hire whoever is best to make their new products and return profits. If that isn't blacks or women, then there is a different problem, not one of the company's making. bbm
Aug 29 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.
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It's funny how Asians have overcome racism, by performance. bbm
Aug 27 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Tom Templeton
Friends, family and colleagues keep expressing bafflement about the Ferguson community's reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown. I am not so perplexed. I witnessed firsthand how law enforcement shapes the criminality to which they are supposed to respond and came to better understand, if only slightly, what it must feel like to know the default stance of some law enforcement is to assume the criminality of all black men.
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Story doesn't make sense. Why would the black guy move it if he didn't know who it belonged to? bbm
Aug 27 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by EUGENE ROBINSON
To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.
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From what I've heard, Ferguson was a fairly quiet racial community. Don't make things up, Robinson. bbm
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