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Apr 22 2014 - Indiana Gazette by LLEWELLYN KING
What looked like a kind of harmless beauty contest, the vote on Scottish independence in September is shaping up to be something quite otherwise: The death struggle for the United Kingdom.
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Government property ownership
Apr 23 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by BETSY MCCAUGHEY
U.S. senators and governors from nine Western states held a first–ever summit on Friday in Salt Lake City to win more control over the vast swaths of federal land in their states. The summit had been planned before the standoff between the federal Bureau of Land Management and Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy a week earlier had focused national attention on the plight of the federally occupied West.
Property rights
Apr 23 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by MAX BORDERS
Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.” The great economist wasn’t just being cute. He was pointing to a very serious problem with government management of resources. And in this chapter, we’ll talk about why it’s a problem. But first we should ask: Why are people so concerned that we will run out of resources? And how can we find a reasonable balance between using resources and conserving them?
Liberty
Apr 22 2014 - PJ Media by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
I’m sure that Cliven Bundy probably could have cut a deal with the Bureau of Land Management and should have. Of course, it’s never wise to let a federal court order hang over your head. And certainly we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function.
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Hanson appears to accept the future without the Bundy's. I don't. It was a time of principles and I think we should go back to that. Free enterprise and small government. bbm
Apr 22 2014 - Ron Paul Institute by Ron Paul
The nation’s attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by assessing “fees” against ranchers who graze cattle on government lands. Outrage over the government's use of armed agents to forcibly remove the Bundys’ cattle led many Americans to travel to Nevada to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience in support of the family.
Apr 22 2014 - Renew America by Sylvia Thompson
Talking heads and elitists from both the left and right of the political spectrum are decrying that Cliven Bundy (the rancher who recently defied the federal government) must follow the "rule of law." Why should he? Barack Obama, the President of the United States does not follow the rule of law. Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, pays no heed to the rule of law. Why, then, must an average citizen?
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Free enterprise and small government
Apr 23 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Cal Thomas
One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. The closest we get to history is the instant replay.
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Ethics in politics
Apr 22 2014 - News With Views by Jonathan Emord
You might say Harry Reid is a family man. He likes to use public office to benefit his family at the expense of yours.
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President Obama
Apr 23 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Phyllis Schlafly
'Imperial presidency" perfectly describes what the Obama administration has become as it increasingly violates the limits on its power defined by the Constitution. Criticisms of how President Obama is overstepping his authority are now being heard from all sides of the political spectrum.
Apr 23 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Mark Davis
As the Obamacare enrollment numbers moved from so horrible that the White House had no details to sufficiently tolerable that details were suddenly everywhere, supporters of the Affordable Care Act began to make a provocative assertion.
Apr 22 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Public Trust: Sixty–one percent polled say President Obama lies "some of the time" or "most of the time" on matters of national importance. Americans have to ask: Why do we let him get away with it?
Apr 22 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by FRED HIATT
Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently wrote that, foreign policy decision by foreign policy decision, President Barack Obama has given Americans what they say they want. But the result hasn’t made them proud of America or of their president.
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Decent article but Hiatt is wrong about what America needs. Not more spending. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Political Ideology
Liberals
Apr 23 2014 - Town Hall by Thomas Sowell
Liberals can be disarming. In fact, they are for disarming anybody who can be disarmed, whether domestically or internationally.
Apr 22 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Thomas Sowell
Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives.
Apr 22 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Bruce Thornton
The progressive mind functions in terms of fossilized paradigms into which every crisis and problem are fitted, no matter how many qualifying or contradictory facts are left behind. These paradigms are part of a worldview, a picture of human existence that gives it coherence and meaning, and a narrative that gives people an identity and a morality. With these paradigms we can sort out the good from the bad, the saved from the damned, the political goals we should pursue, the ones we should avoid––and who gets the power to decide.
Apr 22 2014 - Front Page Magazine by William R. Hawkins
There were many on the Left in the West who lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as much as Vladimir Putin. They saw the USSR as the main restraint on U.S. imperialism; helping to arm and support hostile Third World regimes and creating a zone of “peace” outside the reach of capitalism. The leftist view of the world did not change just because the Soviet empire disintegrated. Its motivation is still “anti–imperialist” and it has embraced every movement that has declared itself the enemy of Western civilization. The Ukrainian crisis has sparked a revival of the left–wing love affair with Moscow. What amounts to a renewal of vows in the ideological marriage of the Cold War is evident in how events are presented, with Russia again embraced for standing up to the United States and the European Union.
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Efficiency in drug approval
Apr 23 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Merrill Matthews
There is a growing recognition that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is more of a threat to human safety than a protector of it. Maybe it needs to come with its own warning: This agency may be hazardous to your health!
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Health care debate
Apr 22 2014 - Human Events by John Hayward
There are many ways in which the Obama Administration benefits from a sycophantic media. One of the biggest is the way media memory banks are flushed and rebooted every couple of months, preventing Americans (especially the fabled Low Information Voters, who pay only cursory attention to the news) from developing any sense of historical memory about what this Administration has done. With a few exceptions so huge that they just wouldn’t fit in the Memory Hole – most notably Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie – everything happens in a vacuum where Obama and his agenda are concerned. Every day is Day One of the Obama presidency.
Apr 23 2014 - Real Clear Politics by Scott W. Atlas
Many key provisions of The Affordable Care Act were finally implemented earlier this year, and widespread dismay over the reality of an overreaching government immediately followed. Initially, the predominant focus was on the inept rollout of the Obama administration’s website, a fiasco that cost well over $500 million of American taxpayer money –– more than was spent to develop Facebook and Twitter combined, more than the cost of developing Apple’s iPhone. With more than two dozen executive branch decisions to delay some of the law’s deadlines –– but ignoring fixes more substantive than repairing the basic functions of its website –– the Obama administration cynically pushed forward.
Apr 23 2014 - Investor's Business Daily

Although this editorial was written more than 20 years ago, just replace "Clinton" with "Obama," and it all applies perfectly to ObamaCare, from the phony promises to the bogus financing scheme to the massive new bureaucracy. It was this editorial and as many as 100 more like it in IBD that helped spare the nation the tragedy that would have been HillaryCare.
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News / Economics / Government Economics / Taxes
Income Tax
Apr 23 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by DOUG BANDOW
Backed by the envious, used by the greedy
Sales Tax
Apr 22 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Edward Paul Lazear
April always brings complaints about the pain of paying taxes—and the complaints are justified. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, over 30% of U.S. gross domestic product is taxed away to fund federal, state and local governments. Tax compliance costs are also large, estimated to be around 1% of GDP.
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A good article but what it doesn't say is that government spending should be cut to the bone by getting rid of any expenses not associated with maintaining liberty. bbm
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News / Economics / Labor
Gender pay differences
Apr 23 2014 - Front Page Magazine by WALTER WILLIAMS
“President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap,” read one headline. Another read, “Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men’s Dollar In 2012.” It’s presumed that big, greedy corporations are responsible for what is seen as wage injustice. Before discussing the “unjust” wage differences between men and women, let’s acknowledge an even greater injustice — which no one seems to care about — age injustice.
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News / Economics / Agriculture
Food Supply
Apr 23 2014 - Indiana Gazette by DAN THOMASSON
Milk is the life’s blood of humankind, except when it is consumed in its most natural state without the bacteria–killing treatment of pasteurization. Then it becomes something entirely different and those who drink it are playing a form of Russian roulette. Sooner or later chances are good the hammer will come down on a chamber loaded with disaster.
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Why is it your business if people drink raw milk. LIBERTY, my fine fellow. Consider that first before relying on government for your every decision. bbm
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News / Energy
Pipelines
Apr 23 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Arnold Ahlert
In a transparent political sop aimed at radical environmentalists and their big–buck donors, the Obama administration announced it is indefinitely extending the review period for the Keystone XL pipeline. The delay, announced in a Good Friday news dump, will likely push the final decision on the project past the November mid–term elections.
Apr 22 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Keystone XL: Does the president always invent some new excuse for putting off approval of the pipeline? His latest delay means it's been in regulatory purgatory for four years and counting. Hey, no sense in rushing things.
Electric Autos
Apr 22 2014 - The Independent Institute by Benjamin W. Powell
New Jersey recently joined Texas, Arizona, Maryland and Virginia in banning direct auto sales to consumers. That touched off an uproar on the left and right, and many consumers remain confused. They can be grateful for one clear statement of what the ban is really about.
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Wind power
Apr 23 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Failed Policy: The federal government has spent some $100 billion in taxpayer subsidies on green energy since 2006. Now we are seeing the flimsy and declining returns on that investment.
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News / Environment
Earth Day
Apr 22 2014 - Forbes.com by Henry I. Miller
A few years ago seventh graders at a tony private school near San Francisco were given an unusual Earth Day assignment: Make a list of environmental projects that could be accomplished with Bill Gates’ fortune. This approach to environmental awareness fits in well with the Obama–Pelosi–Reid worldview that the right to private property is subsidiary to undertakings that others think are worthwhile – the redistributive theory of society. And how interesting that the resources made “available” for the students’ thought–experiment were not, say, the aggregate net worth of the members of Congress but the wealth of one of the nation’s most successful, innovative entrepreneurs.
Apr 22 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
The first Earth Day, in 1970, was celebrated after a wave of environmentalism swept the nation. Many give credit to Rachel Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," which popularized the notion of large–scale chemical pollution, for igniting the movement.
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Apr 22 2014 - The Independent Institute by S. Fred Singer
The just–published NIPCC reports may lead to a paradigm shift about what or who causes current climate changes. All the evidence suggests that Nature rules the climate—not Man.
Apr 22 2014 - Sacramento Bee by Markos Kounalakis
Big–screen “Noah,” the box office hit, presents the Biblical story of near apocalypse and indifference to God’s warnings. Small–screen NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, regularly warns of impending man–made environmental doom on its climate.gov website.
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Probably a good article if global warming were a real problem. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
Our Own Hundred Years? War
Apr 23 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
Few divides are as impossible to bridge as those of religion. You either believe or you don’t.
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War policy
Apr 23 2014 - Times of Israel by Charles Asher Small
Atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jewish People during the Holocaust, aided and abetted by the international community’s indifference, led to the greatest systematic murder of a people, and the unabashed antisemitism led to the ultimate destruction of much of Europe itself. The moral and political failure of the international community prompted, in the aftermath of World War Two, the creation of the United Nations which, in 1948, approved the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The international community promised to “never again” fail to prevent genocide.
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Rehabilitation
Apr 23 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Paul Korotkin
Gov. Andrew Cuomo couldn't sell the state Legislature on his idea to offer more college education to prison inmates. Too many people objected to having the public pay for a benefit for criminals that many honest people can't afford. But there's a solution to this problem.
Crime fighting
Apr 22 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Los Angeles Times
Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Victims of Crime Act, which directed money from fines and fees paid by criminal offenders to programs designed to help their victims. Since then, several billion dollars have been doled out, not just to federal victim–assistance programs but to all 50 states, which in turn funnel money to agencies providing counseling and other services as well as cash support for uncovered medical bills, lost wages and, in extreme cases, funerals. It's a valuable program that could do even more if Congress would let it.
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The one responsibility of government is to keep order and if it doesn't, then it should be responsible for the damages. Then an economic tradeoff could be made as to how much money is spent on prevention vs. paying off the victims. The program should be made more extensive. bbm
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Illegal immigration
Apr 22 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Immigration: The entry of nearly 30 million legal emigres since the year Ronald Reagan was first elected has girded the forces he devoted himself against, a study finds. For Republicans, immigration is an existential issue.
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News / Legal Issues
Justice Department
Apr 23 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Extortion: During the Occupy Wall Street mania, the general feeling in Washington was that big banks could absorb more legal hits. First–quarter results show lawsuits are taking a worrisome toll.
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News / Science / Space
NASA
Apr 22 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by David Helfand
With problems aplenty here on Earth, why should anyone spend his or her time thinking about the rest of the universe? Who cares whether black holes exist, when the universe began, or why it is expanding — let alone why that expansion is accelerating? Does it matter that planets like ours exist around other stars if we are never going to visit them? And is it really important that, as we learned last month, complex patterns in the afterglow radiation from the Big Bang reveal the signature of gravity waves generated in the first millionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of the second of cosmic time?
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Not with our current debt should we be spending on space.
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News / Transportation / Transportation/Driving
Privatization of roads
Apr 23 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Benjamin M. Wiegold
From the moment automobiles became commonplace in society, people have been dying in them at astonishing rates. Tragically, over the last century almost 4 million people (around 35,000 per year) lost their lives on U.S. roadways alone, with India, China, and Russia averaging almost 300,000 per year combined.
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News / Medical / Stem Cell Research
Politics and stem cell research
Apr 23 2014 - Arizona Daily Star by The Washington Post
Controversies over stem–cell research are so last decade — or so it seemed until last week.
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Lifestyle / Housing
Suburban Issues
Apr 22 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI
For all of the attention showered on hipster enclaves like Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Portland, Ore., America is only in the beginning stages of a historic urban reordering. After over a half–century of depopulation, cities have been filling up — and not just with young millennials, but with families and even with older workers and retirees.
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What garbage. I live in a suburb and I surely don't receive my share of the taxes I pay. Why should government be involved in any preferences. Let the people decide with their feet. Absolutely dumb article. bbm
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