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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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To a government that has forgotten its place

(The Objective Standard) On June 4, Becky Gerritson, a founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama, testified before congress about the IRS’s abusive practices toward Tea Party groups. Her poignant words deserve repeating. Gerritson began by explaining what motivated her to … Continue reading

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Murray Rothbard on the founding of the Federal Reserve 100 years ago

A speech by Murray N. Rothbard. Presented at the Mises Institute’s 1984 “Seminar on Money and Government,” in Houston, Texas.

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The nauseating irony of the fiscal cliff pay raise

(Weekly Standard) President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Cliff blame game

(Cafe Hayek) If you only read the Washington Post and certain bloggers, the Republicans are to blame if we go over the fiscal cliff. They’re unwilling to compromise–they refuse to raise taxes and only want spending cuts. Compromise is a … Continue reading

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When in the Course of human events…

In the wake of the latest election, several states have petitioned the White House to peacefully secede from the United States. Sometimes, that is all that seems to be left in a system that is overgrown and overbearing. The US … Continue reading

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Fixing the system by working within it

Debate This! is a co-production of Rebellious Truths and The Comeback America Initiative (http://www.keepingamericagreat.org), featuring footage from The Can Kicks Back (http://www.thecankicksback.org). In this video, the youth of America speak frankly to their concerns about the debt crisis and our … Continue reading

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The European crisis dramatized

She’s German. He’s Greek. Watch, enjoy, tell us what you think — and what you can spot… Music provided by archive.org. For credits and more see www.europeanbreakup.eu @econfilm #AVEBU

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The irony of choice

(Mark Steyn) So this is America’s best and brightest – or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and, on the evidence of Wednesday night, is entirely incapable of … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism pronounced at Republican National Convention

Transcript: When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional! The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said — can’t you pleeeease count to ten before you speak? … Continue reading

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Greece–a portent of things to come?

Moodys Investors Service considers Greece to have defaulted per its default definitions. The announcement comes despite Athens reaching a deal with private creditors for a bond exchange that will shave €107 billion from its €350 billion debt. The agency pointed … Continue reading

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The striking connection between contraception and sovereign debt

Mark Steyn has an uncanny knack for pointing out obscure and yet compelling aspects of our political economy. In his latest column, he shows how the latest controversy over Obama’s contraception mandate is less a distraction from our economic woes, … Continue reading

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Signs of a new de-urbanization?

After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, a great de-urbanization took place when city dwellers realized that the centralized system was unreliable and even dangerous. Smaller, local bands arose to meet the needs formerly promised by … Continue reading

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The end of the euro?–Tyler Cowen on the European crisis

(EconTalk) Tyler Cowen of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the European crisis. Cowen argues that Greece is likely to default either in fact or in spirit but that the key question is which nations might … Continue reading

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The bane of representative government

(Reuters) Lawmakers abandoned their high-profile effort to rein in the country’s ballooning debt on Monday in a sign that Washington likely will not be able to resolve a dispute over taxes and spending until 2013. This whole procedure brings to … Continue reading

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Does forgiving debt reduce economic stress?

(Christian Science Monitor) President Obama on Wednesday is launching a new plan to lower the cost of paying back student loans for millions of borrowers – the latest installment in his bid to move a jobs agenda that bypasses a … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street demands are vaguely familiar

The protestors on Wall Street known as ‘Occupy Wall Street’ have recently been identified by a list of demands evidently posted by one of their followers. Though there are no official demands by the group, the list does serve to … Continue reading

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Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?

In the last couple of Republican presidential debates, a comment made by candidate Rick Perry on whether Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme has been the center of much discussion. The argument has spiraled (as these things tend to do) … Continue reading

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The United States of America loses its AAA credit rating from S&P

(Reuters) The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s on Friday in an unprecedented reversal of fortune for the world’s largest economy. Read the S&P report here: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/af2c4fac-bfc2-11e0-90d5-00144feabdc0.pdf

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Solving the problem by adding to it and making it worse

(The New York Times) There is something you should know about the deal to cut federal spending that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday: It does not actually reduce federal spending. By the end of the 10-year deal, the federal … Continue reading

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