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Another Minimum-Wage Challenge for the Daily Kos and Alternet

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In my April 2010 article Why Do Daily Kos and Alternet Support a Racist Program? I pointed out that liberals, including those at Daily Kos and Alternet, support minimum-wage laws notwithstanding the fact that such laws have horribly adverse consequences for the poor, especially black teenagers. As I pointed out in that article, the minimum wage locks out ...

Why Statists Hate Gold

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Amidst the increasing calls among statists for increased federal spending, one can practically feel the deep, visceral hatred for gold arising within statists. The reason is that statists know that gold is a communications vehicle that tells people what government officials are doing to their money. That’s the last thing that statists want people to find out. Practically everywhere you ...

Let McChrystal Bring the Troops Home

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We really shouldn’t let the furor over President Obama’s firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal cause us to lose focus on three important points regarding Afghanistan: The U.S. government should never have invaded and occupied the country in the first place, it should have exited the country years ago, and continuing the occupation for any period of time whatsoever is ...

Obama and Chavez, Birds of a Feather

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In my June 21 blog post, “Barack Obama, Dictator,” I pointed out that President Obama exercised brute dictatorial powers in dictating to BP to hand over $20 billion of corporate money to federal officials, who plan on distributing the loot to victims of the BP oil spill. Most everyone is familiar with the term “the rule of law.” Many people, ...

Case Closed on Terrorist Motivation

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Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. officials, from President Bush on down, went on the offensive with respect to what, they claimed, had motivated the terrorists to kill Americans. It was all because the terrorists hated America for its “freedom and values.” The mantra was steadfastly adhered to for the 7 remaining years of the Bush administration, after which ...

Barack Obama, Dictator

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What better example of dictatorship than President Obama’s dictate to BP to deliver $20 billion to a special fund that will be distributed by some political appointee to victims of the BP oil disaster? Either a nation is ruled by a dictator or it’s governed by the rule of law. Under a dictatorship, the dictator simply dictates to people what they’re ...

Were the Kennedys a Threat to National Security?

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If someone had posited the notion that in 1961 the FBI might have monitoring President John Kennedy’s brother Ted on suspicion that the latter could be a threat to national security, statists would undoubtedly have cried, “Conspiracy theory! Conspiracy theory!” One of the things that fascinate me about federal conspiracies is people’s reaction to them when they are confirmed. No ...

Drones in America

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Yesterday, I appeared on the Glenn Beck show, which was being guest-hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano, to discuss the possible use of drones here in the United States. The idea is being proposed as just another way to keep Americans safe. Is safety so important that people must accept whatever controls that government is able to place on them? Shouldn’t ...

Why Should States Be Funding Movies?

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A good example of what passes for debate in this country occurred this week in a New York Times article entitled “State Backing Films Says Cannibal Is Deal-Breaker” by a reporter named Michael Cieply. The article is about state government subsidies for movies produced in the state. Controversy recently erupted in Michigan because the state denied a subsidy for a ...

Different Perspectives on Child Labor at the State and Federal Level

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Two stories in the news this week point to the difference in philosophy regarding child labor between state and federal officials. In Iowa, a jury returned a verdict of acquittal in favor of Sholom Rubashkin, the former manager of Agriprocessors, a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa. The state had indicted him for knowingly hiring people under 18 years of age to ...

The Napolitano Revolution Hits Television

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Two stories in the news this week point to the difference in philosophy regarding child labor between state and federal officials. In Iowa, a jury returned a verdict of acquittal in favor of Sholom Rubashkin, the former manager of Agriprocessors, a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa. The state had indicted him for knowingly hiring people under 18 years of age to ...

What Bigger Slave than the One Who Thinks He’s Free?

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Yesterday’s New York Times had an interesting article about North Korea that described how desperate life is in that socialist country. The question, of course, is: Why are economic conditions so bad in North Korea? The answer is: Because North Korea is a socialist country. That’s what socialism does to a country. It guarantees that people will be mired in poverty and destitution. As ...
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