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Politics / Market and Entrepreneur vs. State and Bureaucrat
« on: Yesterday at 06:29:04 am »
Market and Entrepreneur vs. State and Bureaucrat

People in the U.S. government naturally favor explicit control by government. They ignore and criticize the unplanned virtues of free markets. This is why they lauded fictional growth in the USSR that didn’t benefit its peoples. The same error is being repeated in thinking of China as an economic giant that threatens America.

This country would do well to do the right thing, which is to get rid of its 100-year and more buildup of State bureaucracies, controls, regulations, wealth redistributions, subsidies, taxes, foreign meddlings and unjust judicial rulings that support the whole structure. Thriving free markets will be the result. America will not be led to regard China as an enemy. America will develop unheard of energy sources and transportation methods. The false justification for securing the oil of Saudi Arabia or any other foreign country’s oil or any resource for that matter will be shown to be the phony excuse it has always been for U.S. interventions. America will not have to fear immigrants who come here to work and engage in productive activities. What it will have to fear and should always fear is the worship of State and bureaucrat and the accretion of State power over the people’s lives. Americans should fear the backdoor invasion of freedom by ideas and cultural practices that introduce pathways to totalitarianism. Americans should always fear the strangulation of freedom and free markets, not their presence.
-Michael S. Rozeff   

Politics / The Disappearing Right . . . .
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:26:16 am »

The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

Too often, occupational-licensing laws are less about protecting workers or consumers as a class than they are about protecting the interests of incumbents. Want to compete with me? Good luck, now that I’ve lobbied for a law that requires you to shell out cash and work toward a certificate before you can begin.
-Conor Friedersdorf

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Politics / Big Conservative Media: The Big Con . . .
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:42:08 am »
Oh, and this is the same G.W. Bush who recently referred to President Trump and, by extension, the millions of Americans who Bush’s buddy, Hillary Clinton, called “deplorables”—Americans, doubtless, who voted for him and who constitute Rush’s audience—as “racist,” “white supremacist,” “nativist,” and “bigoted.”

This is the Swamp Creature par excellence with whom Rush colluded for eight years as they convinced Deplorables to vote for a man who, as it turns out, shares Hillary Clinton’s assessment of them.

Yet Rush was not alone. Hannity, Ingraham, radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher and some other merchants of The Big Con worked just as tirelessly as Rush labored to advance the agenda of Bush and his Republican Party
-Jack Kerwick

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Politics / Republicans and Regulation . . .
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:18:53 am »
Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a holdover from the Obama administration appointed to a five-year term that was to end in July 2018, is leaving the agency this month. According to the New York Times, Cordray “has resisted efforts by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to rein in regulation.”

Hey Republicans, you have had total control of the government for almost a year: Why hasn’t the CFPB been abolished? That is much more important than tinkering with a few regulations. As for Republicans “reining in regulations,” don’t hold your breath. Republicans love regulations—as long as they can make them.
-Laurence Vance

Politics / Ignorance Versus Stupidity . . .
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:41:26 am »

The bottom line is that each of us is grossly ignorant about the world in which we live. Nothing’s wrong with that ignorance, but we are stupid if we believe that a politician can produce a better life than that which is obtained through peaceable, voluntary exchange with our fellow man anywhere on earth.
-Walter E. Williams

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Politics / Problem with the GOP Tax Plans
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:53:16 am »
The Inexcusable Problem with the GOP Tax Plans

Both the House and Senate GOP tax plans retain the Obamacare “individual shared responsibility payment.” This year it will cost $695 or 2.5% of household income, whichever is higher. The maximum amount is $2,085 (the total yearly premium for the national average price of a Bronze plan sold through the Marketplace). Yet, since the Republicans have a majority in the House and Senate, and can easily pass their tax bills with no Democratic votes, it is inexcusable that this Obamacare tax is not repealed in their tax bill. Especially since Republicans have no problem repealing the personal exemption. There is no sense keeping the Obamacare tax in order to get Democrats to support the tax bills. They will not support them anyway.
-Laurence Vance

Republicans and modern Democrats = Socialists

Politics / The Last Republican President? . . .
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:56:30 am »
Bush’s domestic policies were just as destructive to America’s well-being as was his foreign policy of waging war against Third World countries.  The Patriot Act; No Child Left Behind; federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research; and bailouts for the banking and automobile industries were just some of the many lowlights of a presidency replete with lowlights.

We also mustn’t forget that the largest terrorist attack that had ever occurred on American soil, 9/11, as well as the worst financial crisis since the Depression both occurred on Bush’s watch.

In Mark Updegrove’s new book, Bush Junior laments that, as a result of Trump’s presidency, he may just be prove to be “the last Republican President.”
-Jack Kerwick

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Politics / Packed Churches: .357, .45, and Glock . . .
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:34:42 am »

What is safe for you is dangerous for your assailant.
-Gary North

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Politics / What if Government Steals Liberty? . . .
« on: November 09, 2017, 04:55:57 am »

What if the use of intelligence data for political purposes and not for safety is a profound danger to democracy? What if government can’t keep us safe? What if we falsely think that it does keep us safe? What if that delusion makes us less safe? What if government’s bulk acquisition of private data makes us less free? What if government works not for us but for itself? What do we do about it?
-Judge Napolitano

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Politics / The Point of No Return . . .
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:06:14 am »

I also don’t think that the proposed tax reforms will actually lower taxes. They never do.  Our politicians won’t admit where the real problem lies: overspending, monetizing the debt, taking over the whole world through the monetary system, financing wars, financing welfare and the military industrial complex. It’s going to continue until this whole thing comes apart.
-Ron Paul

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