Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) have introduced a bill to repeal the Patriot Act.
Julie Borowski at Freedom Works reported yesterday that a bill is now before the House to actually repeal the Patriot Act. About time!
I can say without hesitation: this bill is the real deal.
“The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state,” said Rep. Massie. "Our Founding Fathers Read more [...]
The impassioned plea of Patrick Henry can teach us about dealing with the rise of tyranny.
A couple of years back I took one of those Facebook quizzes "Which Founding Father Are You?" (Remember when those were all the rage?) The answer came back: Patrick Henry. I could hardly have been more humbled or pleased (admitting how corny and imprecise such exercises often turned out to be!).
This reflection upon the most famous speech of Patrick Henry is, I think, very good. It is posted at the Read more [...]
The Constitution as currently ratified forbids another term to Barack Obama.
I have heard from time to time that there are people in America who believe Obama is going to try to run for another term as President. I could see the theory flames being stoked this weekend as Obama invoked the “cut it out” gesture, slicing his hand in front of his neck while a small crowd at a Princeton basketball game cheered, “Four more years! Four more years!”
The last president to embark on a third Read more [...]
He is now calling it a “monstrosity,” but the history of Jeb Bush against Obamacare is mostly silence and massive corporate profits.
Jeb Bush did once rail against Obamacare. But he waited until it had passed and was headed for Obama’s desk and infamous pen. On March 22, 2010, Jeb Bush railed against the Affordable Care Act as a “huge new entitlement” while appearing on Fox News. I’m sure his audience loved what he had to say. I would have if I had been watching that night.
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The Associated Press claims that Jeb Bush as governor used executive power “aggressively.”
It is always possible that The Associated Press is exaggerating Jeb Bush’s record. But the fact is that George W. Bush was quite aggressive in using executive power, at least compared to earlier presidents. Barack Obama has done far more.
So we need a Republican candidate who is committed to rolling back the damage that has been done to Constitutional government. It is hard to believe that Jeb Read more [...]
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Since Obamacare turned five, shouldn’t the law be popular now like Democrats asserted that it would be?
March 23 marked the fifth-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Within two years, President Obama won re-election boastfully basking in the nickname for the law. But then things changed. While the Administration tried to deny it, and only a few honest Democrats would admit it, Obamacare was a disaster for Democrats in the 2014 elections.
And the discontent is still Read more [...]
The broken window fallacy lies in ignoring hidden damage when counting visible success.
The broken window fallacy is everywhere in economics today. It basically claims that sophisticated economic analysis will see economic good news in economic bad news. One of the older and still-prevalent instances of the broken window fallacy is the claim that World War II ended the Depression. The idea is that all that spending “stimulated” the economy so that businesses grew and thrived from World Read more [...]
Obamacare hostages are the few people who were uninsured until Obamacare was implemented, but they don’t negate the extensive damage that has been inflicted.
We constantly hear from the administration of some (small) number of people who have allegedly benefitted from the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, one of my friends in the Philadelphia area reports that his rates are rising by 29 percent. Another in Nashville says his rates are going up by 32 percent. That jives with my own experience. Read more [...]
When corporations blackmail employees they are firing by demanding promises in exchange for severance, should the courts honor the contracts?
Let me answer the question I pose right up front: No.
I believe in free markets, free trade, and the observance of enforceable contracts. But we have limits. For example, if a fast food restaurant only hired teenagers if they signed a contract promising to never buy fast food at any other retail chain for the rest of their lives, on the penalty of having Read more [...]
A Democrat Congresswoman, Linda Sanchez, recently displayed her thinking about justice, inheritance, and the “death tax.” Here are some quotations:
What work requirements are there to inherit up to $10 million tax free?
Why is that [a single mother] should be drug tested, which is an unrelated requirement to receive food assistance, to make sure that her family has enough to eat, and people who are lucky enough to inherit millions of dollars are literally required to do nothing to get the Read more [...]
Summer cookouts need to get much more regulated and expensive; the EPA has a plan.
It won’t be long until celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors will become cost prohibitive. What the EPA is doing to classic American summer cookouts sounds like one of Remy’s raps. (If you haven’t watched that short video yet, you are missing a treat. No pun intended. I posted the video at the end of this post.
Paul Bedard wrote about this at the Washington Examiner: “Backyard burger and wiener Read more [...]
Maine Governor’s stupid mistake allows Stephen King to preach taxing the rich again.
The great American novelist Stephen King has been given a bunch of free press because Governor Paul LePage thought he had left Maine to escape taxes. LePage wants to change the tax structure in Maine and argues that his changes will attract more people to the state. But using Stephen King as an example of tax migration was a big mistake—not just a factual mistake but a public relations disaster.
According Read more [...]