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Potluck Rites, and Rights

Progressives are becoming increasingly defensive about nearly all forms of Big Government, relentlessly telling us that we need government for everything from money and roads to food inspection and subsidies and . . . well, the list is endless. Food safety is one of their favorite subjects, but I’m increasingly






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Fun Facts & Common Sense: Democratic Socialism

Socialism: A system that advocates the public ownership or control of industry in service of a more equal distribution of wealth. Bernie Sanders and his version of “democratic socialism” places emphasis on “redistribution” and downplays public ownership and control. However… Bernie seems never to have met a government monopoly he didn’t love, or a free market service he didn’t






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Crony Corn

The presidential campaign officially begins in Iowa. The Hawkeye State is also the nation’s corn-growing champion. Each year, Iowans sell 47 percent of that crop to produce ethanol, which accounts for a not-insignificant 8 percent of the state’s gross product. Ethanol has friends in Washington, too. Congressional wizards have mandated






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A Diminishing Lagtime

The modern age sports an amazing feature that used to be hard to detect, because so drawn out: a shorter-than-ever-before lag between the proposal of some popular inanity and its complete debunking. It used to take seemingly forever for a bad idea to be shown up, either in argument or






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Why government is (almost) never the solution. . .

When you systematically reward failure, incompetence and irresponsibility…what results should you expect? Bank Bailout QE – Toxic Asset Government Purchases Moral Hazard Click below to get a high resolution version of this image:  






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Flint Water Crisis

Government failure checklist. . . Reference: The Government Poisoned Flint’s Water— So Stop Blaming Everyone Else Flint’s water crisis isn’t a failure of austerity. It’s a failure of government. Click below for high resolution version of this image.  






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Berating Bernie?

Bernie Sanders has risen in the polls. He may even beat Hillary Clinton in the first caucus and primary contests for the Democratic presidential nomination. A cause for celebration! Witnessing a huge hunk of Americans accept Mrs. Clinton, the consummate and corrupt insider, is too disheartening. Bernie Sanders, for all






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Law in the Tooth

Why did Dr. Ben Burris give up his orthodontic license? Where did he go wrong? Dr. Burris broke the law. He flagrantly violated the hallowed precepts of the Arkansas Dental Practices Act. Let me rinse and spit out the truth: This dentist illegally cleaned people’s teeth. Not just once —






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Subsidizing Illegal Aliens

In The Mouse That Roared, a 1955 comic novel by Leonard Wibberley, a tiny English-speaking country in Europe loses market share for its only export, a wine label, to a cheap American knock-off. Seeking compensation for the loss, the duchy decides to do the only rational thing: declare war on






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re: Solutions

Today’s the traditional day for New Year’s “Resolutions,” but instead of resolutions, how about some solutions? Sure, Thomas Sowell has sagely reminded: there are no solutions in social life, only trade-offs. But, utopian perfection aside, let’s agree that some changes would be better than others, and, let us resolve to






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Collateral Damage Defines Socialist B.S.

Senator Bernie Sanders gave us a big present last week. In one simple “tweet” he warbled out the essence of his socialism: “You have families out there paying 6, 8, 10 percent on student debt but you can refinance your homes at 3 percent. What sense is that?” That’s what






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Falcon 9 Delivers Eleven

Earlier this week, SpaceX made history. Again. Back in 2008, the company had launched the Falcon 1 into orbit —a big deal in the Space Age, previously dominated by governments. Blue Origin, which is the baby of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has been providing Elon Musk’s SpaceX some stiff competition. A






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