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Rand Paul, 2016 Presidential Race, Common Sense

Standing with Rand

Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, suspended his presidential campaign yesterday. He took fifth place in Iowa, but garnered just four percent of the vote. I’ll miss him. “Ours has been a unique voice in this race,” the senator rightly declared, “one that says Big Government threatens Americans from






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Giving Up on the Future?

Both Germany and Japan now transfer money, on net, from the young to the old. Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary, The Economist reports, do the same. The instrument of this transfer? Well, the elephant in the room: those nation’s entitlement programs — their versions of our “Social Security.” John O. McGinnis,






Gary Johnson, libertarian, burka, Common Sense, illustration

Faces Veiled, Fallacies Unveiled

A real-life politician has admitted to having been wrong, even going so far as to dismiss his own previous comment as “stupid.” He wasn’t abject about it — didn’t “apologize.” He simply explained how and why he had erred. This . . . from a presidential contender. No, it wasn’t






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Human Interest Story

“Local Moralist Doing His Part to End Income Inequality” Click below for high resolution version of this image: Mugger photo by Flikr user cometstarmoon  






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The Anti-Republican Party Establishment

Yesterday, we decried the rigged superdelegate voting process used by establishment Democrats to Hillary Clinton’s benefit — and party members’ detriment. Today, we switch parties to find the GOP establishment in full panic mode, so terrified at the prospect of a Ted Cruz victory that they’re now rallying around Donald






Indiana, pork, Mike Pence, Regional Cities initiative, Common Sense, illustration

Buying Quality of Life

People who spend other people’s money in Indiana are applauding their amazing ability to write big checks and hand them out. The Regional Cities initiative — enacted by the Republican legislature and heralded by the Republican governor — just awarded grants of $42 million of taxpayer dough to three of






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Government

You can’t feed a part of it without feeding the whole damn thing. Click below for a high resolution version of this image:  






Bernie Sanders, Glass Steagall, ratings, agency, Common Sense, illustration, Paul Jacob, James Gill

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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Junk the Law

Would your favorite presidential candidate force women to register for the military draft? A federal court case, National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System, is bouncing around the Ninth Circuit. It challenges the male-only draft registration program as discriminatory against men. Thirty-five years ago, when yours truly was fighting






national debt, debt, deficit, debate, Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, CommonSense

Bankrupt Leadership

Sen. Rand Paul wasn’t the only thing absent from the GOP presidential stage last Thursday. Also missing? Any meaningful talk about reducing federal spending and avoiding a sovereign debt crisis. The debt looms over all our heads. But you wouldn’t know it to listen to the GOP hopefuls. (And the






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The Great Ideological Divide?

When I was a kid, both Democrats and Republicans sported “conservative” and “liberal” wings as well as “moderate” leaders and representatives. Now, conservatives have pretty much corralled themselves into the GOP, and liberals into the Democratic Party. Why? Birds of a feather? Ezra Klein offers some interesting observations in “This






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Nazi by Association

Do haters of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire philanthropists, know no bounds of decency? Monday’s New York Times squib, “Father of Koch Brothers Helped Build Nazi Oil Refinery, Book Says,” is a grand case in point. The article is basically pre-release gossip about a book that hasn’t been published






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