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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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Corporate influence. . .

Corporations can buy unfair favors from government…because government has unfair favors to sell. Big Government is the problem. Click below for a high resolution version of this image:  






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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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Ethics First

The biggest problem facing Americans? According to a Gallup poll, for the second year in a row, it’s our government. Maybe I should say “the government.” Few think it represents us. Which is sort of a big problem for a representative government. Presidential candidate Donald Trump says our leaders are






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In-Nate Problem

My brother, Tim Jacob, blames me for sucking him into politics. And I have reason to feel guilt, for politics is filled with — ugh — politicians. Back in 1992, I urged Tim to join Steve Munn and Lance Curtis, who were launching a petition drive to put term limits






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Government Burglars

If you try to compare those police who take people’s money and property through civil asset forfeiture laws to burglars, who rob folks in more traditional ways, you are just not being fair. To the burglars. The Institute for Justice recently released an updated Policing for Profit report showing that






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Post Dated

What does a business do whose market share is decreasing, is billions of dollars in debt, and which incurred one-third of that debt just last year? Realistically, it cannot be sustained. Not as a normal business. Of course, the business in question has been struggling to reform, has been cutting






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Equitable Stealing?

Is freedom a simple matter of drafting a lofty document about respecting the rights of citizens? Alas, no. Our Constitution does that, as does Turkey’s and, for that matter, so did the now-defunct Soviet Constitution. Obviously, vigilance is also required. Keeping powerful government agencies respectful of the law — our






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Candid Camera

Support for criminal justice reform, especially the common sense use of body cameras for police, marks a bright spot for the Obama Administration. Or so I thought. The president has called on local police to don the video devices. He has even offered $75 million of his own hard-earned money






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The Reign of Trickery

Arkansas State Sen. Jon Woods’s reign of trickery is ending. As reported Monday, he has chosen not to seek another term in the legislature. It’s ironic. Woods defrauded Arkansas voters with a deceptively worded 2014 ballot measure. His successful scam weakening term limits allows him to stay in the Senate






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Cheaters Never Prosper

“I want to go home,” Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods whimpered. The poor, pitiful politician — announcing he would not seek election to another legislative term — cried that he had not “been fishing with [his] brother in a year.” “I have friends in my district who I miss,” he






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Democrats’ Own Private Government

Don’t feel lonely, Mrs. Clinton. You’re not the only public official shielding public actions from the public by using private modes of communication — a private email account and server, or texts on a personal cell phone. Meet fellow Democrat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Chicago Tribune* recently took the






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