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The Continued Attack On Freedom

The Continued Attack On Freedom

There is legislation currently working its way through the Congressional sausage factory that contains language based on California’s recently enacted AB-5. If you’re not familiar with what the commissars of California enacted, AB-5 essentially outlaws individuals making a living through freelance activities. The law does not come out and say freelancing is illegal. AB-5 decrees that if an individual produces more than 30 freelance works for a company, that company must regard that individual as an employee. Which means they…

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The Victimhood of the Elite

The Victimhood of the Elite

Kamala Harris recently dropped out of the campaign for the Democrat Party Presidential Nomination. Given the entirely authoritarian nature of her political positions, I cannot say this anything but great news. She and her supporters, however, cannot seem to grasp the idea that she could not garner any support for her campaign due to the ideas she espoused. To them, she is a victim of racism and sexism. It seems the Democrats are just unwilling to allow a “woman of…

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Pots & kettles

Pots & kettles

I haven’t written anything about the impeachment charade currently playing out in the House of Representatives (I haven’t written much about anything actually) so I thought I would do my part as an amateur pundit and weigh in. The allegation against Trump is that he inappropriately used his office for his own personal political benefit by trying to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden. Do I think this is true? Certainly. Do I think this is…

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Raising Congressional Pay

Raising Congressional Pay

There have been a lot of ideas about Congressional salaries flying around the internet in response to Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) calling for a cost of living raise. So I thought what could one more hurt? My idea starts from the simple premise that compensation drives behavior. If you want people to do more of a certain thing, pay them more for doing it. What I want Congress to do is reduce the size of government. My proposal is to set…

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The Idiot Strikes Again

The Idiot Strikes Again

Let’s start this by defining the key term: Tariff. A tariff is a tax on imported goods. How it works. If an imported item with a cost of $100 is subject to a 5% tariff, it costs the importer $105 to bring that item into the country. The exporter collects their $100 and the $5 goes into the US Treasury. Who Pays. The importer of the item can then either absorb the cost of the tariff by reducing their profit…

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The Basic Problem

The Basic Problem

Below is the first question and answer from A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand. Begun in 1946 by Rand as an antidote to the spread of European collectivist ideas, the text explores fundamental issues in a question and answer format. Rand never completed the series but this recently released volume features contemporary Objectivist scholars answering the questions she did not, as well as some previously unpublished text by Rand. The first question asks: What is the…

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Hypocrisy. Full Stop.

Hypocrisy. Full Stop.

Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has insisted that we have a mere 12 years to solve the Global Climate Warming Change Crisis. To that end, she proposed the Green New Deal. Sweeping legislation that would mandate the retrofitting of EVERY building in the country, eliminating gasoline and mandating electric cars for all, converting the entire electrical grid of the nation to carbon-free energy (excluding nuclear of course.) If we let the government o all fo that to us, as well…

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A Private New Deal

A Private New Deal

I stumbled across a news story that highlights why I have never been particularly concerned about Global Climate Warming Change. Actually I never really worried about the actual climate because it’s all just a theory based on computer models that have never been right about anything. What has been mildly worrying is how politicians use the climate theories as an excuse to violate individual rights and accumulate more power. Here’s the answer to Representative AOC’s Green New Deal. A privately…

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All Present and Unaccountable

All Present and Unaccountable

As promised the Senate held a vote on the Democratic resolution for a Green New Deal. As expected the Democrats objected to having a vote on their own proposal. Seems rather silly to propose a resolution that you don’t want to ever come up for a vote. It makes it seem like you’re not all that serious about the issue and it’s all just posturing and show. The danger in doing that is people may start to think that have…

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Elizabeth Warren Gets Trade Wrong

Elizabeth Warren Gets Trade Wrong

In addition to struggling to put some distance between her presidential aspirations and her past of lying about her ethnic heritage Elizabeth Warren is working hard to create some space between her campaign and the Democratic Socialism that is taking over the Democrat Party. Durring an interview with CNN at SXSW Warren had this exchange: “Bernie has to speak to what Democratic Socialism is,” replied Warren, who represents Massachusetts in the Senate. “And you are not one?” Giridharadas asked.” I…

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Selective Economic Understanding

Selective Economic Understanding

Hanlon’s razor states: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. I’m not certain that Hanlon to into account the seemingly willful stupidity of many on the American Left. When it comes to the area of basic economic principles I certainly can’t say if they simply refuse to apply them consistently or if they are just mentally incapable of doing so. When the left wants to modify and control the behavior of individuals (i.e. a day that…

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