"If one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action." --Ludwig von Mises
"One of the traditional methods of imposing statism, or socialism, on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford it." --Ronald Reagan
"There's a reason why the Obama administration wanted to cram this massive spending bill through the Congress by Abe Lincoln's birthday. Speed is of the essence: The longer it lingers, the more details emerge, proving this egg is rotten to the core. Republicans are now using those details to build skepticism about this freight train of partisan pork." --Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center
"You know how Congress is. They'll vote for anything if the thing they vote for will turn around and vote for them. Politics ain't nothing but reciprocity." --American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
"Big government is where nations go to die -- not in Keynes' 'long run,' but sooner than you think." --columnist Mark Steyn
"Americans now know that the 'change we can believe in,' which President Obama promised, means a taxes-optional administration." --columnist Debra Saunders
"We can’t afford the bailout. And we certainly cannot afford the misnamed 'sweeteners' intended to buy the votes of House members. Using money the government doesn’t have to persuade legislators to spend even more money they don’t have is a fiscal and moral outrage. Turning normal bills into fiscal Christmas trees is bad enough, but the administration’s and congressional leadership’s attempt to avoid a genuine vote on the merits of legislation so expensive and far-reaching is a travesty." --Bob Barr, Libertarian Party nominee for president
"These two entities – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – are not facing any kind of financial crisis." --Rep. Barney Frank, in rejecting a 2003 Bush administration plan to reform the mortgage industry.
"The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. The wise and correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to be successful." --Calvin Coolidge
"If government subsidized beaches, we would have a shortage of sand." --Ronald Reagan
"The government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." --President Gerald Ford
"Taxes are commonly a calamity for the people and a nightmare for the government. For the former they are always
excessive; for the latter they are never enough, never too much."
--Juan de Mariana (1535–1624)
Balanced Budget Amendment Redux People go for ideas and slogans that sound cool, and don't take the time to research them to see if they're really wise. Proposed Balanced Budget Amendments--from henceforth referred to as "BBAs"--have generally had provisions that would allow Congress to raise taxes with a 2/3 majority vote. I could foresee that a BBA would always trigger tax increases by a Congress and a President who are unable to cut spending.
Am I Simpleminded about the Tenth Amendment? When I read the Constitution and see its list of things that the federal government is authorized to do, I assume that those are the things that the government is authorized to do. When I read the Tenth Amendment and see that the federal government isn't authorized to do anything that's not in the list of authorized duties, then I assume that the federal government isn't authorized to do anything that's not authorized in the Constitution. So, when I see that administering health care isn't in the list of authorized duties, I naturally assume that the federal government isn't authorized to administer health care.
The Balanced Budget Amendment vs. The Tenth Amendment I realize that I'm a bit at odds with most Tea Partiers over this issue, but I absolutely do NOT support the idea of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While I see many problems with it, the biggest is that we already have a Balanced Budget Amendment of sorts. It's called the "Tenth Amendment".
My Pledge of Allegiance It was a sad day indeed when it dawned on me last week that I could no longer, in good conscience, recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Ironic isn't it, that a former Texas A&M University Naval cadet and patriotic American citizen should find himself in such a position. by Kurt Nauck
What's Wrong with Social Security?
Recently, Alan Greenspan has shaken up the major news media with his testimony to Congress about the health of the
Social Security system. Headlines scream, "Greenspan says that Social Security benefits must be cut!" Well, duh.
by Donald A. Tevault
John Q., National Health Care and the Hollywood Left
Denzel Washington is a brilliant actor who wastes his talent by starring in some really stupid, poorly-written
movies. I now only watch his movies whenever I happen to be someplace where one is playing on television. That was
the case a few nights ago, when I saw John Q. on the Starz channel.
John Q. isn't just a bad movie, though. It's also a two-hour long propaganda piece that extols the
virtues of national, government-run health care.
Why Study Civics? As
is the case with most every webmaster, I like to get a general idea of who
visits my site, and how people find
it. So, a few weeks ago, I noticed from my Hitbox statistics that someone had
found my site by asking a search engine, "Why study civics?". That is a good
question. And, I believe that it deserves a good answer. There are, after all,
some fairly important reasons.
Economic Lessons from the California
Power Mess The current mess in California proves how important it is
for everyone to have a good, soa good, solid understanding of basic
economics. Indeed, one has to wonder if anyone at all in California has even
the least bit of a grasp on this particular topic.
Certainly, California's politicians don't. The voters don't either, or else
they'd vote these rascals out of office.
Adventures in Watching CNN I
never watch CNN because I choose to. The only time I ever watch CNN is when I just happen to be some place where someone else is
watching it. Such was the case on Thanksgiving day 2000, when I visited my aunt up in Alpharetta, Georgia. In a very short period of time, I pointed out to
her several instances of blatantly biased reporting.
Should Everyone Vote? You've heard it all before. "It's your civic duty to vote!
Democracy depends on it!" Even MTV gets into the act with their ridiculous "Rock the Vote" campaign. The main problem with this is that
too many people--dare I say, most people?--have absolutely no business coming within 100 yards of any polling booth. Why?
Simply because, they haven't a clue as to what
About Those Executive Orders The subject of presidential executive orders has been a
controversial one for many years. While President Clinton has made extensive
use of executive orders, he's not the first President to have done so. In fact, his uses of executive orders haven't always been the most
The Tenth Amendment--Forgotten, But
Not Gone The founding fathers of our country believed in a small
federal government with limited powers. So, accordingly, they wrote a
constitution that is short, sweet and to the point. In it, they enumerated
the powers and the duties of each branch of the federal government. Then, in
an attempt to ensure that the federal government would remain small and
unobtrusive, they added the Bill of Rights. It's hard to read the news
without seeing something mentioned about one of these rights. One that's never
mentioned though, is the tenth amendment. Since the days of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, the tenth amendment has been completely ignored. As a result, the
federal government is now doing all kinds of things that the constitution does
not authorize it to do.
Secession and Slavery An interesting commentary, “Lincoln, Secession, and Slavery” by Tibor Machan, published by the Cato Institute on June 1, 2002, was recently brought to my attention. I should say at the outset that I have long been a fan of Machan, and have the utmost respect for his positions. I just think he got it way wrong here.
by Scott McPherson
Why Would Gays Want Children?
Is there a more obvious product of heterosexual behavior than the creation of children? If so then isn't it somewhat peculiar that those who shun the behavior of heterosexuality so deeply crave the product that it brings?
By Kevin McCullough
Power to the Papal
Even Fidel Castro bows to the man who did so much to bring down communism.
BY BRENDAN MINITER
The Misnamed Conflict
The authors of a new book make the case that Civil War and the Confederate defeat resulted in an "ideological downfall"
for the limited government established by the Founders. Laurence Vance is the reviewer.
Adv.--Year of the Rat : How Bill Clinton Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash While many political journalists largely
considered the second term of Bill Clinton's presidency in terms of his
romantic interludes, Edward Timperlake and William C. Triplett II follow up on
one of the more controversial scandals of the 1996 reelection campaign. The
Democratic National Committee was eventually forced to return $2.8 million in
illegal contributions, much of it from foreign nationals, and much of it
brought to the party by fundraising executive John Huang.
A Foreign Aid Disaster in the Making
In the wake of the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, governments throughout the world are doing what governments always do:
throwing money at the problem, writes Thomas DiLorenzo.
Why a natural born president?While many elected officials, pundits and newscasters have trivialized the quest for Barack Hussein Obama's birth certificate, there has been adjunct failure to address the essence of the constitutional provision requiring a natural born chief executive.
By Waylon Fortune
The debt ceiling gameThe latest installment in a decades-long series of showdowns on Capitol Hill over raising the statutory debt ceiling is imminent. The ceiling has been raised ten times in just the last nine years to make room for almost $8 trillion in additional debt. But the stakes are much higher this time around, as the electorate is showing increasing awareness of the danger of having allowed Uncle Sam to abuse his credit card.
By Tad DeHaven
Constitution of No This exchange illustrates the way "yes we can" liberals treat the Constitution: They simply ignore it when it gets in the way of their big-government bailouts and takeovers. by Senator Jim DeMint
Obama Administration Wants Govt Control of Media Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of Obama's Federal Trade Commission, is at the epicenter of a quiet movement to subsidize news organizations, a first step toward government control of the media.
By: Dick Morris
One mind-changing page Sometimes you can read a book that will change your mind on some fundamental issue. Rarely, however, is there just one page that can undermine or destroy a widelyheld belief. But there is such a page – page 77 of the book "Out of Work" by Richard Vedder and Lowell Gallaway. by Thomas Sowell
“A Republic—If You Can Keep It”
I had to look away and blink a couple of times before reading the email again. But it still said the same thing: “Benjamin Franklin said, ‘We have given you a democratic-republic… if you can keep it.”
by Chip Wood
Our Greatest Presidents? In the 1940s and early '50s, a school of establishment historians existed who made it their business to extol the virtues of the "Great Presidents." by Ralph Raico
Government Keeps People Poor
Washington reruns are boring. A Democrat beholden to Big Labor proposes an increase in the mandated minimum wage. Republicans beholden to Big (and small) Business defeat the bill. End of episode. Each side has thus reestablished its bona fides with its respective constituency and thus can return to what it really cares about - spending the people's money on war against this, that, or the other.
by Sheldon Richman