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  • "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)

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  • 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.
  • THE GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT!--President Bush and Big Government
    Many Outrage readers recoiled in fear from the idea of a Gore presidency. What would happen if he were declared the winner of the 2000 election?
    From The Outrage. Used by permission.
  • The Farce of Campaign Finance Reform
    The U.S. Congress have just shredded the First Amendment. So, why hasn't there been more of a public outcry?
  • 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 they're doing.
  • 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 controversial.
  • 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.
Law and Order

Law and Order

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  • 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
  • Taking Gore Seriously
    The compounding probabilities of climate change alarmism.
    by Jonathan V. Last
  • 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
  • What's discrimination?
    Walter E. Williams: If action were outlawed, life would 'turn into a carnival'
  • Superman Needs an Agent
    Here is this extraterrestrial with amazing powers. Why, asks Robert Murphy, isn't he using his skills more productively?
  • Garrison Keillor Regrets
    This fine writer has a lousy political voice.
    By Lawrence Henry
  • Black-history month ripped as 'ridiculous'
    Morgan Freeman blasts label as divisive to all Americans.
  • Rosa Parks and history
    Most people do not know the rest of the story, however. Why was there racially segregated seating on public transportation in the first place?
    by Thomas Sowell
  • Ayn Rand Introduced Me to Libertarianism
    My very first exposure to libertarianism was provided by Ayn Rand. . .
    by Jacob G. Hornberger
  • Power to the Papal
    Even Fidel Castro bows to the man who did so much to bring down communism.
  • 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.
  • I Wanna Be Sedated
    Johnny Ramone was a Bush punk for the ages.
    By Andrew Cline
  • Freedom vs. Dependency
    The Civil Rights Act was a triumph. The War on Poverty was a quagmire.
  • The Population Implosion
    Can America be saved?

Armed Forces

Defense Issues

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  • Spending War
    Strategic cuts can give us a better military.

  • International

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    Elephant and Donkey

    Political Watch

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    • 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
    • Has 'standing' been created in hunt for Obama birth doc?
      Appellate judges threaten penalties for seeking president's information
      By Bob Unruh
    • Senate-seeker wants Obama birth-certificate treatment
      Mexican-born candidate: 'If I didn't prove citizenship, I'd be removed from the ballot'
      By Chelsea Schilling
    • 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
    • Guess who holds patent for carbon trading plan
      Disgraced Fannie Mae CEO set to cash in for millions
      By Jerome R. Corsi
    • 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
    • Civil Rights, and More Liberal Hypocrisy on Race
      I recently wrote two articles in which I criticized liberals for being two-faced and hypocritical when it comes to racial issues.
      by Jacob G. Hornberger
    • 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
    • Martin Van Buren: The American Gladstone
      President Martin Van Buren was the greatest president in American history, writes Jeffrey Rogers Hummel.
    • Are we a republic or a democracy?
      Walter E. Williams: Founding Fathers would be deeply disappointed by betrayal of their vision.

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