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  • Adv.--The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice
    The authors of The New Color Line return with another libertarian polemic, this time taking aim at a justice system that has lost sight of its most important goals. Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton warn of a "police state that is creeping up on us from many directions."

    How bureaucrats steal homes, trample the Constitution and destroy lives.
  • The power of the rich
    Walter E. Williams exposes fraud of political hype against wealthy Americans.
  • Socialism's march across America
    Henry Lamb decries increasing government control of property.
  • A republic, if we can revive It
    What kind of government do we have? Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked whether Americans had a monarchy or republic. "A republic," responded the grand old revolutionary, "if you can keep it."
    by Paul Jacob
  • A Threat Greater than Terrorism
    Even though many in Washington pledged themselves to fiscal responsibility, federal spending has been skyrocketing in recent years. At $20,000 per household, federal spending is at its highest levels since World War II.
    by Charlie Douglas
  • Guns, Butter and Terror
    Why Sept. 11 brought us bigger government--and why that's a bad thing.
  • Citizens concerned about city's theft of private homes
    Parts of Old North Knoxville are reported to be high crime areas, but residents claim the most hardcore thieves in the area are city officials and greedy real estate investors.
  • 'Pig Book' slams Congress for 630 wasteful projects
    Congress spent $22.9 billion on unauthorized and often frivolous projects earmarked in appropriations bills this year, according to a study by Citizens Against Government Waste.
    By Brian DeBose
  • IRS 'enforcers' target ex-agent
    Former investigator now works for taxpayers, uncovers agency fraud.
    by Ron Strom
  • While Republicans were sleeping
    I'm looking for those dyed-in-the-wool conservatives who once kept government out of our lives and federal spending in check.
    By Dan Haley
  • Feds confiscate rancher's cattle
    Family's multigenerational livelihood threatened by government's action.
    by Henry Lamb
  • Welfare Mouse
    How Michael Eisner succeeded in turning Disney into the subsidized kingdom.
    by RiShawn Biddle
  • Indefensible Non-Defense Spending
    Where are the 1994 Republicans?
    By Veronique de Rugy
  • Confessions of a Welfare Queen
    How rich bastards like me rip off taxpayers for millions of dollars.
    by John Stossel
  • Gigantic Outlay Party
    Republicans stuff record pork down federal piehole.
    by Ralph R. Reiland
  • The Regulators Will Botch It Again
    Gregory Bresiger explains all you need to know about the SEC's proposal to ban "soft dollars" in mutual fund management. Once again, the regulators and reformers are about to make the wrong decision, which means another generation of social engineers will have to come up with more reforms to correct the errors of the previous generation of reformers and busybodies.
  • Demand less from government, not more!
    If the spectacle of conservative leaders approving the biggest expansion of a government social program in 40 years through Medicare "reform" isn't enough to make you question what it means to be "conservative," how about the fact that in 2003 the federal government spent a whopping $20,000 per household, or that mandatory government spending reached its highest level in U.S. history?
    by Rebecca Hagelin
  • Don't strangle the Net
    Joseph Farah warns tax plan similar to cause of War of Independence.
  • Big-Spending Republicans Can Learn from Ireland’s Reforms
    Despite some tax cuts, the size of the U.S. government has increased rapidly under President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress. Washington leaders looking to improve the economy could learn a lesson or two from Ireland, which has consistently achieved high rates of growth over the last 15 years by successfully slashing government spending.
    by Benjamin Powell
  • Legal Plunder in Alabama
    Most Americans would take umbrage at the suggestion that they are serfs rather than citizens of the United States. But that just shows how far removed from political reality they are.
    by Sheldon Richman
  • Congress Digs a Hole
    Capitol Hill construction adds $500 million to the deficit.
  • IRS makes chilling proclamation
    Devvy Kid on federal government's new plan to violate rights of citizens.
  • Trashing rule of law
    Walter Williams warns tobacco lawsuits only a beginning, consumers will pay.
  • Families pay price for government spending
    When experts try and figure out why families are under such strain today, argues Wendy McElroy, they often forget to include the cost of government.
  • Killing Them Softly
    FDA regulation of tobacco could be deadly.
    by Jacob Sullum
  • Click it or ticket
    Imagine you're having a backyard barbeque. A cop walks in and announces, "This is a random health and safety check to see whether you've removed the skin from the chicken before you served it."
    by Walter Williams
  • Stumbling Blocks for Big Brother
    The Defense Department’s Total Information Awareness program, under sustained attack for the past year, has suffered several recent setbacks.
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work
    Rep. Jim Nussle takes on wasteful and fraudulent spending.
  • What If Gore Had Won?
    Whenever anyone complains about George W. Bush and his love for big government, someone else can be counted on to apologize, “Sure, but it would be worse under Gore.” I beg to differ.
    by Scott McPherson
  • A clean record
    In our home, the message is loud and clear: Clean up after yourself. Somehow, government hasn't gotten the message. When it comes to the environment, Big Brother wants to clean up – or attempt to – for everybody.
    by Rebecca Hagelin
  • Ideas for Cutting Federal Spending Languish as Deficit Rises
    The Congressional Budget Office said this week that the federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2004 will likely reach a record $480 billion - on top of a $400 billion projected deficit for the current fiscal year. More deficits are projected over the next decade.
    By Christine Hall
  • CBO predicts record deficit of $480 billion
    The federal government is heading toward a record $480 billion deficit in 2004 and will rack up red ink of almost $1.4 trillion during the next decade, according to the latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
  • Big Foot vs. Invisible Hand
    Conservatives taken to the cleaners.
    By Jerry Taylor & Peter VanDoren
  • Cost of government gets more taxing under Bush
    Never mind his rhetoric: President Bush is an enthusiastic advocate of big government.
    by Doug Bandow
  • Social Security ambuscade
    Give the devil his due, Sen. Ted Kennedy is one helluva good politician — one of the best.
    By Lawrence Hunter
  • Fed agencies violating citizens' privacy?
    GAO report finds spotty enforcement of personal-data protections.
  • Hey, Big Spender
    Ted Kennedy wants to give a subsidy to people who've already had a tax cut. Seriously.
  • Bailing Boeing
    Should the company get a congressional bailout?
    By Thomas Schatz
  • We made it!
    Walter Williams asserts government should protect us from others, not ourselves.
  • The role of the watchdog
    Joseph Farah warns media has vested interest in government growth.
  • "Neo-conned"
    The modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a conservative revolution in Washington.
    by Rep. Ron Paul
  • McCain Tilts at Earmark Windmills
    In the latest round of Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) assault on pork barrel spending, he's going after earmarks - small ticket special interest projects that lawmakers attach to mega-buck appropriations bills.
    By Christine Hall
  • Commit yourself to freedom!
    My mom taught me to be an optimist. And I truly believe that I am. But I’m also an American who is sick and tired of all the government waste and abuse.
    by Rebecca Hagelin
  • Signing any health bill
    As Congress reconvenes this week, conservatives are pushing a scenario that makes the best of inevitable prescription drug subsidies: The Senate-House conference would retain the House bill's market elements. That would collapse the Senate's big bipartisan majority, perhaps producing a 50-50 tie to be broken by Vice President Dick Cheney.
    by Robert Novak
  • Our capitalist economy, our socialist government
    Alan Caruba says the socialists have won. Everything that they wanted the American government to take over has been achieved.
  • Spending growth upsets conservatives
    Federal outlays jumped by $222 billion in President Bush's first two years, a spending increase that is expected to accelerate under the administration-backed $400 billion prescription-drug bill that is speeding through Congress.
    By Donald Lambro
  • Intrusive health care
    Desperate to control the congressional embrace of prescription drug subsidies, the House Republican bill would apply means testing to catastrophic illnesses. That laudable effort, however, carries an unexpected consequence. The health insurance industry would have access to the income data of every senior citizen in America.
    by Robert Novak
  • Entitlements have history of cost overruns
    Adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare will cost many times its estimated $400 billion price tag for the next decade, judging from past growth in health care entitlement programs.
    By Stephen Dinan
  • Tax-Cut Illusions
    The problem with big government is that politicians and bureaucrats keep devouring more and more scarce resources instead of leaving them with those who created them.
    by Sheldon Richman
  • Is the tax cut for real?
    James Ostrowski: Bush failing horribly to cut size, scope of government.
  • Activists on right fear waning influence
    Conservative activists fear that they are not exercising as much influence on the Bush White House as they did in previous Republican presidencies.
    By Ralph Z. Hallow
  • The scent of pork
    According to a recent report by Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to eliminating fiscal waste and mismanagement in the federal government, fiscal 2003 was rife with increases in "pork spending," or projects that use taxpayer dollars to benefit special interests.
    by Armstrong William
  • Search of Private Residence Yields Family Photos
    The PBS television program Antiques Road Show has made countless Americans wonder if they may have a priceless lamp or table. The Internal Revenue Service does more than wonder. It has such an interest in the value of antiques that it will raid someone's home to assess their worth.
    By National Center for Public Policy Research
  • Real war heroes eat pork
    It is time to sing about some unsung heroes of the recent war in Iraq. These heroes were not, personally, in Iraq, but they were serving in a place that is just as foreign and threatening to the average American: The United States Senate.
  • The growing threat of fascism
    Joseph Farah warns of ugly beast incrementally destroying America.
  • Feds Use Enron-Style Accounting to Hide Deficit
    While federal regulators and members of Congress deliver pious preachments to corporations about dishonest accounting tactics, the federal government itself is using the Enron method of accounting. The result is the federal deficit is about three times what is officially acknowledged.
    by Wes Vernon
  • Feds Break Law With Enron-Style Accounting
    The Enrons of the world are pikers when it comes to sleazy accounting methods. Their sins are chump change compared to the way the federal government is handling your money.
    by Wes Vernon
  • Gephardt 'Universal Health Care' Plan Draws Quick Criticism
    Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt on Wednesday formally unveiled his plan for expanding government's role in health care coverage in what many analysts see as a risky political move.
    By Christine Hall
  • 'Most outrageous' ways feds spend money
    Libertarian Party releases Washington's Top 10 expenditures.
  • IRS drops $6 million claim against homeless man
    Agency admits error, $35 income interpreted as $2 million.
  • Tax Slavery Day
    It’s April 15th and you’re still working for the government. In fact, it will be well into summer before you truly start working for yourself.
    by Jarret B. Wollstein
  • Congressional Pork Exposed
    War may be hell, but for Congress, war can also mean new opportunities to load the federal budget with pork.
    By Christine Hall
  • The Beltway Diet
    Government has too many sacred cows. Time to slaughter 'em.
  • Big Brother getting bigger
    President presides over burgeoning government, aggravated by concerns over security after 9/11.
  • Total Information Awareness Program Delayed by Senate
    Civil libertarians from both sides of the political aisle were successful Thursday in temporarily halting the Pentagon's "Total Information Awareness" program, which included plans for a new government "data mining" operation unparalleled by any past U.S. intelligence-gathering effort.
    By Jeff Johnson
  • EPA Seeks Faith-Based Grants For Green Causes
    The director of an Environmental Protection Agency energy program told a meeting of environmentalists Thursday that the White House's faith-based initiative should include federal grants for religious groups that advocate green causes.
    By Marc Morano
  • Mexicans to collect U.S. Social Security?
    Talks underway to add some residents south of border to rolls.
    By Jon Dougherty
  • Rep. Armey's Swan Song: Beware Big Brother
    Outgoing House Majority Leader Dick Armey R-Texas, on Friday urged Americans not to let security concerns in the war on terror crowd out “the blessings of liberty.”
    by Wes Vernon
  • Homeland Security is the Largest Federal Expansion in 50 Years
    The administration and Congress put the finishing touches on the monstrous Homeland Security bill last week, creating the first new federal department since the Department of Defense at the end of World War II. Laughably, the new department has been characterized as merely a "reorganization" of existing agencies, even though I notice no department was abolished to make up for it!
    by Rep. Ron Paul
  • The Homeland Security Monstrosity
    Congress spent just a few short hours last week voting to create the biggest new federal bureaucracy since World War II, not that the media or even most members of Congress paid much attention to the process.
    by Rep. Ron Paul
  • You Are a Suspect
    If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you. . .
  • Wild Blue Squander
    A pork-barrel expenditure even vegetarians find kosher.
  • Poor IRS!
    Joseph Farah slams newspaper's sycophantic cheerleading for U.S. Tax Nazis.
  • Rights vs. wishes
    Walter Williams whacks pol's legalized thievery, citizens receiving stolen cash.
  • Taxpayer's Addendum
    Neal Boortz proposes plan to shame porcine politicians.
  • Washington's dead donkeys
    Joseph Farah warns fed accounting fraud far worse than Enron.

cover Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
An illuminating study of the intertwined lives of the founders of the American republic--John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. During the 1790s, which Ellis calls the most decisive decade in our nation's history, the greatest statesmen of their generation--and perhaps any--came together to define the new republic and direct its course for the coming centuries.
cover Scandalmonger : A Novel
Scandalmonger is the 25th book from William Safire, the prolific, feisty New York Times columnist and word wrangler. It's a historic novel set in 1790s New England, when the Founding Fathers were enduring various crises and humiliations as they scurried to become part of the history books. Always a stickler for the truth--as long as it's uttered in the finest of phrases--the author lets us know right from the start that we're "entitled to know what is history and what is twistery." Based on documents and diaries, and complete with an exhaustive section of footnotes separating fact from fiction, Scandalmonger turns out to be a bona fide page-turner. Safire knows what he's doing; he knows he has a lesson to teach. It's a lesson about how early America wasn't much different from Clinton's America--the temptations of mistresses, the power struggles, the ridiculous debates about purity between corrupt men being just as present. If he has one message, it is this: within every powerful politician, there is a dirty-minded second grader trying to get out. Witness this scene between two outraged congressmen who seem intent on "turning the House into a 'gladiators' arena'"
cover Setting the World Ablaze : Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the American Revolution
Setting the World Ablaze is the story of the three men who, perhaps more than any others, helped bring the United States into being: George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Weaving their three life stories into one narrative, John E. Ferling delivers a genuine and intimate illustration of them and, in doing so, gives us a new understanding of the passion and uncertainty of the struggle to form a new nation.
cover Becoming America : The Revolution Before 1776
Publishers Weekly
"Butler's original analysis is important reading on 18th-century America . . ."

Kirkus Review
"A sweeping, well-researched analysis of the transformative changes wrought by immigration, war, and cultural change in colonial America."
cover Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
by Thomas Sowell

From one of America's best-known economists, the one book anyone who wants to understand the economy needs to read. At last there is a citizen's guide to the economy, written by an economist who uses plain English. No jargon, no graphs, no equations. Yet this is a comprehensive survey, covering everything from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments. The purpose of Basic Economics is to enable people without any economic training to understand the way the economy functions-not only the American economy, but other economies around the world.

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