Archive for May, 2011

Bipartisanship

May 31, 2011

Last week, the Senate took four votes on four separate budget resolutions: the House-passed Ryan budget (failed, 40-57); the Toomey GOP alternative (failed, 42-55); the Rand Paul alternative (failed, 7-90); and the president’s budget proposal (failed, 0-97). What do we make of this?
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On capitalism and the ethics of the endtimes

May 19, 2011

If the world is going to end on Saturday as some folks are predicting, we’ve got a few things to discuss. Most importantly, rapture insurance is evidently being price gouged. Whoa. Let’s unpack this from a libertarian perspective, one step at a time.
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On the history of political phrases

May 17, 2011

“Waste, fraud, and abuse.” You won’t find a policy more despised in capital cities than this. The Obama White House hates it. Congressional committees¬† hate it. State governors hate it.¬† Watchdog groups hate it. Executive orders try to stop it. Bills in Congress try to prevent it. President Clinton battled it. Ronald Regan addressed...
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Harvard in the 315

May 13, 2011

Imagine a highly-selective liberal arts college. Say it’s in the Top 25 in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings for Liberal Arts Colleges, but not in the Top 10. Like Hamilton. Or Colgate. Or Washington and Lee. The kinds of schools that have a few thousand students, endowments in the $500 million range,...
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On the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act

May 9, 2011
On the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act

Currently reading Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. The consequences of Prohibition are more or less common knowledge: enforcement was either difficult or impossible, and at any rate expensive; continued demand for alcohol gave rise to massive criminal syndicates; unregulated booze was a greater health hazard;  and the flouting of the law...
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On watching battles unfold

May 3, 2011
On watching battles unfold

Most of the media coverage of OBL’s demise has been, frankly, pretty boring. But I thought this picture was amazing:
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