Archive for category Economics, Fiscal Issues, Monetary Policy, & Taxation

Statism and Pacifism are Antithetical Principles

By definition, this is fact: Pacifism (ˈpæsɪˌfɪzəm) N  1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war (emphasis added) Statism (ˈsteɪtɪzəm) N  (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a […]

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“Free Trade Agreements” are Anything But

I am sorry to say, but anyone who believes governments create “free” trade with such agreements is effectively openly acknowledging that they know nothing at all about basic economics. So-called “free trade agreements” are fraught with tariffs (i.e., taxes, otherwise known as property confiscation), deficits and surpluses, de facto and/or de jure subsidies, and other elements […]

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Congressional Republicans are Completely Full of It

For the immediate six years following the party-line enactment of the Affordable Care Act, when Republicans initially took control of the House of Representatives and eventually the Senate as well, the GOP v0ted on no less than 52 (!) separate measures aiming to repeal the terrible legislation. At a time when Republicans did not fully […]

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Republicans are Socialists Too

“A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders backing a tax on carbon dioxide were taking their case Wednesday to top White House aides…” (emphasis added).  Yes, you read that right: members of the supposed “small government” party would like to achieve the penultimate in global environmental socialism – cap and trade – by taxing […]

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Hey Democrats! We Need You to Get Your Act Together! (Repost)

Stumbled across this today and it is an interesting take on this most recent electoral cycle from a presumably left-libertarian.  As posted by Eric Raymond on Armed and Dangerous (all emphases and links in original): It’s now just a bit over a month since Election Day, and I’m starting to be seriously concerned about the […]

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Minimum Wage Laws Ban Employment

Some years back I discussed the demonstrably false assertion that the State successfully mitigates unemployment and the antithetical nature of minimum wage laws and full employment in the broader economy.   Results-based analysis demonstrates clearly enough that the government generally is not particularly successful at eliminating any significantly serious “problems,” likely owing at least in […]

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Big Government is an Insanely Overbearing Boyfriend

(Source: Independent Institute)   Episodes: “An Education in Debt”   “Protection from Jobs”   “A Remedy for Healthcare Choices”   “House Poor”   “Keeping a Close Eye on Privacy”  

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