11 Mar 2015

Which States Take Gun Laws Seriously?

The above video is designed to tell people which states are better for criminals who want to get guns. It is designed to be funny. It’s a Funny or Die video, so you can vote on it. Part of comedy is timing.  One of the challenges when talking about guns

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11 Mar 2015

Where has all the money gone? Savings bond values take a nosedive

It means that Series EE savings-bond-holders have been (and can continue to be) legally ripped off. Government agencies now under the happy control of the top 1% can legally make the rest of us little guys any promises they want — and then just take them back.

“Buying government savings bonds is practically like loaning the government interest-free money,” I told my friend. “But on the other hand, if you had bought $500 worth of gold back in 1998 instead of that bond, it would have cost you $296 an ounce — and an ounce and a half of gold would now be worth $1,808, a net gain of one thousand three hundred and seven dollars.”

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11 Mar 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Doubles Down on Tax Cuts as Strategy to Fuel Growth

In a misguided attempt to encourage job growth, Wisconsin lawmakers have passed dozens of tax cuts in the last few years. Those tax cuts have a poor track record: they have not done much to improve the lives of Wisconsin’s families, and the Wisconsin economy continues to create significantly fewer

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10 Mar 2015

Boston Bombing News: giving the government enough rope to hang itself

When Judy Clarke started with her opening statement in the Tsarnaev trial on March 4, the expectations were high that the defense would finally break the silence about its strategy, refute the accusations in toto or at least in part, and clarify that they were fighting for more than just

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09 Mar 2015

The “Debt Crisis” According to Bruce Bartlett: Debt Thresholds, and Wars

This is the fourth in a series of commentaries on Bruce Bartlett’s recent testimony to the Senate Budget Committee. I appreciated his testimony and his critical evaluation of the idea that there is a public “debt crisis” in the United States. I also agree that there is no debt crisis.

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09 Mar 2015

ACLU on wrong side of Redskins trademark dispute

The American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in on the debate over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to cancel the trademark for the Washington Redskins franchise on the grounds that it is disparaging to Native Americans. Unfortunately though, the group has taken an overly legalistic, narrow and absolutist

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08 Mar 2015

The “Debt Crisis” According to Bruce Bartlett: Household Analogy, Inflation, Savings, and Taxes

In the first two parts of this series of commentaries on Bruce Bartlett’s testimony to the Senate Budget Committee, I’ve reviewed the first 8 paragraphs in his statement. These points debunked various concerns of those who think the United States has a serious “debt crisis” it must handle before it

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07 Mar 2015

The “Debt Crisis” According to Bruce Bartlett: Capital Investment, the “Debt Burden,” Fiat Currency, and the Debt Limit

This is the second in a blog series of commentaries on Bruce Bartlett’s recent statement to the Senate Budget Committee. The first post in the series discussed a number of his comments on aspects of the “debt crisis,” a crisis he and I both believe doesn’t exist. I discussed a

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07 Mar 2015

Saudi Arabia Consolidates its Alliance Against Iran

By Al Akhbar New Saudi king Salman bin Abdul Aziz is widely considered a hardliner, more hawkish than his predecessors on both domestic and foreign affairs, and his first few weeks in office have confirmed this reputation. He started off by getting his house in order, reassuring his American ally

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07 Mar 2015

Binyamin Netanyahu is Sheldon Adelson’s puppet

Adelson and Netanyahu There is a lot of talk about Binyamin Netanyahu these days, but Bibi is just a figurehead, the real operator in this whole story is the American casino billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, who is going about proving beyond any reasonable doubt (if anybody still doubted it) that the

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