Archive for December 3rd, 2008

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Dec
08

Worthy Reads

Worthy Reads

Gold-Plated Coffee Machines Illustrate Wasteful Habits of European Politicians and Bureaucrats. The European Commission spent more than six thousand dollars apiece for 20 coffee machines – and now does not use them because of health concerns. The chief bureaucrats in Brussels now have to get in line and buy coffee, making one wonder if they are asking for hardship pay? The International Herald Tribune reports…

America’s Insane Farm Subsidies. The Seattle Times has. Story of how rich people, including many foreigners, are taking advantage of farm subsidies to fleece taxpayers…

Politicians Want to “Cure” Problems Caused by Easy Money with More Easy Money. Inflationary policy by the Federal Reserve was one of the main causes of the housing bubble. So how do many politicians propose to solve the mess? With more inflation of course! John Stossel examines this foolish policy prescription…

Coercing Kids to Be Left-Wing Activists. With his usual clarity, Thomas Sowell shreds the notion that school kids should be forced to do so-called community service…

More Victims of Gun Control. India has very strict rules against private gun ownership. As John Lott explains, these rules didn’t stop terrorists from getting weapons. But the rules did ensure that innocent people had no ability to defend themselves…

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03
Dec
08

Michael Steele for Chairman of the RNC.

Michael Steele at the October 2007 First Friday.

Michael Steele at the October 2007 First Friday.

Good friend of First Friday, former guest and podcast guest, GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele is running for Chairman of the RNC (a position he should have gotten 2 years ago, in our opinion).  We encourage you to check out his website and follow the latest news in his quest.  Check it out here.

03
Dec
08

It’s Saxby in a landslide.

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The Democrat’s hopes of having a filibuster proof majority in the Senate were put out to pasture today with the landslide reelection of Senator Saxby Chambliss in Georgia.

While Democrats can usually count on a squish Republican or two to cross the aisle and vote with them on some issues (we’re looking at you, Maine), they’re not going to find it easy to run roughshod over all of our liberties.

With the Minnesota race still up in the air and mysterious, newly discovered ballots turning up in Democrat areas all the time, this is great news.  Congratulations, Senator Chambliss.

03
Dec
08

The Free Market works and Barack Obama recognizes it, drops plan to tax oil companies.

barack-obama-custom-sneakers-1One of the boogymen of the ’08 election has redeemed itself in the eyes of President-elect Obama, at least for now.  The oil companies are no longer in the crosshairs of the Obama Administration because the price of a barrel of oil has dropped to an arbitrary point in his head, $80, that he no longer feels the need to punish them.  That is change we can believe in!

The free market brought down the price of oil, not government intervention or the threat of it.  While the end result is a good one, the interventionist instincts of the President-elect are disturbing.  We hope he learns the right lessons from this, but somehow think he won’t.




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