Monthly Archives: November 2011

What is the Function of a Legislator?

“It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property. The existence of persons and property preceded the existence of the legislator, and his function is only to guarantee their safety.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, The … Continue reading

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Why Spend $51,000/year to Educate a Student on a Military Installation?

The cash-strapped U.S. government could start saving $39,000 annually per student on education costs for the children of military families — if the proposal could get a vote. — Senator Tom Coburn Share on Facebook

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Freeze Federal Pay and Shrink the Federal Workforce: A Small Step in the Right Direction

“Senate Republicans offered their version of a payroll tax cut extension Wednesday, funding it by freezing federal salaries and shrinking the federal workforce in contrast to the Democrats’ surtax on millionaires. “Republicans have faced political pressure to join Democrats in … Continue reading

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Growth of Federal Criminal Law

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Deficit Spending and Inter-generational Equity

Spending more money than we have (i.e., deficit spending) in imprudent behavior — whether it be a family or a country. It can only be accomplished by borrowing money that subsequent generations will be required to pay back. “Deficits mean … Continue reading

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Overcriminalization

“In recent years, federal criminal law has both exploded in size and scope and deteriorated in quality. Federal criminal law used to focus on inherently wrongful conduct: treason, murder, counterfeiting, and the like. Today, an unimaginably broad range of socially … Continue reading

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Is our Nation’s Malaise Associated with Muggings from Banksters Enabled by Congress?

“Opposites in many ways, the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street have this in common: Both have channeled the public’s not always well-informed anger over the behavior of banks and government during the financial crisis. As it turns out, … Continue reading

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Do Children from Cohabitating Households Suffer as a Consequence?

“The University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project released a report in August 2011 titled ‘Why Marriage Matters’ that suggested that kids living in cohabitating households don’t do as well socially, educationally, and psychologically as kids living in intact married households. … Continue reading

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A Disturbing Trend toward Increasing Father Absence in Lives of Children

“A Pew Research Center report released in June 2011 found that the number of children living apart from their fathers has more than doubled in the last fifty years, from 11 percent in 1960 to 27 percent in 2010. “The … Continue reading

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Have the Terrorists Won?: A Thought from Senator Rand Paul

“Should we err today and remove some of the most important checks on state power in the name of fighting terrorism, well then the terrorists have won…[D]etaining American citizens without a court trial is not American.” – Senator Rand Paul … Continue reading

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