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It’s the Politicians, Stupid: Governing Elites have Failed
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It’s the Politicians, Stupid: Governing Elites have Failed

Democracy and Power 106:  A politician receives no financial gain for good policy or punishment for bad policy.It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. – Thomas Sowell

08/01/2012
Social Security: Has Become a Welfare Program
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Social Security: Has Become a Welfare Program

Personal Freedom and Power 105:  Freedom and Governance "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." 

04/13/2012
The Ryan (and Romney?) Budget
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The Ryan (and Romney?) Budget

The House GOP budget proposal for the coming decade (2013-2022), released yesterday, is a mixture of boldness and caution, principle and compromise. Resembling and building on last year's House-passed "Ryan budget," the Path to Prosperity version 2.0 reads very much like a preview of a Romney Administration budget version 1.0. While not nearly as bold and principled as these debt-drenched times require, it would still be a major improvement over the status quo, and much better than what President Obama and congressional Democrats envision, namely, ever-bigger government.

03/21/2012
Should seniors have the freedom to opt out of Medicare?
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Should seniors have the freedom to opt out of Medicare?

Problem: Seniors Aren't Free

02/25/2012
Tell Your Senator to Cosponsor S. 2107, the SSPICE Act
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Tell Your Senator to Cosponsor S. 2107, the SSPICE Act

Dear FreedomWorks member,

02/16/2012
Obama’s Budget: Built for the Election
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Obama’s Budget: Built for the Election

Democracy and Power 107:  Counting votes Successful … politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. – Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), American Journalist and Author  

02/15/2012
America's Phantom: Social Security
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America's Phantom: Social Security

Welcome to the new Broadway hit: The Phantom of America, starring America’s debt. The premise of the story is that America, falling just short of $15 trillion in debt, is being dragged down the path of unsustainability. The role of the Phantom is played by Social Security. Its true identity—massive unfunded liabilities and unsustainable growth—is masked by the rosy depiction of “security” for all generations that pay into the system.

10/24/2011
Social Security Violates Younger Generations' Property Rights
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Social Security Violates Younger Generations' Property Rights

For young people, Social Security is a misnomer. The generations that follow the Baby Boomers are anything but “secure” in the Social Security program.The premise of Social Security is that American citizens who pay taxes out of their paychecks into the program will get their money back at retirement. However, current retirees, who have not paid enough into the system for what they are collecting, are supported by younger generations.

10/14/2011
CNN Rates Perry’s “Ponzi Scheme” Remark False Because Social Security Isn’t Illegal
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CNN Rates Perry’s “Ponzi Scheme” Remark False Because Social Security Isn’t Illegal

CNN’s best attempt to discredit Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s statement that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme relies on a legal definition by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Seriously:

09/13/2011
Social Security is a Mandatory Ponzi Scheme
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Social Security is a Mandatory Ponzi Scheme

Rick Perry made headlines for calling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” in last night’s presidential debate. Mitt Romney and statist media sources predictably attacked this position claiming that the insolvent program is A-Okay. To be fair, Rick Perry isn’t the only Republican candidate with the courage to speak truth to fiction about Social Security. Ron Paul has likely been calling the entitlement program a Ponzi scheme long before I was even born.

09/08/2011

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