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HSBC and the Era of Too Big to Fail
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HSBC and the Era of Too Big to Fail

Advocates of extensive government regulation of private markets often argue that such measures are necessary to prevent large companies from abusing their market power for illicit gain. What is seldom highlighted, however is that big government and big business inevitably go hand in hand, and that  it is impossible to support one without supporting the other.

01/29/2013
State Exchanges and the Cost of ObamaCare
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State Exchanges and the Cost of ObamaCare

In his second inaugural address on January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama stated that “we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.” With regard to health care, all indications are that the price of health insurance will increase as a result of ObamaCare, with the federal government attempting to pass along these costs to the states by asking them to implement state-run health insurance exchanges.

01/27/2013
Your Guide to the National Debt (Part 4)
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Your Guide to the National Debt (Part 4)

“Never complain of that of which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself.” – Adam Smith quoting Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus, chapter I, section II, and part VII of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, originally published in 1759.The national debt is a tremendous burden on our country, ourselves, and our posterity.

01/24/2013
Key Vote: See Whether Your Representative Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling Here!
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Key Vote: See Whether Your Representative Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling Here!

Today the House of Representatives voted to extend the government's borrowing authority until May 19th - essentially granting a "clean" four-month rise in the debt ceiling. The bill, H.R. 325, passed 285-144, with 33 Republicans and 111 Democrats voting against it. See how your representative voted HERE.

01/23/2013
Fifty Shades of Freedom
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Fifty Shades of Freedom

If you ever want to lose an audience, start talking federalism. Sure, a few of us policy geeks love this foundational principle of American polity but the other 97.4 percent closes the browser window faster than you can say “Alexis de Tocqueville.”

01/18/2013
Ceilings and Shutdowns: Understanding Government at an Impasse. A FreedomWorks Issue Analysis
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Ceilings and Shutdowns: Understanding Government at an Impasse. A FreedomWorks Issue Analysis

01/16/2013
Yet Again, HHS Secretary Sebelius Extends ObamaCare State "Exchanges" Deadline
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Yet Again, HHS Secretary Sebelius Extends ObamaCare State "Exchanges" Deadline

The more forgiving amongst us may feel some genuine pity for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. On one hand, President Barack Obama loaded her department with the mammoth task of writing up the thousands of rules and regulations that will constitute the real weight of ObamaCare. On the other, he charged Secretary Sebelius with the even more onerous duty of convincing a (rightfully) skeptical American public that the new 2,801 page health care reform law represented a landmark achievement that would benefit all citizens. So far, this hasn't gone so well.

01/16/2013
Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey
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Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey

The House of Representatives passed the second installment of the Hurricane Sandy bailout Tuesday night, as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brought up a bill he knew would pass without support from his own party. That allowed conservatives to vote against a bill that conservative groups were adding to their legislative scorecards.The path of the bill has been marked by one consistent strawman argument: opposition has been cast as opposition to relief, rather than opposition to the corrupt spending accompanying it.

01/16/2013
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There Is No National Debt

As we approach the next artificially constructed, politically motivated, intentionally promoted national crisis, we should keep one thing in mind: though we speak of a national debt, there is no single national debt.  The debts the government owes are real enough, and a source of national shame, totalling as they do over $16 trillion.  But those debts are owed to millions of holders of the various Treasury notes, bills, and bonds, each of whom may own multiple securities of various maturities.  Sold weekly, the securities come due and, as people get around to it, are either rolled over or redeemed every business day.That is important because as we run up against the debt ceiling, the fear mongers will claim that failure to raise the ceiling will cause us to default on the debt, as if it is one single sum owed to a single debt holder.  Defaulting on it is made to sound like the sky is falling, as if it would be the end of the nation itself.Another category of securities are those held by government agencies, such as the Social Security "Trust Fund" and the federal pension funds.  Failure to redeem one of these securities would be politically explosive, exposing the duplicitous nature of the generational theft caused by runaway spending.In fact, defaulting on one of these debts, as stupid and irresponsible as that would be, would merely cause people to reconsider the soundness of tying up their money in Treasury securities.  That would cost the government more in interest payments in the future, which would probably lead to a chain reaction of inflation.  On the other hand, it might lead people and institutions to invest in more productive ways, such as in the stock market.

01/14/2013
Your Guide to the National Debt (Part 3)
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Your Guide to the National Debt (Part 3)

The problem of the national debt can seem overwhelming. How do you address $16.4 trillion in gross debt, or even $11.5 trillion in debt held by the public? Congress is gridlocked, President Obama doesn't want to deal with it, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that we will spend $3.554 trillion this fiscal year, thereby adding another $641 billion to the debt. Caught in such a difficult situation, the problem appears insurmountable.

01/11/2013

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