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The New Luddites
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The New Luddites

Today, Ned Ludd and his followers are best known from the term Luddite: a much needed contribution to the English language that expresses fear or hatred of technology. But while the word has since taken on the connotations of a back-to-nature, Druidic-like disdain for modernity, it should be remembered that the original motivations for the Luddite movement were purely economic. The textile artisans saw their livelihood threatened by advances in mechanization, and lashed out to protect their own interests.

04/11/2013
Wind Subsidies: Spinning Out of Control
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Wind Subsidies: Spinning Out of Control

Since the early 1990s, the federal government has buttressed the wind energy industry through a series of programs and subsidies. The flagship program has been the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). This program provided a subsidy of 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour produced by wind utilities.

04/11/2013
Paternalism Is Not Your Friend
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Paternalism Is Not Your Friend

“Those who know what’s best for us must rise and save us from ourselves.”- Neil PeartCass Sunstein recently took to the pages of the New Republic to offer a spirited defense of paternalistic government policies, asserting that our quite understandable objections to the state dictating how we should live are misguided, and that we should embrace the guiding hand of our benevolent masters as we would that of a stern but loving father.

04/10/2013
Capitol Hill Update - 9 April, 2013
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Capitol Hill Update - 9 April, 2013

Here's the latest from Capitol Hill, for week of April 8-12.

04/09/2013
Fallacy Friday: The Unemployment Rate
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Fallacy Friday: The Unemployment Rate

Fallacy Friday: The Unemployment RateThe last Fallacy Friday focused on the improper logic and economics surrounding the minimum wage. This week, let’s take a look at a fallacy of deception: the deceptiveness of the current unemployment rate.

04/05/2013
Vilsack's Playbook to Avoid Sequester
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Vilsack's Playbook to Avoid Sequester

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) have successfully passed an amendment to the continuing resolution which effectively transfers $55 million to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  This increased the total allocated costs for FSIS to $1,056,427,000  up from $1,001,427,000.

04/01/2013
Sequestration is Still Not a Credible Danger
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Sequestration is Still Not a Credible Danger

One would have hoped that after a couple of weeks the overblown brouhaha over the consequences of the sequestration cuts would have died down, but alas, there are those still insistent that the meager $85 billion in cuts will somehow result in a cataclysmic shock to the American economy.

04/01/2013
It's Time For Government To Fold on Anti-Gambling Laws
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It's Time For Government To Fold on Anti-Gambling Laws

Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom has introduced a bill that would legalize betting on presidential elections, a practice that is currently outlawed nationwide, including in states that allow other types of gambling. Naturally, this can be expected to raise hackles and invite questions over propriety and the dignity of the office, but why?

04/01/2013
Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks… And a Stadium
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Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks… And a Stadium

Corporate handouts are easily seen when it comes to national politics and legislation with huge subsidies going to large corporations such as Solyndra, General Electric and General Motors.  In the case of General Motors the government actually nationalized it!   But the handouts are more difficult to see at the local level.

03/28/2013
Life, Liberty and Unlimited Minutes
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Life, Liberty and Unlimited Minutes

Last week during Congress’s “vote-a-rama” over amendments to the continuing budget resolution, the Senate voted, mostly along party lines, to reject an amendment that would eliminate a government subsidy to provide cell phone service to low income consumers.

03/27/2013

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