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Out of Control

Back when I was an economics professor, I was always amazed to hear faculty members complain that the United States was not more like Europe. They were enamored with the cradle-to-grave entitlements of the European welfare state.Every society tries to find a balance between liberty and security. Europe has chosen to put more weight in security and subjects the individual to the needs of the collective. America is different. We value liberty highest, and this commitment to the individual is what makes America unique.

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Out of Control

BY Dick Armey

Back when I was an economics professor, I was always amazed to hear faculty members complain that the United States was not more like Europe. They were enamored with the cradle-to-grave entitlements of the European welfare state.Every society tries to find a balance between liberty and security. Europe has chosen to put more weight in security and subjects the individual to the needs of the collective. America is different. We value liberty highest, and this commitment to the individual is what makes America unique.

05/13/2010
Chucking Privacy

If one were to list the seven wonders of the Internet, that massive online auction site eBay would be near the top of the list. It's a virtual flea market in which you can browse and buy everything from anthropomorphized socks to Barack Obama's half-eaten waffles. eBay allows anyone with an Internet connection to satisfy their urge for garage-sale eccentricities from the security and privacy of their own home.

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Chucking Privacy

BY Matt Kibbe

If one were to list the seven wonders of the Internet, that massive online auction site eBay would be near the top of the list. It's a virtual flea market in which you can browse and buy everything from anthropomorphized socks to Barack Obama's half-eaten waffles. eBay allows anyone with an Internet connection to satisfy their urge for garage-sale eccentricities from the security and privacy of their own home.

06/24/2008
Wrong Side McCain

During his 1999 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the New York Times reported that John McCain told a group of college students that there was still a lot he didn't know about global warming. "I don't claim to be an expert on the issue," he said. That's a brave and surprisingly humble admission from anyone running for national office. But he didn't let that lack of knowledge stop him from spending the next eight years pushing bad policy on the issue.

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Wrong Side McCain

BY Peter Suderman

During his 1999 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the New York Times reported that John McCain told a group of college students that there was still a lot he didn't know about global warming. "I don't claim to be an expert on the issue," he said. That's a brave and surprisingly humble admission from anyone running for national office. But he didn't let that lack of knowledge stop him from spending the next eight years pushing bad policy on the issue.

05/15/2008
Public Know Nothings

Congressmen are notoriously confused by technology issues. A few years ago, Sen. Ted Stevens took up the issue of net neutrality. Then the chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, he explained to a no-doubt rapt Congressional audience that the Internet was 1) "not a big truck" but 2) was instead "a series of tubes."

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Public Know Nothings

BY Peter Suderman

Congressmen are notoriously confused by technology issues. A few years ago, Sen. Ted Stevens took up the issue of net neutrality. Then the chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, he explained to a no-doubt rapt Congressional audience that the Internet was 1) "not a big truck" but 2) was instead "a series of tubes."

04/28/2008
The Googly Eyed Monster

When Microsoft recently announced its proposal to acquire Internet search giant Yahoo! for $44 billion, two things were immediately certain. First, consumers would be likely to see enormous potential benefits from a merger between the two companies. Second, bureaucrats, rivals, and Microsoft-haters of all shapes and sizes -- but especially those that rhyme with frugal -- would do anything they could to slow or stop the deal.

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The Googly Eyed Monster

BY Peter Suderman

When Microsoft recently announced its proposal to acquire Internet search giant Yahoo! for $44 billion, two things were immediately certain. First, consumers would be likely to see enormous potential benefits from a merger between the two companies. Second, bureaucrats, rivals, and Microsoft-haters of all shapes and sizes -- but especially those that rhyme with frugal -- would do anything they could to slow or stop the deal.

02/14/2008
Not So Stimulating

Ah, bipartisanship. What would Washington be without it? It's a lovely word that gives politicians the opportunity to link arms and claim that they're working for the common good of the American people -- while mainly working for their own good. Case in point: the economic stimulus package, hailed far and wide (which, in the nation's capital is defined as "both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue") for its refreshing bipartisan spirit.

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Not So Stimulating

BY Peter Suderman

Ah, bipartisanship. What would Washington be without it? It's a lovely word that gives politicians the opportunity to link arms and claim that they're working for the common good of the American people -- while mainly working for their own good. Case in point: the economic stimulus package, hailed far and wide (which, in the nation's capital is defined as "both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue") for its refreshing bipartisan spirit.

01/30/2008