Immigration and Big Government

If the Tea Parties and conservative activists want to be serious about opposing big government, they need to abandon their love of border police, immigration controls and statist nationalism. The hysterical response to those on the left comparing the Arizona law to Nazism reminds me of the equally hysterical response to those on the right…

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Fail Safe

Many of today’s debates between statists and libertarians are argued on the grounds of efficiency. The libertarians say that when you let the government do something, you invariably get the DMV or the post office. Statists argue that a centralized public service provides better results because it can gain efficiencies of scale and because the…

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Miss Oklahoma’s simple declarative sentence

There are three issues in the Arizona situation. In order of importance they are: a state’s right to act without permission from the federal government, chronic federal incompetence and mismanagement and the third: Is the controversial Arizona plan a good and workable solution for controlling the border? I was struck by the clarity of Morgan…

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The 1099 Tsunami

Yet another piece of the Obamacare monstrosity. Gary North writes: Earlier this year, some staffer in some office on Capitol Hill dutifully inserted a provision into the health insurance bill that will force businesses to file 1099 forms on every transaction with another business for over $600. Buy a $601 used car for your business?…

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The Two Parts of Our Existence

The freedom of thought is pretty obvious to everyone since everyone’s thoughts are their own property and can’t be tampered with by anyone one but ourselves. This makes our thoughts an exclusive property that belongs to our being and this part of our being is incapable of being tampered with, controlled by, or beholden to…

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Against Judicial Supremacy

Much has been made of the coalition of state attorneys-general suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care bill. But while many of us are happy to see the state governments taking some form of action to preserve their powers and to protect the liberties of their citizens from federal…

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Eight and Counting: Parnell Signs Alaska Firearms Freedom Act

Today, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 186 (HB186), the Firearms Freedom Act. It passed the House by a vote of 32-7 and the Senate by a vote of 18-1. Alaska now joins Montana, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, and Arizona as the eighth state to have passed the act into law. The…

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Nullification – The Forgotten Check on the Federal Government

“In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson On May 20th, I gave a short talk to the Concerned Citizens of Upper Perkiomen Valley for Smaller Government on the concept of nullification. Nullification is…

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Health Care Freedom Act Goes to Voters in Oklahoma

This fall, Oklahoma voters will decide if they want federal law to force them to buy health insurance, as Senate Joint Resolution 59 (SJR59) was passed by both State houses and enrolled today. The legislation states that “A law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to…

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Dan Itse on ObamaCare

Are federal laws necessarily Constitutional by mere virtue of their passage? Was Congress really intended to be the arbiter of its own authority? Here by special request of the orator, Rep Dan Itse addresses the NH House of Representatives, 5/13/2010, on an amendment to SB455 which would opt NH out of the Constitutionally unauthorized nationalized…

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