Tuesday Is the Day

That is when the inflationist, bankist, Fedist Republican leadership in the House will give Ron Paul his due—chairman of the monetary subcommittee (or, rather, part of his due, since seniority means he should be chairman of the full committee). I think they will not dare deny it to him, though they might try to keep a…

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Targeting Earmarks

the anti-earmarks issue is a fraud. It’s a neocon trick, pushed by the Club for Growth and similar groups. It’s a way for the neocons to seem to be against spending while not actually being against it, and it’s a way to strengthen the presidential dictatorship against the legislature. Once again, earmarks are not spending; they allocate spending, to local pork rather than presidential pork. Ron Paul, of course, does it right. He is willing, as a representative, to request earmarks in appropriations for his constituents’ local projects, but votes against the spending itself.

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The Anti-Fed Movement

Here’s an interesting piece from WaPo-owned Slate on the anti-Fed movement, which includes trimmers and phonies as well as the real deal. The good guys mentioned include Ron Paul, Jim Grant, Kevin Duffy, and the godfather, Murray Rothbard. Thanks to Bethany McLean for this sentence:

Murray Rothbard, the controversial libertarian economist who many consider the intellectual father of the anti-Fed movement, wrote in 1994 (The Case Against the Fed) that if the Fed were to be abolished, then “the banks would, at last, be on their own, each bank responsible for its own actions. There would be no lender of last resort, no taxpayer bailout [italics mine].”

Now, “controversial” typically means Don’t Read, but Murray’s genius, productivity, and writing ability have made him a colossus 15 years after his untimely death. He was always that, of course, but now people recognize it, in the freedom movement and the Austrian School, which is at its core Misesian-Rothbardian. Thanks to the Mises Institute, all Murray’s works are available for free on the web, with more to come.

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Chairman Paul?

Ron Paul won easy reelection in the 14th district of Texas with almost 77% of the vote. (His opponent, a police chief, had signs that said, “Tell Dr. No he has to go.” No one took up my suggestion for opposing signs: “Send the cop to the donut shop.” If the Republicans weren’t dishonest, and…

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They All Want Your Money

Is “I Want Your Money” a truth-telling slogan of neocon Republicans? No, it’s their charge at liberal Democrats (who also want your money and have made their own lying films by the boatload) in a new agitprop documentary. The movie features a cast of thousands, or so it seems, of big-government conservatives, and the trailer opens with…

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