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  • PATTERSON: June can’t come soon enough

    May 31, 2012
    The Washington Times

    June is shaping up to be a pivotal month for American liberty. On one front, the Supreme Court is expected in June to hand down its decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare, specifically, the individual mandate provision of President Obama’s signature health care law, which requires Americans to purchase health insurance or face government sanction.

    The stakes could not be higher: Should the court uphold the individual mandate, it...
  • Magical Thinking in Liberal Land

    May 28, 2012
    Like fairy tales?  If so, I've got some doozies for you.  See if any of these ring a bell:

    These are not your garden-variety fairy tales, however. Instead of being told to -- and believed by -- children, these and countless similar fables are told by -- and believed in -- by...
  • Empty Cupboards: The Legacy of the Greatest Generation

    May 24, 2012
    A fascinating article in MSN Money asks, "Are Baby Boomers to Blame?" Specifically, is that famously large and famously self-absorbed generation the driving force behind our multi-faceted fiscal crises?

    Mostly yes, concludes the author, Anthony Mirhaydari, who paints a grim portrait of our economic straights and lays the blame largely at the feet of aging boomers:
    If nothing is done, by 2024 -- according to a Credit Suisse estimate -- 100% of U.S. tax revenues will go to entitlement spending and interest payments on the federal debt. That's it. Nothing left for tanks, jets, food stamps and SEC regulators. Nada.

    While this seems intractable, the root of the problem is really quite simple: too many old people.

    Specifically, the nearly 80 million members of the ...
  • Land of the Free? Part 2: The Real War on Women

    May 18, 2012
    "How could it be illegal to sell something that it's perfectly legal to give away?"

    -- George Carlin

    The recent extra-curricular exploits of American Secret Service agents in Columbia have once again brought the World's Oldest Profession into the news. And once again, both opponents and proponents  of legalized prostitution are making their respective cases in a variety of public fora.

    The "con" arguments on legalized prostitution are many, but essentially break down into two types. 1) Moral: Selling the body for sex is an inherently debased and debasing activity that governments should restrict in order to protect the character of society, and 2) Practical: Prostitution breeds a variety of pathologies -- disease,...
  • Labor and Occupy: Comrades in Arms

    May 14, 2012
    CEI Brookes Warren Fellow Matt Patterson Featured in Openmarket.org

    The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is helping Occupy DC become a “more permanent fixture” of the Washington, D.C., landscape by moving the anti-freedom agitators into cozy offices in the heart of the nation’s capital. And as usual where “occupiers” are concerned, there is no shortage of hypocrisy to be found:

    The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama’s most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the...
  • Labor and Occupy: Comrades in Arms

    May 9, 2012
    CEI Warren Brookes Fellow Matt Patterson Featured in Openmarket.org

    The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is helping Occupy DC become a “more permanent fixture” of the Washington, D.C., landscape by moving the anti-freedom agitators into cozy offices in the heart of the nation’s capital. And as usual where “occupiers” are concerned, there is no shortage of hypocrisy to be found:
    The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama’s most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops.

    The offices are at the Institute...
  • Labor and Occupy: Comrades in Arms

    May 9, 2012
    The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is helping Occupy DC become a "more permanent fixture" of the Washington, D.C., landscape by moving the anti-freedom agitators into cozy offices in the heart of the nation's capital. And as usual where "occupiers" are concerned, there is no shortage of hypocrisy to be found:
    The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama's most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops.

    The offices are at the Institute for Policy Studies, a nonprofit progressive group headquartered at 16th and L streets NW, amid...
  • Land of the Free? Our Insane and Unjust Drug War

    April 26, 2012
    Americans have long beat their chests and bragged about their liberties. But more and more these are empty boasts -- the land of the free is really the land of the regulated; the home of the brave now the home of the bureaucracy.

    Take our insane "war on drugs," an affront not only to common sense and fiscal sanity, but also to basic civil liberty. As is often the case, government has gained control of our bodies by regulating the market, i.e., dictating what you can or can't buy, sell, or own, in this case, narcotics.

    By what right does the government lay claim to this power? Often it is said -- erroneously -- that drug prohibition laws as are "society's" way of sending a message -- the message that drugs are immoral and/or physically dangerous to consume.

    Nonsense. First, there is no such thing as a collectively moving "society." There are only individuals who individually...
  • The Tax Man Cometh -- and Taketh

    April 19, 2012
    If you're like most Americans, you woke up on April 18 dazed and sore, a victim of the not-so-gentle attentions of the U.S. Tax Man.

    But now that he's left with your wallet and your dignity, what is he going to spend your hard-earned but easily surrendered money on? What exactly is Uncle Sam going to do with all the cash he collected in his annual, anti-Santa- like dash across the country?

    Thanks to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, we have a handy breakdown of federal tax revenues and expenditures, including USA Today-esque pie charts (mmmm....pie), which shows a couple of surprising and depressing things.

    For one, those who think that all those foreign wars being fought by our large and professional warrior class are bankrupting the country are dead wrong. "Defense and International Security...
  • Obamacare: Constitutionality Argument Misses the Point Entirely

    March 29, 2012
    Conservatives are ebullient over the unexpected hostility and skepticism the government's lawyers faced from the Supreme Court Justices over the three days of hearings on the constitutionality of Obamacare.  In fact, so withering was the interrogation that the consensus of the Beltway-NYC elite has shifted virtually overnight from "Of course the Court will uphold it!" to "Oh my God! The individual mandate is doomed!"

    It is heartening to see the Justices take the constitutional question seriously, and entertaining to see them pick apart the very weak case(s) for the individual mandate that every American purchase health insurance or face government sanction. And it certainly seems more possible now than it did last week that the Court may throw the baby out, and the bath water too, for good measure.

    However, it is possible that this focus on constitutionality may someday backfire on...

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