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Nanny-state liberals sue Coke for using tobacco-like deception

In a classic redistribute-the-wealth, liberty-robbing effort by nanny-state liberals, the non-profit Praxis Project, a “movement support intermediary committed to capacity building for social change”–like I said, nanny-state liberals–has filed a lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Company for engaging in what they…

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In a classic redistribute-the-wealth, liberty-robbing effort by nanny-state liberals, the non-profit Praxis Project, a “movement support intermediary committed to capacity building for social change”–like I said, nanny-state liberals–has filed a lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Company for engaging in what they…

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Sex, Government, and the Laffer Curve

Over the years, I’ve run into oddball stories about what happens when politicians and bureaucrats get involved with matters relating to sex. California bureaucrats are regulating participants in porn films, as humorously described by Mark Steyn. The World Bank is paying poor young women so they don’t take up with sugar daddies. Obamacare is so […]

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Get the Federal Government Out of Our Stomachs

Back in 2010, I joked that the Libertarian Party should give Barack Obama a Man-of-the-Year Award because his failed policies rejuvenated interest in limits of federal power. Though, in retrospect, perhaps the GOP should have given Obama the Award since Republicans reaped the short-term benefits. In any event, let’s not get distracted by electoral politics. […]

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Decadence, Part 3: Democracy

And so we return to the series. On this one, we’re going to have to turn some filters on since we’re mostly Americans. He focuses here rather strongly on Australia, which is fine, but Australia is not America, and most of us are Americans. Our problems are not dissimilar, but in ways Australia is the […]

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Decadence, Part 3: Democracy

And so we return to the series. On this one, we’re going to have to turn some filters on since we’re mostly Americans. He focuses here rather strongly on Australia, which is fine, but Australia is not America, and most of us are Americans. Our problems are not dissimilar, but in ways Australia is the […]

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The Foreign Edition of Great Moments in Government

It would require several people, working around the clock, to provide daily updates about the bizarre and senseless actions of the crowd in Washington. And you’d need many additional people to monitor the foolish decisions in state capitals. I certainly try to do my small part, sharing example of jaw-dropping vapidity by our overseers in […]

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The Regulatory State’s War against Modern Life

When writing about the burden of regulation, I often share big numbers about aggregate cost, job losses, time wasted, and foregone growth. But I sometimes wonder if such data is effective in the battle for good policy. Maybe it’s better, at least in some cases, to focus on regulations that affect quality of life for […]

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The U.S. vs U.K. Wimpiness Contest

It’s time for an updated version of the U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest. This ongoing series has featured amazing feats of inane government, including the world’s most pointless road markings, photo-ID requirements for drain cleaner purchases, and a government so incompetent that it couldn’t give money away. Today’s contest, though, is going to focus […]

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Conservative Comedy 9/5/14

It’s time for some Conservative Comedy at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Among the news stories that Obama is actively ignoring in the “social media” are reports of a possibly imminent terrorist attack on the United States from the southern border. Intelligence sources say there is increased “chatter” suggesting that such an attack might be carried out to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And frankly, Hope n’ Change is glad that the intelligence agencies are raising the alarm now since, as demonstrated by the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, it never occurred to anyone in Obama’s entire freaking administration that September 11th just might be a day each year to be especially vigilant. Jodi Miller at Newsbusted provides plenty of laughs this week on several news stories, including: Barry and Michelle’s marriage troubles, race relations in America, and the reason for CNN’s recent layoff announcement. Additional stories include: the 2014 Senate races, declining IQ scores in America, and Supreme Court justice who provided the inspiration for the NBC TV series, […]

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Speaker Thissen getting defensive, Part II

Yesterday, I wrote this post highlighting Paul Thissen’s reaction to my post about how unions didn’t build the middle class. The activists in the MOB, aka the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers, aren’t unlike NATO in that, an attack against one is an attack against all of us. When they saw that Speaker Thissen had taken […]

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DFL’s Thissen getting defensive

Earlier today, I wrote this post about whether unions deserve most of the credit for building America’s middle class. Apparently, the DFL is feeling more than a little defensive about what I wrote. It’s apparent because Paul Thissen, the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, responded with 3 defensive-sounding tweets to my post. Here’s […]

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If you like your light bulb, you can’t keep your light bulb

Americans will be feeling a new and unexpected pain of government overregulation before they vote in November. Yet, more than two-thirds of the public is currently unaware of what has the potential to be a serious 2014 election issue—representing more government intrusion and meddling with free markets, increased cost, loss of American jobs, and the elimination of choice. The reality of Obama’s green-energy policies is going to hit home with your next light bulb purchase. A recent study found that only 28 percent of Americans were aware of the 2007 law that unrealistically raised the minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs to the point where it effectively turned the 25-cent light bulb into contraband. “In its place,” reports CNS News, “alternative, costly and mercury-filled CFLs are manufactured in China, and incandescent factories in the US have been shuttered.” The last U.S. incandescent light bulb factory, in Winchester, VA, closed in September 2010 leaving 200 well-paid employees feeling that they’d been “sold out by the government.” The GE news release about the closure stated: “A variety of energy regulations that establish lighting efficiency standards are being implemented in the U.S. and other countries and will soon make the familiar lighting products […]

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Pot Legalization: A Common-Sense Way of Fighting Organized Crime

I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that politicians have come up with another proposal for an additional tax. The good news is that they can only impose this new tax if they ease up on the silly Drug War. That creates a bit of a quandary if you […] . . . → Read More: Pot Legalization: A Common-Sense Way of Fighting Organized Crime

Get the government off my donuts!

The Token Libertarian Girl, Julie Borowski, points out why it’s a bad idea for the government to get involved more than it already is in deciding what the people can, and cannot eat. The latest casualty in the government’s war … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Get the government off my donuts! . . . → Read More: Get the government off my donuts!

The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools

You would think the bureaucrats who run government schools would want to focus on the basics, such as teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. After all, no nation spends more per pupil on education than the United States. And based on some Cato Institute research, I suspect the OECD estimate of about $15,000 per student is […] . . . → Read More: The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools . . . → Read More: The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools

Question of the Week: What’s More Worrisome, Big Brother Monitoring Where You Drive or Big Brother Controlling How You Drive?

If you don’t like the NSA collecting and monitoring all your communications, you probably won’t be thrilled about new technologies that will give government power to monitor where you drive and control how you drive. Let’s look at a couple of options and then ponder which is more offensive. We’ll start with government monitoring of […] . . . → Read More: Question of the Week: What’s More Worrisome, Big Brother Monitoring Where You Drive or Big Brother Controlling How You Drive? . . . → Read More: Question of the Week: What’s More Worrisome, Big Brother Monitoring Where You Drive or Big Brother Controlling How You Drive?

Question of the Week: Should the Government Do Something about Obesity?

Last year, I showed an image of evolutionary stages that was so accurate that it would earn approval even from many strict creationists. Here’s a new image of evolutionary stages that sets the stage for today’s discussion. Simply stated, Americans are becoming bigger. In some cases, a lot bigger. Is this trend toward greater obesity […] . . . → Read More: Question of the Week: Should the Government Do Something about Obesity? . . . → Read More: Question of the Week: Should the Government Do Something about Obesity?

The Continuing Wussification of America

I’ve shared some bizarre horror stories about adults being victimized by anti-gun fanaticism, including the Washington, DC, man who got fined $1,000 for saving a child’s life and a British man who got arrested for finding a gun and turning it over to the police. But I get more worried about the future of the […] . . . → Read More: The Continuing Wussification of America . . . → Read More: The Continuing Wussification of America

If You Outlaw Pencils, only Outlaws Will Have Pencils

I wouldn’t blame foreigners for thinking the United States is a bit schizophrenic. This is a nation where you can own a tank or a machine gun, and it’s a country where there are probably more guns than people. Yet it’s also a country where little kids get suspended for throwing imaginary grenades while playing […] . . . → Read More: If You Outlaw Pencils, only Outlaws Will Have Pencils . . . → Read More: If You Outlaw Pencils, only Outlaws Will Have Pencils