Issue CLI 

April 12-19, 2008

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Culture
Still Feeding the World:
Paul Driessen

April 12, 2008
He’s the father of the Green Revolution. Penn and Teller call him the greatest person in history. When the Nobel committee awarded him the 1970 Peace Prize, it said his work had saved a billion lives. Norman Borlaug turned 94 on March 25 and, despite cancer that had him sick and hospitalized a couple months ago, just attended a conference in Mexico on new rust-resistant wheat varieties and modern agricultural methods. Paul Driessen celebrates the accomplishments of this extraordinary individual.

Economics
Full Steam Backwards on the EU Wine Lake:
Edmond Fitte

April 12, 2008
First there is a subsidy to produce wine and then another subsidy to destroy it. The current cost to EU taxpayers of getting rid of surplus wine is €500 million. Plus ça change... Edmond Fitte writes that the ineffectiveness of EU wine policy is made all the more evident by falling European consumption of its own wines.

Bailing Out Banks:

Ron Paul

April 18, 2008
There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the Federal Reserve and the actions it has taken over the past few months. Many media pundits have been bending over backwards to praise the Fed for supposedly restoring stability to the market. This interpretation of the Fed's actions couldn't be further from the truth. Rep. Ron Paul explains.

Politics
Productivity Versus Compulsion: Ayn Rand's Case for Laissez-Faire Capitalism:
G. Stolyarov II

April 12, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov writes that the beauty and power of Rand’s justification for capitalism stems from its ethical groundwork – especially insofar as she identifies the productivity of individual rational creators as the source of all human prosperity and shows why only a free-market system can enable this essential virtue to be unleashed and properly rewarded. This paper was first presented at the APEE economics conference on April 8, 2008.

Immigration: The Art of Unpolicy:
Fred Reed

April 12, 2008
Fred Reed argues that we have immigration because we want immigration. Liberals favor immigration because it makes them feel warm and fuzzy and international and all, and from a genuine streak of decency. Conservative Republican businessmen favor immigration, frequently sotto voce, because they want cheap labor that actually shows up and works. U. S. immigration policy is the result of the current state of illegal immigration -- and blaming anything else is simply not borne out by the facts.

Universal Health Insurance: Just Don't Get Sick:
Alan Caruba

April 12, 2008
If the Democrat proposals for universal health insurance become law, an entire generation of young Americans and their descendants will have to pick up the tab for us old folks. Of course, they are doing that now with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Alan Caruba is glad he is not young anymore.

America's April 15th Civil War:

Edward Hudgins

April 18, 2008
H.L. Mencken once wrote that "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." April 15 is the date on which the goods are stolen and on a Tuesday in early November -- Election Day -- the loot is distributed. The thieves, for the most part, are our politicians. Harsh words? Not nearly as harsh as the moral monstrosity that is the current tax system. Dr. Edward Hudgins explains.

There Must Never Be Another Waco!:
Chuck Baldwin

April 19, 2008
According to Dr. Chuck Baldwin, the events at Waco in 1993 have contributed to the disdain of federal abuse of power like nothing since the Boston Massacre back in 1770. There must never be another Waco, and we must remain vigilant regarding the federal government's approach toward every American's inalienable liberties.

Global Food Fights:
Alan Caruba

April 19, 2008
It takes a decent respect for the obvious truth to admit that mankind has no control over the climate. What is occurring, however, based on actual and anecdotal information, is a trend toward global cooling. Alan Caruba thinks that between rising food costs driven by an environmental agenda and real, not imagined climate change, the word famine is going to be heard more often.

The Emerging Surveillance State:
Ron Paul

April 19, 2008
Last month, the House amended the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to expand the government’s ability to monitor our private communications. This measure, if it becomes law, will result in more warrantless government surveillance of innocent American citizens. Rep. Ron Paul explains the dangers of this increase in government power.

"Imagine a world in which every productive individual chooses to rid himself of the sense of shame about his virtues. Start with yourself – if you have not already – in affirming your right to live and work and use your mind. The rest will follow." 
~ G. Stolyarov II

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