Issue CCXIII

October 18-22, 2009

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Economics
The Wall Street Journal Defends the Predator State:
Robert P. Murphy
October 21, 2009
This article by Dr. Robert P. Murphy focuses on a regular Wall Street Journal columnist who praises the Obama administration's plans to violate property rights in pursuit of socializing medical care. Dr. Murphy argues that what we have in Washington is the worst of both worlds: the government is greatly expanding its role in healthcare, and is at the same time redistributing billions from regular Americans into the pockets of politically connected corporations.

Films
Why on Earth Would Anyone Trust Michael Moore?:
Bradley Doucet
October 22, 2009
Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore did not invent lying. In fact, he’s pretty careful to avoid outright, overt, spoken falsehoods in his films. But he does regularly bend the truth to the point of breaking. He lies with misleading images and juxtapositions and with warped chronology. He lies by omission and implication. Bradley Doucet explores some of the misrepresentations in Moore's latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story, while focusing on Moore's general aversion to even trying to be fair and objective.

History
Freedom's Destruction by Constitutional Deconstruction:
Timothy Baldwin
October 18, 2009
Timothy Baldwin writes that ironically, the very document that was designed to perpetuate these principles of federalism has in fact been deconstructed to destroy those same principles, leaving us with the very form of government that our framers and the Constitution's ratifiers rejected. In the end, if the people of the states do not once again reject this national form of government and assert and defend the principles of federalism--the principles upon which America was founded--then this supposed federal power of constitutional "construction" will in fact be our freedom's destruction.

Fiat Money and the Killing of 600,000 Americans:
Robert P. Murphy
October 21, 2009
A few years ago in this article, Dr. Robert Murphy harshly criticized an article urging New Yorkers to "eat local," and went so far as to dub the young lady's column, "The worst economics article ever." Dr. Murphy is here to report that her record has been smashed. Floyd Norris's recent New York Times article on the greenback is hands down the worst economics article Dr. Murphy has ever read. Not only is it jam-packed full of false history, but it uses the falsehoods to justify monstrous crimes, both in the past and present. Without fiat money, the Union and the Confederacy could not have killed 600,000 Americans in the bloodiest war in American history.

Politics
None Dare Call It Fraud:
Paul Driessen
October 18, 2009
Imagine the reaction if investment companies provided only rosy stock and economic data to prospective investors; manufacturers withheld chemical spill statistics from government regulators; or medical device and pharmaceutical companies doctored data on patients injured by their products. Media frenzies, congressional hearings, regulatory investigations, fines, and jail sentences would come faster than you can say Henry Waxman. Paul Driessen argues that if those same standards were applied to global warming alarmists, many of them would be fined, dismissed, and imprisoned, sanity might prevail, and the House-Senate cap-and-tax freight train would come to a screeching halt.  

They Don't Care!:
Alan Caruba
October 18, 2009
It has finally dawned on Alan Caruba why President Obama and the Democrats in control of the Congress rushed to pass an unread “stimulus” bill “redistributing” billions of taxpayer dollars, have been voting bills out of committee to “reform” our national healthcare system, and another to impose a huge tax on all energy use. They don’t care.


The Foolishness of Some World "Leaders":
Alan Caruba
October 20, 2009

Not long ago U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, told everyone they only had a few weeks in order to save the Earth from “climate change,” and this week it’s the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Gordon Brown. Ever since he was Vice President and a defeated candidate for the presidency, Al Gore has been telling people the Earth is doomed. President Obama talks about climate change—remember when it used to be global warming?—and will no doubt sign the treaty coming out of a “climate” conference in Copenhagen in December. Alan Caruba believes that all of these "leaders" are foolish and dangerous.

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The Very Busy Politicians in Washington, D. C.:
Ron Paul
October 20, 2009
 
With a faltering economy, multiple wars, and the approaching demise of the dollar’s reserve status, there are more than enough problems to keep politicians in Washington working day and night.  In between handing out cash for clunkers and nationalizing healthcare, the administration is busy sending more troops overseas, escalating existing wars, and seeking out excuses to start new wars.  Congress is working on “urgent” legislation to address crises like healthcare reform and climate change.  The reforms are so very urgent that legislation must pass swiftly with no time to read the bills, even though the new laws wouldn’t take effect for several years!  Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is busy dealing with our dollar crisis by printing up more dollars. 
Yes, there certainly is a lot for Washington to do these days.  But, notes Rep. Ron Paul, most, if not all, of what Washington is doing, however, is more of what created the problems in the first place. 

Peace and the "Peace Prize":
Ben O'Neill
October 20, 2009

The recent Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Barack Obama has drawn criticism from many commentators, including those who claim that the award is premature — that President Obama has yet to "make his mark" on US foreign policy. Ben O'Neill believes that the real issue is much more fundamental. In both his foreign policy and in his domestic policy, Obama fails to understand or implement the true nature and significance of peace. 

The Nobel War-is-Peace Prize:
Edward Hudgins
October 22, 2009

The Nobel committee has been widely and rightly ridiculed for that choice since the American president has yet to do anything to make the world a more peaceful place. Dr. Edward Hudgins looks deeper at what moral principles ought to govern war and peace and, more specifically, the role of force in human affairs. This will allow us to judge both the Nobel committee and Obama.

"Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others that are within his sphere of action..." 
~ Benjamin Franklin