Issue CCLVII

August 7-22, 2010

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History
Jefferson's Disastrous Embargo:
H. A. Scott Trask
August 7, 2010

Thomas Jefferson's second term was marked by the growing controversy with Great Britain over the latter's increasing restrictions on and seizures of American commerce and impressments of American seamen. Ultimately, Jefferson made a decision that contravened every principle of liberty which he was famous for advocating. H. A. Scott Trask examines the catastrophic effects of the Embargo of 1807.

Politics
Dumb Policies Just Keep Coming:
Paul Driessen  
August 7, 2010

Paul Driessen addresses the ongoing federal government push to expand the ethanol mandate from the current 10% to a new and immediate 15% – either through legislation or via another EPA dictate. Mr. Driessen's analysis explains why this is a bad idea – at least not before extensive tests are done to assess the effects that this higher-ethanol blend would have on car, boat, snowmobile, and outdoor power equipment engines. But even if those tests return acceptable results, ethanol is still a dumb idea from an environmental, economic, and energy perspective.

New Mexico Wants to Solve the Problem "Ourself":
Marita Noon
August 7, 2010

Arizona has not been allowed to follow through with an immigration law of its own. Yet, politicians in New Mexico think they can push through their own carbon cap regulations. One of the major reasons for the demise of a federal-level cap-and-trade is the damage the legislation would do to the economy. Marita Noon argues that similar damage would occur in New Mexico if that state's effort to artificially raise the cost of energy succeeds. 

Saying "No!" to a Ground Zero Mosque:
Alan Caruba
August 7, 2010

Alan Caruba argues that it is obscene to wish to build a mosque within sight of where 2,700 people lost their lives in an act of Islamic terrorism, an act of war, a jihad.

Ground Zero Mosque: A Test of Our Principles:
Gary Wolfram

August 22, 2010
Dr. Gary Wolfram writes that the threat to America does not come from Americans who have the idea of building a mosque, even if the location is found to be offensive to some. The threat to America comes from within, from a lack of understanding of what the general principles are by which we govern ourselves and which preserve our freedom. We are threatened by an education system that fails to instruct our children in how limited government and a market economy lead to liberty and wealth for the masses.

Which is More Offensive -- The WWE or Our Federal Government?:
Gen LaGreca
August 22, 2010

Connecticut GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon is being vilified by the left for her role as the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the company she and her husband grew from humble beginnings into a highly successful international corporation. Her opponents claim that the empire McMahon built allowed steroid use to run rampant, peddled violence to children, exploited women, and committed other indecencies. But Gen LaGreca asks the question, "Which is more offensive — the WWE or our federal government?"

Washington's Idea of Fiscal Restraint:
Ron Paul
August 22, 2010

It has been months now since the new healthcare reform bill was passed into law. As is so typical, this massive piece of legislation was passed with a sense of urgency so acute that leadership declared America could not afford to wait until legislators, their staff and the general public had time to thoroughly read the bill. The truth comes out eventually, however. Much like the recently discovered exemption from Freedom of Information Act requirements for the SEC that was slipped into the equally massive and "urgent" financial reform bill, we are finally seeing what other insidiousness has been hiding in the fine print of the healthcare reform bill. It seems, writes Rep. Ron Paul, that all provisions in this poorly written and poorly conceived monstrosity need to be repealed as soon as possible.

The Cycle of Violence in Afghanistan:
Ron Paul
August 22, 2010

Last week the National Bureau of Economic Research published a report on the effect of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq that confirmed what critics of our foreign policy have been saying for years:  the killing of civilians, although unintentional, angers other civilians and prompts them to seek revenge.  This should be self-evident. Rep. Ron Paul argues that our battle in Afghanistan resembles the battle against the many-headed Hydra monster in Greek mythology.

Crisis! New York Style versus the Real Thing:
Paul
Driessen
August 22, 2010
“Don’t let the bedbugs bite” is no longer a fashionable good-night wish for Big Apple kids, even in the city’s high-rent districts and posh hotels. Growing infestations of the ravenous bloodsuckers have New Yorkers annoyed, anguished, angry about officialdom’s inadequate responses, and “itching” for answers. The increasing outbreak of bedbugs in New York City has revived debate over insecticides and DDT. It ought to invite much more discussion about the use of DDT and insecticides to combat a truly critical disease – malaria.  Paul Driessen seeks to initiate just such a discussion.

Climate Proposals Threaten Pursuit of Happiness and Justice:
Paul
Driessen
August 22, 2010
Some say global warming is the biggest threat facing minority Americans. To the contrary, Paul Driessen believes the biggest threat to opportunity, justice, civil rights, and the pursuit of happiness is policies imposed in the name of preventing climate change. Some say cap-tax-and-trade is dead for the year, and the EPA won't dare impose job-killing endangerment rules. Mr. Driessen does not think we are out of the woods yet. His commentary  addresses these issues – and makes a compelling case that government policies that make energy less affordable and reliable hobble and shackle the pursuit of justice and happiness.

"He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak." 
~ Michel de Montaigne