Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

Stop Taxing Tips!

by Eric T. Phillips

That’s what Ron Paul argues today in a column in the Las Vegas Sun.

According to Dr. Paul:

…it’s an outrage that waiters, waitresses and other service-sector employees have to pay taxes on the tips they earn. And to add insult to injury, the IRS makes an estimate of how much service-sector workers will make in tips and taxes them on it even if the taxpayer did not actually earn as much as the IRS estimate!

Read the rest.

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January 31, 2012

PayPal Founders Support Ron Paul

by Eric T. Phillips

Endorse Liberty, a SuperPac that supports Ron Paul, revealed today that PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek and Scott Banister are major donors to the group, which largely explains why it has raised significantly more money ($3.9 million) than the other two SuperPacs that support Paul–Revolution and Santa Rita. (The exact figures Revolution and Santa Rita have raised is undisclosed, but they have spent $126,000 and $318,000 respectively.)

Peter Thiel, remember, is a major player in the anti-college movement. He’s set up a fellowship program that offers particularly talented and driven high school graduates a $100,000 scholarship to pursue their entrepreneurial interests outside of college under the guidance of Silicon Valley mentors.

This is good. Having billionaires on your side is always a good thing.

January 31, 2012

Lew Rockwell on Newt Gingrich’s Long History as an Establishment Republican

by Eric T. Phillips

Despite his absurd claims to the contrary.

January 30, 2012

Quotes of the Day

by Eric T. Phillips

Justin Raimondo:

[The argument for war with Iran] is based on fantasy – the fantasy that Iran is indeed busy cooking up nukes, and is determined to wipe Israel off the map –[and that fantasy] is being obscured in a barrage of lies and phony “intelligence” similar to that which dragged us into attacking Iraq. But war propaganda and facts don’t mix: indeed, they are mutually exclusive. The idea behind any effective campaign designed to push us into war is to whip up an emotional storm, and a key part of this hysteria is smearing antiwar writers and politicians as “anti-Semites.” In the America of 2012, where political correctness is the Iron Rule, even the accusation – no matter how unfounded – of racial or religious bigotry is toxic, and the War Party hopes to poison the debate over Iran by injecting it into the discourse.

Patrick Foy:

Under Peace Prize Obama, the disastrous Bush/Cheney greater Mideast foreign policy has been carried forward, expanded, and upgraded to outlandish proportions. All elements have been put in place to start a new shooting war in the Middle East which might collaterally blow the fragile, debt-ridden world economy to kingdom come. The Persian Gulf would become a war zone. World oil prices might skyrocket.

The very same faction that pretended for years to be so distraught by Bush’s mere eavesdropping on and detention of accused Terrorists without due process is now perfectly content to have their own President kill accused Terrorists without due process, even when those targeted are their fellow citizens: obviously a far more Draconian and permanent abuse than eavesdropping or detention.
January 29, 2012

Birds of a Feather: Cain Endorses Gingrich

by Alice Greene

In a humorous turn of events, serial adulterer and pizza lover Herman Cain announced his official endorsement of Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination. Cain cited Gingrich’s “bold ideas” (does he mean Gingrich’s bold idea of an open marriage?) as the reason behind his support. He sympathized with Gingrich whose campaign and image is “going through this sausage grinder” because “‘he cares about the future of the United States of America”. The media is bringing the hammer down on Gingrich because he cares too much about his country? Politicians really must think we are idiots.

I surmise, Mr. Cain, that Gingrich’s intense patriotism (war-mongering?) is not why Americans dislike Gingrich. I would venture a guess that it has more to do with his narcissistic personality, undeniable chickenhawk status, lobbyist hobbies, faux-conservative position, Freddie Mac payouts, ludicrous plans for a moon base, hypocrisy and obnoxiously lavish lifestyle. Pick one America.

January 29, 2012

Police and Occupy Protesters Clash in Oakland

by Eric T. Phillips

Yesterday Occupy protesters broke into Oakland City Hall and, while ransacking the place, burned an American flag. Meanwhile in the streets nearby, police, who accuse the protestors of throwing rocks and bottles at them, responded with flashbang grenades, tear gas, and beanbag projectiles. Here’s one video compilation of the events:

The protesters were clearly looking for a fight.

In NYC, occupiers ransacked an unoccupied apartment building with 10 units for sale for up to $625,000. NYPO reports, “The hipsters left empty cans of Schlitz beer behind and spray-painted graffiti, such as ‘Be the Crisis,’ on the walls.”

To those who chided me for not getting more excited about the libertarian potential of the Occupy protests–I’m guessing there weren’t dog-eared copies of Economics in One Lesson next to beer cans and spray paint.

 

 

January 29, 2012

Police Training to Deal With “Disturbed” Veterans

by Eric T. Phillips

The Justice Department is introducing a training program aimed at helping police departments around the country deal with violent combat veterans. Apparently they are having trouble dealing with “disturbed individuals who are highly trained in all kinds of tactical operations, including guerrilla warfare.”

According to the Army, violent felonies in in its ranks were up 1% while non-violent felonies increased 11% between 2010 and 2011. This is at a time when the crime rate for most of the country continues to fall. On an undoubtedly related note, cases of post-traumatic stress disorder are at an all-time high and the jobless rate for recent veterans continues to run over 2 percentage points higher than the national average.

Just as a reminder: in the modern-day American political lexicon, the “pro-military” ones are the ones who want to make all of these problems worse by attacking Iran.

(Hat tip Laurence Vance)

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January 28, 2012

Santorum on Abortion After Rape: Accept God’s Gift

by Eric T. Phillips

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Santorum explained that any baby, even if the product of a rape, is a gift from God. Commentary from the Young Turks:

Kasparian and Uygur don’t exactly interpret Santorum’s comments in the most charitable way, but they’re ultimately right. What a terrible way to look at the situation.

It would be easy to call Santorum a fundamentalist pro-lifer after watching this video, but that would be a mistake. He’s much less absolutist about the value of life when he’s considering the worth of an Iranian civilian walking next to a target the military has marked for destruction.

 

January 27, 2012

Schiff Tries to Get DeMint to Endorse Ron Paul…

by Eric T. Phillips

…to no avail. DeMint seems to think that staying neutral will help him in his efforts to elect Republicans to the Senate.

Schiff is right about the problems with DeMint’s strategy; Congress isn’t going to do anything to address the debt problem until there’s an economic crisis. What’s a Republican majority going to do? Cut $111 billion dollars from a $3.6 trillion budget (thereby making it a $3.5 trillion budget)? And what if Obama is still the president? He’ll veto any meaningful cuts to the welfare state. Or, even worse, what if Romney or Gingrich is president and launches a war with Iran? That would cost $111 billion dollars in a matter of weeks.

January 26, 2012

Quotes of the Day

by Eric T. Phillips

John Derbyshire:

Watching the president deliver his speech tonight, listening to all the gassy cant and bogus concern, the promises to “create” jobs by “investing” in grand government projects, the hollow claims of benevolence and omnipotence, I kept thinking, “They don’t have a clue. None of them has a single [expletive] clue.”

Don Boudreaux:

Having now read Pres. Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address (I cannot tolerate watching the kitschy display that is the actual delivery of a State of the Union address), I can say only that Thomas Babington Macaulay’s long-ago description of Robert Southey applies perfectly to Barack Obama:

“He conceives that the business of the magistrate is not merely to see that the persons and property of the people are secure from attack, but that he ought to be a jack-of-all-trades, architect, engineer, schoolmaster, merchant, theologian, a Lady Bountiful in every parish, a Paul Pry in every house, spying, eavesdropping, relieving, admonishing, spending our money for us.  His principle is, if we understand it rightly, that no man can do anything so well for himself as his rulers, be they who they may, can do it for him, and that a government approaches nearer and nearer to perfection in proportion as it interferes more and more with the habits and notions of individuals.”

Laurence Vance:

Disgraced former House majority leader Tom Delay says of disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, “He’s not really a conservative.”

Paul Craig Roberts:

The US government is so full of self-righteousness that it has become a caricature of hypocrisy. Leon Panetta, a former congressman who Obama appointed CIA director and now head of the Pentagon, just told the sailors on the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier, that the US is maintaining a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers in order to project sea power against Iran and to convince Iran that “it’s better for them to try to deal with us through diplomacy.”

If it requires 11 aircraft carriers to deal with Iran, how many will Panetta need to project power against Russia and China?

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