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We’ve Legislated The Middle Class Out Of California

Beware politicians who tell you that you need their help – what you want in a democracy is a system where no one blocks your upward mobility. But with a legislative culture that relies on creating people dependent on government, and regulations designed to insure that only the rich can start a business, California has put in motion a shocking decline in the middle class – as Joel...

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Sequester For Show – Regulatory Agency Budgets Still Increase

Sequester For Show – Regulatory Agency Budgets Still Increase

Much talk has been made of the sequester and the rhetoric falls along the usual political party lines. But numbers can’t lie (unless they are in vague statements made by government media representatives). We’ve seen claims about parks with limited hours and White House tours being cut – those are things journalists can report on easily and exhibit some faux outrage – but...

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Fracking Bonus: It Is Making All of the OPEC Dictators A Little Crazy

Fracking is awesome.  While it has been in existence since the 1940s it really only took off in the last decade. Natural gas is cleaner than coal and now it is even cost competitive. Emissions from the energy sector are back at early 1990s levels, just like we all wanted.  And coal is back at early 1980s levels. If our migration toward cleaner energy continues, pretty soon the government will...

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If the ‘Nordic Model is about openness and tolerance, why all the riots?

If you talk to people in the north countries, they are more economically and socially egalitarian than…well…everyone.  That Sweden mandates how many women must sit on the Boards of companies is a sign of diversity, they claim, whereas everyone else notes that if you have to mandate it, it isn’t actually diversity. And they have 1.5 years of maternity leave! And terrific...

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Cuba To Allow Air Conditioners

It’s cheaper for an individual in Cuba to buy an air-conditioner overseas and pay to ship it to Cuba. People don’t want to buy them from corrupt, government-controlled stores and pay the far higher cost. The government put a stop to that by claiming those things used too much electricity and buying them from anyone but a state-run store has been illegal since 2005. But they have given...

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President Obama Favors Wind Over Oil – And Is Breaking Federal Law

The Obama administration is currently embroiled in three big scandals that have nothing to do with science – the vast, right wing conspiracy that said they edited out references to terrorism in the Benghazi murders by Muslim extremists turned out to be true, they had the IRS targeting conservative groups for special attention and they have been tapping the phones of Associated Press...

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