July 16, 2012

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June 19, 2012

June 17, 2012

Carol Paul on Ron Paul Radio - Rand did not consult family on Romney endorsement, Ron still true


It’s Father’s Day today so I’m wondering if Rand has called home yet….

(Source: youtube.com)

May 20, 2012

Debate: Too Many Kids Go To College


For The Motion: Peter Thiel & Charles Murray
Against The Motion: Vivek Wadhwa, Henry Bienen


For those interested, billionaire Peter Thiel debates Charles Murray on whether or not college is really worth it. 

May 10, 2012
Fed Foe Ron Paul Breakfasts With Bernanke at Central Bank

May 9, 2012, 10:08 PM

By Kristina Peterson

Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul certainly wants to end the Federal Reserve. But he also has to eat breakfast.

One day after chairing a hearing on proposals to abolish or overhaul the central bank, the Texan congressman sat down for the first meal of the day Wednesday with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the lawmaker confirmed in a brief interview at the Capitol. The decision to meet for breakfast at the Fed was “mutual,” said Mr. Paul, who last year introduced a bill to eliminate the central bank.

The Fed chief and lawmaker had “sort of an open discussion,” Mr. Paul said, while declining to provide any details of the conversation. “It was off the record,” he said. The Fed declined to comment on the meeting.

Wednesday’s visit to the Fed’s Washington headquarters was not the first for Mr. Paul, who has said previously he dined at the central bank with former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker.

Nor is it unusual for Mr. Bernanke to play host to lawmakers, including those proposing to refashion the Fed. The Fed chief had breakfast in February with Rep. Kevin Brady(R., Texas) who earlier this year introduced a bill that would narrow the Fed’s mandate to focus solely on price stability. Currently, the central bank has a dual mandate that also requires it to strive for maximum employment.

Still, Wednesday’s breakfast brought together two figures who publicly agree on very little. A longtime critic of paper currency and fan of the gold standard, Mr. Paul’s fiery Fed-bashing has enthused his campaign trail supporters, who often start rallies with loud chants of “end the Fed!”
Mr. Bernanke, meanwhile, dedicated a significant chunk of his first lecture at George Washington University in March to enumerating the flaws associated with a system in which the dollar is valued at a fixed price per unit of gold.

So did Wednesday’s meeting overturn any deep-set beliefs?

“He’s for the gold standard now,” joked Mr. Paul.”

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

May 9, 2012
Blogger/Libertarian opinions on Marriage:

Here are some of the best responses I’ve seen on why it’s imperative to get GOVERNMENT out of MARRIAGE. 

Marriage is not sacred as long as government is involved. 
Do you know what ruins the sanctity of marriage? Government issued marriage licences. 
Don’t understand what I mean? Read on: 
"I see North Carolina passed the Amendment defining marriage as man and woman

I’ve seen a bunch of posts bitching and complaining.  

But most of these posts are from the same idiots who promote big government.  This is what big government does right here.  A government strong enough to “give” you rights is strong enough to “take” your rights.  

The problem here is government.  

Governments shouldn’t be involved in marriage at all.  Marriage is a contractual agreement between consenting people.  If we accept the fact that government is a necessary evil, one which I don’t though.   But if we do, this is the extent to which government should be involved in marriage.  

But I’m sure the same idiots who love big government won’t put the blame here where it belongs, with big government. 

The only way there can be true equality is with a free market society.”  - www.baseballlibertarian.tumblr.com, @baseballlibertarian


"I don’t support gay marriage.

I support get-the-government-the-hell-out-of-voluntary-associations-between-individuals.”

- www.statehate.tumblr.com, @statehate

As I’ve said repeatedly: how individuals wish to peaceably associate and live their lives should not be subject to majority opinion nor permission from “superiors.” Why should anyone need permission from politicians or the public at large or any third party to peacefully pursue their happiness?

Get government out of marriage.

L.A. Liberty: On North Carolina’s Amendment One 

Also:  How those who support government dictation of who can and cannot marry don’t see the potential for this to backfire is astounding to me.

Without getting all slippery-slope on you, it’s not hard to imagine how theextremely simplistic text of the anti-gay marriage amendment which passed in North Carolina yesterday could have unforeseen ramifications (see herehere, and here, for instance).  

It’s also not hard to imagine that the more authority we give government in defining marriage — whether in anti- or pro-gay marriage measures — the more it may wish to define our other most personal relationships and dealings.  If we need a license to get married, mightn’t we also need a license to have a child?  To get divorced?  To decide where we want to live?  To pick a career?  All of these are decisions of similar, though of course not identical, importance.  (In fact, it honestly surprises me that in a country where you can’t decide to ingest something if the government says “no” or to marry someone if a law objects, we are still allowed to have children at will.  No pot, but you can make a whole new person if you want!)

All that to say, as L.A. Liberty put it:  Get government out of marriage.”

- www.hipsterlibertarian.tumblr.com, @hipsterlibertarian

Blog sites here: http://statehate.tumblr.com/http://baseballlibertarian.tumblr.com/http://hipsterlibertarian.com/

May 9, 2012
krhedwards:

Romney reacts to Ron Paul’s delegate gains.

krhedwards:

Romney reacts to Ron Paul’s delegate gains.

(Source: krhedwards)

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May 8, 2012

Gary Johnson on Running as the Libertarian Nominee

May 7, 2012

Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson on his third-party campaign for President.

May 8, 2012
theatlantic:

What Is the World’s Most Economically Powerful City?

Cities matter.
Just the world’s top 100 metros generate roughly half of the globe’s total economic output, according to Martin Prosperity Institute estimates. The top twenty produce nearly 30 percent and the top ten accounts for more than a fifth of global economic production. More than 80 percent of U.S. economic output comes from its cities and metros areas, compared to roughly two-thirds in Europe. Even in China, which has urbanized much more recently and where many remain in rural areas, 78 percent of GDP comes from cities and metros, according to recent estimates from the McKinsey Global Institute.
But in contest for one metro to rule them all, New York takes the crown as the most economically powerful metropolitan, according to Richard Florida’s assessment of five recent comprehensive rankings of global cities.
Read more. [Images: Wikimedia] 

theatlantic:

What Is the World’s Most Economically Powerful City?

Cities matter.

Just the world’s top 100 metros generate roughly half of the globe’s total economic output, according to Martin Prosperity Institute estimates. The top twenty produce nearly 30 percent and the top ten accounts for more than a fifth of global economic production. More than 80 percent of U.S. economic output comes from its cities and metros areas, compared to roughly two-thirds in Europe. Even in China, which has urbanized much more recently and where many remain in rural areas, 78 percent of GDP comes from cities and metros, according to recent estimates from the McKinsey Global Institute.

But in contest for one metro to rule them all, New York takes the crown as the most economically powerful metropolitan, according to Richard Florida’s assessment of five recent comprehensive rankings of global cities.

Read more. [Images: Wikimedia] 

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Filed under: Politics Cities 
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