January 28, 2021

Government 404 Error

It was a lovely day. Everything in the Capital, it seemed, was closed due to the shutdown, and traffic was sparse so I wandered downtown to see how things were faring. My favorite spot was packed with White House aides leaking fake inside tips to credulous pressmen, and I really didn’t want to be there. […]

A Government to be Feared

With each passing day of President Obama’s second term he continues to consolidate power and undermine any notion of conventional democratic governing norms. Not only did Obama make history as the first black president, he made history by winning a second term despite less than optimal polling numbers, divisive tactics, failed policies, an abysmal economy with […]

Limited Government, R.I.P.

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By Aaron Goldstein on 6.28.12 @ 1:01PM Limited government in the United States succumbed this morning. The cause of death was a blunt blow to the head by the Supreme Court in its ruling to uphold Obamacare in its entirety. Her age was not known. At least one […]

SCOTUS Watch: Can the Government Make You Buy ‘Broccoli’?

Via Yahoo! News: With President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law in the balance, the divided Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned whether the measure properly regulates commerce or overreaches the Constitution and allows Washington to improperly force Americans to eat their vegetables. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose questioning is closely watched because he represents a potential […]

Why Some Government Spending Is Better Than Others . . .

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By Hunter Baker on 2.24.12 @ 10:46AM We are hearing a great deal at the moment about government austerity, especially in Europe, as various states attempt to deal with massive budget crises resulting from a combination of low growth, bad demographics, and overly rich welfare programs. European Central […]

Government of The Elites, By The Elites and For The Elites

In the short span of a century and a half, the US went from a government famously described by Abraham Lincoln as “of the people, by the people, for the people” to one “of the Elites, by the Elites, for the Elites.” Albert J. Nock referenced Lincoln’s phrase as “probably the most effective single stroke of propaganda ever made […]

Vampire Government: How the Left is Sucking the Life out of the Private Economy

The current financial debacle in Europe and the near-bankrupt status of the United Sates have been brought about by an obsessive loyalty to statist doctrine and an inability to admit failure — traits common to the left on both sides of the Atlantic.  The current dilemma is the end-product of decades of uncontrolled spending and […]

Game Show Government

Democrats advocate Game Show Government.  “Vote for us, and we’ll give away cash and prizes.  We’ll send you a check!”  On the other side, certain hardcore Republicans say, “Vote for us, and we’ll cut your cash and prizes to the bone!  No more checks for you!” In a poll released Nov. 7, 2011, Gallup reports […]

Getting Rich the Old-Fashioned Way: Through the Government

AmSpecBlog By Doug Bandow on 8.16.11 @ 11:42PM Washington, D.C.’s suburbs are doing well despite economic bad times.  Indeed, the counties surrounding the Imperial City are among the wealthiest in the nation. But this should come as no surprise.  A lot of the money collected from taxpayers across the nation ends up being spent close to […]