As an era closes, Barbara Boxer defends politics as a ‘noble’ profession (Ha!)

I actually think it in theory can be if one works to wrestle power away from entrenched interests and to reduce the state. But generally the people who go into politics lust after power which is not a “noble” disposition even if it is a natural one

Ms. Boxer, despite this loving (and obligatory) sendoff by the LA Times was a classic politician in the classic sense. She sought through her career to take more money for the government and more from taxpayers.

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Dilma Rousseff the Crony Capitalist/Socialist has Officially Been Thrown Out of Brazil’s Presidency

Brazil is truly and deeply a crony economy. Red tape strangles everything. This has long been the case. However, since the socialists came in on the “Pink Tide” it’s just gotten worse.

But this is progress. There was no coup. The removal was constitutional. And Brazil’s young and very strong libertarian movement was key in this effort. Let’s hope that Brazil will continue to turn its back on crony capitalism/socialism in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

MENOS MARX!

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The government can get you even if you didn’t know you were doing anything “wrong.” Might that change?

What does the legal term mens rea mean? Why is it especially important for doctors who are trapped in a sea of unintelligible regulations and can be sent to jail for 5, 10 years or even life if they perform a procedure which, after the fact, the government decides was “unnecessary” and was billed to Medicare, Medicaid, or even a private insurance company? A new piece of legislation in the Senate attempts to tackle this issue.

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Going backward: Senate votes to require women to register for the draft

Congrats women. Now you’re in the club too.

The draft should not exist. That the state thinks that it can simply conscript its citizenry into war is wrong. We are supposed to be a free society. The draft should be long gone and it certainly shouldn’t be expanded. A fighting force should be all volunteer or no war – that’s it. And given that We the People don’t even get to weigh in on war anymore via Congress and a declaration this is a particularly bad development.

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Rep. Mulvaney weighs in on the Pentagon’s massive overseas slush fund

Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.

“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.

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Senator Graham: “If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial is at the Senate, no one will convict you,”

We have no horse in the presidential race but we can say that it is probably for the best that the big government neoconservative Lindsey Graham has long been out of the running.

What a nice quote from the senator, one of the “bomby birds” always chomping at the bit to go to war and to spend ever more on the military.

Graham doesn’t like that his little boys club ain’t what it used to be.

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Reid Withdraws Request to Use ‘Slush Funds’ to Pay for Senate Wind Down Costs

Hey, alright. This is good to see. We covered Reid’s original request HERE. We are glad to see that common sense (for once) seems to have triumphed.

Sorry, soon to be former senator Reid, but you’re going to have to pay for your personal assistant and Lord only knows what else by yourself. I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to cover the costs.

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Did Your Senators Vote to Audit the Fed?

Here’s another list to cross check with whether your senator voted “yea” on the Omnibus bill.

I look at it this way. We are starting to get a very clear picture of who is on what side of the great crony debate. Those who think that the status quo can continue, even at this late date, need a wake up call in November.

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This is a speech all Americans should watch, Left, Right, otherwise. Sen. Sasse explains the danger of Executive Branch unilateralism

We live in a precarious time for the Republic. It’s not the first precarious time by any means, and indeed we’ve seen worse days. However Congress is the weakest it has ever been in the face of an Executive Branch which operates with a “pen and a phone.” There is profound danger in this. If Congress continues to roll over, what might we see from an Executive Branch in the future? Our founders knew the danger of a president who was too strong.

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Senate Passes CISA, The Surveillance Bill Masquerading As A Cybersecurity Bill; Here’s Who Sold Out Your Privacy

It seems that the folks in Washington DC have their own agendas. Shock. The Ex-Im Bank in the House, CISA in the Senate. See a common theme here?

Got to knock all this stuff out before the Holidays you know.

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