Washington Post: The middle class is poorer today than it was in 1989

It’s not that this information is new. We’ve written about this situation multiple times before and so have other sites. But that the very establishment Washington Post is letting this little ray of truth shine out to its generally liberal readers is what is important here.

Pretty hard to ague that Obama has been anything close to a successful president when these sorts of stats stare one in the face.

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Washpo’s liberal columnist Milbank on DC traffic cameras: “there was no safety threat in either case.” But the cameras are there for money, not safety. It’s enough to make anybody a libertarian.”

Good to see this. I doubt Dana will be joining the book club at the Liberty Tavern across the river in Arlington anytime soon, but at least he said it.

Big government, no matter how much you may think you like it will eventually creep into some part of your life where you don’t want it. Then, it will be too late.

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40 Maps Which Explain the World

This is an extremely well done article from The Washington Post. Maps can put things into perspective. They help us make sense of the world around us. Knowing where The Crimea is for example is probably a good thing these days as politicians rattle sabers and jockey for position. If things were to get hot it is our sons and daughters after all who would find themselves in harm’s way. Might be nice to know where they are going (or aren’t).

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AP: Report, “Obama brings chilling effect on journalism.”

This president and his administration have sought to chill dissent. Like the political correctness fanatics which now run our universities (a movement from which Obama it should be noted emerged) who chill speech at every turn in the name of “tolerance and diversity” this president uses similar newspeak when he calls for transparency and “freedom.”

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Pharmaceutical firms paid thousands to attend meetings of panel that advises the FDA on pain killers

Again, marijuana or cannabis, for many an effective, non-opiate (non-physically addictive), nearly free treatment for pain is widely illegal in this country. One can however get a prescription for Oxycodone, aka hillbilly heroin, which is viciously addictive and expensive no problem.  Such opiates are profitable so long as the effective, largely non-addicting, non-stupefying, nearly free option is kept out of the hands of those who want to obey the law.

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The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans Are Ignoring

We had a good article from The Washington Post, and today we’re featuring one from The Atlantic. Have the libertarians infiltrated the mass media? I don’t think so but it’s great to see crony capitalism (the huge threat) being discussed in mainstream periodicals.

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The AMA sets surgery rates which are way above the market rate

How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors’ pay

Credit where credit is due. Good job Washington Post, good job.

The American Medical Association is setting the cost of surgery at rates which are way higher than what some people (you know, you, me, anyone who believes in honest pricing) thinks they should be.

And guess what? The rate the AMA sets is the rate at which Medicare pays.

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SEC Subpoenas ‘Political Intelligence’ Firms in a Case of Leaked Information

This is what happens when all the decisions (most anyway) which affect the American economy happen in Washington DC. People with money pay top dollar to know what is going on, and an industry has grown up around this.

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“Progressives” are up in arms, The President proposes a “chained CPI” provision to Social Security

The president has proposed  using something called a “chained consumer price index” for adjustments (which are always up) to Social Security payments. It in theory lessons the current rate of increase. Liberal and progressives are beside themselves. How could President Obama do such a thing?

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Why Is the Left Media Defending Rick Santorum?

At AgainstCronyCapitalism.org we are for reducing the collusion between the state and business. That is our first concern and it is unlikely that we will ever officially endorse an individual candidate for president.

Saying that, I personally have written some very pro-Ron Paul pieces in this space. I am a fan of the good doctor and I believe he is the only candidate running for the GOP nod who has anything close to a clue as to how to solve the fundamental economic questions which stare this country in the face.

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