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Border Patrol: On Keeping Out Suspicious Tourists

Posted on October 18, 2013

This is how low-level bureaucrats in the war on terrorism make sure that this nation is not attacked again by suspicious people. This man is from the Netherlands. He thought he would visit New Orleans. He will not make that mistake again. This incident confirms North’s law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will eventually enforce a […]

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Cooked Books for 150 Days: $16,699,396,000,000

Written by Gary North on October 17, 2013

The Republicans capitulated this week. This comes as no surprise. Resisting the increase in the debt ceiling was a charade. The debt ceiling was breached in the week of May 17, but that was officially ignored by all. Treasury Secretary Lew set the rules, and Congress played his game. The House for 150 days accepted […]

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800,000 Furloughed Federal Workers. No One Notices.

Written by Gary North on October 4, 2013

We are told that the federal government has furloughed 800,000 workers. Have you noticed any difference in your lifestyle? I haven’t. Did these people perform crucial duties? If so, we should be noticing their absence. But we don’t. The National Park Service in Washington has put up barricades around the memorials. World War II vets […]

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Closing National Parks: Chump Change

Written by Gary North on October 4, 2013

When we are told about the horrors of the furloughs of 800,000 federal workers, the standard example is the shutdown of national parks. It’s fall, folks. Summer is over. Almost nobody goes to the parks in fall. The kids are in school. Could the parks charge a market price? Of course. But the headlines indicate […]

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Student Charged for Leaving Fishing Gear in Car

Written by John Odermatt on October 4, 2013

Libertarians and conservatives often get chastised by liberals for holding a principled stance against “gun free” or “weapon free” zones. The enforcement of these zones not only makes people less safe, it also creates a confusing situation where a few elected officials try to determine which objects should be categorized as weapons. Although, the individuals […]

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ObamaCare Regulations So Far: 10,535 Pages

Written by Gary North on October 3, 2013

When the government passes a law, it must be enforced. The executive branch of the government then makes up the actual enforcement rules. It interprets the law and translates it into actual regulations. The ObamaCare law was 2,000 pages long. That is just the beginning. Now the executive branch is building on its foundations. The […]

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Romanian Ads Stick It to the British Government

Written by Gary North on September 17, 2013

Some idiot in the British bureaucracy launched an ad campaign bad-mouthing Great Britain, in order to keep foreigners from moving to the UK. An ad agency in Romania spotted an opportunity. It launched a “visit Romania” Internet ad campaign. The campaign was funny. Viral marketing took over. Then the company created a site where Romanians […]

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Obamacare Regulations Top 10,000 Pages So Far

Posted on September 11, 2013

This is just getting started. Since March 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), the administration has published in the Federal Register 109 final regulations governing how Obamacare will be implemented. . . . The Obama administration has […]

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