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ObamaWorld Ticket: It Now Costs $14 to Get Into the USA.

Written by Gary North on March 20, 2012

North’s first law of bureaucracy is this: “There is no official regulation that will not eventually be enforced insanely.” A recent example is the ESTA. “What’s that?” you ask. I’m glad you asked. It’s the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is run by the Department of Homeland Security, whose slogan is: “Your papers, please.” […]

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You Pay to Be Manipulated: Ad Budgets in Washington

Written by Gary North on March 20, 2012

Bureaucrats in Washington think they have a good use for taxpayer funds. They use the money to promote their services. After all, the government gives away free money. How can people find out about everything that bureaucrats do to make people’s lives better? The answer is clear: advertising. Advertising costs money. But money is no […]

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The Power of a Video of Police Infractions

Written by Gary North on March 16, 2012

The power of a YouTube video should be obvious. The authorities fear exposure of their own illegal activities. They also fear public embarrassment. Why? Because this can cause voters to pressure town councils to impose an outside board to run the internal affairs of a bureaucracy. More than anything else, a bureaucracy faces budget cuts […]

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NYPD’s Statistical War on Crime

Written by Gary North on March 12, 2012

Every bureaucracy learns how to make the statistics work for it. The bureaucracy announces improvements based on these manipulated statistics. The New Your Police Department has been caught in a classic example of how the game is played. The department was being pressured to show that crime is declining. It also had to show that […]

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The Nanny State and the Anti-Twinkie Fascists

Written by Gary North on March 9, 2012

Jeffrey Tucker reviews a new book on the nanny state. The nanny state is the security-promising bureaucracy that treats citizens as children. The phrase “nanny state” captures the spirit of this push to regulate our consumption in all areas of life. But the phrase misses the mark when it comes to the methods themselves. Nannies […]

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A True Horror Story from the TSA

Written by Gary North on March 5, 2012

This was posted on a forum on my GaryNorth.com website. * * * * * * * * * * * * I will spare you most of them, but when we developed the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program whereby certain airline pilots who volunteered (on their own time and expense) to be trained as […]

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