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Found: 30,000 Missing IRS Emails of Lois “5th Amendment” Lerner

Posted on November 22, 2014

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of […]

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IRS Stonewaller Lerner’s Emails Are Not Lost, Say Government Lawyers

Posted on October 22, 2014

Government lawyers have told a watchdog group suing over the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Lois Lerner’s emails aren’t missing after all. Attorneys for the Justice Department surprised Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group, on Friday by saying that they have copies of every electronic message ever sent from Lerner, a former top IRS official […]

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Bagpipes and Liberty

Written by Gary North on October 17, 2014

Some of you will scoff. “North has gone round the bend this time.” On the contrary: the United States government has gone round the bend . . . again. I begin with North’s law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will inevitably enforce an official rule to the point of utter imbecility.” There are no known exceptions […]

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The TSA Spots Gold. “What Is This?” A Medal.

Written by Gary North on October 16, 2014

In 2011, Brian Schmidt won the Nobel Prize in physics. He took the medal to Fargo, North Dakota, to show his grandmother. She lives in Fargo. There, he encountered the TSA, always on the job to Keep America Safe. He was not coming into Fargo. He was leaving. He describes what happened. ‘They’re like, “Sir, […]

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Two Mindsets: Entrepreneurial and Bureaucratic

Written by Gary North on October 16, 2014

What I write here is an extension of Ludwig von Mises’s little book, Bureaucracy. We do not know the future with much precision. Therefore, everyone is to some extent an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is a person who buys low and sells high. He forecasts the future, devises a plan to deal with the future, and […]

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School Vouchers: The Double Tax

Written by Gary North on October 10, 2014

“All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarizing the popular mind; for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most effective for State purposes.” Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1907) We are continually bombarded by newspaper and magazine headlines informing us of the continuing […]

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Drudge Takes Our Daily Temperature on Ebola

Written by Gary North on October 9, 2014

Matt Drudge is estimated to be worth $90 million. Why? Because he is the greatest headline writer in history. He knows what interests readers. He has millions of readers. Here is what interests readers this morning. This indicates the public’s fascination with Ebola. It is not panic yet, but great curiosity. This creates a problem […]

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Drudge, Ebola, and the Tipping Point

Written by Gary North on October 4, 2014

Drudge knows how to attract viewers. He know what stories are read. He then uses related stories on the top left of his site. Here is October 4’s list. The government keeps issuing assurances: there is no threat.  Its problem is obvious: people know that officials lie. The more likely that bad news will create […]

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