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If you have nothing to hide, you still have something to fear

 
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If you have nothing to hide, you still have something to fear

Defenders of the NSA, TSA, PATRIOT Act, etc. like to say that “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Three stories show the fallacy of that statement. First, is a survey from the Pew Research Center showing that only 42% of Americans are willing to discuss their views of the National […]


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Government Debt: US’s leading export?

According to new figures from the Treasury Department, foreign holdings of US debt now exceed $6 trillion dollars. China is the leading holder of US debt, holding  $1,268,400,000,000 at the end of June. In comparison, the Federal Reserve held  $2,396,972,000,000 in Treasury Securities during the same period. Other leading foreign holders of US debt include […]


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Don’t Miss Bill Kaufman at LPAC 2014!

One of the LPAC 2014 speakers I am most excited about is Bill Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman is a former DC editor for Reason magazine, and currently is a columnist for The American Conservative. Mr. Kaufman is also a contributor to a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, USA Today, and The Guardian. […]


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Government tracking “truthiness”

In homage to late-night comedian Stephen Colbert, federal bureaucrats have named their new database “Truthy.” However, unlike Colbert, there is nothing funny about this database. Researchers at Indiana University received nearly $1 million of your money to develop Truthy. According to Bonnie Kristian writing in The Week: A major focus of the project is determining […]


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Paul Ryan, Ex-Im, and the art of preemptive surrender

Yesterday Megan posted on the continuing battle over reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank).   Shortly after that post, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan essentially threw in the towel on Ex-Im Bank (h/t: Export-Import Bank Today): When it returns in September, Congress will have a handful of work days — likely between eight and […]


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