Markets

Excepts from a discussion at Citizen Tom’s blog:

@phadde2 wrote:

Keith, let me ask, are you not concerned with the extreme viewpoint of the free market turning tyrannical?

No. Well, let me look carefully at your statement. Yes, I’m concerned about people that would hold such an “extreme viewpoint.” But I am not concerned about […]

Natural Law, Natural Allies

From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.

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Lawlessness

One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree: Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t […]

Voters

Citizen Tom is discussing family, illegal immigration, and governmental failures. Along the way, he asked, “Why have we chosen such people to lead us?” I interpreted this to mean “What’s wrong with voters these days?” It seems to me that there are several factors: […]

Taxation

Progressive statists tend to think of Constitutional conservatives holding the notion that “all taxes are theft.” This is not a position held by us in general, and it is instead a strawman created to attack us. Here is my thinking on the topic:

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Re-election

I wrote, not too long ago, proposing an amendment to the US Constitution regarding term limits. My approach here seems to be unusual; I’ve not seen anyone else suggest the idea of […]

Legislative Fix

I have an idea for a possible fix for the tremendous flood of bureaucracy-generated legislation, in the form of a Constitutional amendment: […]

FairTax 5: Amended

I had suggested that the FairTax would best be implemented through an amendment process, to make certain that there was no temptation to do sales AND income taxes. This actually is required in the FairTax bill: the 16th amendment providing for income tax must be repealed before the FairTax law takes effect, so it guarantees that there will be no double-taxation. […]

FairTax 2: Incentives

Another commenter in the FairTax discussion, and my reply:

[Y]ou’d expect conservative media to support a policy that shifts the tax burden off the rich – the opposite is the case. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece not so long explaining why “fair” tax is an bad idea. It was unexpected to say the […]

FairTax 1

A discussion I’m involved in on the MENSA site had one member independently think up the idea of replacing the income tax with a sales tax. He and I are very far apart politically (something he noted during the discussion), but I agree with him on this. There has been a proposal that is continually refined to accomplish exactly this, and it would end the IRS for good. Here’s their website, FairTax.org. And then the arguments started… One commenter needed the IRS: […]

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