December 31, 2011

A Different Kind of Clock, Heading Toward a Different Kind of Midnight

As we approach the new year midnight, it's worth checking in on U.S. debt.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:29 PM
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Devious Democracy

I confess my intention to engage in the devious process of democratic action in Tiverton.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:16 PM
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December 29, 2011

So, in Other Words, It Was Already a Scam?

The fact that more care owners are now responsible for unreasonably high valuations on their own cars means that the state had been overcharging everybody all along.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:46 AM
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December 28, 2011

Hinckley's at Least Half Correct

PolitiFact puts its thumb on the Truth-O-Meter once again, splitting hairs between "code" and "law."

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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Contractual Obligation Without Language

A finding in favor of a police union with regard to retiree dental benefits illustrates how tilted the playing field is.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM
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December 24, 2011

Schools from Bailout to Bankruptcy?

Could the municipal "bankruptcies" be a result of the magic Obama stimulus for public schools?

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:09 PM
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December 23, 2011

Taking the Edge Off the Hardball

If the public sector unions wish to harm a charity for supporting pension reform, the people should make up the difference (and then some).

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:14 AM
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December 22, 2011

Taking Over Municipalities: The Governor's New Toy

Governor Chafee has jumped right in when it comes to invalidating local elections.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:25 AM
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December 21, 2011

As the Governing Scam Turns

At all levels of government, from local quasi-public agencies to international entities, nobody is willing to acknowledge that there is not enough money for activities that "must" be funded.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM
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December 20, 2011

Are Insane Acts Not Crimes by Definition?

An example in Tiverton makes me wonder where "not guilty by reason of insanity" ends.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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Government Edges into Preschool... Expensively

Some basic math illustrates the high cost of letting government edge its way into the preschool business.

December 17, 2011

Can I Just Say....

Boxes of inherited content lead me to think that medium matters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:37 PM
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December 14, 2011

A Better View Through Environmentalism

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has found a way to preserve his property's view at no cost to him.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:55 AM
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December 12, 2011

The Incentive Trap of Government Subsidies

Government involvement in economic matters tends to insinuate itself more and more.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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December 9, 2011

Killing the Weak as Recovery Strategy

Only the government would concoct an unemployment system that taxes the hardest-hit businesses more during a recession and recovery.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:43 AM
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December 6, 2011

Government Sets a Thief to Catch... a Business

At what point does government shift from serving the public to operating as a criminal organization?"

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:45 AM
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December 5, 2011

Yes, Reverend, What We Call It Matters

Notwithstanding the attempt of a local Protestant leader to dismiss the matter, it is important to call a Christmas tree by its name.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:07 AM
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December 1, 2011

The Hidden Power Grab

As usual, the usurpation of decision-making power inherent in the healthcare exchanges is getting meager public attention.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:49 AM