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“Blanket Licensing” – a Collectivist, Bureaucratic, One-Size-Fits-All Deprivation of Property Rights Proposal

America’s legacy of unparalleled copyright protections and free market orientation has cultivated a music industry unrivaled in today’s world or throughout human history.

From the first days of the phonograph, through the jazz age, through the rock era, through disco, through country, through hip-hop and every other popular musical iteration since its advent, it’s not by accident that we lead the world in the same manner in which we lead in such industries as cinema and television programming.  We can thank our nation’s emphasis on strong copyright protections.

Unfortunately, that reality doesn’t deter some activists from periodically advocating a more collectivist, top-down governmental reordering of the music industry in a way that would deprive artists and creators of their…[more]

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211 New Polls Suggest Assault on Religious Freedom a Political Loser

New opinion polls and government deficit projections create unexpected new difficulties for ObamaCare and its assault against religious liberty, as well as Obama’s reelection effort generally.  In fact, the issue has turned so quickly against Obama that he pivoted from contriving it as a political bludgeon to despairing that others might…

212 ObamaCare Exchanges Consumer Choice and State Sovereignty for Nationalized Healthcare

In its latest unveiling of ObamaCare mandates, the Department of Health and Human Services promises that the creation of government-run health insurance exchanges will give states more flexibility and consumers more choices.  But an examination of the rhetoric versus the reality reveals that these claims are just a smokescreen while HHS effectively…

213 The Critical ObamaCare Law the Supreme Court Won’t Decide This Term

From March 26 to 28 the United States Supreme Court will hear an historic 5 ½ hours of oral argument about the constitutionality of various provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e., ObamaCare).  But while the questions presented to the Justices could, if answered correctly, result in eliminating much of the law…

214 What’s Really at Stake With ObamaCare Legal Battle

The battle over ObamaCare is really a fight about freedom. Regarding the centrality of freedom to the very identity of the United States, the philosophical chasm between the American political left and right is vast. On health care, as on so many other issues, the left doesn’t even recognize freedom as a valid concern. Conservatives, on the other…

215 Protect Freedom of Choice and Conscience: Repeal ObamaCare!

The Obama administration’s mandated contraception compromise raises serious constitutional and moral questions.  It also makes one wonder why employees don’t have the freedom to choose their own health plan.  The answer comes from the late economist Milton Friedman.  In a 2001 report for the Hoover Institution entitled How…

216 Obama vs. Ryan Budgets: A Contrast of Visions

To read President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal regarding Medicare and Medicaid in light of Rep. Paul Ryan’s more flexible alternative is to see a startling contrast of visions.  On Page Four of President Obama’s Budget Message to Congress, there is a thinly veiled swipe at Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare and Medicaid…

217 Direct-Pay Medicine: A Free Market Approach to Healthcare Reform

While ObamaCare creates armies of bureaucrats in the public and private sectors, a small but growing number of doctors and patients are using a simple solution to improve medical treatment while cutting out middle men.  When it was signed into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was estimated by Newt Gingrich…

218 Paul Ryan’s New Medicare Reform Is Pro-Market

Like night following day, another Paul Ryan reform proposal is igniting another round of teeth-gnashing over the past, present and future of America.   Last Thursday, Representative Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced a plan to reform Medicare in a way that (1) gives seniors more options, and (2) reduces costs to taxpayers…

219 Paul Ryan Would Replace ObamaCare with Patient-Centered Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent speech at the Hoover Institution laid out a comprehensive alternative to ObamaCare that takes a patient-centered approach to controlling skyrocketing health care costs.   So far, it is the most detailed plan available for a conservative movement looking to counter the biggest government power grab since the 1960s…

220 “Let Him Die” Or Government Healthcare? That’s a False Dichotomy

Americans are often subjected to a false dichotomy in our ongoing healthcare debate:  Even more government healthcare versus letting people just die in the streets.  That false binary choice isn’t just intellectually sloppy.  It also emotionally tilts the issue in a manner favorable toward advocates of ObamaCare or wholesale government…

221 Romney, Gingrich Flunk Poli-Philosophy

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both have serious problems that have nothing to do with their presidential campaigns: At least on health care, both of them are statists, and philosophically incoherent ones at that. The former House Speaker and former Massachusetts governor both defend the idea of an “individual mandate” to buy health insurance…

222 ObamaCare Debate Waives Goodbye to Rule of Law

Implementing the various command-and-control features of ObamaCare is proving to be as damaging to the rule of law as was its passage.  In a fine piece of journalism, the Daily Caller shows that 38 of the 204 new ObamaCare waivers issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2011 went to swanky San Francisco nightclubs…

223 ObamaCare: We Have the Final Say, Not Justice Kennedy

This was a wonderful week for individual freedom in America.  For the second time in two months, a federal judge has ruled ObamaCare unconstitutional.  Specifically, Judge Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which would force…

224 Rep. Paul Ryan: Health Care Repeal Is Not an End, It's a Beginning

Last week, House Republicans kept a promise made in the recent election by voting to repeal the costly new health care law. Now it is time to keep another one – and put in place fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that seriously address the problems in our nation’s health care system. Since the health care bill became law…

225 Grading the Potential 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates on Health Care

Now that a Republican House of Representatives has passed repeal of ObamaCare, a momentous fight for the future of American liberty has been joined. Even amongst the most ardent supporters of repeal, however, the reality that it might require a sympathetic president to pull the final plugs on the program is becoming conventional wisdom. …

226 Texas Enters Fight to Repeal ObamaCare

In the opening days of the 2011 legislative session, Texas State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is serving notice that ObamaCare and its mandates most definitely mess with Texas.  From time to time, Texas’ commitment to limited government turns freedom into a straightjacket.  Because the state tries to cap the amount of damage…

227 The “Commerce Clause” – An Invaluable Constitutional Restraint against ObamaCare and Other Tyrannies from the Founding Fathers

The Congress shall have Power … To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes… ~The Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section 8  How symbolically fitting is this?   During the very week in which we celebrate the original Tea Party hosted by…

228 The ObamaCare Fit Hits the Shan: Health Insurance Costs and Spending Already Rising

In selling ObamaCare to a renitent nation just six months ago, proponents swore that it would restrain health spending and insurance costs.  To lubricate public acceptance, they even frontloaded the bill’s benefits so that the gain would arrive before the pain, making Republican efforts to repeal less popular.  For example, the bill…

229 ObamaCare Loses in Two Courts, not Just One

“Once you explain what’s in the bill, the American people of course like it.” ~Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada) “It’s going to be very, very exciting.  But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  ~Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D – …

230 ObamaCare in the Crosshairs: Why Repeal May be Closer Than You Think

Back in February – when liberals were in fever pitch over the prospect that a filibuster might derail their ambitions to make healthcare a federal utility – America’s columnist laureate, George Will, remarked of the Democratic Party’s fainting spells, “Filibusters are devices for registering intensity rather than mere…

231 The Government War on the American Diet

“My body, my choice” worked for abortion advocates, but that does not seem to apply to the American diet.  Federal and local governments for years have told us what we should and should not put into our bodies.  Whether it's alcohol or cigarettes, saturated or trans fat, sugar or salt, legislators and regulators pick things off…

232 The GOP’s ‘Doc Fix’ to ObamaCare: Doctors as Congressional Candidates

With elements of ObamaCare going into effect before the November mid-terms, voters in at least 31 congressional districts will have the opportunity to send someone to Congress who can offer an expert’s critique: a local doctor.  After years of fighting reduced Medicare payments with an annually passed bill known as the “doc fix,&rdquo…

233 Rep. Paul Ryan: Costs of This Debacle Will Be High

The legislative victory among Washington's political class comes at a high cost for all Americans forced to swallow this bitter pill. This massive health care overhaul - a remake of one-sixth of our economy - will exacerbate the very problems this reform effort sought to address. It will dramatically alter our deteriorating economic and…

234 From “Yes We Can” to “No Means No” – How Health Care Is Destroying the Obama Presidency

If George W. Bush was country music personified and Bill Clinton was smooth jazz, Barack Obama is Wagnerian opera. There’s something about our 44th president that pines for drama – whether in the shape of a make-or-break speech or an against-all-odds campaign.  Read either of Obama’s best-selling books and you’ll see this…

235 ObamaCare: It’s Law When the President Signs It, but What Is “It?”

Unless President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can bribe, blackmail or waterboard their way to the 216 House votes currently required to pass ObamaCare (assuming no one falls suspiciously ill or suffers an equally suspicious accident), it is over, done, finished, kaput...for now. For reasons explained below, it is imperative for opponents of…

236 ObamaCare: The Public Will Be Damned Only if We Allow it

Sometimes a writer captures, with relatively few words, an understanding that humbles those of us who merely try. Such is the case with Michael Gerson, writing of ObamaCare in The Washington Post:  “Whatever the legislative fate of health reform – now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats – the reformers have failed…

237 Visions of Our Government-Controlled Medical Future, With or Without ObamaCare

My wife and I go to an island doctor.  We don’t live on the island, but we drive to the island doctor because he is one of the best diagnosticians in an area heavily populated by the aging and heavily serviced by docs with degrees from prestigious medical schools.  Our doctor is a sole practitioner, with a nurse and a receptionist.&…

238 Brown Victory in Massachusetts Kills ObamaCare Either Way

The veil placed before the door of liberalism’s holy of holies was torn on Tuesday night in Massachusetts.  With a decisive victory in the Bay State’s special election for the U.S. Senate, Republican Scott Brown is headed to Washington to assume a seat that was held by Ted Kennedy for nearly 50 years.   Republicans will paint…

239 President Obama’s Health Care Snake Oil

The health care claims peddled by White House pitchmen over the past several months might just as well have been snake oil.  The most laughable claim is that their 2,000-page, $2 trillion monstrosity of a bill will actually reduce health care spending in the U.S.  According to the Administration’s own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

240 The Transparency of the Presidential Lie

Most of us know someone who, as is said, will lie about what he or she had for breakfast.  For those who don’t know such a stranger to veracity, meet the current President of the United States.  Now you know one. The late, lamented columnist and language explorer, William Safire, made the term “congenital liar” famous this…

 
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