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Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2006

Milton Friedman, one of if not the best economist in history, passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Friedman, a Nobel Prize winner when the award actually meant something, explained that free markets with minimal government interference were essential in fostering economic prosperity. This view could not have been articulated at a better time.

Prior to Friedman, it was practically Gospel, at least according to the Gospel of Keynes, that government tinkering in the economy was not only appropriate but necessary. Friedman removed the stigma from the point of view that economic freedom and economic prosperity go hand in hand.

Great leaders, including Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher largely followed Friedman’s philosophy, and doing so, empowered American and British citizens to transform stagflated economies into engines of prosperity. The effects of these policies can still be felt decades later.

We have lost a giant. May Milton Friedman rest in peace.

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Pollution was the Cure All Along!

Posted by Ryan on November 16, 2006

A moment of Zen:

“I can’t believe it! Now pollution can HELP global warming! Good thing too, because I almost bought a hybrid. Upon hearing this news I am instead going to buy the biggest “SUV” I can find from any “Big Corporation,” that does business with “Halliburton” (I didn’t want to leave Halliburton out of this!).

“Now that I can be a big polluter I am willing to do my patriotic duty, as a member of the world community, to stomach the huge gas prices (which should be going up since Karl Rove’s price reduction tactic for the Election backfired) in order to drive a car that can help produce enough smog to block out those pesky sun-rays that are killing us in a most irreversible way. We can even help the polar bear! Everyone loves polar bears (except seals, maybe)! I might even start burning my trash.”

But seriously, that sounds about as ridiculous to me as those who embrace radical action be done about global warming without even considering the financial and political motives behind the alarmists and their calls for power to control politics and industry. That, to me, is scarier than any extra inch of water at the beach in 2050– “follow our paradigm or YOU’LL ALL DIE!!!” type stuff.With all these mixed messages, the whole debate might as well be an inside joke amongst the scientists themselves on who’s going to believe what–and who ends up lobbying the most grant money to stay behind their university desk another two years.Pic from Ecotourism Blog.

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Investigate Laura Ingraham?

Posted by Sal on November 16, 2006

Sen. Pat Leahey wants to start an investigation on Laura Ingraham’s encouraging her listeners to jam Democrat phone lines on election day that were set up to report “election abuses”.

Now, obviously she shouldn’t be investigated, but it would be fun to watch her and the Senate Judiciary committee square off in a Senate hearing! I’d pay to see her take on Diane Feinstein, Patrick Leahey, Ted Kennedy, Rich Feingold, Joe Biden, Herb Kohl, Dick Durban, and Chuck Schumer! She has nothing to lose politically!

Thanks to K-Lo at the Corner for this one.

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