How the Government Saves Us Money


As a part of the $2,500 a year that Obamacare was supposedly going to save each family, the “Affordable Care Act” mandates that all Americans have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. In 2014, the penalties were 1% of your household income or $95 per person—whichever was greater. In 2015, those penalties ramp up significantly to 2% of total household income, or $325 per person.

How Busybodies Kill People


The nannystate is lethal. Laws are ultimately enforced by the state’s use of force, and that includes the possibility of deadly force. David Harsanyi has a worthwhile essay on the topic at Real Clear Politics. Here’s the money quote:

If they can kill you over a cigarette tax, why would you trust them to run the internet, regulate your speech and choose your health care?

Read the whole thing.

Quote of the Day


I believe in limited government. I believe that government should be limited in many ways, and what I am going to emphasize is only an intellectual thing. I don’t want to talk about everything at the same time. Let’s take a small piece, an intellectual thing.

No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.

—Richard Feynman