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In case you were wondering, someone is watching you

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The FBI now employs 36,000 people and focuses ever more on dissenters. The CIA, supposedly prohibited from spying domestically, now stations agents in local police departments. Homeland Security may legally confiscate your computer and smart phone at the airport, copy their contents and eventually give them back. Civilian agencies have drones to follow you.

And that’s just the beginning.

Not all taxes have to hurt

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Taxes are a deeply emotional subject and make for hot political theater. Whenever the T-word is blurted out, our anxiety zooms. That’s the whole idea. Millionaires, who rightfully are the target for paying more, want us to think that any changes in the tax code will mean that we’ll all be paying more, too.

Not so. The goal with this reform is to finally catch up those taking advantage of loopholes.They don’t want us to see them, but they’re there. Is Mitt Romney one of them? We’ll have to read his tax returns to find out.

We need an armistice in the War on Drugs

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Here’s a war

We’ll never win;

Cops aren’t good

At ending sin.

Repealing Prohibition was easy by comparison. Pressure from “nice” people who wanted to drink legally again was overwhelming. Plus the liquor racketeers were just getting too involved in everyday life. The moral revolution that had originally fueled the crusade against alcohol flagged, and life returned to normal.

Free trade: a corporate scam

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Free trade isn’t the only thing ruining America, but it’s a biggie. The most obvious reason is that so many jobs have gone overseas. You’d think economists might feel a duty to explain to our leaders what’s gone wrong. Well, that’s their job, but most economists these days work for industry, largely the very same employers who benefit from cheap foreign or imported labor. They’re surely not going to sound the alarm.

Hospitals should be good for your health, shouldn’t they?

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The last time our nation assessed the risks of hospitals was in 1999. The Institute of Medicine found that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients died each year from medical mistakes. Around a million others suffered injuries. Nonetheless, if you were sick, where else were you going to go?

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The eternal Drug War

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The Afghanistan War seems interminable. It is the longest hot war in U.S. history. Europe’s Hundred Years War remains the world record holder, but things moved slower back then. Pentagon officials appear to dream of setting a new record in Kabul.
Meanwhile, our War on Drugs is quietly building its own longevity record. This war dates back to the Nixon administration and shows little sign of abating.

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The eternal Drug War

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The Afghanistan War seems interminable. It is the longest hot war in U.S. history. Europe’s Hundred Years War remains the world record holder, but things moved slower back then. Pentagon officials appear to dream of setting a new record in Kabul.
Meanwhile, our War on Drugs is quietly building its own longevity record. This war dates back to the Nixon administration and shows little sign of abating.

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