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WichitaLiberty.TV: Lack of information sharing by government, community improvement districts, and the last episode of “Love Gov”

WichitaLiberty.TV: Lack of information sharing by government, community improvement districts, and the last episode of “Love Gov”

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Do our governmental agencies really want to share data and documents with us? Community Improvement Districts and homeowners compared. And, the last episode of “Love Gov” from the Independent Institute. View below, or click here to view in high definition at YouTube. Episode 95, broadcast September 20, 2015.
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Michael Tanner of Cato Institute on deficits, debt, and entitlements

WichitaLiberty.TV: Michael Tanner of Cato Institute on deficits, debt, and entitlements

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute talks about his new book “Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis.” View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 90, broadcast August 2, 2015. Tanner's page at Cato is here. Video of a book forum on "Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis" is here. Video of Tanner at the Wichita Pachyderm Club is here. A good discussion of the book on C-SPAN is here.
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‘Love Gov’ humorous and revealing of government’s nature

‘Love Gov’ humorous and revealing of government’s nature

A series of short videos from the Independent Institute entertains and teaches lessons at the same time. The Independent Institute has produced a series of humorous and satirical videos to present lessons about the nature of government. The Institute describes the series here: Love Gov depicts an overbearing boyfriend -- Scott “Gov” Govinsky -- who foists his good intentions on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis. Each episode follows Alexis's relationship with Gov as his intrusions wreak (comic) havoc on her life, professionally, financially, and socially. Alexis's loyal friend Libby tries to help her see Gov for what he really…
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Corporate income tax rates in U.S. and other countries

Corporate income tax rates in U.S. and other countries

Over the past two decades most large industrial countries have reduced their corporate income tax rates. Two countries, however, stand out from this trend: France and The United States. In Abolish the Corporate Income Tax economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff writes "I, like many economists, suspect that our corporate income tax is economically self-defeating -- hurting workers, not capitalists, and collecting precious little revenue to boot." High taxes in America cause companies to invest overseas in order to escape these high American taxes. For example, Apple takes steps to minimize the income tax it pays, as do most companies. In Calculating…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: United States Congressman Mike Pompeo

WichitaLiberty.TV: United States Congressman Mike Pompeo

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Congressman Mike Pompeo talks about risks to America from overseas, Benghazi, congressional scorecards, the Grant Return for Deficit Reduction Act, and labeling food with genetically engineered ingredients. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 78, broadcast March 15, 2015.
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Cato Institute scholars respond to the 2015 state of the union address

Cato Institute scholars Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, Neal McCluskey, Mark Calabria, Bill Watson, Chris Edwards, Gene Healy, Chris Preble, Julian Sanchez, Pat Michaels and Trevor Burrus respond to President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address. View below, or click here to view in high definition at YouTube. Video produced by Caleb O. Brown, Austin Bragg and Tess Terrible.
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Corporate income tax rates in U.S. do not help our economy

Over the past two decades most large industrial countries have reduced their corporate income tax rates. Two countries, however, stand out from this trend: France and The United States. In Abolish the Corporate Income Tax economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff writes "I, like many economists, suspect that our corporate income tax is economically self-defeating -- hurting workers, not capitalists, and collecting precious little revenue to boot." High taxes in America cause companies to invest overseas in order to escape these high American taxes. For example, Apple takes steps to minimize the income tax it pays, as do most companies. In Calculating…
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Kansas was an earmark donor state

Kansas was an earmark donor state

The practice of federal earmark spending was not kind to Kansas, as data shows Kansas was an earmark donor state. The former practice of earmarking federal spending was seen as a way for members of Congress to demonstrate their political prowess by bringing the federal bacon back home to the district or state. Data gathered and analyzed by Brandon Arnold of Cato Institute shows that states differ greatly in the dollars sent to Washington as federal income taxes and the earmarks received. Data for 2009, one of the last years for earmarking, along with Arnold's calculations of a earmark ratio,…
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For Kansas Senator Roberts, earmark reform not worthy of his vote

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts promotes his fiscal conservatism, but failed to vote in favor of earmark reform in a recent close vote. In 2012 an amendment to a Senate bill was offered that would have dramatically reformed the earmark process. The vote was On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1472 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038 (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012). The purpose of the amendment, according to Congress.gov, is "to prohibit earmarks." Although offered in 2012, the short title of the amendment was "Earmark Elimination Act of 2011" The nub of the amendment was "It shall not be…
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Corporate income tax rates in U.S. are self-defeating

Over the past two decades most large industrial countries have reduced their corporate income tax rates. Two countries, however, stand out from this trend: France and The United States. In Abolish the Corporate Income Tax economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff writes "I, like many economists, suspect that our corporate income tax is economically self-defeating -- hurting workers, not capitalists, and collecting precious little revenue to boot." High taxes in America cause companies to invest overseas in order to escape these high American taxes. For example, Apple takes steps to minimize the income tax it pays, as do most companies. In Calculating…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo on Benghazi, Ukraine, and Boko Haram and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism

Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo on Benghazi, Ukraine, and Boko Haram and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism

United States Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita has been appointed to the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. I spoke with him today in his Wichita office on this topic and a few others. On the composition of the committee -- seven Republicans and five Democrats -- Pompeo explained that the majority party usually has a majority on committees of this type. A "Select" committee like this has a very narrow charter. The committee will have staff and counsel, and will deliver a report. After that, the committee will disband. Critics of this committee…
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Club for Growth scorecards

Club for Growth scorecards

Organizations like Club for Growth produce scorecards of legislators. I've gathered results from Club for Growth for all years available and present them in an interactive visualization. You may select which members to show. By clicking on a member's name in the legend, their line will be highlighted from the others. Scorecards such as these and others, including the ones that I've personally constructed, have caveats. For example, some members have not been in office very long. Issues in which you have an interest may not have been voted on during the member of interest's tenure. Or, the vote may…
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Alternative measures of unemployment

Alternative measures of unemployment

Besides the official unemployment rate that is the topic of news each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the U.S. Department of Labor) tracks and publishes five other series. These are called alternative measures of labor underutilization. BLS defines the six measures as follows, along with the seasonally adjusted value for February 2014: U-1, persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force, 3.5% U-2, job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force, 3.5% U-3, total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force…
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Special interests defend wind subsidies at taxpayer cost

Special interests defend wind subsidies at taxpayer cost

The spurious arguments made in support of the wind production tax credit shows just how difficult it is to replace cronyism with economic freedom. From October, 2012. We often see criticism of politicians for sensing "which way the wind blows," that is, shifting their policies to pander to the prevailing interests of important special interest groups. The associated negative connotation is that politicians do this without regard to whether these policies are wise and beneficial for everyone. So when a Member of Congress takes a position that is literally going against the wind in the home district and state, we…
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Pompeo on Obama budget

Pompeo on Obama budget

U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo appeared on Stossel and told the host that President Obama’s budget will leave the U.S. begging for money down the road. Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
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We could use the shutdown as a teachable moment

The United States government is in the third day of a partial shutdown. It’s quite a coincidence that Chapter 9 of Henry Hazlitt's book "Economics in One Lesson" talks about government employees right at the time we’re in a government shutdown. Here, Amanda BillyRock illustrates this chapter of "Economics in One Lesson." (Click here to view at YouTube.) You know how on a day when it has snowed or there’s been an ice storm, you hear on the news that “only essential government employees should report to work today.” When I hear that, I've wondered “Why do we have non-essential…
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Pompeo on Syria

On today's episode of KAKE TV This Week in Kansas, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo discusses Syria. View below, or click here to view on YouTube.
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Pompeo on Syria intervention

This morning U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News Network to talk about Syria. Video follows. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Also, KFDI reported this today: Kansas Fourth District Representative Mike Pompeo has just returned from a week in the Middle East in which he met with national security figures from the United States and its allies. Pompeo said there is a broad concensus that American foreign policy in the Middle East has been weak and feckless. The congressman called for a strong response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, who Pompeo…
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Pompeo on national security issues

On the Joseph Ashby Show today, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita explained his views on our national security programs. [powerpress url="https://wichitaliberty.org/audio/joseph-ashby-show-2013-07-16-excerpt-mike-pompeo.mp3"]U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo on the Joseph Ashby Show. When the host drew an analogy between the National Security Agency's collection of data and the Internal Revenue Service scandals, Pompeo said: "Had there been this kind of oversight of Lois Lerner, this would not have happened." He went on to explain that oversight of IRS is all by one branch of government, the executive branch. Oversight of NSA is "radically different," he said. Pompeo also noted that while we…
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