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The Hopeless War on Poverty Featured
One of the core arguments for government expansion is that there is no other way to reliably help the poor to a better life. This false notion has very deep roots, all the way back to the days when the first elements of the welfare state emerged on European soil. Back then, radical liberals convinced social conservatives that collectivized compassion was the way to go.
Time for Welfare Reform 2.0 Featured
A new Cato Institute report estimates the total cost of the so called “War on Poverty” to $19 trillion over 50 years. That is more than the total cost of national defense during the same period of time.
The authors of the report, Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes, note that the federal and state spending programs that constitute the “War on Poverty” are so inefficient that it is almost impossible to measure any marginal effect at all from all the money being spent.
American Lands Council Meeting Featured
The American Lands Council (ALC) met in Salt Lake City last week, October 7th through 9th. Wyoming's delegation consisted of Representatives David Miller, Jerry Paxton, and Marti Halverson; Senators Dan Dockstader, and Ogden Driskill; and two non-legislators, Bob Wharff of Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and your correspondent, Charles Curley.
Eleven states in the west have more than 50% of their lands managed by the federal government. Counties vary as well: Teton County is more than 97% federal land. This compares with states east of Colorado, with only a few percent still in federal hands. Toward that end, the ALC is co-ordinating a national effort which seeks the transfer of some of the public lands from the federal government to those western willing states for local control. The end goal is to provide better access, better environmental health, and better economic productivity to those public lands.
It’s ISIL, not ISIS Featured
Although it might seem petty, it is important to understand why the name of this particular terrorist organization is of concern. As it turns out, the name helps us understand the mission of the organization.
Formed in 1999 as Jama’at al Tawhid wal-Jihad (Group of Monotheism and Jihad), the group had a tendency to focus on local enemies as well as Western enemies—especially the U.S. Beyond attacking the U.S. during Desert Storm, they also bombed several regional targets such as the Jordanian embassy, killing 17 and wounding 40, and a mosque, killing 85 and wounding 500.
Return to Iraq Featured
Contrary to common understanding, the New York Time’s article on chemical weapons in Iraq did not expose new information; although it did expose a new scale. The NYT printed a discussion of the effects of chemical weapons on U.S. service members which, coincidentally, points out the location of these munitions fall largely within the area now controlled by ISIL—the “Islamic State.” The article overtly acknowledges that weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) were found—these include chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons.