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Monday, August 25, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal Conservatism 202 In previous articles, we have defined why government, especially the federal government, should be limited. When government does things outside its mandate, it forces everyone to participate which is unfair. And government is...
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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 201 We have a very wealthy society. No one need go hungry or avoid getting medical care because our society lacks resources. Instead, we squander those resources on inefficiencies or payoffs for those politically connected. And...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal Conservatism 109 One of the underpinnings of fiscal conservatism is freedom, versus "state control" of things which is stifling and should be avoided whenever possible. As I have explained elsewhere, the state (aka the government) should be...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal Conservatism 108 I'm sure many people implicitly trust the government. But our founding fathers did not, and neither do I. Like corporations, the government is made up of people. Most people are not evil. They don't personally seek anyone's...
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal Conservatism 107 In this article, I want to explain why President Obama is wrong to take the law into his own hands, bypassing Congress, and make changes using his "executive orders." "The rule of law" is an important idea in a democracy. No...
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Saturday, August 9, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
The Wall Street Journal is a great newspaper. I don't read a lot of the business news, but much of their regular news coverage is very informative. Today's Journal (8/9/14) had several interesting articles that I wanted to highlight and comment on....
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 106 Hundreds of years ago, the rich people were members of royalty and inherited their land and wealth. Ordinary people could be given wealth based on their connection to the King and "working" for a living would rarely make you...
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
The Massachusetts State Lottery has introduced a new instant ticket called "World Class Millions" and this $30 ticket is a world-class ripoff. Players would probably get more pleasure, do more good, and get the same return on investment if they...
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Monday, August 4, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
In response to a recent Acton Forum article on work being done to upgrade the Kelley's Corner sidewalks (see http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/allenn/kelleys-corner-uncoordinated) State Rep. Jen Benson's District Director, Meagan Greene, sent us the...
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Monday, August 4, 2014
Blog post by AllenN
Part 2. In the last article, I tried to show how the desire to help others by using public funds is a form of being cheap. Instead of stepping up to raise money for a cause privately, some believe it is better to have the public pay for it. On the...
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