What Would the Founders Do?

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Number 283, August 8, 2004

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so
are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to
harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
—President George W. Bush, August 5, 2004

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Letters to the Editor
Letters from: Thomas Knapp, Roy J. Tellason, Jonathan David Morris Jim Davidson, Spencer J. Hahn, EJ Totty, Bruce Standlee, "Aaron", and Stephen P. Gordon

"Hang Up and Drive, or Don't"
by Jonathan David Morris
All right, picture this: Killer telephone numbers. I'm not talking about easy-to-memorize digits here. Like, "Hey, man, that's a killer number." I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about numbers that instantly kill you the moment you answer their calls. Sounds ridiculous, right?

Statists and Total Dependency
by Charles Stone, Jr.
Americans have always seen themselves as independent and self-sufficient. The spirit of this nation has fostered the view that any American, willing to work hard and take some risk, could strive to achieve any future he wanted, including the Presidency of the United States. It's a tantalizing picture but if it did ever exist, it is rapidly fading. We have gone from the greatest creditor nation to the greatest debtor nation. We have gone from superpower to supplicant. We are deteriorating from a nation of rugged individuals to a nation of dependents.

The 3 'E's of the Minimum Wage
by bkMarcus
It's time, once again, to talk about the minimum wage. Or rather, it's time to talk about why we're still talking about it. Why is this absurd law still with us? Why is it so popular? Why are the Democrats talking about the need to raise the minimum yet again?

Free Speech Isn't So Free
by Lady Liberty
When I publicly endorsed Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik last week—the first time I've ever endorsed any candidate—I expected to get some feedback from readers. What I didn't anticipate was the overwhelming tone of those e-mails: gratitude. One writer even thanked me for "having the courage" to say what I thought. While I'm grateful for the notes and the kind words, I was particularly struck by the idea that it should require much courage at all to simply say publicly what I believe to be the truth.

What Would the Founders Do?
by Ron Beatty
I wonder what the founding fathers would say if they could see us now? After they got over all the technological marvels, what would they say about our political life? After all, things have changed tremendously, in 228 years!

In Defense of "Deadbeat Dads"
by Wendy McElroy
A July 25 Justice Department study reveals that 6.9 million people—one in 34 adults—were on probation, parole or incarcerated in 2003. This record-breaking figure has prompted calls for the removal of nonviolent offenders from the system. If that happens, the first offenders to be removed should be "deadbeat dads" imprisoned for defaulting on child support they cannot afford to pay.

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