Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Libertarian Links

It turns out there actually was gay (Christian) marriage back in the day (OK, the guy's a Yale history professor, but apparently there's still some controversy over the claim.)

Voter id: In Colorado, the Secretary of State's office recently identified 11,805 aliens illegally registered to vote in the state, of whom 4,947 cast a ballot in the 2010 elections.

More National Labor Relations Board totalitarianism: NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman, a long-time union lawyer, doesn't like that balance. "The Board's task would be easier, and more importantly, the [National Labor Relations] Act's policy of promoting collective bargaining might well be better served, if employers were required to provide unions with requested information about relocation decisions whenever there was a reasonable likelihood that labor-cost concessions might affect the decision," she wrote in her concurrence to the Embarq case. Translation: Ms. Liebman wants to force far more companies to consult unions when they want to relocate, because unions might theoretically be able to offer concessions to avert a move if they had more information.

Corporate investigations by the SEC and DOJ often outsource the investigating to the companies themselves 

Only this section of the article is interesting: A really cool thing is happening in Germany. After decades of strict laws regulating when stores can open and close (Ladenschlussgesetz), the laws are progressively liberalizing. Since 2006, the decision has been left to the individual states. Whereas commercial establishments once could not open their doors before 6 a.m. or keep them open past 10 p.m., now many open earlier and close later. Consumers are celebrating, while labor unions and regulators are not.

Obama lies about the income tax burden on wealth being lowest, and Paul Ryan tells the truth about income tax burden reaching nearly 45%.

Government in Portugal: [M]any here cite the northern county of Barcelos — with 124,000 residents and 89 local governments, or one for every 1,390 residents.



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