Archive for June, 2015

The Export-Import Corporate Welfare Bank is Closed

Originally published at Rare The Export-Import Bank is a New Deal relic of corporate welfare that’s managed to earn the support of Congress for over 80 years. That ended today, when organized pressure from free-market critics forced the expiration of the bank’s charter for the first time. While the government-funded bank accounts for a relatively small […]

Can Libertarians Separate Government and Marriage?

Originally published at EveryJoe In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that same sex marriage is now legal nationwide, prominent liberty advocates offered a variety of reactions. Senator Rand Paul, who is known as the most libertarian Republican presidential candidate, believes the government should respect contracts between consenting adults, but […]

SCOTUS Rewrites ObamaCare: The Sequel

Originally published at Rare In a strikingly political decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of providing federal subsidies to states that did not set up their own Obamacare exchanges—despite the law explicitly calling for the opposite. King v. Burwell emerged because thirty-six states either chose not to set up their own Affordable Care Act […]

A Formidable New Super PAC is Working to Elect Rand Paul

Originally published at Rare Super PACs are playing an increasingly important role in the electoral landscape. While maximum contributions to a campaign are limited to $2,700 per individual, Super PACs are not restricted by donation limits. This makes them valuable entities, even though they cannot coordinate directly with campaigns. Thus far, two Super PACs have been created […]

Former NSA Director Pleasantly Surprised By Lack of Reforms

Originally published at Rare In the two years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed large amounts of classified data, surprisingly little has been done to eliminate the surveillance abuses he shed light on. Many civil liberties advocates have expressed dismay at how few reforms have been put in place. Leading reformers in Congress have […]