Links for May 10, 2010: Orwellian tax amnesty ad, National debt up a cool tril since last fall, Lynne Abraham pooh-poohs new Philly marijuana arrest policy, others….

  1. Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue has already shed the pretense that its residents do not live in an Orwellian State.  The voice should have gone on to say: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse, Tom. You know you have a civic duty to understand and abide by Pennsylvania’s Personal Income Tax Code. We’ve even put it online for you.”

  2. Former Philly DA Lynne Abraham: "Welcome to Philadelphia, Light Up a Joint."

    The national debt is pushing $13,000,000,000,000. Since the beginning of last November, the federal government spent has $1,000,000,000,000 more dollars that it did not have. I tell you, this health care bill had better take a huge-ass chunk off of the deficit, and fast.

  3. Hey, that’s great, Lynne. Just let us know when we can expect to receive your annual $3,000,000 donation to pay for the adjudication of these small-time dope smokers.

  4. The ONDCP is not interested in doing a cost-benefit analysis. If they can maintain a shadow of a reason to keep weed illegal, they’ll do it at any cost. That is apparently what it exists to do.

  5. This is why I love DRCNet aka StopTheDrugWar.org.  Scott Morgan explains the problems with prohibition with devastating perspicuity.  Writers like Morgan make me unafraid and unashamed to publicly support marijuana legalization.  In fact, I’d wager that those who supported marijuana prohibition before reading these two lucid paragraphs probably felt the pangs of shame afterward.

  6. Nick Gillespie speaks with a little more urgency than usual. With this sort of track record, I don’t understand why anyone believes government health care reform will cut the deficit. Even if it did, you can’t rightly go around parading how budget-friendly this legislation will be after the government just ballooned the deficit to $1.8 trillion. If you want to dazzle us with fiscal responsibility start by spending money merely as recklessly as our last president.

  7. Don’t like Arizona’s new anti-immigration laws? Let’s all vent our frustration by hurling economic boulders at everything that moves within Arizona state borders EXCEPT for the parties who are actually responsible (i.e. the legislators). And then, let’s lob one at the Chicago Cubs for having the audacity to play an Arizona-based baseball team. Gimme a break!

  8. Some socialism basics, well-intended but unconvincing.  See my annotations.

  9. This was one of Penn & Teller’s favorite talking points. Be careful about forgoing substantial present benefits because of remote, theoretical dangers. I think many GM foods fall into the same category.

  10. PERC rehashes how politicization hinders the stewardship of national parks.

  11. Is Ron Paul just another lackey?

    There’s kind of a good point here.  After all, do you remember what happened when so-called libertarian Alan Greenspan took the helm of the Federal Reserve?

  12. “As a former drunken sailor, I stopped spending when I ran out of money.” Priceless.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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