Tax Day is looming – and CEI On Demand is joining the Moving Picture Institute in celebrating the premiere of An Inconvenient Tax, a timely film that traces the history of the U.S. tax code, confronts Congress’ abuse of the system, and offers credible ideas for real reform. This film will be in theaters and on campus beginning April 15, 2010.
Released in 1975 by World Research, Inc. Includes an introduction by then-Secretary of the Treasury, William E. Simon, and interviews with professors Walter Heller (University of Minnesota) and Milton Friedman (University of Chicago). Moderated by Dr. Richard Rogge (Wabash College). The film also features a cameo appearance by Murray N. Rothbard. Written by Karl Keating, Susan Love Brown, Patrea Post and Stuart Smith, based on Richard Grant’s provocative poem.
This online version of the film is adapted from a 1/2″ black-and-white EIAJ-1 open-reel video.
Michael Moynihan and Peter Suderman of Reason TV explain net neutrality:
Shot and edited by Dan Hayes and Meredith Bragg.
Reminds me of an earlier, far more crudely produced, classic on the same topic. Take us away, Prof. Scammington:
Written and performed by Richard Morrison and shot and edited by Erin Wildermuth.
Here’s a blast from the past: Bureaucrash‘s Guy Fawkes Day video from 2006. Our first video to get over 100,000 views on YouTube!
Americans, like everyone else, are generally wiser than their politicians. But my paean of praise to their third president elicited a fascinating response from an exceptionally clever and thoughtful man called Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. (The CEI, by the way, is an outstandingly meritorious outfit, even by the standards of conservative Washington, in that it never makes the mistake of confusing the pro-business case with the pro-market case. But I digress). Myron was kind enough to write at some length explaining that it was Jefferson’s predecessor, John Adams, who was, perversely, the true Jeffersonian.
For any cave dwellers out there, here is the video that made Hannan a household name among free marketeers in the UK and increasingly here in the good ole US of A as well:
When is the last time you saw a video clip of a speech in the European Parliament that had almost 2.5 million views? It’s unlikely to happen again any time soon, unless it’s either another Hannan speech or an appearance by this lady.
Here’s another snippet of an entertaining speech he made on the night of the last election for local offices and European Parliament seats in June. Bonus quote from Dr. Seuss!
Remember what people on the left used to say about questioning the policies of the occupant of the White House? Going back several years and ending only a few months ago, I seem to remember a lot of people talking about how “dissent is patriotic.” After all, wasn’t it lefty saint Howard Zinn himself who went so far as to declare that “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”? Even politicians like the current U.S. Secretary of State, sick and tired though she was at the time, got into the act:
Yet now, like in the fickle world of fashion, dissent is strictly outré – an unsavory pastime for angry redneck losers with a birth certificate fetish. These days all the chic politicos are doing what’s best for the country and getting on board the Healthcare Express, full speed ahead. And much like another infamous vehicle from the recent past, the cabal that’s doing the driving is terrified that if they slow down, the entire effort will blow up in their faces. Hence the need to intimidate anyone raising uncomfortable questions.
Which brings us to the recent request from the White House that citizens report any “fishy” healthcare-related emails they might have received. Which is to say, please report on any fellow citizen who might have electronically communicated his doubts as to the wisdom of the President’s plan.
This policy has been widely described as “Orwellian” in that it supposed to remind one of the totalitarian regime from Eric Blair’s novel 1984. Based on my recollection, though, I would have expected Big Brother’s apparatchiks simply to have denied the existence of any dissent whatsoever, while heaving any counter evidence down the notorious memory hole. A much closer, real world example of citizen informants sharing information about dissenters directly with the government comes to us from East Berlin and the old Ministerium für Staatssicherheit. Of course, the Obamaniks are rank amateurs compared to the old Stasi pros, but one can’t help sense a similar impulse. Simply put, the revolution (in healthcare reform) is so important, it must be protected from the counterrevolutionaries who would confuse the people with “principles” and “facts” that would cause them to doubt the virtues of the government’s plan. And they always have a plan.
As it turns out, the Administration has already made some progress on that front. Dan Hayes of Reason.TV has managed to ferret out one of these unpatriotic dissent mongers. Once a respected director and film critic, associate editor Peter Suderman has been outed to the White House Communications Office as one of the fishiest of all the opponents to the President’s reform plan:
And for dessert, savor the most recent ad from the DNC. If you can count how many times they use the word “mob” in two minutes, you’ve got more fingers than I do:
Announcing a new video series on healthcare from the Washington Policy Center:
As our government considers a serious overhaul of our health care system and even a public insurance plan, it is essential that the public understands how more government involvement will impact accessibility, affordability, and quality. Under the direction of Dr. Roger Stark, a retired surgeon with over thirty years of medical experience, Washington Policy Center has launched its 2009 Federal Health Care Reform Project.
As part of this project, WPC created these three short, informative health care videos detailing the current state of health care in the U.S., Congress’ proposed reforms, and practical solutions to the health care crisis. Click on the images above to watch the videos. Health care reform is far too important of an issue to be settled outside of the public light.
Please forward these videos to your friends and all those who are interested in true health care reform. Consider embedding/linking these videos on your website. For more information and solutions on health care reform, visit our special health care reform webpage. We must keep patients in charge of their own health care!
Thank you very much for your interest in our work and this important topic. Please send any feedback to WPC’s Trevor Cross at at 206-937-9691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.