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  • And You “Can’t” Defund Obamacare . . . Why?

    08/25/2013 2:46:51 PM PDT · by Veritas_et_libertas · 33 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | August 25, 2013 | Rob Natelson
    Freedom and popular government in Britain and America became possible because over the course of many years the English House of Commons, and later the American colonial legislatures, were willing to exert the power of the purse to discipline an overreaching executive. In Britain, the House of Commons—Parliament’s lower chamber—sometimes defunded the executive in order to curb it. The House was willing do this despite threats from the Crown and “bad press” from the English establishment. In America, the colonial assemblies were willing to defund the king’s governors to check their power. Freedom likely would have been impossible without the...
  • Founding Amateurs?

    05/03/2010 6:15:04 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 73 replies · 1,083+ views
    NY Times Op-Ed ^ | May 3, 2010 | GORDON S. WOOD
    THE American public is not pleased with Congress — one recent poll shows that less than a third of all voters are eager to support their representative in November. “I am not really happy right now with anybody,” a woman from Decatur, Ill., recently told a Washington Post reporter. As she considered the prospect of a government composed of fledgling lawmakers, she noted: “When the country was founded, those guys were all pretty new at it. How bad could it be?” Actually, our founders were not all that new at it: the men who led the revolution against the British...