Libertarians Suspect the FDA Does as Much Harm as Good
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It isn’t crazy to suspect that the FDA does as much harm as good. And if you begin to suspect that, you are on your way to admitting that you might be more libertarian than Republican or Democrat

The Religious Roots of My Libertarian Leaning
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My original attraction to libertarian ideals started in political theory and theology rather than in politics. This is not surprising because I did both part of my undergraduate work and three years of my postgraduate work in philosophy and biblical studies.

Market Timing Test ($ ?s)
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Q: I have put my investments in bonds until this global economic crisis settles down and the economic woes of the European Union subside. Do you have any suggestions for indicators that I should look for to get back in?

Seven Reasons Why I Lean Libertarian
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Our daily articles this month at are focusing on the ideas of libertarian politics. Last week I listed the first three reasons why I lean libertarian. Here are four more reasons I lean libertarian.

Radio: Why I Lean Libertarian
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David John Marotta was featured on radio 1070 WINA’s Rob Schilling show on November 8, 2011. The topic was why David leans libertarian, an appropriate topic for Election Day 2011.

Ratio Of Takers To Givers Reaches A Tipping Point
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This is what makes the stock market in some countries better than others. Make sure that you understand freedom investing for your portfolio.

Why I Lean Libertarian, Part 1
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My youthful utopian idealism gave way slowly to my present midlife perspective. My life’s philosophical and experiential odyssey overturned many of my presuppositions. I learned over time that many of society’s assumptions are provably false. But it took courage to integrate this radical reevaluation of life.

Grover Cleveland, The Last Libertarian President
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“If free-market advocates could resurrect a U.S. president to deal with today’s problems, many would choose Grover Cleveland.”

Libertarian Month
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November 2011 is Libertarian politics month. Libertarians are as diverse as the Democrat or Republican Party.

Price Controls Are Never Good Economics
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Starting October 1, price controls were set by law on debit card swipe fees. Such populist well-intentioned legislation reduces economic freedom and slows economic growth.

This Time is (Not) Different
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Growing investor despair that somehow we have entered into a new era in which individual investors can no longer make money in the markets is an overreaction to the headlines.

What Happened This Summer (2011)?
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This summer many things that should do better over a long-term investment strategy did not. This situation is not unusual for one quarter’s worth of time. Such a result only makes reversion to the mean much more likely in the coming quarters.

Bar Stool Economics Revisited
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Most Americans want to know that everyone is paying their fair share. Achieving this goal gets more challenging with each dot and tiddle added to the voluminous internal tax code.

Eugene Robinson’s Idea of “Fair Share”
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Robinson’s entire arguement seems to be focused on the idea that the current max capital gains tax rate is 15% but the income tax is progressive and passes 15% at middle class incomes.

Libertarians Should Invest More Down Under
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Libertarians and economists both recognize that countries with more economic freedom experience higher gross domestic product (GDP) growth. That growth translates into higher stock returns for investors savvy enough to look for governmental fiscal restraint rather than government stimulus.

Means-Test and Privatize Social Security
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If you look at Social Security as a system of taxation and redistribution, it takes from a single minority male worker and gives to married white women who never contributed. And if you look at Social Security as a forced retirement savings program, it produces such a terrible return we might as well invest in gold. Neither perspective is worth continuing. Social Security as we know it needs to be abolished.

Neither Rationale for Social Security is Working
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Social Security has been called the third rail of politics. Good thing I’m not a politician. Someone has to make the tough decisions.

Which Rich Are You Trying to Tax?
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Those productive small business owners with higher earnings are a different group from the ultra-wealthy with higher net worths.

The GAO Makes A Poor Financial Advisor
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If the GAO were giving you investment advice they would suggest that you not participate in your 401(k) and convert at least half of your retirement savings into an annuity laden with fees and expenses.

Ronald Regan: “A Time for Choosing” (1964)
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Ronald Regan’s speeches, including “A Time for Choosing” (1964) are worth watching.

Weak Deal is No Solution
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Calling this a “Tea Party downgrade” might be true in one sense. There weren’t enough members of the Tea Party to overcome the stubbornness of those refusing to make real spending cuts.

Watch Milton Friedman’s “Free To Choose” PBS Series for Free
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The legendary PBS TV series “Free to Choose” (1980) by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman is now available on Google Video for free (by courtesy of the Palmer R. Chitester Fund).

Personalizing the Debt Shows it is Unsustainable
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Our country’s debt and deficit is difficult to understand in the abstract. Translating it to the numbers on each taxpayer’s credit card can help us see how our country’s spendthrift ways have debilitated economic productivity.

Federal Revenue and Spending as Percentage of GDP
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Federal revenue has been relatively constant while federal spending has grown out of control.

Global Fixed Income (International Bonds): Hedged or Unhedged?
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International bonds now make up more than 35% of the world’s investable assets, and yet many domestic investors have little or no exposure to these securities.

Radio: California vs. Amazon Battle
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On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from noon-1pm, David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Rob Schilling Show. The topic was the battle between and the state of California over taxation.

Continue to Avoid the ‘Ring of Fire’ Countries
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Americans seem to be divided on the importance of raising the U.S. debt ceiling. Regardless of your personal politics, avoid investing in countries that cavalierly allow their debt and deficit to balloon.

Cost of Living is Beginning to Rise
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Understanding how Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) works uncovers some of the complex cause and effect between Social Security adjustments and the real cost of living with higher gasoline prices.

Minimum Wage Hurts Starter Jobs
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Some first-time workers are not worth minimum wage. But without being hired, they can’t learn job-related skills.

Where in the World Should You Invest?
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Finding countries where you can plant your investments in fertile soil may be one of the most important asset allocation decisions you make for the next several years.

The Assault on Free Markets
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Free markets are under assault in America. We have seen much hyperbole and slander in these past two years of political polarization. But the idea of capitalism and free markets has received more negative campaigning and vicious attack than both candidates combined.

Will The U.S. Go The Way Of Japan?
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In the US we allow companies to go bankrupt when they cannot succeed in business.

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