Fishing in the Federal Pond

July 31, 2010

If I were to suggest we meet at City Hall, and for every Twenty dollar bill you take from your wallet and burn, you can also burn one of mine, you would think me an idiot for making the offer and yourself a bigger idiot if you accepted. Yet we do this every day in pursuit of Federal funds. It’s really not so different from fishing. Read the rest of this entry »

Illegal Immigration Affecting Health Care

July 9, 2010

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A Libertarian Remembers Earth Day

April 22, 2010
Earth Day Poster

Earth Day Promotion 1970, Nicholls University

One of the difficulties for a Libertarian is resolving our distrust of regulations and regulatory agencies with good stewardship of our environment. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about the environment just like everyone else, we do. The photograph to the right is a promotional display for the very first Earth Day Teach In at Nicholls University in Thibodaux, LA, forty years ago today. I was the organizer, and I glued the cans on that display. We thought the world was on the brink of destruction then too. Then it was the Population Explosion and Chlorinated Hydrocarbon pesticides.  It was the year after the Cuyahoga River caught on fire. For those who are young, and only know the last 20 years, it is hard to imagine how bad it was then or to see how much progress has been made. Yet we are told the sky is still falling and only government can save us.

In general, Libertarians believe that voluntary transactions between individuals are best managed by the marketplace acting in accordance with the basic laws of economics. But when dealing with issues of the environment, there are two areas where market  economics fail to adequately address problems. These are the economic paradoxes of External Costs and the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ but we must find ways to resolve these issues without destroying our Liberty. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Pays the Baker’s Taxes

April 4, 2010

This is a reposting of an editorial I wrote for the LPVA newsletter in 2003, which is timely again as tax season approaches and which someone has been trying really hard to find for some reason. I hate to disappoint anyone who tried to google this essay in a half dozen different forms. So, here’s an old but goody. Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting Insurance Abuse, SB622

February 7, 2010

I prefer a free market to regulations, but until we can free the market from previous regulation, sometimes new regulations are required to provide balance. Senate Bill 622 is such an example.  Because I am a dentist, I know, and am affected by, this particular abuse intimately, but the principle applies to health insurance across the board, so I will explain the problem from my own Point-of-View. But if the insurance companies get away with this in dental insurance, you can expect it to become a more widespread problem. Read the rest of this entry »

The Coming Economic Boom

February 3, 2010

In just a few months, we will experience a great economic miracle as jobs become plentiful, the stock market regains much of its lost value and homes start selling again. The press will tell us of the magic of the Obama recovery and the proof of the wisdom of Keynesian Economics. And it will happen just in time for the November elections.

So, the question is, will we be fooled again?

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Corporate Political Contributions: Another Reason to Decentralize Government

January 31, 2010

So the Supreme Court upholds corporations’ First Amendment right to free speech. They have ruled corporations are free to do what they wish with the corporation’s money, even contribute to political campaigns and candidates.

This has outraged many of our good statist/liberal friends who feel corporations should be restricted in their ability to contribute to the political arena. Now, I don’t like the idea of big corporations pouring money into political campaigns, but the restrictions our statist/liberal friends wish:

1) won’t matter/work

2) doesn’t address (as usual) the root cause of the problem

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The Free-Market Works Just Fine, Thank You.

January 17, 2010

The liberal/statist/progressive faith in government never ceases to amaze me.

When they broach a subject they don’t understand, the immediate assumption is “without government, we’d all be screwed.”

 So today I was being lectured by a self-proclaimed “progressive” on how free-markets and libertarianism can not work. In a ballsy moved, he went for the industry I work and love and he has no experience in, building contracting. The premise, without government building regulations and codes, no building would be fit to live and work in. All the greedy contractors would skimp and there would be no way  limit to the amount of money they could make. I love the ignorance. But why such faith that government is needed to ensure quality? Why is government needed to limit the profits of contractors?

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Windmills Kill Babies

January 13, 2010

Though the title of this article is utterly true, and I will prove it, this is not about windmills or carbon or even environmentalism, it is about the absolute refusal of politicians, pundits and even some scientists, to see beyond their good intentions and balance them against the certain, if unintended, adverse consequences of their policies.

We Libertarians bill ourselves as the “Party of Principle” and that is often seen as some sort of holier-than-thou arrogance, but in reality it is that we have learned that when we stray from the sound principles of Liberty and free markets, even when it looks like it is a good thing to make an exception ‘just this once,’ we invariably do more harm than good. So, we insist on adhering to those principles even when it would be easier to compromise. Read the rest of this entry »

James Quigley responds to recent NEFMC decision on scallop industry

January 12, 2010

Attached is my official response that was just sent out via mail to the Chairman of the NEFMC. I would like to thank Councilwoman McMillan, Mr. Ed Mullis, and Mr. Ross Paasche for educating me about the situation.

I would also like to thank two members of my campaign team CCed in this letter, Mr. Kelly Place, a local waterman and environmentalist, and Mr. Timothy Schettino of CESIPI for doing the research that was a great help in drafting this letter. The letter pages were scanned into .jpg format for those that cannot open the former.

James Quigley
PLP Chair and soon-to-be VA 3rd Congressional District Candidate