Archive for July, 2006

No Place for Libertarians in the BIg Tent

Friday, July 21st, 2006

A former Democrat blogger at Red State, birdmojo, writes in a RedState diary that there is no realistic prospect for libertarians to be part of a strong Republican coalition. Birdmojo writes that other than cutting taxes Republicans haven’t done anything to appease the libertarian parts of the coalition in recent years. But I believe Libertarian Republicans like myself just need to push the Republican party further in the Libertarian coalitions by working through the Republican Liberty Caucus and not giving up the political fight.

Prevailing Wage For Guest Workers

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Over at NRO, Congressman Buck McKeon argues against the prevailing wage requirement. McKeon states that he is concerned with problems with illegal immigration and I would bet that he wants reduced number of legal immigration.

Congressman McKeon is concerned about the requirements that prevailing wages be payed to the guest workers as providing unfair competition to Americans. Yes, these Davis-Bacon style prevailing wage provisions require guest workers to be paid the prevailing wage in a community and this may cause some American workers to be paid less. But this is actually a protectionist provision designed to get employers to hire Americans rather than apply for guest workers.

Atlas Shrugged: The Trilogy

Friday, July 14th, 2006

A couple months ago I remember reading reports that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were set to star in a film version of the novel Atlas Shrugged but now it it sounds like they may actually make the movie.

The book is going to be made into a trilogy of movies as Megan McCardle speculates following the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are clear differences between the two. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was based on three separate books while Atlas Shrugged is based on one book; I don’t believe any one has produced a trilogy based on one book as of yet. The Lord of the Rings is full of plenty of action scenes while Atlas Shrugged does not have that appeal. I’ve been a big Ayn Rand for a long time and it is probably one of the reasons I am a Libertarian* but I do not know if I want to sit through 2 hours to see one third of the Atlas Shrugged.