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The Senate immigration bill would create a centralized database with photos of every legal U.S. worker or potential worker. This massive database would open up the potential for government to literally track the physical locations of millions of Americans. With universal surveillance comes the capability for universal control, and, in politics, what is possible becomes more and more probable.
A bridge collapse in Washington State has predictably led to calls for more taxes and more spending to fund politicians' pet projects. But the numbers show that Washington's real problem is bad bureaucracy, not small budgets. TSL editor Daniel Bier covers the story at Reason.org.
When government programs like E-Verify are presented as cost-free and perfectly effective solutions, everybody supports them. But when the American people are presented with the price tag of such difficult, harmful, and expensive regulations, they soundly reject them. In a new Reason-Rupe poll, when informed of E-Verify's costs, even two-thirds of Republicans rejected it.
Watch: (Via Mediate) At the 2013 International Students For Liberty Conference, former UN Ambassador John Bolton clashed with John Stossel and TSL editor Daniel Bier over the wisdom and legality of President Obama's drone assassination program.
President Obama thinks E-Verify should be mandatory as part of his plan for immigration reform. Is this a good idea? How accurate is E-Verify? Will it stop illegal immigration? David Bier debates Roy Beck of Numbers USA on NPR affiliate KUOW.
WATCH: Ben Swann issues a correction to his previous report about Piers Morgan, guns, and violence in the United States and the United Kingdom, extensively citing our fact-check of his initial coverage, including our better estimate of the true violent crime rate in the UK.
Measures like a national ID, sanctions on employers, and E-Verify admit that the U.S. government does not believe it can create a system that stops illegal immigration at the border. Rather than admit defeat, America needs the only proven solution to the problem: an accessible legal pathway for immigrants. What it does not need is more surveillance, more regulations, and more bureaucracy between employers and employees.
There are some libertarians we've all heard of--Milton Friedman, Ron Paul, Ayn Rand--but there are some unjustly obscure libertarians. As part of SFL's ongoing series of "Libertarians You've Never Heard Of", David Bier recounts the story of Lydia Maria Child, a 19th century skeptic, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate.
Dan Bier joins Lee Moore and Brian Allen on the A-News Podcast to discuss skeptical libertarianism, the intersection of the secular and libertarian communities, the responses to the Sandy Hook massacre, atheist infighting, the "War on Christmas," and more.
Even as Democrats and Republicans introduced competing bills this month to increase high-skilled immigration, the Obama administration is preparing to implement regulations that will restrict the visa process. Worse, administration documents revealed last week that since 2008, officials failed to issue thousands of legally-required high-skilled visas.
As long as journalists accept the political establishment's battle lines, marginal differences balloon into polar extremes. The reality is that little separates the two parties. The fundamental changes American needs will only be implemented if we reject such a narrow debate and demand real options.
David Bier makes the case abolishing the destructive and wasteful Economic Development Administration in a new study published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Conservatives have rightly argued for years that bigger government hurts the poor the most. Yet market advocates lose the force of their pro-liberty message when they characterize the working class as free-riding on the backs of the rich. In an economy in which everyone is connected, nothing is free. Immigrants and other low skilled workers are vital contributors to the economy. Rather than treating them as superfluous or parasitic, America must begin to see them as the base on which we all depend.
The attacks of September 11 brought about a dramatic shift in our priorities, expectations, and willingness to tolerate extreme measures. The events of that day swept away the presumption that peace, though sometimes interrupted by exigent circumstances, was the normal state of the republic. Whether called a “Global War on Terror” or “Overseas Contingency Operations,” this century has been an endless crisis. After a decade of the War on Terror, the long-run is here.
The federal government continues to lie and mislead over whether cities and states have to participate in Homeland Security's controversial "Secure Communities" program, which sends name and fingerprint data from local police departments to a federal database, even if the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools (TRUST) Act, which would limit state and local involvement with federal immigration enforcement, passes.
That was the one reaction you did not hear after formerly undocumented Mexican immigrant Leo Manzano won a silver medal for the US last week. His success demonstrates immigration's benefits and helps undermine the often-repeated "they're-taking-our-jobs" argument against immigration. America's economy, like its Olympic team, benefits when it can recruit talent from around the world.
Nursing is a valued career in a civilized society. It combines helping people with the economic demand for health care. Now, however, this noble profession is the target of an organized campaign to make it yet another source for compulsory dues, at the expense of those whom the health care system is supposed to serve—patients.
The civilian casualty rate from American drone strikes is over twenty percent. Contributing editor Luca Gattoni-Celli argues that the drone war is unacceptable and represents a continuing problem for the United States. As a practical matter, such a butcher’s bill cannot be reconciled with American strategic objectives in Central Asia.