Author Archives: I am Spartacus

The Craziest Regulations in the Obama Era

Writing in the Washington Free Beacon, Elizabeth Harrington writes about The Craziest Regulations in the Obama Era. This was my personal favourite: Pigs on Airplanes The Department of Transportation authorized pigs to fly as “emotional support” animals in 2012. The rules … Continue reading

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Black Economy Taskforce – invitation for public comment

You have 4 weeks.  That’s right.  4 weeks to submit your comments, which will likely be ignored, to the Black Economy Taskforce. Don’t be fooled by the scary name “Black Economy”.  This is about getting rid of cash and forcing people … Continue reading

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President Obama

On the eve of the swearing in of the 45th President of the USA, Donald J. Trump (what does the J. stand for?), Ilya Shapiro wrote an excellent article in the Federalist: Top 10 Ways Obama Violated The Constitution During … Continue reading

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Anti Competitive Behaviour

Published in Business Insider today, Federal Labor MP and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition & Productivity, Shadow Minister for Trade in Services and Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits, the Hon. Andrew Leigh writes about Why the battle … Continue reading

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I have to share this

There is a fantastic blog I read called the Streetwise Professor.  The professor in this case is Craig Pirrong of the University of Houston.  He writes some wonderful stuff and has a wonderful turn of phrase. In a recent post, … Continue reading

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Is there a full moon?

Is there something in the air?  The dingbats are out in force. Commenting on the appointment of Greg Hunt as the new Commonwealth Health Minister, the leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natalie commented: “Greg Hunt nearly killed the … Continue reading

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Humanitarian Arrivals

Just posted in the Inner Sydney Morning Herald, as story about refugee arrivals: Half of Australia’s 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be settled by just one Sydney council It’s (relatively) late and I am tired so I won’t go … Continue reading

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An understatement perhaps

ministers admit Germany still faces numerous challenges. That is German ministers and the challenge of managing and integrating refugees following Chancellor Merkel’s “temporary open-door asylum policy”. Here are some numbers as reported by the BBC: Asylum seekers in calendar year … Continue reading

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If I were to call you something, it would not be a cynic

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, Comrade Elizabeth Farrelly writes about proposed (urban) planning changes in Sydney. Call me a cynic, Sydney’s planning changes just won’t deliver. I won’t bore Cats with the essence of her article, but highlight … Continue reading

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Here is a question

One of the many ideas around reform of the US Constitution is the repeal of the 17th Amendment.  The 17th Amendment essentially changed the election of US Senators from a vote of the State Legislatures to a vote of the … Continue reading

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