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WeblogBahamas
Nassau N.P. Bahamas
Human Action...Not Political Design
Interests: Reading, Economics, Jogging,
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by Robert P. Murphy, Patrick J. Michaels, and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Some proponents of federal policies to combat climate change are arguing for a federal carbon tax (or similar type of “carbon price”). Within conservative and libertarian circles, some proponents claim that a revenue-neutral carbon tax “swap” could deliver... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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Dr. Duane Sands, the new Minister of Health has sought to clarify what National Health Insurance is. According to this Nassau Guardian article by Chester Robards, Dr. Sands explained that NHI should ensure: “...all people have access to needed promotive, preventative, curative and rehabilitative health services of sufficient quality to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WeblogBahamas.com
by Henry Hazlitt This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article. Support FEE here... Let us see what the basic institutions of the market economy are. We may subdivide them for convenience of discussion into (1) private property, (2) free markets, (3) competition, (4) division and combination... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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Well after Fred Mitchell (PLP Senator) tried to shut party members down about their desire for party apologies and the need for positive change in the PLP, former Cabinet Minister Loftus Roker and columnist Phil Galanis have laid it out that people like Chester Cooper (PLP MP) are correct. In... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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Yesterday was the launch of The Public Financial Management & Performance Monitoring Reform Project (see attached pdf flyer below) which promises to bring government accounting, statistics, fiscal management and procurement into the 20th century. The project is possible through the local office of the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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"The Chrétien Consensus was an implicit agreement that transcended political party and geography regarding the soundness of balanced budgets, declining government debt, smaller and smarter government spending, and competitive taxes that emerged in the early 1990s and lasted through to roughly the mid-2000s. "The reforms began in Saskatchewan under the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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It’s an inevitable topic of conversation in most gatherings. As the saying goes, “Government has to do something.” I agree. Parliament needs to redefine governments role. Back in 2009, referencing a Cato Policy Report by Reuven Brenner (The Causes of Economic Growth pdf…) these observations bear repeating: "Options seem limited... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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Matt Ridley Ronald Bailey, at the Reason.com blog Hit & Run points us to Matt Ridley’s 2017 Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies where Ridley argues “that the champions of markets and enterprise need to recapture their radicalism, to reassert the right to be a disruptive,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article. I’m sure that the irony has struck others whose wits are sharper and quicker than mine. This morning my eyes happened upon my copy of Thomas Leonard’s excellent 2016 volume, Illiberal Reformers. It sat innocently on one of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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What's all this rhetoric that the FNM pronouncements about the PLP's fiscal irresponsibility and allegations of fraud are causing Moody's to consider a further downgrade of the country's debt rating/credit worthiness? Surely Moody's is not smart enough to detect the decades of fiscal irresponsibility like piling on deficits and debt,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article. One of the shortest, simplest yet deepest books I have read on politics is The Three Languages of Politics by Arnold Kling. It’s a mere 146 pages and you can have it on your Kindle for a mere $3.99.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Dan Mitchell sets out “The “Austerity” Debate: More Academic Evidence against Big Government” very well in this piece but my beef is the way progressives have convinced people that fiscal responsibility is a bad thing. The common sense approach to “Fiscal Responsibility” has been labelled “Austerity” as if spending more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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"44th Bahamas Independence Anniversary National Pride Day and Flag Raising Ceremony, July 7, 2017 downtown in Rawson and Parliament Squares. Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling gave the keynote address. Government officials, local residents and visitors enjoyed the festive atmosphere. BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson" More at The Bahamas Weekly here… Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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As we approach the 44th Anniversary of Independence for The Bahamas the presentation below is worth consideration. Jim Powell discusses “the progress of liberty often focus on large historical trends, from the fall of the Roman Empire to globalization and information technology. In his new book, Jim Powell focuses on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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The new PLP MP Chester Cooper’s widely circulated presentation to his party’s “National Progressive Institute” where he suggested the PLP “protected the interest of the party over the interest of the nation” and suggested a “sincere and humble apology and repentance” to the country was in order is being criticized... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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©Shedd Aquarium/Sam Cejtin Researchers Suggest Need for Expanded Network of Marine Protected Areas CHICAGO – The queen conch is an iconic Caribbean marine snail whose populations have declined significantly over the last two decades due to overfishing. Even when individual populations are well-protected within marine sanctuaries, their long-term viability may... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Richard Coulson First published in The Tribune, Monday, July 3, 2017 and posted here with the authors kind permission. “It is worse than a crime—it is a mistake!” These were the words of alarm from the statesman Talleyrand after Emperor Napoleon after ordered the summary execution of a popular... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Photo: The Nassau Guardian PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts says “It has been 40 days since the FNM assumed office, and for a group who was so critical of the PLP’s governance, it is inexcusable that the Minnis crew could not table one single bill in Parliament in 40 days and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Dear Editor, Please print this open letter to the Hon. Renward Wells, Minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources. Dear Minister Wells, I am interested to know what progress is being made, if any, in advancing the Conchservation Project of the Bahamas National Trust in conjunction with the scientific research being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Dear Editor, I have read the 58-page report on Bahamas Cultural Development by the talented young Ian Poitier that is being attacked from many quarters including the present Minister of Tourism, on grounds of excessive cost – either $400,000, or “over $1 million” , depending on what you read. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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So we’ve had the revelations, the denial and another contradiction of the denial about misfeasance with taxpayer funds. Questions left hanging now is when these matters will be put before a judge to decide and when will Parliament put similar regulations in place as it has put on private citizens... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Wednesday night is jam/open mic night at Pirate Republic Brewing Company hosted by The Core. The following video was compiled from performances on June 28, 2017. Guests: Matthew Pinder - Stubborn Love Courtney Newbold accompanied by Matthew Pinder - Use Somebody Austin - Wild Horses Alex Hutcheson - I Make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Former Prime Minister Perry Christie speaks at his home. Photo: Terrel W Carey/Tribune Staff Former Prime Minister, Perry G. Christie (PLP), in defense of spending tax dollars without proper approvals, is quoted as saying, “There were compelling urgencies to work. During the hurricane itself, expenditure was incurred. We didn’t have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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He’s known by many names, some not so complimentary it seems, but Fred Mitchell, former PLP MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs says he won’t ‘pile on’ former Prime Minister Christie now that they’ve lost the election and gone down to an historic defeat. I should hope not. The former... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com
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In Tribune Business yesterday, Dr. Peter Maynard, in his bid to become president of the Bar Association charged that commercial banks and other lenders "made mortgage and conveyancing "more widely accessible", rather than sending it to just a select few law firms." He went on to suggest that the barrier... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at WeblogBahamas.com