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Why Is There a U.S. Mint Coin Shortage?

Ron Paul wants to know! And so should you.

Daniela Cambone over at Kitco News explains:

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has one question for the U.S. Mint: why is there a coin shortage?

He is aiming to get to the bottom of this during a scheduled April 7 hearing of his U.S. House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy to examine the bullion programs at the U.S. Mint.

“We are going to try and find out what the Mint has done so they can give us a better answer as to why there is a shortage. Why can’t they keep the supply of coins up?” said the congressman in an exclusive interview with Kitco News.

Demand for precious metals in the futures markets and in physical gold bullion coins increases as the dollar weakens, which often leads to coin shortages.

Part of the problem lies in manufacturing the blanks, said Paul. The blank planchets are not made at the Mint, which hasn’t had the production capacity for this stage of the minting process since the budget cuts of 1981.


Obama Threatens InsuranceCos that spread “misinformation”

Adding to the growing list of “So, you thought you were free”.

Government tells a regulated industry what they can/cannot say because Gov’mnt don’t like it.

Via Eugene Volokh at VolokhConspiracy (Volokh.com)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act….

……The precise nature of the threat — as with so many threats — is not made entirely clear, so the legal analysis of the threat is also unclear. For instance, if the “zero tolerance for … misinformation” policy simply means that the government will respond to misinformation with public criticism, that is permissible.

But if the Administration is threatening to use its considerable regulatory power to retaliate against insurance companies that, in the Administration’s view, are conveying “misinformation” — for instance, because their financial analyses disagree with the Administration’s financial analyses — that strikes me as quite troubling.

You have added The Volokh Conspiracy to your daily reading?

“The DUI Exception to the Constitution”

Bet you didn’t know there was a DUI Exception to the Constitution did you.

Yep, its right there. The courts have said so. Right between those printed lines.

Read Lawrence Taylor of DUIblog.com explain exactly why.

In the course of various postings concerning MADD, I have received emails suggesting that they are a civic-minded organization which does not deserve my criticisms. As I have said on many occasions, I believe them to be a well-intentioned group of “true believers” — who, like most zealots, have a rigid and narrow focus and are ignorant of the harm they cause to others. And in other posts I have tried to explain the nature of that harm.

Many years ago, I was invited to give a lecture to a “think tank” of government, corporate and academic types. In the years since then that I have given versions of it to other groups, the legal and political situation has only grown worse.

Perhaps the lecture itself might better explain why I consider MADD to be a continuing threat to our institutions and constitutional safeguards…..

I hope to convince you in the next hour, some of you, that the greatest single threat to our freedoms, the freedoms set forth in the Bill of Rights, is not from Iraq or Iran. I don’t think it’s from North Korea. I don’t think it’s from the extremists of the Muslim world. The threat, as it has always been throughout history, is internal: It is from within. But I do not think it is from the American Communist party or extremists on the right. I hope to convince a few of you that the greatest single threat to our freedoms today comes from a group consisting largely of American housewives. They call themselves the Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD.


Happy Independence Day, August 2?

Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue now does it?

Our Government sponsored curriculum has always told us that our Founding Fathers signed our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and that is why we celebrate our independence from England on that day.

Not quite the whole truth there.

According to Michael Badnarik, author of “Good to be King: the Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom”, and founder of the Constitution Preservation Organization, only the text of the Declaration was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, then it was sent to printed and distributed to the colonies. The actual document that is on display in the National Archive was first signed on August 2.

So why don’t we celebrate this day as the date of our emancipation?

Our body of knowledge concerning our history and our government is rife with inaccuracies, up to and including our country’s first President- Samuel Huntington, under the Articles of Confederation, our Nation’s first governing document.

Think of this as a wake up call. It is time to think for yourself.

I have to give credit again to Mr. Badnarik for reminding me of one of my very favorite quotes, and it’s very apropos:

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe… Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail to properly scrutinize their conduct; that in this way, they be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.”
Daniel Webster, June 1, 1837

How both prophetic and pathetic. To be given the very identity of our murderer, and yet still fail to prevent the crime.

How did this happen, and continues to happen? You fail to earn knowledge for yourself. You do not think, for yourself.

Our government, today, revolves on this fact. You could not operate a welfare state successfully with a thinking population. This makes it easy to manipulate the population, divide us up an pit us against one other so that we are distracted from “properly scrutinizing their conduct…”.

Make today, the day you commit to earning the knowledge for yourself. Read it for your self. Ask questions, Don’t just swap the KoolAid for Gatorade, check and double check. THINK, lest you become “dupes of designing men” and the instruments of your own undoing!

Declare your Independence as a free thinking Citizen on this day, Independence Day.