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Reason Alert - WikiLeaks and Federal Pay Freeze

Plus Cory Maye gets a new trial and the latest on airport security

December 3, 2010

- The WikiLeaks Debate - Plan to Freeze Federal Pay Is a Start - You Are No Longer Free to Move About the Country - Mississippi Supreme Court Grants Cory Maye a New Trial - New at Reason  

The WikiLeaks Debate
At Ken Kurson writes, "The existence of WikiLeaks is a good thing. You can't be in favor of democracy-and you certainly can't be a journalist-if you don't believe that the potential for exposure of wrongdoings helps keep those in positions of power accountable. However, just because something can be published doesn't mean it should be. Privacy is not the same as 'secretive' or 'clandestine' or 'obfuscating.' As a society, we benefit from the Internet's unrivaled ability to blast infinite information freely. But that ability does not mean everything ought to be shared."
Friday Funnies: WikiLeaks
Video: Matt Welch and Glenn Greenwald on WikiLeaks
What Wikileaks Hasn't Told Us (Yet): Coup Edition
More Coverage of WikiLeaks

Plan to Freeze Federal Pay Is a Start
Reason Foundation's Leonard Gilroy says that we "should avoid the temptation for cynicism regarding President Obama's proposal and instead give him credit where credit is due. Sure, the pay freeze proposal is just a start. Sure, the pay freeze-while estimated to save a significant $60 billion over the next 10 years-is a drop in the bucket relative to the massive current and future structural deficits at the federal level.  But you have to start somewhere. There are no magic wand solutions for our massive fiscal challenges. Solving the budget crisis will require a broad package of reforms, some large and many small, some short-term and some long-term. And taking small steps to stop the bleeding-like temporary pay and hiring freezes-is essential when managing a fiscal crisis. That's what private businesses do in a crisis, that's what many nonprofits do, and that's what the president is proposing for a majority of federal employees. This week Obama has also talked about selling underutilized federal property and freezing non-security spending.  Are these mostly symbolic steps? Yes, but even symbolic spending cuts are necessary and add up. For those of us who believe the government has a spending problem and not a revenue problem, it is good to see the White House proposing spending cuts-of any size.  And hopefully this opens the door to the bigger discussion about the massive costs that government workers and their pension benefits are imposing on all taxpayers."
Left Hates Obama Pay Freeze
Nick Gillespie: Did the Midterms Matter?
Gillespie: Fareed Zakaria's Right to Pay Higher Taxes Stops at My Right Not To

You Are No Longer Free To Move About the Country
"[Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano said last month that we should expect to soon see tighter restrictions at bus, train, and marine transportation centers, too...It's not difficult to envision the day where anyone wishing to take mass transportation in this country will have to first submit to a government checkpoint, show ID, and answer questions about any excess cash, prescription medication, or any other items in his possession the government deems suspicious. If and when that happens, freedom of movement will essentially be dead. But it won't happen overnight. It'll happen incrementally. And each increment will, when taken in isolation, appear to some to be perfectly reasonable." - Reason magazine's Radley Balko
Will People Grow to Accept the TSA Policies?

Mississippi Supreme Court Grants Cory Maye a New Trial
Reason magazine's Radley Balko has tirelessly brought to light details surrounding the questionable police raid and murder conviction of Cory Maye in Mississippi. Yesterday, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Maye, ruling the jury should have been allowed to consider his claim that he was protecting his infant daughter when police wrongly raided his residence and an officer was killed.
Balko's Feature on Maye The Case of Cory Maye

New at Reason

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The Nation Posts a Narrow Apology. And Publishes Another Error.

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You Don't Actually Have to Be Engaged In Commerce For Your Choices to Be Regulated Under the Commerce Clause

Is California's Decline Just More Right-Wing Propaganda?

Libertarians Have Smaller "Buts"


Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett Is Nanny of the Month

Nick Gillespie on Judge Napolitano's Freedom Watch

A Triple Dose of Katherine Mangu-Ward on Freedom Watch

Adrian Moore on Fox Business Discussing Police Unions and Spending

Have California Democrats Turned Their Backs On Social Justice? A Conversation with Chris Reed

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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