According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Senate vote on the tax deal legislation may come “sometime before midnight” tonight if he reaches an agreement with Senate Republicans to act before the 30 hours of debate time runs out at 12:30 a.m. If passed, the legislation moves to the House of Representatives, on whose floor it could be voted as early as Wednesday.

The court martial proceeding of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colorado began today at Ford Meade, Maryland. Lakin is an army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan, alleging that his objection to follow the deployment orders results from questions over President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has announced his intent to run for a second term. His news came on the same day that Fox News predicted that Steele would declare that in fact he would not be seeking re-election.

Government rules by command and not consent. The marketplace represents the rational valuation of things based upon mutual consent. Because the power of the state is a “jealous god,” when ordinary people try to create some sort of private protection against the caprice of politicians, government usually comes back with a lash. We see this in a number of ways these days.

On October 18, brothers Jesus and Jose Martinez were robbed of over $190,000 by an armed man. They know who the man is and who employs him, and both the thief and his employer have admitted stealing the money. They took his employer to court to retrieve their money. A judge ordered the money returned, but the employer has refused to return it, saying that he has since passed it on to his superiors, who in turn have no intention of returning it.

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