Friday, April 8, 2011

Expand Voters' Rights To Recall Politicians

by Howard Rich. With American politicians still refusing to substantively address the looming consequences of their fiscal irresponsibility, it only makes sense that voters are feeling frustrated and powerless. Last November’s elections sent an unambiguous message to leaders at all levels of government that unsustainable spending will no longer be tolerated – yet it’s becoming increasingly ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - Free Market Hostility

Internet Freedom: A Time For Choosing

by Dan Geer. As the Internet becomes more important, the claims on it increase.  Those claims cannot all be met.  It is a time for choosing. Defining the Internet as the sum of the design decisions that are now ubiquitously deployed, the Internet deeply embeds American values. Just as close examination of DNA explicates sources in bio-history, close examination of Internet's methods of ... MORE

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Video: Nanny of the Month (March 2011)


Drug warrior Barack Obama comes away with the March honors.

Regulatory Dysfunction

by Jerry Shenk. Government costs us more than the taxes we pay (and the money we borrow), because taxes do not include the cost of regulatory compliance. Compliance costs are built into the price of goods and services purchased by American consumers and businesses. If we are to emerge from recession, American business regulatory burden must be reassessed. In a 2008 review of the cost of government regulations ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Political Statistics

When someone gives you a check and the bank informs you that there are insufficient funds, who do you get mad at? In your own life, you get mad at the guy who gave you a check that bounced, not at the bank. But, in politics, you get mad at whoever tells you that there is no money. One of the secrets of the growth of the welfare state is that politicians get a lot of mileage out of making promises, without ... MORE

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Why Are People So Forgiving Of Government Failure?

by Christopher Westley.  Once upon a time, I developed a theory that we have much lower expectations for public-sector performance than we do for private-sector performance. We saw this in accounting standards that — when applied to Enron — resulted in market forces shutting that firm down, while the Department of Defense loses billions of dollars  ... MORE

VIDEO: William Voegeli - State of The Welfare State

John Stossel: Gun Owners Have A Right To Privacy

If you own a gun in Illinois, take precautions. The state attorney general, Lisa Madigan, wants to release the names of guns owners in response to an Associated Press request. Publication of that list would tell the criminal class where the guns are, which could be useful to two different sorts of lawbreakers: gun thieves who want to know where the guns are and burglars who want to know where they are not. ... MORE

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

VIDEO: The Military Industrial Complex in Five Minutes

The False Promises Of Obama Regulators

Many companies complain that the Obama administration has increased the cost of doing business by issuing loads of new regulations. The administration does not deny being aggressive in issuing new rules or that compliance costs may ultimately total in the billions of dollars. Instead, it has rejected logic and common sense and argues that increasing the costs of doing business benefits the economy. ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Diversity Perversity

The terms affirmative action, equal representation, preferential treatment and quotas just don't sell well. The intellectual elite and their media, government and corporate enthusiasts have come up with diversity, a seemingly benign term that's a cover for racially discriminatory policy. They call for college campuses, corporate offices and government agencies to "look like America." Part of looking like America ... MORE

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Constitution and Property Rights

It is sometimes suggested that the Founders did not consider property rights important because the term “property” was mentioned only once in the Constitution. The truth is that the Founders were concerned about a range of human values, but property rights were high on their list. Their Constitution and Bill of Rights protected property in many ways ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Welfare State Dynamics

Clinton: Obama Will Ignore Congress On Libya War

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a classified congressional hearing that the Obama regime would ignore Congress if it tried to rein in the unconstitutional war in Libya, but that the administration would send press releases to lawmakers, according to news reports. When Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) asked Clinton during the briefing what the regime’s response would be to Congress exercising its constitutional  ... MORE