Gene Healy: "Mission Accomplished" in Libya?

The Obama Doctrine is nothing to celebrate. Mission accomplished! As Libyan rebels took Tripoli last week, liberals practically draped that banner across the nation's op-ed pages. Now was the time for all good men to come together and praise a famous victory. In Newsweek, liberal columnist Michael Tomasky pronounced Libya "completely the right thing to do," ... MORE

VIDEO: Government Assault On Private Property


The power of the state pitted against vulnerable property owners.

California Politicians Now Take Aim At Hot Food

New anti-job measure would ban foam containers. Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California's state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins already are razor thin. BJ's Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California's farm country ... MORE

Kim Murphy: $75 Billion A Year On Homeland Security

Has all the homeland security spending paid off? On the edge of the Nebraska sand hills is Lake McConaughy, a 22-mile-long reservoir that in summer becomes a magnet for Winnebagos, fishermen and kite sailors. But officials here in Keith County, population 8,370, imagined this scene: an Al Qaeda sleeper cell hitching explosives onto a ski boat and plowing into the dam at the head ... MORE

Anthony Gregory: More Liberty Up In Smoke

 Tobacco and the limits to utilitarianism. Tobacco companies are suing the U.S. government over a policy forcing them to put ghastly images on their product to dissuade consumers from smoking. Along with warning labels, which have long been mandated, would come graphics depicting diseased lungs, corpses, rotting teeth, even tracheotomy holes. The businesses claim this is an ... MORE

VIDEO: Robert P Murphy - What Is Capitalism?

Steve Chapman: Injustice, In Plain Slight

The trouble with eyewitness testimony. In 1989, a Waukegan, Ill., woman was raped after three men invaded her apartment. She told police the rapist had a tattoo, wore an earring in a pierced ear, and spoke English. Two days later, the cops took her to an office and said, "Watch the one sitting on the chair." Alejandro Dominguez, age 16, had no tattoos or pierced ...  MORE

Jack Kerwick: Why Ron Paul Is Ignored By GOP

Neoconservatives fear classical conservatives. It is hard not to be amazed by the blackout of media coverage of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Had Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, or any second-tier candidate been performing as remotely as well as Paul has, he would no longer be regarded as a “second-tier” candidate. To the credit of such    ... MORE

Alan M Aszkler: Fracking Fluid Fear-Mongering Farce

Chicken Little's latest eco-sham. EPA bureaucrats and Green Avengers perpetrate a daily nonsensical assault touting the grave consequences of fracking fluid and its secret ingredients. Carnival barkers in the media blindly parrot fear-mongering articles from such noble sounding groups as "Natural Resources Defense Council" without offering a single shred of scientific ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Dismantling America

John Stossel: Almost Everything We're Taught Is Wrong

Using economics to explode fallacies. We grow up learning that some things are just bad: child labor, ticket scalping, price gouging, kidney selling, blackmail, etc. But maybe they're not. What I love about economics is that it can show that what seems harmful is actually good for society. It illuminates what common sense overlooks. This was the subject of my Fox ... MORE

Art Carden: Lemonade And Liberty

Government regulators seek to restrain individual liberty. What do you do when life hands you lemons? If you’re about to say “make lemonade,” make sure you have a permit first or you might get an unwelcome visit from a government official. This Saturday is “Lemonade Freedom Day,” which is a protest against governments shutting down–wait for it–kids’ lemonade stands. ... MORE

Ed Jones: The Civil Rights Issue Of The 21st Century

School choice promotes the free market and individual liberty. It is often difficult to feel optimistic about the future of liberty. Those of us who value individual liberty and free markets look only at the encroachment of government in our lives. We often overlook the victories that should give us hope for the future of liberty. The school choice movement is one of the most    ... MORE

VIDEO: Obama and Mexico vs. Citizens of Arizona


No need to ask whose side he is on.

Bob Beauprez: Tangling The Economy In Red Tape

4200 new rules or revisions in the Obama pipeline. Way back in January President Obama ordered "a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive." From that statement alone, you might conclude that Obama already knew that finding needless, burdensome regulation ... MORE

Brian Koenig: Lawmakers Lack Economics Education

80 percent have no background in business or economics.  While U.S. lawmakers wrestle with high unemployment and a mounting federal deficit, 80 percent of them have no academic background in business or economics, according to a new study by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI). The study found that only 8.4 percent of U.S. lawmakers majored ... MORE

Green Latern: Why Government Does Not Create Jobs

Too many cooks spoil the stew. If you want to know why $800 billion in government stimulus spending has created 9 percent unemployment, all you have to do is look at the windmill in Milwaukee. The project involves a single wind turbine 154 feet tall (small by today's standard) that is supposed to supply some electricity to the Milwaukee Port Authority. The $500,000 project is being ... MORE

VIDEO: David Mamet's Political Awakening


Playwright, essayist and screenwriter David Mamet joins John Stossel to explain how he escaped the left-wing Hollywood mindset. 

John T Bennett: Obama Baits The Dependency Trap

There is such a thing as a free lunch -- except for taxpayers. The Obama administration is busy expanding the exact type of vicious, ungrateful underclass which recently exploded in London. An administration program will expand free school meal coverage to millions of young people who are not even supposed to be eligible. A stated goal of the program is to eliminate the stigma of ... MORE

Brent Bozell: NPR - The Statism Network

Big government propaganda at taxpayer expense. One of the greatest perversions of statism is the use of taxpayer money to push for ever more government spending and intervention. A casual listener to the far-left end of the FM dial, National Public Radio, will quickly conclude that NPR is one of America's leading offenders in this perversion. Let's just take one ... MORE

Walter E Williams: No Obligation To Obey Immoral Laws

Doing so only leads to lost liberty. What laws are we morally obligated to obey? Help with the answer can be found in "Economic Liberty and the Constitution," a 66-page pamphlet by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. Hornberger offers a hypothetical whereby Congress enacts a compulsory church attendance ... MORE

VIDEO: The High Cost of the War on Drugs


Just how much do American taxpayers spend to subsidize street gangs?

Sterling Burnett: EPA's Toxic Regulations

An ongoing assault on the economy. Affordable energy is critical for a prosperous economy. Yet, despite the fact that the U.S. is still in the middle of a pronounced economic slump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of proposing or finalizing a number of air-quality regulations that would limit energy choices and increase energy prices, thus seriously retarding ... MORE

A. Barton Hinkle: Airport Security vs. The Constitution

Government critics deserve their day in court. You wouldn't think Aaron Tobey and Donald Rumsfeld have much in common. Tobey is the guy who stripped down to his shorts at the Richmond, Virginia airport last December. Rumsfeld is the former Defense Secretary under George W. Bush. Tobey, who was protesting the invasive airport screening practices that have outraged ... MORE

The Superiority Of School Vouchers Demonstrated

by Gary Jason. The failure of the American K-12 public school system has been obvious for decades. Some of us fossils can recall the public uproar that accompanied the release of the report "A Nation at Risk" back in 1987, documenting the mediocre at best, disastrously bad at worst performance of the nation's public schools. The public school special interest groups ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Our Limited Resources

Mike Riggs: Gary Johnson Bets Big On New Hampshire


Can a nice guy finish first in the Live Free or Die State? Republican Gary Johnson hopes so. “I’m putting my chips on the table in New Hampshire,” the former two-term governor of New Mexico said today at a National Press Club luncheon. Despite being a no-show in Ames, Iowa, Johnson has rented an office and hired four “young ideologues” as staffers in New Hampshire. ... MORE

Mark Steyn: The Imperial Presidency

Obama's strikingly Latin American message. Rick Perry, governor of Texas, has only been in the presidential race for 20 minutes, but he’s already delivered one of the best lines in the campaign: “I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.” This will be grand news to Schylar Capo, eleven years old, of Virginia, who made the  ... MORE

Phillip Smith: Perry And Romney Are Proud Drug Warriors

while Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are drug war foes. Two of the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination sought to win votes by talking tough on drugs this week, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry calling for unmanned drones to overfly the US-Mexico border and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney saying the war on drugs must ... MORE

VIDEO: What Ever Happened To The Constitution?


Disregard for Constitutional principles has led to coming chaos.

Damon W. Root: ObamaCare and Strict Scrutiny

The long slow death of conservative judicial restraint. In his recent opinion upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance, conservative 6th Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton adopted what used to be a very common conservative legal position: judicial deference. The battle over    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: For Whom The Bell Tolls

The sour fruits of political correctness. The orgies of violent attacks on strangers in the streets — in both England and the United States — are not necessarily just passing episodes. They should be wake-up calls, warning of the continuing degeneration of Western society. As British doctor and author Theodore Dalrymple said, long before these riots broke out, “The good ... MORE

John Stossel: The GOP Race Heats Up

Surveying the 2012 Republican field. Did we learn anything from last week's Republican presidential debate? I heard the usual platitudes like "bring people together," but there was also plenty of talk about the private sector. I liked that. So did the guests on my show. One was Steve Forbes, himself a former candidate for the GOP nomination: "We got first the principle: ... MORE

Todd Myers: Feel-Good Policies Replace Science

Eco-Fads take center stage. The photo takes more than a full page of the magazine and it is stark. It shows acre upon acre of decaying tree stumps, a barren area where a mighty forest once stood. Only a small patch of trees remains, sitting on a mound of dirt. The caption underneath the photo reads “Clear-cut land in Washington.” Published in 2002 by the magazine ... MORE

VIDEO: Are The Poor Getting Poorer?

Tim Cavanaugh: How Long Will It Take Keynes To Die?

Ignorance is a stubborn beast. It’s been many years since I’ve read The New York Times. Like most readers, I got discouraged by the shrinking page size, the self-confident erroneousness that becomes apparent whenever America's newspaper of record covers a topic I’m familiar with, and the lack of a comics page. Sure there are occasions when you can’t avoid it—usually when ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: The Power To Mandate Almost Anything

Looking for limits. Opponents of the federal law requiring Americans to buy government-approved medical coverage face a daunting challenge. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has treated the power to "regulate commerce…among the several states" like Silly Putty since the New Deal, explaining why it cannot be stretched to cover the health insurance mandate is harder than you ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Abolish Drunk Driving Laws


Tyranny wrapped in pretty paper. Police roadblocks are an effective means of trolling for fineable offenses and combatting that pesky Constitutional obstacle, probable cause. Like anti-terrorism laws and the TSA, drunk driving laws provide law enforcement with a mandate to arbitrarily violate individual liberty.

Gene Healy: Nixon's Wage And Price Controls

Another tale of executive power and the damage done. Remember "TARP," "Too Big to Fail," "Government Motors," "pay czar," the buzzwords of the Bush-Obama era? They reflected a disturbing trend toward presidential interference in economic life. Forty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon showed us just how dangerous unchecked executive power can ... MORE

James Valliant: Ayn Rand's Critics

Ayn Rand is hot right now.  Sizzling hot.  As government grows more intrusive, and our freedom shrinks, her novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, are selling at an unprecedented clip.  Given today’s headlines, it is easy to see why. Less easy to understand is the remarkable level of ignorance about Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism. Can anyone doubt the truth of ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Social Degeneration, Part One

Facing reality. Someone at long last has had the courage to tell the plain, honest truth about race. After mobs of young blacks rampaged through Philadelphia committing violence -- as similar mobs have rampaged through Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and other places -- Philadelphia's black ... MORE  
Social Degeneration Part Two                     Social Degeneration Part Three

VIDEO: The War on Walmart


Whose afraid of cheap groceries?

Walter E Williams: Ominous Parallels

Repeating the folly of the past. People are beginning to compare Barack Obama's administration to the failed administration of Jimmy Carter, but a better comparison is to the Roosevelt administration of the 1930s and '40s. Let's look at it with the help of a publication from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Foundation for Economic Education titled "Great Myths of the ... MORE

Ron Ross: Why President Obama Is Painful To Watch

A political trip to the dentist. If someone looked at your face while watching President Obama make a speech or hold a press conference, I'll bet it would reflect pain and discomfort. Your facial expression might be described as a grimace. There are a number of reasons for that kind of reaction. It might not even matter whether you are liberal or conservative. There is much  ... MORE

Thomas Bowden: Importance Of The Obamacare Litigation

What’s at stake in the Obamacare litigation? Much more, we are being told, than the viability of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act itself. What hangs in the balance, conservatives proclaim, is nothing less than the future of constitutionally limited government in America. Back in January, Judge Roger Vinson held that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority by  ... MORE

VIDEO: Ayn Rand - Reason Requires Capitalism


Ayn Rand shows how the path of reason leads to capitalism.

Phyllis Schlafly: Get Government Out Of Our House

And leave the light on. If Congress can't repeal the law that banishes the Edison light bulb and forces us to buy Chinese-made bulbs we don't like, voters will ask, what was the use in electing a Republican House? Not only are the majority of Americans in favor of abolishing that obnoxious law, but even a majority of House members voted to repeal the current law, yet that ... MORE

Jonah Goldberg: Wake Up And Smell The Tea

Tea Party downgrade? Not hardly. Is this a wake-up call to Washington?” NBC’s David Gregory asked Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) on Meet the Press, referring to the S&P downgrade. “Well, it’s a partial wake-up call. I believe this is, without question, the tea-party downgrade.” Shortly after pointing fingers and assigning blame, Kerry went on to lament how Republicans insist on ... MORE

VIDEO: The Recipe For America's Destruction


Whatever else, call him correct. More than 50 years ago, John Birch Society Founder Robert Welch foresaw those forces that plague America today.

Rick Barrett: Feds Push For Licenses To Drive Tractors

Proposal will treat tractors like big rigs. Tim Strobel has been driving a tractor for 20 years, so he's a bit puzzled that federal officials are kicking around an idea that could ultimately force him - and anyone else operating farm machinery - to get a commercial driver's license. Yes, the same kind of license that interstate truckers must have to operate their rigs.  ... MORE

VIDEO: Obama's Bottom Line - Credit Rating Downgrade


excerpts from the President's speech that simplify and clarify.
excerpts from the President's speech that simplify and clarify.

William Kristol: Fear The FED

FED continues to stack house of cards. A businessman and investor for whose judgment I have the highest regard sends this email about yesterday’s Fed announcement: “It is impossible to overstate the danger posed to the long-term stability of our country by current Fed policy, which has reached what one can only hope is the apogee of misplaced confidence in their ability to    ... MORE

Jacob Feldman: Government Consumes American Earnings

Americans work so politicians can spend. Each year Americans for Tax Reform Foundation authors the Cost of Government Day (COGD) report which measures the number of days worked to pay off the annual burden of government spending and regulation. In 2011, Americans have to work 224 days (through August 12) to support the government Goliath. For the third ... MORE

John Stossel: A Government That Kills

More dangerous cars have been mandated.  President Obama has declared that auto companies' fleets must average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost double the current 27.5. Standing at his side when he made the announcement were executives from the Big Three automakers. The New York Times reported: "It is an extraordinary shift in the relationship     ... MORE

VIDEO: California Politicians vs Gun Rights


How Fear, not fact, informs the gun rights debate.

Ira Stoll: Obama Gets A Blank Check For An Endless War

Where is the press? Where are the protests? The Obama administration is on pace to have more American soldiers killed in casualties related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than the George W. Bush administration did in its first term. Already, hundreds more American troops have been killed in Afghanistan during the less than three years of the Obama administration than during ... MORE

W. James Antle, III: Downgrading The Constitution

The downgrade that began the crisis.   Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner dinged Standard & Poor's for "terrible judgment" in downgrading the federal government's credit rating. Less genteel liberals offered less flattering assesments. "[I]t's hard to think of anyone less qualified to pass judgment on America than the rating agencies," opined Paul Krugman. "The people  ... MORE

Peter Ferrara: Obama Downgraded, Tea Party Vindicated

Only the national debt was stimulated. President Obama achieved the historic downgrading of America's credit rating the old-fashioned way. He earned it. He came into office with federal spending already near an historic peak, with a percent of GDP at 20.7 percent and having increased by one-seventh during the Bush years. One year earlier Bush had joined with then House Speaker ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - New Road To Serfdom

Ryan Young & Jacqueline Otto: The Big Repeal

In 1787, there were four federal crimes. Now there are over 4,000. The Code of Federal Regulations runs over 157,000 pages. America is overlawyered and overregulated, and the economy is suffering for it. Congressmen from both parties recognize this. But reform eludes them. It isn't necessarily their fault. Congress's institutional structure is geared   ... MORE

C. J. Ciaramella: Citizens Under The Microscope

TSA rolling out new "behavior detection officers." Passengers flying through Boston’s Logan International Airport will notice the security screeners are chattier than usual, but it’s not an improved customer service policy. On Tuesday the Transportation Security Administration began a test-run at Logan of its SPOT program, which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation  ... MORE

Warren Meyer: Why So Many Licenses?

2011 Milton Friedman Legacy for Freedom Essay. Milton Friedman was always a more-than-able educator about the dangers and internal contradictions of socialism. But he also recognized another danger to capitalism and freedom, from the most -- rather than least -- successful corners of the economy. He said: "With some notable exceptions, businessmen favor free enterprise in general but are opposed to it when it comes to     ... MORE 

THE DAILY CALLER: The Great $50 Billion Flub

Obamacare cost estimates hide up to $50 billion per year.  Federal payments required by President Barack Obama’s health care law are being understated by as much as $50 billion per year because official budget forecasts ignore the cost of insuring many employees’ spouses and children, according to a new analysis. The result could cost the U.S. Treasury hundreds of   ... MORE

VIDEO: Nanny Of The Month Winner For July 2011


Busybodies minding YOUR own business.

Walter E Williams: Ignorance, Stupidity or Connivance?

The high cost of fueling envy and resentment. President Barack Obama has called for a luxury tax on corporate jets as a means to generate revenue to fight federal deficits. The president's economic advisers ought to be fired for not telling him that doing so is unwise and counterproductive. They might have already told him so, only to have the president say, "Look, I know you're  ... MORE

Mike Riggs: Moody's Sounds The Alarm On Student Loans

Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt. A growing chorus of economists and educators think that the higher education industry will be America's next bubble. Easy credit, high tuition, and poor job prospects have resulted in growing delinquency and default rates on nearly $1 trillion worth of private and federally subsidized loans. Now the ratings agency ... MORE