WSJ Editorial: The United States Of EPA

Ms. Jackson's agency takes over automobile design. Here's one good way to consider the vote in 2012: It's about whether to re-elect President Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, which these days runs most the U.S. economy. The EPA heaved its weight against another industry this month, issuing a regulation to sharply increase fuel     ... MORE

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Path To Smaller Government


Limited government begins with making the 10th Amendment matter.

Washington Times: Time To Stock Up On Light Bulbs

Government ban on mercury-free fixtures starts Jan 1.  Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A. Edison’s brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age.       ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Balanced-Budget Amendment Delusion

Wrong tool to halt the growth of government.  When I graduated from college in 1976, I got a job in Washington with the National Taxpayers Union, which was working to get a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget. Someone graduating today could sign up there and pursue the same goal. The balanced-budget amendment has never ... MORE

Josh Wolford: Police Are Tracking Your Every Move

Law enforcement aid requires personal liberty sacrifice.  Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss their concerns about online privacy. But as technology gets better, and ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Fairness Or Freedom?

Karin McQuillan: Scientific Revolt Against Global Warming

Global warming "consensus" losing ground. Global warming became a cause to save life on earth before it had a chance to become good science. The belief that fossil fuel use is an emergency destroying our planet by CO2 emissions took over the media and political arena by storm. The issue was politicized so quickly that the normal scientific process was stunted. ... MORE

Mark Steyn: More, More, More

What does government have in common with a porn actress? I see Andrea True died earlier this month. The late disco diva enjoyed a brief moment of global celebrity in 1976 with her ubiquitous glitterball favorite: More More More.  In honor of Andrea’s passing, I have asked my congressman to propose the adoption of this song as the U.S.     ... MORE

New Poll: Ron Paul With Firm Lead In Iowa

Candidate largely ignored by all but the people.  Texas Congressman Ron Paul continues to boast high numbers in public polls despite the lack of media attention that he has received throughout the race for the GOP primary. Just prior to the start of last night’s GOP debate, Paul’s poll numbers were at their highest since the start of the race. According to Revolution PAC ... MORE

VIDEO: Andrew Napolitano - What If There Was Tyranny?


What if freedom was a myth?

John Stossel: Land Of Free Speech -- Sometimes

We're proud that America is the land of free speech. That right is recognized in the First Amendment, and we usually take it seriously. It wasn't always the case. In John Adams' administration, the Sedition Act made it a crime, punishable by fine and imprisonment, "to write, print, utter or publish ... any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government ... ... MORE

Larry Elder: Hey OWS, Wealth Isn't A Civil Right

Why Peter is getting very uneasy.  There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Everything demanded by the Occupy Wall Streeters -- whether "free" health care, a "world-class education" or a "guaranteed living-wage income regardless of employment" status -- costs money. When a CEO makes a lot of money in the private sector, it is because his company -- rightly or ... MORE

John Stossel: The Lost Lesson Of Thanksgiving

Pilgrims learned all about the "tragedy of the commons."    Had today's political class been in power in 1623, tomorrow's holiday would have been called "Starvation Day" instead of Thanksgiving. Of course, most of us wouldn't be alive to celebrate it. Every year around this time, schoolchildren are taught about that wonderful day when Pilgrims and Native   ... MORE

VIDEO: Penn & Teller - Patriotism

WSJ Editorial: Obama Makes Carter Look Good

Carter didn't substitute his priorities for the nation's.  The good news is that growing economies can afford a great deal of government, if not quite as much as the Europeans and the U.S. have promised themselves. The bad news is that "policy error" are the saddest words in the language. These words, starting in the 1960s, came to dominate serious post mortems ... MORE

Daniel Griswold: How Capitalism Saved The Pilgrims

Sometimes, father knows best. When I was growing up, my father would occasionally tell me the story around this time of year of how private property rights saved the Pilgrims from starvation. When the Pilgrims first arrived in 1620, as my father told the story, they tried to live communally according to the spirit of the Mayflower Compact. What crops they grew were put ... MORE

Charles Kadlec: Social Justice, Greed And OWS

Why more liberty, less government is the answer.   It seems to be almost a law of human nature that it is easier for people to agree on a negative program on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off than on any positive task.”  Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom    Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has provided a rare up-close and personal look at a social  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - The Money Hole


America is going broke! John exposes the serial spending and pork laden programs.

WSJ Editorial: Thank You, Grover Norquist

That Americans pay too little tax is not the problem.    So it's all Grover Norquist's fault. Democrats and the media are singing in unison that the reason Congress's antideficit super committee has failed is because of the conservative activist's magical antitax spell over Republicans. Not to enhance this Beltway fable, but thank you, Mr. Norquist. By reminding     ... MORE

Doug Bandow: Time To Gut, Not Cut, The Federal Gov't

The solution is simple, just not easy.    Washington’s vaunted debt reduction supercommittee has failed.  The dozen members were unable to agree on a package of deficit reduction measures which would only have slowed the fast rising tide of federal red ink.  It will probably take the Second Coming before legislators voluntarily halt the wild taxpayer-paid party on the ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Alice In Liberal Land

Avoiding reality has its appeal.  "Alice in Wonderland" was written by a professor who also wrote a book on symbolic logic. So it is not surprising that Alice encountered not only strange behavior in Wonderland, but also strange and illogical reasoning -- of a sort too often found in the real world, and which a logician would be very much aware of. If Alice could visit the world ... MORE

VIDEO: Terror, Security and Money


Why is there no balance of risk and reward?

Walter E Williams: Should The Rich Be Condemned?

The ignorant see capitalism as only benefiting the rich. Thomas Edison invented the incandescent bulb, the phonograph, the DC motor and other items in everyday use and became wealthy by doing so. Thomas Watson founded IBM and became rich through his company's contribution to the computation revolution. Lloyd Conover, while in the employ of Pfizer ... MORE

Forbes: America Before The Entitlement State

by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins.   Reacting to calls for cuts in entitlement programs, House Democrat Henry Waxman fumed: “The Republicans want us to repeal the twentieth century.” Sound bites don’t get much better than that. After all, the world before the twentieth century–before the New Deal, the New Frontier, the Great Society–was a dark ... MORE

REUTERS: Super Committee Is A Super Flop

Debt-reduction efforts will be led by voters in 2012. The failure of a congressional deficit-cutting "super committee" means the tough work of putting the United States' finances on a stable path will likely have to wait until 2013 at the earliest. Barring some unforeseen development, the Republican and Democratic co-chairs of the committee are due to issue a joint  ... MORE

VIDEO: President Obama, Where Are The Jobs?


Only crony capitalism seems to have been stimulated.

AP: Ron Paul Is Gaining Traction In Iowa

Liberty candidate is rising in the polls. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is emerging as a significant factor in the Republican presidential race, especially in Iowa. He's been long dismissed by the GOP establishment, but the libertarian-leaning candidate is now turning heads beyond his hard-core followers - and rising in some polls - just weeks before the state holds the leadoff    ... MORE

Reality Check: Coming Financial Crisis By The Numbers

30 reasons for major concern. The United States is drowning in a sea of red ink from coast to coast and most Americans have absolutely no idea what is about to happen.  Hopefully you have started to prepare for the coming U.S. financial crisis.  If not, hopefully this article will be a wake up call for you.  Right now, governments all over Europe are on the verge of ... MORE

VIDEO: 3 Reasons Not To Bail Out Student Loan Borrowers

Charles Krauthammer: The Pipeline Sellout

Obama puts politics over nation, again.  In 2008, the slogan was “Yes We Can.” For 2011–12, it’s “We Can’t Wait.” What happened in between? Candidate Obama, the vessel into which myriad dreams were poured, met the reality of governance. His near–$1 trillion stimulus begat a stagnant economy with 9 percent unemployment. His attempt at Wall Street reform left ... MORE

Bill Freeze: The Inevitable Outcome Of Big Government

Uncontrolled power + special interests = crony capitalism. Would a farmer who put out a trough of slop be surprised if it attracted a bunch of pigs? Then why are activists who promote enlarging the size and scope of government shocked when one program after another is hijacked by corporations that find it easier to seek favors in Washington than ... MORE

VIDEO: Peter Schiff - Educating Occupiers


Peter Schiff explain the true source of America's economic woes to protestors.

Jacob Sullum: Is Social Security A Ponzi Scheme?

Scaring seniors with simple truths.   At the Republican presidential debate in Tampa on September 12, Mitt Romney said Rick Perry had needlessly “scared seniors” by calling Social Security “a Ponzi scheme.” Romney, more sensitive to the anxieties of retirees, prefers to say “the American people have been effectively defrauded out of their Social Security” (as he puts it ... MORE

John Fricke: Should I Buy A Gun?

A question everyone should be asking.  I have never owned a gun. Matter of fact, I have fired a gun a grand total of one time in my life. I shouldered a shotgun out in the north Georgia woods when I was nineteen years old and fired at a milk bottle filled with water as a target. The kick from the gun nearly tore my shoulder off, since I obviously had no clue what ... MORE

DOJ Wants To Criminalize Uploading YouTube Videos

Government seeks to use racketeering charges to police net.  The Department of Justice is attempting to criminalize uploading videos that break YouTube's terms of service, along with any other online action that is deemed to contravene a website's usage policy, in a shocking expansion of cybersecurity laws deemed draconian by critics. " In a statement obtained by CNET ... MORE

VIDEO: Andrew Napolitano - Who Is Better Off Now?


Someone is better off now than four years ago, but who?

Detroit News: Estimate Of Auto Bailout Loses Soar

Losses to Treasury expected to exceed $23 billion.  The Treasury Department dramatically boosted its estimate of losses from its $85 billion auto industry bailout by more than $9 billion in the face of General Motors Co.'s steep stock decline. In its monthly report to Congress, the Treasury Department now says it expects to lose $23.6 billion, up from its ... MORE

Paul Conner: EPA Uses Junk Science To Justify Regulations

Public servants or public masters? The Environmental Protection Agency has used bogus “press release science” to defend analyses of how Clean Air Act regulations affect the public’s health while downplaying their economic costs, two congressmen declared Tuesday. In an unusually lengthy 11-page letter, Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris and Georgia Republican ... MORE

WSJ: To Increase Jobs, Increase Economic Freedom

by John Mackey.  Is the United States exceptional? Of course we are! Two hundred years ago we were one of the poorest countries in the world. We accounted for less than 1% of the world's total GDP. Today our GDP is 23% of the world's total and more than twice as large as the No. 2 country's, China. America became the wealthiest country because for most of our history  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Infrastructure Spending


Roads and bridges present a noble facade for political pork.

Ralph Reiland: The Public's Distrust

Taxpayers identify government as the problem.  The good news is that Americans' distrust of government is at its highest level ever. It's good news because it shows the public recognizes how poorly we're being governed. Not much good comes out of trusting people who shouldn't be trusted — not much good comes out of reelecting them, either. Only 9 percent of  ... MORE

AP: Post Office Is Another Government Debt Machine

Loses mount to $5.1 billion. The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday it has lost $5.1 billion in the past year, pushing it closer to imminent default on a multibillion-dollar payment and to future bankruptcy as the weak economy and increased Internet use drive down mail volume. The financial losses for the year ended Sept. 30 came despite deep cuts of more than 130,000 jobs ... MORE

Weekly Standard: Obama Has America Powering Down

Federal regulation is killing energy development. American energy policy is increasingly defined in terms of what is prohibited, not what is promoted. Coal, nuclear, and natural “shale” gas all have been hampered by the current administration. And the last three weeks have offered two more examples of how America’s byzantine energy laws and policy deter ... MORE

VIDEO: Wealth, Not Spending, Creates Real Jobs

Thomas Sowell: Will Republicans Blow It?

Another Bush-McCain type could be coming. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch phrase could stop thinking for 50 years. One of the often-repeated catch phrases of our time — "It's the economy, stupid!" — has already stopped thinking in some quarters for a couple of decades. There is no question that the state of the economy can affect elections.  ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Poverty In America

Let's look at a few poverty facts. According to CBS News, "the number of people in the U.S. living in poverty in 2010 rose for the fourth year in a row, representing the largest number of Americans in poverty in the 52 years since such estimates have been published by the U.S. Census Bureau." MSNBC said, "The U.S. poverty rate remains among the highest in the developed  ... MORE

Peter Wilson: Politicizing The Farmers' Market

Farmers don't need politicians and do-gooders to run market. I don't understand those "No Farms, No Food" bumper stickers you see around places like Cambridge and Berkeley. Isn't it obvious? Why not "No toy factories, no toys?" "No Apple, No iPods?" "No Chickens, No Eggs?" (Or is it the other way around) Is there a nefarious anti-farm lobby I don't know about?     ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Jobs Or Snow Jobs?


President Obama's words call for more jobs, but his actions result in fewer. 

Mark Steyn: The Supercommittee Is A Joke

Finding savings by ... adding to deficit? Have you been following this so-called supercommittee? They're the new superhero group of superfriends from the super-Congress who are going to save America from plummeting over the cliff and into the multitrillion-dollar abyss. There's Spender Woman (Patty Murray), Incumbent Boy (Max Baucus), Kept Man (John Kerry) and many other  ... MORE

Sheldon Richman: Back To Economic Basics

Understanding the role of human action.   Lately I’ve landed in discussions about whether there is such a thing as human action. I’m not kidding. Some educated people have their doubts. Just to be clear from the outset, human action, as Ludwig von Mises pointed out, is purposeful behavior, as opposed to the reflex that occurs when the patellar  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: The Real Cain Scandal


There is no cost to making false allegations.  The real scandal in the accusations against Herman Cain is the corruption of the law, the media and politics. Let's start with the law. Some people may think the fact that the National Restaurant Association reportedly paid $45,000 to settle a claim made by one of its employees against Mr. Cain is incriminating. Most of us are ... MORE

VIDEO: Ayn Rand - How To Read & Not To Write


Ayn Rand on how to penetrate intentionally unclear analysis with piercing logic. 

THE HILL: Democrats Want War Savings For More Spending

This from the debt reduction supercommittee.  Democrats on the supercommittee have proposed that the savings from the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan be used to pay for a new stimulus package, according to a summary of the $2.3 trillion plan obtained by The Hill. The latest offer from Democrats on the deficit panel, made Monday night to their        ... MORE

Greg Beato: Twelve Apathetic Men

Why no one wants to get convicted of jury duty. Recently I spent the morning in a large room at San Francisco’s Hall of Justice along with several hundred others watching Ideals Made Real, the world’s least convincing infomercial. A 14-minute anesthetic that the state of California administers to anxious citizens to ease the pain of imminent       ... MORE

Nile Gardiner: Obama Facing Anti-Government Revolution

Three polls that give Americans hope for change. Three major polls this week will give a jittery White House cause for concern. The first, from ABC News/Washington Post shows a significant rise in public anger towards the federal government. The second, from The Wall Street Journal/ NBC, shows overwhelming disillusionment with President Obama’s handling of the ... MORE

VIDEO: Steven Crowder Hobnobs With The Occupiers


Products of the American education system on display.

John Stossel: The FDA Kills

It would be nice if politicians and regulators left us alone.  But they don't. They always want to do more. Recently, there have been shortages of some medicines. Cancer patients can't get drugs they need. Why not? One reason is that a big drugmaker shut down for a year in part to meet Food and Drug Administration rules. The FDA makes it so expensive and difficult to sell ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Does The Government Work For Us?

Or do we work for the government?         In America, the federal government seems to control everything. Light bulbs, shoe leather, refrigerators, even the water strength in your shower. Your banker, your doctor, your lawyer, your computer all are regulated beyond belief. What is it in America that the feds can't control? The answer is simple: human ... MORE

Allen B. West: Economic Freedom For Black Americans

When will black Americans finally be "free at last?"    The word "freedom" for many black Americans is inextricably linked with the word "slavery." While it has been 148 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, and 47 years since the landmark Civil Rights Act, for many, the words of Martin Luther King in his famous speech still ring true: "The Negro lives on a ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - School Choice = Better Schools


Politicians claim to want better schools, but do they actually vote for them? 

Gene Healy: Obama's Solyndra Silence

President hides from green energy boondoggle fallout. On Friday, citing "longstanding and important Executive Branch confidentiality interests," White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler refused a House panel's demand for "all communications among White House staff and officials" relating to Solyndra. Solyndra is one of the administration's pet "green energy" ... MORE

Robert P. Murphy: Understanding The Price Of Money

On purchasing power. In a money economy, the money commodity is on one side of every transaction, and hence reduces the number of relevant prices. The direct exchange ratio between any two commodities can easily be computed from their respective money prices. The "price" or purchasing power of money is the array of goods and services for which a unit of ... MORE

Richard A. Epstein: Three Cheers For Income Inequality

More taxes on the top one percent means fewer jobs. The 2008 election was supposed to bring to the United States a higher level of civil discourse. Fast-forward three years and exactly the opposite has happened. A stalled economy brings forth harsh recriminations. As recent polling data reveals, the American public is driven by two irreconcilable  ... MORE

VIDEO: In 2012, Who Will Speak For You?

Walter E Williams: Ignorance Exploited

Workers bear up to 75 percent of the corporate tax.  Many Wall Street occupiers are echoing the Communist Party USA's call to "Save the nation! Tax corporations! Tax the rich!" There are other Americans, on both the left and the right — for example, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner — who call for reductions in corporate taxes. But the  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Numbers Games

The relationship of age and income. One of the things that has struck me, when I have gone on luxury cruise ships, is that most of the passengers look like they are older than the captain -- and luxury cruise ships don't have juveniles as captains. The reason for the elderly clientele is fairly simple: Most people don't reach the point when they can afford to travel on... MORE