Random Roadblocks In The Name Of Terrorism

TSA's warrantless search and seizures go on the road. When the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last year that it would soon begin setting up security checkpoints in places other than just airports, it definitely was not joking. News Channel 5 in Nashville, Tenn., has announced that Tennessee is the official inaugural state for the launch of TSA's ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Parallels To Rome

Katherine Mangu-Ward: 5 Myths About Healthy Eating

A helping of skepticism regarding government fixes. It’s hard to argue against rules that give consumers more information. Perhaps for that reason, proposals to require restaurants to jam calorie, fat and other nutrition statistics onto already crowded signs and menus pop up over and over—most recently as part of the health-care reform law—despite the fact that ... MORE

George Reisman: In Praise Of The Capitalist 1 Percent

Everyone benefits from the hated capitalists. The protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement and its numerous clones elsewhere in the country and around the world chant that 1 percent of the population owns all the wealth and lives at the expense of the remaining 99 percent. The obvious solution that they imply is for the 99 percent to seize the wealth of ... MORE

Gary Horne: Government Against The People

The ruling elite's increasing willingness to use force. If there is a single feature distinguishing the left from the rest of civil society, it is the willingness to use force. While claiming to be for the people, the statists consistently use force against others. The use of force and disrespect for the property of others by the Wisconsin union mobs and the occupy-Wall ... MORE

VIDEO: Andrew Napolitano - The Free Market

Obama's Change: Steep Drop In Standard Of Living

by Ron Scherer, Christian Science Monitor. Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You'd be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago. Bottom line: The average individual ... MORE

Peter Wehner: In Defense Of Gridlock

It's the public's way to slam on the brakes. Ronald Reagan made enormous contributions to his country during his presidency – and appointing Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court ranks very high among them. I say that not simply because of the votes Justice Scalia has cast over the last quarter-century, but because of his enormous intellectual contributions to our ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Dazed And Confused No More

A full 50% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Candidates running for president can easily wreck their campaigns with one serious misstep. Back in 1976, one Democrat said he favored getting rid of criminal penalties for marijuana use. Can you imagine how Americans of that primitive era reacted to his blunder? They elected him. Once in office, Jimmy Carter ... MORE

VIDEO: Understanding The Frustration With Government

Christopher Chantrill: Subsidies Have Consequences

The ruling class doesn't have a clue about business. To an Obami like Jay Carney, White House press secretary, the failure of corporate crony Solyndra is "just the way business works." You win some, you lose some. Only, of course, the way business works is that when you lose, it's supposed to be your money that gets lost. As Matthew Continetti points out, under ... MORE

REASON.COM: Find Your True Love!

A quiz to match you to your perfect GOP candidate. Not sure who to commit to in the Republican primary race? Let Reason help you out.  Picking a presidential candidate is like sorting through online dating profiles—nobody's quite right, but once a meet-cute is out of the question, the best you can hope for is to pick a mate out of a self-selected digital lineup. Thus our handy candidate ... MORE

James Wilson: Prohibit Prohibition

To prohibitionists of all kinds, the ends justify the means, even if those means include murder. I realized this while watching the Ken Burns 3-part documentary Prohibition, which debuted last week. During Alcohol Prohibition, the Federal State deliberately poisoned alcohol supplies to discourage drinking. As many as 10,000 died. The callousness of  ... MORE

War On Drugs Has Become War On The American People

by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute. "On July 29, 2008, my family and I were terrorized by an errant Prince George's County SWAT team. This unit forced entry into my home without a proper warrant, executed our beloved black Labradors, Payton and Chase, and bound and interrogated my mother-in-law and me for hours as they ransacked our belongings…  ... MORE

VIDEO: Harry Browne - Economic Consequences

Randazzo & Stansel: The Upper-Class Entitlement

It's time to end the mortgage interest deduction. The federal income tax code is full of complicated deductions, credits, and loopholes, which together exempted $1.2 trillion from taxation in 2009. The single largest benefit, amounting to around 35 percent of the total, is the mortgage interest deduction. This longstanding incentive, which allows individual ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts On The Passing Scene

The ponderings of a genius. Like so many people, in so many countries, who started out to "spread the wealth," Barack Obama has ended up spreading poverty. Have you ever heard anyone as incoherent as the people staging protests across the country? Taxpayers ought to be protesting against having their money spent to educate people who end up unable to say   ... MORE

Emily Schultheise: Ron Paul Announces Economic Plan

Only a radical plan will avert economic disaster. This afternoon, Congressman Ron Paul released his “Plan to Restore America,” which would cut $1 trillion in spending during the first year of the Paul administration. The plan “eliminat[es] five cabinet departments (Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education), abolish[es] the Transportation Security Administration and  ... MORE

VIDEO: Occupy LA - The Pro-Government Protesters?

Destroying Value Is What Government Does Best

by Sheldon Richman. In Cleveland and other American cities homes are being demolished because five years after the housing bust there is nothing better to do with them. Therein lies a lesson in Austrian business cycle theory. In a world of uncertainty, waste — the destruction of value — is inevitable. Human action, which aims to replace inferior       ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Read My Tea Leaves

Obama spits in the face of state law.  In their October 7 press release announcing "coordinated enforcement actions" against medical marijuana dispensaries, California's four U.S. attorneys use the adjective commercial to describe their targets eight times and refer to profit nine times, not counting two mentions of money and one of moneymaking. You might surmise ... MORE

HOT AIR: Propaganda Created, Saved, and Supported.

Media trumpets specious "saved or created jobs" numbers. The Obama administration’s latest tactic for selling its jobs bill is to claim it will “support” 400,000 jobs (primarily in government). Ed Morrissey notes this metric is as unmeasurable as jobs “saved or created” by Obama’s failed stimulus law, which is a good springboard for underscoring a crucial ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - The Job Killers

CBS BOSTON: Police Feel Free To Enter Unlocked Cars

Who gave them the right? Thieves are finding easy targets on the North Shore: Cars that aren’t locked with valuable items inside. If your car door was unlocked, or an officer spotted your GPS, wallet, or something important in plain view, you might have found a warning on your windshield in Beverly this weekend. Police were willing to stir-up a little proactive controversy to ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Its Hard To Be A Racist

Years ago it was easy to be a racist. All you had to be was a white person using some of the racial epithets that are routinely used in song and everyday speech by many of today's blacks. Or you had to chant "two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate" when a black student showed up for admission to your high school or college. Of course, there was that  ... MORE

AP: Feds To Design Health Insurance For The Masses

Central planners to dictate one-size-fits-all medical insurance. The federal government is taking on a crucial new role in the nation's health care, designing a basic benefits package for millions of privately insured Americans. A framework for the Obama administration was released Friday. The report by independent experts from the Institute of Medicine lays out guidelines ... MORE

VIDEO: Obama Presidency by the Numbers

President Obama has been a failure by every measure.

REUTERS: Secret Panel Can Put Americans On Death List

Death by government. American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and  ... MORE

AP: Feds To Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Gov't decides too much liberty going on in California. Federal authorities in California vowed to shut down dozens of pot growing and sales operations in a major crackdown, saying the worst offenders are using the cover of medical marijuana to act as storefront drug dealers. The aggressive crackdown comes a little more than two months after the Obama  ... MORE

John Ashby: Marching For Shackles And Chains

Willing slaves protest against liberty. History is littered with popular uprisings which overthrow one dictatorship only to turn around and embrace another. From the French Revolution near the turn of the 18th century to what many fear to be happening in the Arab world today, revolutionaries generally know whom they are against, but they fail to define what they are ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Self-Interest & Self-Ownership

Nine minutes of utter brilliance from the Phil Donahue Show.

John Stossel: Government Makes Us Poor

A formula for prosperity.  Here's my fantasy: Libertarians are elected to the presidency and to majorities in Congress. What would happen next? Well, if libertarians were "in charge," you'd have more freedom and prosperity. Freedom frightens some people. They say if no one is in charge there would be chaos. That is intuitive, but think about a skating ... MORE

Aaron Goldstein: 9 Reasons To Nominate Herman Cain

#3. He has never held elected office. Let us assume that the field bidding to be the Republican standard bearer in 2012 will not expand. Let us assume also that neither New Jersey Governor Chris Christie nor Sarah Palin will throw their hat into the ring. Let us further assume that neither Mike Huckabee nor Paul Ryan is having second thoughts. In which case, Mitt ... MORE

Justice Scalia: Americans 'Should Learn To Love Gridlock'

by David G. Savage. Many Americans think badly of the government because of “gridlock” in Washington. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not one of them. Americans “should learn to love gridlock,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “The framers (of the Constitution) would say, yes, ‘That’s exactly the way we set it up. We wanted power contradicting ... MORE

VIDEO: Law Enforcement's Authority To Steal

Civil forfeiture laws prove the forces of tyranny are alive and well.

Government Punishes Producers With More Expense

Business gets the bill for extended UIB. WASHINGTON (AP) — States that borrowed billions from the federal government to keep unemployment benefits flowing through the recession now have to start paying those loans back, and they're hitting businesses with new assessments and higher taxes to make that happen. In all, 27 states owe the federal government nearly ... MORE

David Harsanyi: Occupy Wall Street - A Manifesto

What's really going on at the Wall Street protests? We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, women, and transgendered—and any other human who is able to elude the tyranny of work for a couple of weeks—are created equal. We gather to be free not of tyranny, but of responsibility and college tuitions. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that a government .... MORE

Sharyl Attkisson: Top Cop Caught Lying To Congress

Excuses being made at fast and furious pace. New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress. On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Who Creates Jobs?

Thomas Sowell: The 'Hunger' Hoax

Another lesson in political deception. Twenty years ago, hysteria swept through the media over "hunger in America." Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening News broadcast in 1991 declaring, "one in eight American children is going hungry tonight." Newsweek, the Associated Press and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus, with or ... MORE

Scott Mayer: Free-Market Green Jobs For $2.63 A Day

Taking the challenge to do the math. I employ the services of a landscape maintenance company (AKA a gardener) to maintain my yard. The very existence of his business depends on the collection of that $80 from me ($2.63 a day) as well as the 30 or 40 other people whom he provides his services to each month. This type of service may seem like an unnecessary ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Social Security Disaster

Denial is no longer an option. Politicians who are principled enough to point out the fraud of Social Security, referring to it as a lie and Ponzi scheme, are under siege. Acknowledgment of Social Security's problems is not the same as calling for the abandonment of its recipients. Instead, it's a call to take actions now, while there's time to avert a disaster. Let's look at it.      ... MORE

VIDEO: Green Monsters In The White House

Bad news for Barry! A peek inside the bubbling Solyndra scandal.

Grover G. Norquist: Pledge Allegiance, Just Say No

Obama foiled by tax pledge. IN 1986, the taxpayer Protection Pledge was created. The pledge is a written and signed commitment from a candidate for office to his constituents, guaranteeing that the candidate will oppose and vote against any net tax increase. Twenty-five years later, on August 2, 2011, the pledge stopped President Obama in his tracks. Obama and  ... MORE

Mark Hemingway: Feds Make Breathing Tougher For Many

Banning asthma inhalers to fight global warming. Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer: Asthma patients who rely on ... MORE

John Hinderaker: The Smart And The Dumb

Blind to the bonanza. The smart is Harold Hamm, the founder and CEO of Continental Resources and one of America’s richest men. Hamm is one of the primary developers of the Bakken oil fields; he estimates that they contain 24 billion barrels of oil. The dumb is Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal describes Hamm’s meeting with Obama: When it was Mr. Hamm’s turn ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Academia in America

Kathleen Parker: Our Unprepared Graduates

College students have been shortchanged. Jobs, jobs, jobs, we keep hearing. But for whom, whom, whom? Certainly not for the many young Americans being graduated from colleges that have prepared them inadequately for the competitive marketplace. The failure of colleges and universities to teach basic skills, while coddling them with plush dorms and self-  ... MORE

Dera Enochson: Depending On The Government

Dependence runs deep. We're all becoming more and more aware of the danger of depending on any government -- and especially the current one -- but this dependence runs deeper than most of us think. There has been much discussion in recent years about the deep control of government if we let them run our health care. Although I have yet to meet a person under 30 who ... MORE

John Stossel: Governments Don't Create Prosperity

The truth about economic growth. Politicians say they create jobs, but they really don't. Or rather, they rarely create productive jobs. Government has no money of its own. All it does is take resources from one group and give them to another. The pharaohs might have claimed they created work when they ordered that pyramids be built, but think how much richer (and freer) ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - Self-Ownership Or Socialism

CNN Poll: 15% Still Trust Government To Do Right Thing

What are they thinking? The public's trust in the federal government has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday morning indicates that only 15 percent of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what's right just about always or most of the time. Last September that figure was at ... MORE

Chris Banescu: Coddling Misinformation About Taxation

Top 10% pay 70% of all taxes. Warren Buffett and President Obama claim that the rich do not pay enough taxes. They both accuse the American tax code of being unfair and coddling the rich. Both have been pushing the same class warfare narrative for years, using current U.S. capital gains and dividends taxation rates as evidence for their big-government  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Politics Vs Economics

The focus is on the next election, not the next generation. They say "all politics is local." But economic decisions impact the whole economy and reverberate internationally. That is why politicians' meddling with the economy creates so many disasters. The time horizon of politics seldom reaches beyond the next election. But, in economics, when an oil ... MORE

VIDEO: Andrew Napolitano - The Right To Be Left Alone

America is quickly devolving into a nation of sheep.

Matthew Daly: Obama Admin Approves $1B in Solar Loans

It worked so well with Solyndra.  The Energy Department on Wednesday approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1 billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and Arizona, two days before the expiration date of a program that has become a rallying cry for Republican critics of the Obama administration's green energy program. Energy Secretary Steven Chu ... MORE

C. Edmund Wright: Herman Cain Swims With The Sharks

Raising Cain within the GOP. With apologies to headline writers, the shock of Herman Cain routing the field in the Florida Straw poll and scoring first in the latest Zogby poll simply eludes me. If this result -- which is no doubt tied to the mixed performances during the last debate -- moves him into or near the top tier, I will not be shocked about that, either.            ... MORE

Gene Healy: Abolish The Department Of Homeland Security

Wastes dollars, threatens civil liberties. Two years ago this month, the federal government broke ground on what was supposed to be a massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security. Situated on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus in Southeast Washington, the $3.4 billion project was designed to bring together some 15,000 employees of our newest  ... MORE

VIDEO: Economics On One Foot

Solyndra's Creditors Include California Democratic Party

The stench of money laundering. Among the roughly 5,000 creditors named by Solyndra, a bankrupt solar energy company that is under investigation for losing a half billion dollars in federal loans, is the California Democratic Party, which says it doesn't know why. The bankruptcy filing doesn't say why the organization is listed as one of the creditors or ... MORE

The Entitlement State Is Morally Bankrupt

by Yaron Brook and Don Watson. After Rick Perry called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, pundits everywhere smugly assured the world that Perry is crazy because, after all, the government can never really go bankrupt: it can always print money to pay its debts. Of course, that’s hardly a comfort to those who know what hyperinflation can do to an economy. In any case ... MORE

Ron Paul: Individual Mandates Make Matters Worse

More corporatism or socialism is not the answer. Today's messed up medical system is a result of 40 years of government interference in the process. Regulations, inflation, tax laws, federal mandates to provide care through corporate-run HMOs, interference in providing insurance, massive subsidies and licensing have all played a negative role in the delivery ... MORE

VIDEO: William F Buckley Jr - Drug Legalization

Walter E Williams: The Financial Mess In U.S. and Europe

Time to wean the people off government. What's the common thread between Europe's financial mess, particularly among the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain), and the financial mess in the U.S.? That question could be more easily answered if we asked instead: What's necessary to cure the financial mess in Europe and the U.S.? If European governments and ... MORE

Gallup: Negativity Towards Government At All-Time High

An immediate threat to freedoms of ordinary citizens. Americans’ views of their government’s job performance have reached a critical level of negativity. The Gallup poll found a record-high 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the United States is being governed. The poll showed majorities of both Republicans (92 percent) and Democrats ... MORE

John Stossel: Exciting Schools

Our kids deserve a free market in education. School spending has doubled over the past 30 years. Yet what do we get? More buildings and more assistant principals—but student learning? No improvement. If you graph the numbers, the spending line slopes steeply, while the lines for reading, math, and science scores are as flat as a dead man's EKG. Why no  ... MORE