Deroy Murdock: The $100 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Don't be small-minded, America. From coast to coast, politicians want to hike the minimum wage. New York State legislators aim to lift it from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour. California lawmakers are weighing a boost from $8.00 to $8.50. Ralph Nader recently urged the Occupy movement to demand that the federal floor increase from $7.25 to $10.00. On March 6, former   ... MORE

John Stossel: What Is Fair?

President Obama says he want to make society more fair. Advocates of big government believe fairness means taking from rich people and giving to others: poor people; or people who do things politicians approve of, like making "green" energy equipment (Solyndra); or old people (even rich ones) through Social Security and Medicare.      ... MORE

VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Freedom vs Tyranny & Misery

Jim Garrison: Martial Law By Executive Order

Government puts itself above the law.    President Obama's National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order of March 16 does to the country as a whole what the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act did to the Constitution in particular -- completely eviscerates any due process or judicial oversight for any action by the Government deemed in the    ... MORE

P. Wolf & R. Maranto: Evidence That Vouchers Work

Competition increases student achievement. School vouchers have stalled in the Pennsylvania legislature, and President Obama's budget proposes to end the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which allows children from low-income families to attend private schools with government aid. This is despite a U.S. Department of Education  ... MORE

VIDEO: Spring Breakers Grade President Obama

Brian Koenig: Obama Takes Crony Capitalism To New Level

He who pays the piper calls the tune. President Obama raised several hundred million dollars during the 2008 election, more than twice what Republican rival John McCain raised and a far cry more than any other U.S. President before him. The result? Obama’s fundraising achievements have ushered in a degree of crony capitalism Americans have quite       ... MORE

Cal Thomas: Will The Supreme Court Protect Liberty?

What's at stake in the ObamaCare ruling.    Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the healthcare lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare." We now know the law was based on phony predictions about its cost. After    ... MORE

Larry Neumeister: Jury Nullification Making Noise In NY

A government lawyer fears jurors voting their conscience.   A government lawyer on Wednesday vigorously defended the prosecution of a man who urges jurors to sometimes disregard the law and vote their conscience, calling him a “significant threat’’ to the integrity of the judicial system. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Mermelstein argued before   ... MORE

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr: The Overextended America

Rejecting the entitlement state for freedom and choice.   We in America today live in a country circumscribed by entitlement policies devised by an America that has steadily been disappearing. Those policies established over a generation ago cannot possibly in mathematical or demographic terms support the America of the present much less the America of the    ... MORE

VIDEO: Economic Freedom & Income Equality

Ken Klukowski: Eric Holder's War Against Gun Rights

Attorney General looks to curb, not protect, individual rights. This week we've seen confirmation that the National Rifle Association has been right all along about President Obama's choice for attorney general to lead the Department of Justice. Taken with Eric Holder's arguments at the Supreme Court, and Operation Fast and Furious, the picture    ... MORE

Washington Times: Obama Wants To Track You

Justice Dept seeks cellphone location information.    Consumers love their iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys. With built in GPS navigation, these handy little gadgets can point the way to the nearest gas station with a low price or the highest-rated restaurant within a few blocks. Results can be personalized based on the user’s location at any given moment     ... MORE

VIDEO: What Are the Dangers of Too Much Debt?

Victor Davis Hanson: A Gasoline Nightmare

5 reasons Obama's oil tactics won't work. Obama is barnstorming the west — blasting oil companies, trying to convince voters that he supports an “all of the above” policy, and reminding them that drilling has increased since his tenure. But that won’t work for five reasons. 1) No one believes that Obama is sincere. In 2008, in the hope-and-change  ... MORE

Jonah Goldberg: The Federalist Solution

Disempower the national elites. The bleating about broken government and partisanship continues: “Why can’t those boobs in Washington agree on anything?” We’re constantly told that the way to fix the country is to dethrone the Left and the Right and empower the middle. Americans Elect, No Labels, the Gangs of Six and Fourteen, conservative Democrats, and  ... MORE

Russ Vaughn: Fast & Furious Was Gun Control To Die For

Operation Vast & Obvious grows ominous. When Operation Fast & Furious first broke into the news, many of us immediately questioned the DoJ's irrational rationale. The proffered assertion that the program was designed to track firearms purchased in America to leaders of the Mexican drug cartels simply made no sense. The glaringly obvious flaw in the ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Dharun Ravi's Hateless Hate Crime

Punished for his dead roommates's imagined feelings.    After Dharun Ravi was convicted of "bias intimidation" crimes that carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, many people wondered why he had rejected a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail. Ravi's lawyer explained that the 20-year-old defendant's parents "didn’t believe their son acted with  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Obama's Case For More Debt

Christopher Chantrill: The Optics Of Obama's Failures

Of socialized medicine, green energy and Keynesian economics. People are starting to worry that President Obama might be wobbling on his visionary "all of the above" program to bring on the green energy millennium, what with $5.00 gas in the Northeast states. But don't worry. Even though the administration will be changing its "optics" on energy by featuring   ... MORE

Michelle Minton: Let States Regulate Internet Gambling

Government should protect, not restrict, freedom. This country has many serious problems to address, but an activity that millions of people around the world voluntarily enjoy, mostly without incident, is not one of them and it certainly does not warrant a big new federal regulatory agency. In a recent op-ed in The Washington Examiner, former Pennsylvania    ... MORE

VIDEO: Challenging California's Open Carry Ban

John Hawkins: 5 Reasons Socialism Is Inferior To Capitalism

Economic liberty means people getting what they want.   "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." - Winston Churchill. Saying that capitalism is better than socialism is like saying that winning a million dollars is better than being in a high impact car crash.    ... MORE

Rich Lowry: The Sad Plight Of Obama's Edsel

Chevy Volt is the Solyndra of automobiles.   President Barack Obama says he wants to buy a Chevy Volt when he’s out of office in five years. If getting into a General Motors electric automobile means so much to him, he’d better hope he loses in November. What the president dubbed the “car of the future” in a visit to a Volt plant may not make it to January 2017.      ... MORE

Josh Barro: Santorum Promises Broad War On Porn

The busybody candidate's quest to save us from ourselves. The Daily Caller flags a little-discussed position paper on Rick Santorum’s campaign website—his pledge to aggressively prosecute those who produce and distribute pornography. Santorum avers that “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography.” He pledges to use the    ... MORE

Goose Bumps And Yawning Signs Of Potential Terrorism?

Homeland Security's latest scheme to spot terrorists. The office of Homeland Security is warning that apparently innocuous behavior in passengers could be a sign that they are a terrorist. A presentation released by the New Jersey office of the agency warns  that passengers yawning, developing goose bumps and appearing fidgety could all be      ... MORE

VIDEO: A Napolitano - From Stamp Act To ObamaCare

Obama Administration: All Your Stuff Belongs To Us

"Creeping totalitarianism" is happening in America. Did you know that the federal government claims that it can take away your constitutional rights any time that it wants to?  Over the past several decades, there have been an endless parade of laws and executive orders that have been slowly and methodically carving up our rights under the U.S. Constitution. ... MORE

Jim Offner: Minimum Wage Leads To Major Pain

For businesses and job seekers, that is. San Francisco recently raised its minimum wage to $10.24 per hour — $3 above both the Iowa and federal minimum pay threshold. That means, for somebody flipping burgers full-time at a Frisco In-N-Out, that comes to $21,299.20 a year. That’s the happy side of the minimum wage, and there’s no question that San Francisco’s  ... MORE

VIDEO: TSA Harasses Toddler To Keep America Safe

Walter E Williams: Political Rope-A-Dope

Political power is not necessarily economic power.    It's not unreasonable to ask how valuable the variously labeled liberal, Democratic or progressive agenda has been to black Americans and whether blacks should proceed in political lock step with this agenda. According to an American Community Survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 poorest   ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Race And Rhetoric

Looking beyond rhetoric to reality. One of the things that turned up, during a long-overdue cleanup of my office, was an old yellowed copy of the New York Times dated July 24, 1992. One of the front-page headlines said: "White-Black Disparity in Income Narrowed in 80's, Census Shows." The 1980s? Wasn't that the years of the Reagan administration, the "decade of  ... MORE

Secret Government: A Patriot Act Warning

What senators say citizens would be "stunned" to know. When two members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee warn time and again that Americans would be alarmed if they knew how the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act, it’s time for Americans to, well, get alarmed. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and  ... MORE

Washington Times: Virginia Attempts To Nullify The NDAA

Standing up to relentless federal tyranny.    In a stunning display of patriotism and courage, the state of Virginia is attempting to nullify parts of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), specifically the parts that include giving the federal government the power to arrest suspects on simply the suspicion of being a terrorist and indefinitely detaining suspects    ... MORE

VIDEO: Harry Browne - The Selfishness Trap

Washington Times: D.C.'s Made-Up Gun Laws

Guns, lies and government.  D.C. officials will do just about anything to keep law-abiding citizens from lawfully possessing a gun in the city. The Washington Times’ Emily Miller has found in the “Emily Gets Her Gun” series that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been spreading false information about firearms ownership. As a result, residents    ... MORE

Charles Krauthammer: Seaweed In Your Gas Tank

An energy policy based on fantasy, not reality.   Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn’t commute by government motorcade and is getting fleeced every ... MORE

VIDEO: Obama's Green Energy Half-Truths

An Extremist The Leftwing Media Is Happy To Ignore

Obama fan pleads guilty to Sheriff Joe Arpaio kill threat.     A Knoxville, Tenn. man admitted on Tuesday that he threatened the lives of Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family because he feared the lawman might undermine Barack Obama by questioning the legitimacy of his birth certificate — his eligibility to serve as president.    ... MORE

Gene Epstein: Our Cheap Debt Will Come Back To Haunt Us

Fed policy certain to fuel inflation. You may have heard by now of the Federal Reserve's "dual mandate." Not content to merely protect us against the ravages of price inflation (mandate No. 1), our fearless Fed is equally committed to fostering "maximum employment" (No. 2). And right now, with the unemployment rate still at 8.3%—far too high to meet anyone's ... MORE

John Stossel: Complex Societies Need Simple Laws

End the rule-making orgy.    “If you have 10,000 regulations,” Winston Churchill said, “you destroy all respect for law.” He was right. But Churchill never imagined a government that would add 10,000 year after year. That’s what we have in America. We have 160,000 pages of rules from the feds alone. States and localities have probably doubled that. We have so many ... MORE

John Merline: The Myth Of Scare Oil In The U.S.

We have 60 times more than Obama claims. When he was running for the Oval Office four years ago amid $4-a-gallon gasoline prices, then-Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the idea of expanded oil production as a way to relieve the pain at the pump. "Even if you opened up every square inch of our land and our coasts to drilling," he said. "America still has only ... MORE

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Race And Gender Gaps

James Rosen: New Study Finds Obama 'No. 1 Regulator'

The supreme commander of regulation nation.   One week after he signed Executive Order No. 13563, mandating that all executive branch agencies “identify and consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens,” President Obama delivered his 2011 State of the Union Address: “When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them,”    ... MORE

Can The Secret Service Tell You To Shut Up?

by Andrew Napolitano.       The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from  infringing upon the freedom of speech, the freedom of association and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Speech is language and other forms of expression' and association and petition connote physical presence in reasonable   ... MORE

VIDEO: Real Estate Agents And You

Does your real estate agent agent have your best interests in mind?

Jeffrey A Singer: The Coming Medical Ethics Crisis

The medical profession and your health put at risk. For the past several years, the medical profession has been undergoing a disturbing transformation. The process was begun by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to control exploding Medicare costs, and was accelerated by the passage of the Patient Protection and    ... MORE

MarketWatch: Liberty Guard Files Lawsuit Against TSA

Civil liberties vs. TSA intrusive searches. Liberty Guard, a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization with more than 4,000 members dedicated to protecting and defending individual liberty, has filed suit in the Superior Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Department of .. MORE

Washington Times: Global Warming Greed

641 programs throw tax dollars at windmills/solar panels. It’s only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. Politicians from both parties have been so afraid of being labeled a “denier” that they’ll vote for any piece of legislation bearing the trendy green label. The numbers are adding up fast. ... MORE

Matthew Holliday: Capitalism Distorted By 3 Myths

Did you really think America had a free market? The confluence of the 2012 presidential election, high unemployment, the Occupy Wall Street movement and high gas prices has led to an intensifying debate over the economic future of the U.S. In turn this has lead to many misunderstandings and mischaracterizations of how free markets  ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Conspiracy Theories

Why are so many Americans eager to embrace conspiracy theories?

Emily DiCicco: NYPD Surveillance And American Principles

Don’t mention that! Remember to edit out those words!   Don’t discuss that event! Under authoritative governments, citizens are forced to censor not only their emails, but their daily conversations, for fear of government action against them. Unfortunately, for students at 15 northeastern universities, including the University of Pennsylvania  ... MORE

Steve Forbes: Chuck Schumer, Know-Nothing Senator

The wind behind an absurd approach to oil policy.  Chuck Schumer (Democrat–New York), the headline-loving U.S. senator who hasn’t disguised his ambition to succeed Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader, garnered some press attention the other day by calling on Saudi Arabia to boost its oil production in order to help suppress a politically   ... MORE

Sandra Fabry: EPA Is Flexing Its Job-Killing Muscle

Where environmentalism isn't a 'spectator sport.'    Lisa Jackson’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is at it again. Already having been called out on flawed science for its ground water studies in Wyoming in the fight over the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the agency is now clashing with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which charges the EPA with ... MORE

Chuck DeVore: Texas Vs. California

Why many go from the Golden State to the Lone Star State. One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, plenty of oil in the ground, and Mexico to the south. Where they diverge is in their governance. For six years ending in 2010, I      ... MORE

Philip Klein: CBO Estimates ObamaCare Will Cost $1.76T

Cost estimate already twice the original forecast.    President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law. Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were ... MORE

Ronald Bailey: Newt's Despicable Gasoline Price Promise

Newt imagines he can control the law of supply and demand. Former House Speaker and current Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has promised voters that gasoline will be $2.50 per gallon after he becomes president. In fact, Gingrich thinks he may even be able to get the price down to $1.20 per gallon. "His promise to go the moon is     ... MORE

VIDEO: Fox News: Death By Government (without a trial)

John W. Whitehead: NYC, Prototype Of A Police State?

You have more to fear than fear itself. “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”—Michael Bloomberg, Mayor  ... MORE

Jeff Greenlee: We Are All Libertarians Now

The dark, dirty (but not-so-little) secret.   Less than two months after Barack Obama's inauguration, Newsweek ran a cover story written by its editor, Jon Meacham, with the title "We Are All Socialists Now." The giddy faux-journalists in the predominately leftist media were still intoxicated from the Novermber 2008 victory parties, achieved after easily  ... MORE

VIDEO: IRS War To Control Tax Preparation Licenses

Yaron Brooks & Don Watkins: The "On Your Own" Economy

A self-directing free man or society's servant. “From cradle to grave.” So goes the motto of the entitlement state, whose creator Otto von Bismarck said: “Give the working-man the right to work as long as he is healthy, assure him care when he is sick, assure him maintenance when he is old.” Are you bothered by the thought of government embedding ... MORE

Sheldon Richman: Adam Smith Vs. Crony Capitalism

Smith's suspicions about business people were well-founded. I admit it: I like Adam Smith. His perceptiveness never fails to impress. True, he didn’t foresee the marginal revolution that Carl Menger would launch a century later (with, less significantly in my view, Jevons and Walras), but give the guy a break. The Wealth of Nations is a great piece of work.   ... MORE

Mike Tuttle: Rush Limbaugh And Freedom Of Speech

Are his right being trampled?  After Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut, the Internet exploded with comments from people taking one side or another. And, while Limbaugh’s faithful “mega-dittoes” crowd could be counted upon to defend their champion, it was the “strange bedfellows” that were made that confounded many. Bill Maher came out in open   ... MORE

Obama Regulations Cost Americans $46 Billion A Year

by Paul Bedard. Some 10,215 new federal regulations from the Obama administration are costing consumers, businesses and the economy overall $46 billion annually, more than five times the regulatory price tag of former President Bush in his first three years in office. Worse: just implementing those regulations had a one-time additional cost of $11 billion   ... MORE