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It’s not polite to ignore the feds

There’s a saying, attributed at various times to Lenin or Trotsky (same difference!): “You may not like war, but war likes you.” I can’t authenticate the source of it, so at the risk of taking it out of context, I take away this lesson: you may have to deal with some unpleasant facts of life, […]

Do Michigan’s freshman congressman still support limited government?

So how committed have the freshmen members of the U.S. House been to the Tea Party goal of rolling back government? The Club for Growth, one of my favorite political organizations, is a group for people “who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom.” The club, like many groups, “scores” a select number […]

The curse of the food police

I am writing this while my child runs around inside a McDonalds Playplace. I opted to not get fries with my cheeseburger, thinking I would eat a portion of the fries that came with the kiddo’s Happy Meal. Win-win, I thought. We both get enough fries to be satisfied, but we don’t overload on the […]

Frederik Meijer: Viva the 1 Percenter

The honorable 1 percent get that way by providing something that the 99 percent value. Such is the case with one West Michigan man who made a positive impact not only on his small town, but on Michigan and the nation. There should be no begrudging this billionaire. Last week, Fred Meijer died at the […]

Driving your Edsel to the store to buy some yogurt shampoo?

Andrew Coulson draws a contrast between private business and the public sector: “So there I was, checking e-mail this morning on my JooJoo when I came across this editorial about how the private sector lacks accountability unless the government provides it through regulation! This naturally caused me to expectorate New Coke all over over myself […]

Free Wi-Fi, Courtesy of Corporate Self-interest

Remember the saying, “to the person who has a hammer, everything looks like a nail?” Here’s one application of that in the political world: “If there’s a new, promising service or technology on the horizon, government must get involved to promote it.” We we’ve endured taxes, subsidies, and regulations, all in the name of increasing access […]

Expansive Government Poisons Science

Scientific disciplines are filled with internal disputes–few of which matter to outsiders, until governments use the authority of science as a justification for taking away individual liberty and expanding official power. The most obvious example is “climate change.” Is the earth on a secular warming trend or is it just another phase in a cycle? […]

Waiting for Superman, Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about education reform and Waiting for Superman in general terms. Today I’ll give you a more detailed review. I want to believe in public schools, but … One thing I like about the movie is that it makes clear that it isn’t just libertarian-minded economists who want structural reforms in schools. As it starts, […]

More anti-biking silliness

The Guardian of the UK reports on a politician in Colorado who sees a pro-biking scheme, and sees … a plot to bring about global government, or at least threats to personal freedoms to drive cars. Sorry, dude, but that’s just a counterproductive argument. I’m with you if you think that some cycling enthusiasts have […]

The legacy of past government action: The UMore Park

Milton Friedman is said to have quipped, “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” There’s plenty of empirical evidence for that statement, some of which is actually set in concrete, in the form of ruins on a parcel of land in the southeast corner of Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area. If you drive […]