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  • Overthrow the Establishment to Fix the Economy

    06/17/2016 6:22:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Famed investor Wilbur Ross recently told CNBC that “Trump represents a more radical new approach to government that the nation’s economy desperately needs.” He’s right. Trump seeks an overthrow of the establishment. He’s a disrupter. Just what we need to fix the economy. The situation is that desperate. The last 15 years of economic policy, especially the last eight years, represent a relapse that harks back to the 1970s. Now like then, we have a high-tax, high-spend, high-regulation, Fed-pump-priming, standard-less dollar-manipulation policy mix. In general, it’s a government-planning approach in the U.S. and around the world. We’ve not experienced high...
  • Even the Libertarian Party is Useless on Oppressive Nondiscrimination Laws

    05/09/2016 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 15 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | May 9, 2016 | Benny Huang
    If you're like me you're probably searching for a third party candidate in the wake of Donald Trump's clinching of the GOP nomination. For those of you considering the Libertarian Party (LP), I hope you'll reconsider. The party's current frontrunner, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, doesn't seem to understand this liberty thing. He thinks it means drugs and abortion but should you decide that you don't want to engage in a business transaction he wants the government to coerce you. The party's other candidates aren't quite as extreme in their statism though none of them will make an unqualified...
  • Poll: Majority of 18- to 29-year-olds reject capitalism

    04/27/2016 7:02:02 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 27 Apr, 2016 | Rick Moran
    A curious poll out of Harvard was published on Monday showing that 51% of people between 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. But the curious aspect of this poll is that only 33% of respondents supported socialism. The dichotomy suggests that either most young people haven't a clue about the differernce between capitalism and socialism or, as the researchers believe, the opposition to capitalism arises out of anger at the status quo. Washington Post: The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42...
  • Shocker: Sanders Supporters Want Free Stuff From Government,

    04/17/2016 3:43:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Typical leftists–they want free stuff, but they don’t want to pay for it. In a poll conducted by Vox and Morning Consult during the first week in April, they found that supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders unsurprisingly have strong support for things like free college tuition and universal health care. They register at 70+ percent in favor for both initiatives. Then, the question turns to how much are they willing to pay for Sanders' agenda. This is where support dips dramatically, especially when two in three Bernie-ites don’t want to pay more than $1,000 for a single-payer health care system....
  • A Clear-Eyed View of the Contact Lens Debate

    04/14/2016 7:22:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    The intensity with which some American companies try to use the government to trick or deceive consumers is astonishing. Yet the extent to which lawmakers seem content to cater to these crony pursuits never disappoints, either. Case in point: the current attempt to protect contact lens sellers from competition at the expense of consumers. An estimated 40 million Americans wear contact lenses. That's a $4 billion industry. Thanks to the heavy-handed government regulation of all things health care, contacts already cost more than they should. However, if an ongoing effort to reduce competition through government cronyism were to succeed, costs...
  • Presidential Elections and Other People's Freedoms

    01/29/2016 2:46:37 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 29, 2016 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When faced with a choice between different politicians at election time, our natural instinct is to ask “Which one will let me do what I want to do?” It’s natural. Sure, it may seem selfish, single-minded, narrow. But it’s natural. We have only one vote, so we think of our own lives, and the possible ways that the candidates might want to control our lives, and we think about what we personally like to do, and so we study the candidates to see which ones seem most open-minded about “allowing” us our freedom, vs. which ones want to take it...
  • Government Coercion or Free Markets

    12/17/2015 5:08:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Jerry Rogers
    To achieve their political goals, the Left makes no apologies or attempts to hide its preference for government intervention. Just last week at the United Nations climate summit, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) declared that the "coercive power of the central state" is needed to promote "good" public policy. The Governor professed that government regulations must force companies to do what progressives think is best. He believes there will be dire consequences if markets are allowed to run amok. Therefore, it is a moral imperative to use the power of the state. Progressives make their policy arguments in moral terms. Their...
  • Cruz steps outside GOP orthodoxy with free-market criticism of Fed

    12/04/2015 7:39:10 AM PST · by Isara · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/4/15 | Joseph Lawler
    For a Republican, Ted Cruz has a unique criticism of the Federal Reserve. The conservative Texas senator and contender for the GOP presidential nomination argues that the central bank is responsible for causing the financial crisis and recession because it kept money too tight in 2008. Cruz's criticism of the Fed is nearly the opposite of the one typically voiced by Republicans, who generally fault Chairwoman Janet Yellen and her predecessor Ben Bernanke for their efforts to ease money. GOP complaints about the Fed have grown since the central bank lowered interest rates to zero and started quantitative easing programs....
  • Ted Cruz Is Anti-Ethanol-Mandate, but Iowans Like Him Anyway

    12/01/2015 7:10:28 PM PST · by Isara · 48 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | December 1, 2015 | Nancy Smith
    Ted Cruz's need to keep women barefoot and pregnant -- among other of his draconian politicies -- turned me off his presidential campaign long ago. But whatever you say about the Texas senator, the man has a king-size backbone. Ted Cruz in Iowa Cruz, fearless attack dog for ending the ethanol mandate in the U.S. gasoline supply, stayed true to his principles -- yes, even while campaigning in the belly of beast, in the middle of the Hawkeye State, corn-based ethanol capitol of the world.And there it was, just hours after the Obama administration released its (failed) plans to boost...
  • Cruz denounces boost in ethanol during Q-C stop (Quad City, IA)

    12/01/2015 11:19:30 AM PST · by Isara · 37 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | December 1, 2015 | Jack Cullen
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks to a wall-to-wall audience at a town hall meeting Monday at Tanglewood Hills Pavilion in Bettendorf. (Louis Brems, QUAD-CITY TIMES) Hours after the Obama administration on Monday announced plans to boost the amount of corn-based ethanol in the U.S. gasoline supply, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz denounced the move during a stop in eastern Iowa."God has blessed America with abundant natural resources and we ought to be producing everything ... but it shouldn't be Washington picking winners and losers," Cruz told reporters following a town hall stop in Bettendorf.In the past, Cruz has...
  • Sanders is more American than Ayn Rand: Dem socialism will always trump free-market selfishness

    11/03/2015 1:58:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | November 3, 2015 | Paul Buchheit
    We've been a fed a myth about heroic individuals -- and that allows the 1 percent to prosper at everyone's expense. Americans have been deceived by the notion that individual desires preempt the needs of society; by the Ayn-Rand/Reagan/Thatcher aversion to government regulation; by the distorted image of 'freedom' as winner-take-all capitalism; by the assurance that the benefits of greed will spread downwards to everyone. Our current capitalist-driven inequalities will only be rectified when people realize that a strong community makes successful individuals, not the other way around. These are a few of the ways we would benefit with a...
  • Uber Shows How Free Markets, Not Regulations, Protect Consumers

    09/03/2015 6:53:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 09/02/2015 | John Merline
    It's no wonder cities like New York have been so hostile to Uber. As economist Mark Perry details in a post on his Carpe Diem site, the introduction of Uber and other app-based ride-sharing services has led to a collapse in the price of New York City's taxi medallions.
  • Uber Shows How Free Markets, Not Regulations, Protect Consumers

    09/03/2015 6:18:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/03/2015 | JOHN MERLINE
    It's no wonder cities like New York have been so hostile to Uber. As economist Mark Perry details in a post on his Carpe Diem site, the introduction of Uber and other app-based ride-sharing services has led to a collapse in the price of New York City's taxi medallions. For those who don't know, a cabbie needs one of these limited-edition medallions to operate in the city. As a result, the price for a New York taxicab medallion has been astronomical — reaching more than $1 million in 2013. There's even a company, Medallion Financial, that handles loans needed to...
  • The Unbearable Heavy Financial Burden of "Light" Rails

    07/25/2015 10:44:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2015 | Helen Raleigh
    You know our country is in serious financial trouble when lawmakers are considering selling a portion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to partially replenish the U.S. highway trust fund. Yet, the apparent financial distress doesn't stop the Department of Transportation from continuing to hand out millions of federal matching funds to entice local governments to either expand or build light rails under its "New Starts" program. Several U.S. cities jumped on the fed induced light rail frenzy. The latest example is Lone Tree, Colorado, a picturesque small town with a population of 13,267. The Lone Tree city...
  • Free Roxbury with Free Enterprise

    06/15/2015 1:28:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    Governor Charles Baker acted prudently in pulling the plug on a scheme to relocate the state Department of Transportation from its headquarters in bustling Park Plaza to a long-vacant Roxbury lot known as Parcel 3. The half-baked plan, inherited from former Governor Deval Patrick, may have been well-intended; its goal was to revitalize a struggling neighborhood with a $350 million construction project and the influx of state employees. But the new administration concluded that the expense and upheaval couldn't be justified, especially in light of a $1.8 billion budget shortfall. Halting an unrealistic top-down proposal was a no-brainer. The real...
  • Uber Is Utopia

    06/07/2015 7:29:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The revenge of the status quo is brutish. "If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it," humorist Art Buchwald once observed. Those words never seemed truer than at the "Uber Turns Five" celebration at its San Francisco digs Wednesday. In the disruption economy, five years can carry a ride-service giant from disruptor to establishment. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick certainly has matured. Last year, the startup went on a "charm offensive" in an attempt to quell stories about Uber's testosterone culture. That didn't go swimmingly. A male exec told a New...
  • Dr. Capitalism

    05/20/2015 4:43:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | John Stossel
    For years, my scientist brother Tom was the nonpolitical Stossel. I defended free markets on TV, and he studied blood at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Mom asked me when I'd get a "real job" like his. Then the crusade against capitalism reached his world. Medical "journalists" demanded that corporations distance themselves from medical research. They'll bias the results, "put profits before people" and sell dangerous goods. Tom didn't notice this "conflict of interest crusade" until he joined the scientific advisory board of a biotech company and learned how difficult it is to bring medical innovation to market. Now...
  • Subsidizing and price fixing us into the poorhouse

    05/18/2015 4:58:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 5/18/2015 | Bob Livingston
    The whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” — Henry Hazlitt, “Economics in One Lesson” One of the greatest fallacies of recent generations is the argument that free market capitalism has failed and that said failure is responsible for America’s moribund economy, the ongoing destruction of the middle...
  • Barney's Blithering Misunderstanding of Business: 'Your Being There Means Somebody Else' Won't Be

    03/29/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Two days ago I ordered online a used copy of Milton & Rose Friedman's classic "Free to Choose," hoping a liberal loved one would be willing to read it. That doesn't look like it's going to happen, so now I'm tempted to send the book to Barney Frank—since it's apparent that, like many liberals, he doesn't understand the most basic notions of how free markets work. On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show today, Frank described business creators as being "given privileges." Barney then added this mind-boggler: "there's only a limited amount of space, there's only a limited amount of businesses. Your...
  • Enough Fighting: Time for Libertarians and Conservatives to Unite [retread zot]

    03/23/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 143 replies
    Raging Against The Rhetoric ^ | 03-18-2015 | Jackie Wellfonder
    Conservatives often find themselves at odds with the libertarian crowd. However, is that anger really warranted? As President Reagan once said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” True conservatives and libertarians, let’s not pretend there aren’t fakers on both side, all agree on the fundamentals: limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom. Neither group wants the government interfering in our daily lives and telling us what we can and cannot do. Now there may be slight disagreements on how that plays out in the policy arena, but we should not allow...
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims, Collectivism, and Free Markets

    11/26/2014 7:08:25 AM PST · by dleeper47 · 12 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | David Leeper
    The undertold story of how the Pilgrims tried hard to live under what we could call communism and nearly starved to death. In 1623 they abruptly switched to private property and free markets and never went hungry again.
  • Barro on Health Insurance: People Can't Be Trusted, We Need Gruber

    11/19/2014 3:59:26 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Some liberals like to pass Josh Barro off as a conservative. The New York Times correspondent debunked that notion himself, tweeting that he was most easily understood as a "moderate." But after his appearance on MSNBC today, another term might more aptly apply: elitist liberal. Speaking with Alex Wagner, Barro crammed a carload of condescension into thirty seconds. Barro claimed that health insurance is "weirdly complicated," and thus that Americans can't be permitted to choose it as they would other products. No, we can't let people use their "own judgment." The free market "doesn't work very well" with health insurance....
  • Poll: Americans are still individualists who love capitalism — but they think the future is dark

    10/12/2014 9:56:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | October 10, 2014 | James Pethokoukis
    <p>Finally, just 40% think success is determined by forces outside out control vs. 51% for the average advanced economy.</p> <p>So Americans still have a great faith in the power of individual effort to make one’s own breaks and climb the ladder of success. At the same time, though, they are worried about what the future holds with just 30% confident that the next generation will be better off than the current one.</p>
  • Why Do Peacenik Liberals Make War on Business?

    09/09/2014 12:29:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 9, 2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    "... we have lefty activists in full cry all across the nation demanding an increase in the minimum wage as the cure for inequality and a sluggish economy. And people believe them! Liberal journalist Norah O'Donnell asks Republican candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina if a minimum wage of $7.65 an hour is “enough."Got any settled science on that, Norah?And what about the children?After two hundred years of a capitalism that has lifted the average person from an income of $3 per day to $100 per day,you would think that the educated, evolved people would have decided that the science...
  • The Unions’ War on Small Businesses

    08/11/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/9/14 | James Sherk
    Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. The SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business owners rely on.Under the current model, these small-business owners pay for the right to use a corporate brand. The franchising corporation researches appealing products. It also does marketing to promote the brand. In return, the local franchisees agree to produce those products to fit certain price and quality specifications. The local franchisee handles all the hiring and employment.
  • Small-Government Group Now Stumping For Harry Reid’s Internet Tax

    08/02/2014 7:34:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    In the beginning, there was nothing. Then, Al Gore created the internet; and soon there were entire businesses using the interwebs for commerce and profit. We really should have known that it was only a matter of time until DC insiders tried to squeeze a little more tax revenue out of that particular free-market innovation. The Market Place Fairness Act (AKA: Small Internet-Business Death Sentence) is making a comeback. After Harry Reid managed to pass the punitive tax bill through the Democrat controlled Senate, some Beltway wonks are now trying to resurrect support for it in the US House. And,...
  • Socialism Punk’d You, Millennials

    07/14/2014 7:09:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    “Here’s your drink, darling,” the bartender said with a smile. He seemed upbeat as he made drinks and greeted customers. “Do you like your job?” I asked him. “I hate it,” he confessed. “Honestly, I hate my job.” I keep running into young people who put on a show of being happy with their lives but, when probed a bit, quickly concede that their smiles mask trials. A few days ago, I met a young woman who told me she works as a hairdresser at two different salons while seeking work in her desired field. The next day, I met...
  • Hobby Lobby Raises Minimum Wage to $14: What Happens When Govt Doesn’t Tie Businesses’ Hands

    07/04/2014 8:32:00 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7-3-14 | Alex Kocman
    Hobby Lobby CEO David Green is committed to trying to run his business the way Jesus might have. After a massive victory for religious freedom at the Supreme Court on Monday, Christian-owned arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby has announced that its minimum wage for full-time hourly workers will be raised to $14.50 per hour. Effective immediately, the announcement also entails that part-time hourly workers receive $9.50 per hour. Given the track record of Green's retail chain, the wage increase is not incredibly dramatic. In 2012, the retailer was already paying full-time employees $13 per hour while part-timers earned $9....
  • Economic Freedom

    07/02/2014 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama, speaking on the economy, told an audience in Osawatomie, Kansas: "'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. ... But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. ... I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory." To believe what the president and many others say about the market's not working requires that one be grossly uninformed or dishonest. The key features of a free market system are private property rights and private ownership of the means of production. In addition, there's a large...
  • Republicans Need to Get to Know Their Enemies on Income Inequality

    04/28/2014 6:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    “Know thine enemy.” Uttered most famously a millennia and a half ago by famed warrior/philosopher Sun Tzu, the advice holds up well, even, and especially, when the battles are ideological. So what is the thinking behind the right’s utter refusal to actually engage with the left’s actual position on inequality? The Federalist’s Ben Domenech wants us to know that in reality, inequality doesn’t matter. Of course what “matters” is entirely subjective. It would make more sense for Ben to try to persuade those who think it does why they shouldn’t. But that would require that Ben understood why inequality matters...
  • Debunking The 'Texas Miracle' Debunkers

    03/07/2014 3:31:10 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Economy: When not making excuses for President Obama's dismal economic record, liberals try to explain away Texas' stellar growth. But what choice do they have? The Lone Star State proves limited government works. After Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential primaries in 2011, the left made a determined effort to dismiss the fact that his state had outperformed the rest of the country. Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called it the "Texas Unmiracle." Time magazine dismissed Texas' burgeoning growth as mere luck. Others chimed in along the same lines, insisting that low taxes, limited government spending and...
  • CVS’s decision isn’t really about smoking

    02/07/2014 1:51:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 5, 2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    When CVS Caremark Corp. Chief Executive and President Larry Merlo announced that his drugstore chain would stop selling tobacco products , one of the first to respond was the president of the United States. The speed of the president’s statement indicates that CVS’s decision was likely coordinated with the White House. Every day, countless business decisions are made without any comment from the White House. Something unusual was going on. This is troubling. It gives the appearance of preference for those who curry favor with the powerful, and it squeezes out smaller entrants who can supply innovative products and services...
  • Rush To Judgment

    12/12/2013 8:06:47 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | December 11, 2013 | Christopher Manion
    FRONT ROYAL, VA — Rush Limbaugh is mad as Hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore. But he’s not shooting at his usual targets. Of all things, Rush is mad at the Pope. Pope Francis, the new guy on the block who, for all we know, might be even more popular than Rush. Megadittos, Papa Francesco! It all started last week when Pope Francis published Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), an “Apostolic Exhortation” that commemorates the end of the Year of Faith, which ended with the First Sunday of Advent this week. In the 50,000 word document...
  • The Pope Is Wrong about Capitalism: Free Markets Are Best for the Less Fortunate

    12/02/2013 7:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/02/2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Forget the debate over whether Obama is a socialist. Now we’re discussing whether Jesus is for big government. Or, to be more accurate, the Pope has started a debate about whether free markets are bad, particularly for the poor. Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute wrote about the underlying theological issues in an article for National Review, but I hope I also contributed to the secular aspect of the debate in this BBC interview. Editor's Note: I'm Catholic... Conservative, Traditional Catholic. Mitchell's right; Pope wrong. This is not a matter of doctrine. We are all free to disagree with the...
  • Obamacare's Authoritarian Problem

    11/01/2013 1:06:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | David Harsanyi
    You can't keep your insurance if you like it under Obamacare, because you're too ignorant to understand what's good for you. That's the argument we've been hearing from a lot of folks on the left -- an argument that pivots from "common good" to soft authoritarianism. President Barack Obama is all in, as well, claiming that he was merely guilty of forcing Americans to pick a "Ferrari" health care plan over a "Ford" one. (Is it really "picking" if you're forced?) This is necessary because health care is not a product as a toaster is a product. (It took me...
  • Lawsuit Reform is a Key Free-Market Issue

    10/03/2013 12:49:34 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-2-13 | Amy Anderson
    For a marketplace to function properly, a legal system must incentivize good behavior and punish bad behavior. Lawsuits exist to make the wrongly injured financially whole by the injurer. If the wrong party is required to pay for an injury, justice is not served. Likewise, if an individual is awarded a windfall of overcompensation for an injury, justice is not served. These scenarios are just as problematic as if a defendant were to not compensate the injured for an injury they legitimately caused. Lawsuit Reform for Competitive State Economies, a new report from the Task Force on Civil Justice, translates...
  • [VANITY] Happy Enterprise Day!

    09/01/2013 10:39:35 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 4 replies
    September 2, 2013 | Self
    To Conservatives, today is Enterprise Day when the job creators -- the risk takers and investors -- put it all on the line for the uniquely American way of free enterprise and letting the marketplace rule. Through hard work, intelligence and innovation, the makers are those to be honored today.Instead a DemonRAT president, Grover Cleveland, chose to set aside a day to pay tribute to the socialist union goons of the labor movement. Along with its evil twin, the minimum wage, union thugs have deliberately put brakes on the American economic engine.
  • How the GOP Could Win the Climate Debate

    07/10/2013 7:00:45 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 53 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | July 10, 2013 | Eric Bradenson
    Someone in the GOP needs to say it: conservation is conservative; climate change is real; and conservatives need to lead on solutions because we have better answers than the other side.
  • This Will Leave a Mark: More Bi-Partisan "Reform"

    07/03/2013 5:35:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | John Ransom
    The economy today, in this Fourth of July week for 2013, waits in breathless anticipation of our newest declaration of dependence. Sometime this week, jobs data, housing data and some other data export manufactured by the federal government will result in someone, somewhere- perhaps even in the stock market- doing something. And when that happens regulators, media mavens, talking heads, politicians, special interests, and Mayor Bloomberg, will all say with the pride of a collective: “See? We did that,” as if “nothing” would happen without the beneficent government first allowing it. So it goes today in the United States Senate,...
  • Stop Complaining and Start Doing

    06/28/2013 2:16:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jedediah Bila
    One of the best lines of advice I've ever gotten came from my aunt Rose in the third grade: "Stop complaining about what you don't like, and do what you can to change it." I took her advice that afternoon, had a much better school year because of it, and promised myself I'd never forget her words of wisdom. So here I am today, immersed in a sea of politics and culture wars, TV and radio debates, panel discussions and Q & A sessions where I'm challenged to think hard about who I am, what I value, and what messages...
  • Pope Should Recognize That Free Markets Are Best Way To End Poverty

    05/20/2013 11:41:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 May 2013 | Editorial
    Statism: Pope Francis seemed to have an economic blind spot, to say the least, when he urged more "state control" to cut global poverty Thursday. On the contrary — the biggest poverty-killer in history is free enterprise.Before we go further, let us say that we know that the pope does seem to have the best intentions and his devotion to the poor is indisputable. But it appears he has been infected by the local economic pathologies of his homeland, Argentina, and its liberation theology among the Jesuits, at least when he warned ambassadors about "the tyranny of money" and called...
  • Why does America regulate the trade in raisins?

    04/15/2013 7:27:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 14, 2013 | The Economist Explains
    THE Supreme Court has frequently handed down judgments that have shaken America to its core. Now, it has turned its attention to the raisin. A group of farmers has brought a complaint about the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, under which the government confiscates part of the annual national raisin crop. The Court is considering whether the arrangement is constitutional. But why is a country that generally celebrates red-blooded capitalism regulating the raisin trade in the first place?Since the 1940s a government agency called the Raisin Administrative Committee has confiscated a portion of the annual raisin crop: 47% in 2003 and...
  • Ron Paul launches his own home-school curriculum

    04/08/2013 5:43:40 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-8-13 | Patrick Howley
    Former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has launched his own K-12 home-school curriculum to provide an “education in liberty like no other.” The curriculum, which includes courses on “the economics of the Austrian school,” provides its K-5 program for free, meaning that students and families will be able to learn under Ron Paul for six years “without spending a dime,” according to one of the curriculum’s high school teachers, Ludwig von Mises Institute senior fellow Tom Woods. “Here, students learn the basics of Western Civilization and Western liberty — how it was won, how it is being...
  • Contrary To What Jimmy Carter Says, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Was No Friend Of The Poor

    03/07/2013 11:03:51 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7 March 2013 | Editorial
    Socialism: The left is out in force, bleating its praise for deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez as a champion of the poor. It's a big lie. Fact is, Chavez hurt the poor, not just in Venezuela, but all over the world. Chavez's death from cancer Tuesday set off a chorus of wailing from the left's politicos, media and movie stars, hailing Chavez as a friend of the poor. "President Chavez cared deeply about the poor," declared Citizens Energy President Joe Kennedy, who's made it his business to distribute Chavez's oil handouts to the poor to help the dictator's political ends....
  • "The Shape Of The Next Crisis" - A Preview By Elliott's Paul Singer

    12/09/2012 7:08:44 PM PST · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Transcribed from a speech given by Paul Singer of Elliott Management Investing is an art, more so than a science. And for me, what I get paid for is managing the “dark art,” if you will, of risk management and trying to be a visionary and having a dark vision at all times about what can go wrong. It’s a particularly fruitful and impactful time to be thinking about risk management and the thing I want talk about today is what I’ve described as “The Shape of the Next Crisis.” That doesn’t mean we’re going to be talking about the...
  • In Leadership, Appearances Matter

    12/06/2012 3:55:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Last week, I was exiting my neighborhood Starbucks when I happened to overhear a middle-aged man talking to a younger man who appeared to be his son. "It matters what you wear," the older man told the younger, whose clothes reflected a cross of grunge and goth. "When you go out with your friends on the weekend, you can dress one way; when you are going to a job, it matters what you wear." While many might argue that appearance should not matter, we know in reality that it does. Expectations vary by subculture. What is acceptable for a musician...
  • Don't Try This at Home

    10/02/2012 4:16:01 PM PDT · by Noremac · 2 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | 10/2/2012 | Richard Cameron
    Hillary Clinton is a free market capitalist. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Hillary Clinton is a free market capitalist? What??? On what planet? Have you lost you’re mind?” I’ve not lost my mind and Hillary Clinton is a free market capitalist on this planet. Just not in America. Hillary has decided that reducing regulation and taxation of small businesses is a favorable and worthwhile goal… In Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Yes, Hillary Clinton is tacitly repudiating the Obama Administration’s mode of governance in favor of pro-private sector growth initiatives. Still don’t believe me? Here it is direct from her...
  • MILTON FRIEDMAN SCHOOLS PHIL DONAHUE - 1979

    07/31/2012 4:57:09 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 16 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | July 31, 2012
    Today, July 31, 2012, would have been the great free-market economist Milton Friedman's 100th birthday. Below, is a series of interviews Friedman had on the Phil Donahue Show in 1979. Friedman repeatedly, in his customary polite demeanor, makes Donahue look like the Socialist fool that he is. I do have to credit Donahue, however, for allowing Friedman on his program to obliterate him. He's a little more tolerant than today's lefties in media. Watching these videos provides more plain, unadulterated, common-sense economic wisdom than most American universities today would provide over a four-year degree. Happy 100th Milton Friedman!...