Defending the Judeo-Christian Heritage, limited government, and the American Constitution
Friday February 5th 2016

‘Free Enterprise Zone’

Four Big Problems with the Obama Administration’s Climate Control Regulations

Four Big Problems with the Obama Administration’s Climate Control Regulations

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION A few years ago, cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions failed to reach President Barack Obama’s desk because constituents gave their Members an earful that cap and trade would amount to a massive energy tax. When the bill died in Congress, President Obama said that there was more than [...]

The War On Air Conditioning Heats Up

The War On Air Conditioning Heats Up

BY SARAH SKWIRE, THE FREEMAN It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures: People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful [...]

A Texas-Sized Victory for Economic Liberty

A Texas-Sized Victory for Economic Liberty

WESLEY HOTTOT, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE In a sweeping decision with major implications for entrepreneurs in Texas and across the nation, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that economic regulations will no longer be rubber-stamped. Indeed, the court, and most notably a resounding concurring opinion by Justice Don Willett, expressly rejected the passive [...]

The Patent Case that Threatens the Internet

The Patent Case that Threatens the Internet

K. WILLIAM WATSON, CATO INSTITUTE The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments today in a case about dental retainers that could threaten the free flow of information over the Internet.  The question is whether the U.S. International Trade Commission has the authority to bar the “importation” of digital [...]

The “Not Enough Jobs” Scenario: An Economic Fallacy

The “Not Enough Jobs” Scenario: An Economic Fallacy

(But Possibly an Accurate Forecast) MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Once again, a scholar with impressive credentials is broadcasting the gloomy notion that Americans face a job-poor future. The insufficient-jobs scenario appeared in George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen’s book “Average Is Over” a couple of [...]

Clinton’s Debt-Free Tuition Plan Seems Likely to Fail

Clinton’s Debt-Free Tuition Plan Seems Likely to Fail

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Over the next couple of days, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be playing up her new, $350-billion proposal primarily intended to make paying public college tuition a debt-free experience. Beware “free”! According to early information about the plan – I couldn’t find details on [...]

EPA’s fraudulent Clean Power Plan

EPA’s fraudulent Clean Power Plan

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Congress, states and our next president must end EPA harm to human health and welfare~ The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan (CPP) requires that states reduce their electric utility sector carbon dioxide emissions an average of 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. EPA twisted 80 words in the Clean Air Act [...]

Welcome to the Brave New World Devised by SCOTUS

Welcome to the Brave New World Devised by SCOTUS

BY MARK HENDRICKSON Exclusive to The Moral Liberal In a case of painfully ironic timing, between the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta on June 15 and our annual Fourth of July celebration three weeks later, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued three decisions which fundamentally altered the legal landscape in America in ways [...]

The Gig Economy Makes Karl Marx’s Dreams Come True

The Gig Economy Makes Karl Marx’s Dreams Come True

And It's All Capitalism's Doing MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN When Joe Average steps out of his car after completing his shift for Lyft, he does so on his own terms. Nobody tells him when to start. Nobody tells him when to stop. The siren song that is prime time pricing might have coaxed him off the couch, but ultimately it was his call. And with [...]

An errant environmental encyclical

An errant environmental encyclical

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Pope Francis’ prescriptions will perpetuate poverty, disease, premature death in Third World~ The Laudato Si encyclical on climate, sustainability and the environment prepared by and for Pope Francis is often eloquent, always passionate but often encumbered by platitudes, many of them erroneous. “Man has slapped [...]

Keeping Their Promises

Keeping Their Promises

NICOLE KAEDING, CATO INSTITUTE In blogs over the last several months, I have revisited the fiscal records of the eight Republican presidential candidates who have gubernatorial experience. As the 2016 race heats up, the candidates will begin making many promises on tax and spending issues, but will we be able to believe them? The records [...]

Take a bow for the new revolution

Take a bow for the new revolution

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Americans are less inclined to be fooled again, or to “smile and grin at the change all around”~ From the outset, President Obama directed his powerful government agencies and congressional allies to help him “fundamentally transform” the United States. Too many of them were eager to nationalize the nation’s [...]

The Need to Balance the Budget and Reduce Federal Debt

The Need to Balance the Budget and Reduce Federal Debt

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Committee on the Budget United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify. My comments will examine the history of federal debt and reasons to balance the budget and reduce debt going forward. Looking at federal debt compared to the size of [...]

Ethanol & biodiesel: Guilty as charged

Ethanol & biodiesel: Guilty as charged

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Bogus biofuel trading costs us millions – while the absurd biofuel program costs us billions~ Two notorious crooks are helping us wrap up another sordid episode in the saga of the United States biofuel mandates, while further highlighting how bungled and long past its expiration date the program is. Congress concocted [...]

How to Outsource Your Compassion to the Government

How to Outsource Your Compassion to the Government

Economic Intervention Punishes Those Who Help Most ROBERT P. MURPHY, THE FREEMAN I saw the mom and her two little kids camped out in the shopping center parking lot. She held a sign asking for help to feed them. I bought some oranges and bananas for them. Imagine if someone from the government had swooped in to explain that my bag of [...]

Capitalist Theory Is Better Than Socialist Reality

Capitalist Theory Is Better Than Socialist Reality

In This Case, Turnabout Is Fair Play SANDY IKEDA, THE FREEMAN Tell someone on the left that crony capitalism is not the same as the free market and they’ll often respond that capitalism as it really exists is crony capitalism. They will say that there has never been an instance of capitalism in which government-sponsored or [...]

The Many Problems of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Regulations: A Primer

The Many Problems of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Regulations: A Primer

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract No matter one’s personal opinions on the climate effects of man-made greenhouse emissions, the Obama Administration’s proposed climate-change regulations will exact a high price on Americans and have a negligible impact—if any—on global temperatures. The EPA has already put into place several [...]

Farewell to Cash?

Farewell to Cash?

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Talk about a possible “cashless society” has been around for years. The crucial question for our economic well-being is whether we evolve away from the use of cash voluntarily (which will happen if superior alternatives are developed—such as something along the lines of Bitcoin) or involuntarily, as the result of [...]

Obama and EPA imperil minority welfare

Obama and EPA imperil minority welfare

BY PAUL DRIESSEN and ROGER BEZDEK ~“Clean Power Plan” would bring imaginary benefits – and real health and welfare damage~ The Obama Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists frequently claim that climate change will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. In their view, this justifies unprecedented [...]

When Battling the Government In Court, What Are You Free To Say in the Press?

When Battling the Government In Court, What Are You Free To Say in the Press?

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Readers who follow the battles over forfeiture law may recall the recent case in which a North Carolina convenience store owner from whom the government had seized $107,000 without any showing of wrongdoing decided to fight the case in the press as well as in court, backed by the Institute for Justice. Lyndon [...]

 Page 3 of 84 « 1  2  3  4  5 » ...  Last »