Tag Archives: government

Should you disobey most laws?

Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my favorite) happiness and good government, has written a new book that argues that it’s time for… Continue reading

Jobs: How to create them

I took a camera to Times Square this week and asked people, “What creates jobs?” Most had no answer.
One said, “stimulus!” What? Government creates jobs? No!
I suppose it’s natural that people think government creates jobs because politicians always… Continue reading

House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

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April 16, 2015: Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP)

The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the… Continue reading

Fox News Poll: Voters are feeling better about the economy, but not great

More than half of voters remain dissatisfied with the direction of the country — despite economic sentiment improving significantly since President Obama took office. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. ;
Fifty-six percent of voters are dissatisfied… Continue reading

Fox News Poll: Voters say government is the problem, taxes are too high

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A record number of American voters think they pay too much in taxes. In addition, they think government is more often the source of America’s troubles — not the means of fixing them.
The latest Fox News poll shows… Continue reading

Department Of Homeland Security Funding Battles And Entitlement Reform

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We may be headed for another shutdown. This time it’ll be the Department of Homeland Security, caught in the partisan crosshairs over the spending bill which Democrats insist should not have any immigration related amendments.
Most Republicans and Democrats want… Continue reading

When gatekeepers step aside, the local crowd flourishes

For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia without central planners.
That sounded like a terrible idea to the old gatekeepers — people who hired experts to… Continue reading

Washington, Silicon Valley and the beauty of spontaneous order

Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one.
Suppose you’d never seen a skating rink, and I told you that I want to lay down some ice and charge people money to strap sharp… Continue reading

Patent Reform And The New Congress

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On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives did something strange. It passed a bill that helped American businesses.
In response, the Senate did something decidedly more familiar: it killed the bill.
The 2013 Innovation Act was a Patent Reform… Continue reading

Obama shows mixed results in delivering on State of the Union promises

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Close Guantanamo. End the Iraq war. Tax the rich. Increase nuclear power. Drill for oil in the Atlantic.
President Obama called for all these initiatives and more in previous State of the Union speeches. Some came to pass; others did… Continue reading