Regulation Policy & Welfare

Bush Profiteering from Housing Defaults

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President Bush is determined to end the prejudice against people who want to buy a home but don’t have any money. Since he became president the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has spent more than $120 billion. HUD public-housing projects continue to devastate poor neighborhoods. HUD largesse to local governments continues to finance the confiscation and demolition ... [click for more]

Will Bush Side with the Property Thieves?

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Susette Kelo’s story is becoming tragically familiar. She and her neighbors are at risk of losing their homes and businesses because the local government has conspired with a corporation to condemn their land under the power of eminent domain. This is happening in New London, Connecticut, the latest ... [click for more]

The Tax Path Away from Liberty

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The path away from liberty is paved with bad taxes, and we trip over them, frequently. The liberty Americans had in 1900 has been seriously eroded by a taking of our earnings that continually increases. Back then, little of that was done. Read the following ... [click for more]

Why Trust in Social Security?

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Isn’t a central argument among those who argue for the continuation of America’s premier socialist program, Social Security, that Americans cannot be trusted to voluntarily take care of the needs of their elderly parents? Let’s set aside all the nonsense about “I put it in and therefore I have a right to ... [click for more]

Think Globally, Act Absurdly

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“We didn’t run for office just to rake the leaves and tend to tree trimming. We’ve got ideas.” — George L. Leventhal, vice president, Montgomery County (Maryland) Council That statement sums up the essence of so-called progressivism. If you’ve got ideas about the way things are supposed to be, ... [click for more]

Licensure: A Lawyer Protection Racket

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One of the most popularly held beliefs in American society is that state licensing of attorneys is necessary to ensure that they are competent. But you’d have a hard time convincing people accused of crimes in Virginia of that. In an editorial entitled “A System Still in Crisis”, the ... [click for more]

A Good Way to Spend Thanksgiving?

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U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona has a swell idea for how we should spend the Thanksgiving holiday. He’s declared Thanksgiving the first annual National Family History Day. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “Americans are encouraged to use their family gatherings as a time ... [click for more]

Are HOAs Anti-Freedom?

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A large number of people, including some libertarians, dislike the concept of homeowners’ associations (HOAs). HOAs are private agencies that administer new housing developments, requiring a monthly fee to maintain common areas and regulating everything from grass height to house colors to where you can park your car — and their rules are enforceable by contract law. In the ... [click for more]

Field of (Bad) Dreams

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Washington, D.C., will soon begin construction of a new taxpayer-funded baseball stadium at an estimated cost of $400 million, give or take $50 million. Thirty-three years after the Washington Senators left town to become the Texas Rangers, a majority vote of the D.C. city council will fill the vacancy by ... [click for more]

The Welfare State Rewards Liars

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Many bad things can be said about the welfare state the political arrangement, as the 19th-century French liberal Frdric Bastiat wrote, by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. But one largely unnoticed feature is that it rewards people for suspending their moral sense. Frankly, it makes winners out of liars. How so? If it is ... [click for more]

When Force Masquerades as Social Science

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Maybe desperation has me grasping at straws, but I am encouraged that people usually try to camouflage their advocacy of physical force against innocent people. It means they must be at least slightly embarrassed at favoring the threat of violence against those who have remained peaceful. That can signify only their at-least-dim awareness that the initiation of force is ... [click for more]

Kerry’s Energy Socialism

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If the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates were forbidden to offer proposals based on collectivist economic thinking, they would have to keep mum the entire campaign. We are in for three months of unrelenting nonsense from President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry. That ... [click for more]
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