Regulation Policy & Welfare

Morals and the Welfare State, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 TO MANY PERSONS, the welfare state has become a symbol of morality and righteousness. This makes those who favor the welfare state appear to be the true architects of a better world; those who oppose it, immoral rascals who might be expected to rob banks, or ... [click for more]

Ten Thousand Czars

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The Founding Fathers sought to build a government that was constrained both by law and by the Bill of Rights. Modern legislators and bureaucrats have completely forgotten the reasons coercive power must be confined in narrow boundaries to avoid becoming a public curse. Instead of the rule of law, we have one new government czar and petty dictator after ... [click for more]

Abolish NHTSA

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Purely for the sake of discussion, let’s assume the worst about Firestone and Ford: that someone’s gross negligence led to the production of tires that endangered drivers of Ford Explorers. The common law tort process should be allowed to take its course. If there’s evidence of ... [click for more]

Economic Crimes and Cuban Cigars

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Two years ago, a prominent New Yorker restaurant owner who had never been in trouble with the law was arrested and charged with a federal felony. What was the man’s crime? Selling cigars at his restaurants. Well, not just any cigars. Cuban cigars. You know, Cohibas and Montecristos. The good stuff! Why is ... [click for more]

Is Mexico Asking the Right Questions?

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In order to solve a problem, it is necessary to ask the right questions. During his recent visit to Washington, Mexican President-elect Vicente Fox asked the wrong questions: "How can we narrow the gap in income on both sides of the border?" and "How can we put together a fund for development?" The ... [click for more]

An Echo, Not a Choice

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Must the Republicans' abandon every semblance of principle in order to save us from a Gore presidency? In the minds of the GOP leaders, the answer seems to be yes. Apparently, a decision has been made that victory is so essential that the party will say anything to avoid offending anyone. ... [click for more]

Census Bureau: A Threat to Freedom

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THERE ARE three certainties in life — death, taxes and the continuation of the Census Bureau’s proud tradition of keeping information it collects about individuals strictly private.” So announces the Census Bureau’s web page, seeking to assure Americans that they have nothing to fear by opening their lives to the prying of this year’s census. Regrettably, after seven years of ... [click for more]

Count Me Out!

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HISTORY DETECTIVES UNITE! What is the common element in the following episodes in American history? • On his march through Georgia, near the end of the Civil War, Gen. William T. Sherman used a map annotated with county-by-county livestock and crop information “to help his troops ’live off the land.’” [click for more]

Limit Government, Not Contributions

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"Money is property; it is not speech." Thus did U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens pithily sum up his opinion concurring in a ruling that states may impose limits on campaign contributions without violating the First Amendment to the Constitution. While Justice Stevens conceded that money can accomplish the same goals as speech, he added, "It does not follow, however, ... [click for more]

The EEOC’s War on Fairness

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Upon signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared that the purpose of the act was "to promote a more abiding commitment to freedom, a more constant pursuit of justice, and a deeper respect for human dignity." In the subsequent decades, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that was created by the Civil Rights Act has ... [click for more]

What is a Conservative?

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The race for the Republican presidential nomination reflected the extent to which conservatives have abandoned their own principles. The two leading Republican contenders, George W. Bush and John McCain, waged a fierce fight over who is the true conservative and the real government reformer. But what does conservatism have to ... [click for more]

Fair-Housing Flimflams

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The welfare state advances by demonizing one private industry after another. In the end, people are taught that government alone can be trusted. Truth is no impediment for federal chieftains determined to blacken the reputation of the private sector. In recent years, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has been at the forefront of demagoging private business. We ... [click for more]
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