Regulation Policy & Welfare

No Worry about Gas Prices

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Isn't it funny that people get upset when the laws of economics operate as expected? Gasoline and crude oil prices have risen lately in response to higher demand and lower supply. So what do people do? They frantically call on the government to do something. Truckers drive ... [click for more]

Government Equals Force

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Occasionally throughout the 20th century, commentators have clearly recognized the coercive nature of government. British political scientist Harold Laski wrote in 1935: "At any critical moment in the history of a State the fact that its authority depends upon the power to coerce the opponents of the government, to break their wills, to compel them to submission, emerges as the ... [click for more]

Count Me Out

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I got a letter from my friendly federal government the other day. It notified me that in about a week I will be mailed my U.S. Census 2000 form. Why they didn't just send the form instead of the notice, I can't fathom. But that's the least of it. [click for more]

Lance Armstrong – Going Postal

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Lance Armstrong touched the hearts of people all over the world when he took his victory laps on the Champs Élysées after winning the famed Tour de France bicycle race last summer. Just three years ago, Lance was diagnosed with cancer. It looked as if he might not live. Incredibly, Lance ... [click for more]

The Lynching of Microsoft

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Reading Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's findings of fact in the Microsoft case, you can't help but conclude that the software company wouldn't be in trouble if it didn't make life so easy for consumers. That, of course, is at odds with the judge's explicit conclusion that Bill Gates has stifled innovation ... [click for more]

Welfare Is Welfare

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When is welfare not welfare? When it goes to the middle class. At least that's what many people want to think. A controversy in Bill Clinton's state of Arkansas illustrates the point. A few years ago President Clinton and the Republican Congress created the Children's Health Insurance Program, which ... [click for more]

Has Compassion Gone Astray?

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As part of his presidential-campaign theme of "compassionate conservatism," Texas Gov. George W. Bush recently announced nearly $500,000 in state-financed grants to Christian groups in Texas. "America will be changed because people of faith and good heart are willing to help people in need," Bush said. "I believe rallying ... [click for more]

Parity: Bureaucratic Tyranny by Moral Fraud

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The word "fairness" sometimes has the same mesmerizing effect upon people's critical faculties that the phrase "divine right" had a few centuries ago. Modern morality is based on "push-button fairness": the government announces a new regulation, enforcers twist arms, and — voilà! — fairness triumphs. The vast expansion of ... [click for more]

Watering Down the Separation of Powers

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Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening is exercising political power that would be the envy of dictators all over the world. Declaring an emergency due to the current drought, Glendening has issued orders criminalizing the usage of water in Maryland. The governor's decrees prohibited watering lawns; topping swimming pools; washing ... [click for more]

Bad Verdicts

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People who care about justice should be concerned by the recent spate of jury verdicts holding manufacturers responsible for the harmful consequences of their products. In recent months a jury returned a civil verdict against the firearms industry after someone used a gun to commit a crime. Four ... [click for more]

The Mirage of Administrative Justice

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The trademark of modern political thinking is faith in discretionary power wielded by benevolent politicians and administrators and in letting government employees treat private citizens as they think best. We have far more federal agencies than we used to have, and they are under less restraint than what they ... [click for more]

Why Are They Poor?

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President Clinton has been visiting what he calls "pockets of poverty" in America. He still thinks government can make people prosperous. You'd think after the government has spent tens of trillions of dollars on poverty programs since the 1960s he'd have gotten the point. But he wants to spend more ... [click for more]
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