Regulation Policy & Welfare

Minimum-Wage Law as Political Racketeering

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President Clinton and many congressmen are hankering to raise the federal minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15 an hour. The minimum wage epitomizes government pseudo-paternalism, and Clinton's proposal should receive harsh condemnations from anyone who has looked at the history of minimum-wage policies. Early in the century, after a ... [click for more]

Whose Bread I Eat — His Song I Sing

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I remember, as a small boy in knee britches, going with my father to hear an address given by the Honorable Stephen Pace, then congressman from the old Georgia 12th District. It was on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. There was a barbecue, and citizens, especially farmers, from all the counties gathered. This was before the first World ... [click for more]

Repeal the Welfare System

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The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Robert Dole, and his party are distressed that President Clinton may have preempted them on the issue of welfare reform. The GOP favors shifting welfare responsibility to the states. Just before Dole was to give a major speech on the subject, Clinton ... [click for more]

The ADA: Attorney’s Dreams Answered

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President Bill Clinton declared on July 26, 1994: "The Americans with Disabilities Act is a national monument to freedom. Contained within its broad pillars of independence, inclusion, and empowerment is the core ideal of equality that has defined this country since its beginnings." In reality, the ADA has ... [click for more]

Escape from Responsibility

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The welfare state teaches the implicit lesson that you are not responsible for yourself. You will be taken care of. The "safety net" will catch you if you fall. And because of that, you may be required to do certain things and prohibited from doing other things — all in the name of taking care of you and others. We ... [click for more]

Subverting Freedom through Benevolence

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President Bill Clinton declared on July 26, 1994: "The Americans with Disabilities Act is a national monument to freedom. Contained within its broad pillars of independence, inclusion, and empowerment is the core ideal of equality that has defined this country since its beginnings." In reality, the ADA has become a symbol of the confused, paternalistic, interventionist concept of modern freedom ... [click for more]

Ideas on Liberty in the Strangest Places

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Now and then something happens that makes you wonder if freedom's revolution isn't further along than we might think. Ideas about liberty can pop up in the strangest places. Here are some examples. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now ACORN calls itself the "largest low- and moderate-income membership organization in the country." As an outgrowth of the National ... [click for more]

The Minimum Wage

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The standard political reason for wanting to raise the minimum wage is to aid the downtrodden, especially minority groups, by increasing their earnings and hopefully their employment opportunities. However, this move will not help these people; it will in fact only hurt them. Instead of raising their income, the actual effect of the law is to cut off the ... [click for more]

Abolish the Federal Cultural Agencies

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According to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, "This is an ominous time for those of use who care for the arts in America. A misguided, misinformed effort to eliminate public support for the arts not only threatens irrevocable damage to our cultural institutions but also to our sense of ourselves and what we stand for as a people." That is ... [click for more]

Central Planning, American Style

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The November 5, 1993, issue of The Narragansett Times announced the completion of the Narragansett Comprehensive Plan (NCP). Clarkson A. Collins, director of community development, said: "It's a very enthusiastic and aggressive plan that takes an awful lot on." My reaction: Eccccchhh! I can envision only an ominous future ... [click for more]

Baseball, Microsoft, and Antitrust Tyranny

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Congress's efforts to meddle in the Major League Baseball strike and the Department of Justice's harassment of the software giant Microsoft are just the latest reminders that the American economy badly needs to be liberated from the century-long tyranny of antitrust law. (The Sherman Antitrust Act was passed in 1890.) Through a quirk of jurisprudential history, baseball has been exempt ... [click for more]
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