Archive for October, 2019
A Long Overdue Remedy for NCAA Madness

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, is not known as an athletic powerhouse, but in 2016 the school won the Division III football championship. Three years later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association took the title away, as Fox News reports, “because the head coach let a player use his car for more...
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Fed Confirms That Federal Borrowing a Cause of Liquidity Crisis

The Fed’s emergency liquidity injection, combined with rate cuts and its additional purchases of U.S. Treasuries, constitutes the return of quantitative easing.

Joker Earns Its Accolades, but Offers Much More

Joker is billed as a psychological thriller, and indeed it is... to the core. An origin story for the Batman villain, this dark drama is the blockbuster its creators had hoped, already earning nearly $300 million worldwide. Joker deserves the accolades and the revenue. Perhaps more importantly (long term), the movie has the potential...
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How Well-Funded Are Government Employee Pension Plans in Your State?

Oakland, California. New Jersey. Illinois. These are just three places in the United States that we’ve talked about in The Beacon because their recent history has been defined by the fiscal problems each faces. Fiscal problems that arise only because they don’t have the money to fund the generous retirement benefits their politicians have...
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More Freedom, Not More Government (or Persistent Blackouts), Needed to Fight Wildfires

To begin to truly solve the underlying problem, lawmakers and regulatory policymakers must recognize how government intervention has made things worse.

The NBA’s Teaching Moment on Totalitarianism

Communist tyrannies such as China do not allow free speech, free assembly, and certainly no right to keep and bear arms.

Bureaucrat Benefits Crowd Out Public Services

Like Illinois, New Jersey’s worsening public employee pension situation is not tenable.

Ken Burns, “Country Music,” and the PBS Two-Step

Ken Burns’ marathon “Country Music” documentary series did not air on CMT, a pay channel owned by Viacom Media Networks.

James M. Buchanan’s Enduring Legacy for Limited Government and Individual Liberty

James M. Buchanan (1919-2013), whose keen intellect helped launch the field of public choice and earned him a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1986, would have turned 100 years old today.

Oakland City Employees Make Big Bank

In February 2019, Oakland was facing a two-year budget deficit of $43 million, with the city’s expenditures rising far faster than its revenues.

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