Tag: government
Voice, Loyalty, Exit, and BLM

Like many Americans, I watched the events at the U.S. Capitol last week in disbelief. My husband, an immigrant, commented that what we witnessed was “why [my family] left Venezuela. This doesn’t happen in the United States.” He and others have also remarked at the stark difference between the police response to the mostly...
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Powerful, Unaccountable Senior Executive Service Calls for SOS from Taxpayers

“Did you know that the top-level bureaucrats who are doing the most to increase the negative impact of federal government spending cuts to the American people are in line to get big bonuses this year?” That was the intrepid Craig Eyermann back in 2013, in his sole post on the federal Senior Executive Service....
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Armed Consumer Affairs Cops Raid Stockton Salon

“Did anyone know the California Department of Consumer Affairs has its own armed police force?” wonders Katy Grimes of the California Globe. Vicki Kirk and Dino Ballin, owners of the Pomp Hair Salon in Stockton, found out the hard way.  They were raided by “armed, body armor-wearing cops from the Department of Consumer Affairs,...
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Celebrities Cash In on COVID-Relief Fraud

To borrow a line from the movie Taken, the U.S. government has a “particular set of skills.” It borrows trillions of dollars and it spends trillions of dollars. Unlike Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, Uncle Sam isn’t particularly good at either of these skills. After state and local governments shuttered businesses and mandated residents...
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Pope Francis Misunderstands Markets, Squanders Moral Authority

“The fragility of world systems in the face of the pandemic has demonstrated that not everything can be resolved by market freedom,” proclaims Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti, (Brothers All) a new encyclical that manages to sidestep a few realities. Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations), F. A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom) and...
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Economic Miscalculation and the Covid-19 Pandemic

As Covid-19 began to spread through the United States in February, many feared hospitals would become overwhelmed with infected patients. To meet the demands a global pandemic places on our healthcare system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began hiring private contractors to build field hospitals to treat patients when hospitals hit capacity. The...
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Coastal Commission Keeps Overheated Californians from Chilling Out

Temperatures rose to 106 F in Sacramento on August 19, and Fresno topped out at a sizzling 109. That same day in San Francisco, the high temperature was 78, and down on the central coast in Cambria the high reached 88. Such temperature inequality, one would think, should drive many more Californians to live...
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Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Spreading Affinity for Socialism? It Shouldn’t!

Famed Economist Thomas Sowell has long remarked that “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” He might need to add Millennials to this paltry list. A recent Bloomberg opinion column by Andreas Kluth argues that the economic hardships stemming from the Covid-19...
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As the Pandemic Demonstrates, Leviathan Feeds on National Crises

Crisis and Leviathan is Robert Higgs’ great work of history exploring how politicians exploit crisis situations to grow their power. As their power grows, so too does the size of government. Leviathan, of course, refers to the old bible stories of a multi-headed sea serpent with an insatiable appetite—much like today’s U.S. government, which...
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Trump Signs More Executive Orders as a Last-Ditch Effort to Lower Drug Prices

It has been over three years since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. During his first run for the Oval Office, he vowed to take on drug companies and lower the cost of prescription drugs. With less than one-hundred days until the 2020 presidential election, he has yet...
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