Bernie’s Right—America Should Be More Like Sweden

Apr 23rd, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Economics, Free Enterprise, Liberty, Politics Bill B. May 1 min read

Johan Norberg says:   Bernie Sanders thinks the U.S. should look to Sweden and other Scandinavian countries to “learn what they have accomplished for their working people.” The Vermont senator has said so repeatedly throughout his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting GOP rival Marco Rubio to say, “I think Bernie Sanders is a good candidate for president—of Sweden.”  

 

The 50-Year Disaster of Government Trains, Buses, and Streetcars

Apr 16th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Economics, Free Enterprise, Government, Mass Transit Bill B. May 1 min read

Daniel Bier says:  Ronald Reagan once quipped that “government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” There, in a nutshell, you have a short history of mass transit in America.  

 

Four Reasons Why Government Spending Is Even Worse Than Taxes

Ryan McMaken says:  Every year around tax time, we’re reminded of the pain of the income tax. We’re reminded not just of the wealth that is taken, but also of all the time and energy that must be expended helping the federal government estimate just how much they should take from us this year.  

 

Coalition of free market groups urges Congress to cap and track stifling federal regulations

Mar 30th, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Free Enterprise, Regulation William Nissen 1 min read

Big government is getting some big criticism. A coalition of 15 free market groups say that stifling federal regulations can have an effect similar to tax increases, proposing that these regs be capped, tracked and disclosed annually – just like federal spending. The group is now urging Congress to include a regulatory budget in its final budget for 2017, and they’ve got a role model…

 

Capitalism Promotes Equality

Feb 3rd, 2016 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Economics, Free Enterprise Robert May 1 min read

  Barry Brownstein writes: Highway traffic began to slow outside of Boston as we made our way to the airport. My wife was driving, so I took out my $100 Android phone and opened Google Maps. Google Traffic instantly showed me, in real time, the best route to avoid delays and estimated the number of minutes we’d save by altering our route. Thanks to Google,…

 

The Selfishness of the Open-Borders Crowd

by Bill B. May Many Libertarians subscribe to a policy of open-borders:  The freedom of people anywhere in the world to move freely where they wish.  For example, this article, What We May Not Give: A New Life, in a Free Country laments that an individual cannot give a charitable contribution to help bring a refugee into the United States. I’m all for allowing the individual to…

 

The Democrats’ Theme for 2016 Is Totalitarianism

Kevin D. Williamson says:  At the beginning of December, Rolling Stone writer Jeff Goodell asked Secretary of State John Kerry whether Charles and David Koch, two libertarian political activists, should be considered — his remarkable words — “an enemy of the state.” He posed the same question about Exxon, and John Kerry, who could have been president of these United States, said that he looked…