Government Workers of the World Unite!
The Economist reports that the past thirty years have been dismal for the labor movements of the world. In the United States, just 7 percent of the private sector workforce belongs to a union today, down from a third in 1979. In Britain, the decline was similarly dramatic. Across the developed world, less than one in every five workers is still a union member. There | Read More »
A Free Market Option For Health Insurance!
New Hampshire has a bill coming up that would create an open market for Health Insurance in the state. HB 241 is an act that wold allow.. …a willing consumer and willing insurance carrier may contract on mutually agreeable terms for individual or group health insurance which is not subject to regulation by the insurance commissioner, insurance mandates, or administrative consumer protection law. Such transactions | Read More »
Democrats Blame Deregulation For Crisis
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) that was established in the spring of 2009 to explore the causes of the previous year’s financial meltdown, released its findings today. What was to blame for the crisis, they say? Widespread failures in financial regulation, including the Federal Reserve’s failure to stem the tide of toxic mortgages; Dramatic breakdowns in corporate governance including too many financial firms acting | Read More »
Who’s Afraid of Big Media?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the United States Justice Department today approved a merger of Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider, with NBC Universal which is owned mostly by General Electrics (GE). Comcast and GE announced their buyout agreement for NBC in December 2009. Comcast intends to own 51 percent of NBC while GE will retain 49 percent of its shares. Regulators | Read More »
, Fox News
, free market
, Huffington Post
, The Huffington Post
A Tale of Two Futures
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, | Read More »
Will “MINI-TRUCKIN'” Survive? How Life Will Change under Socialism
I’vbe been doing a lot of useless sitting lately. Yesterday I noticed that someone had stolen my Sears & Roebuck catalog, so I picked this magazine out of the rack, and suddenly had an epiphany. Short answer to the title question: Not For Long, once socialism gets a firm grip. For you see, behind those svelte lines (and the truck ain’t bad, either) is a | Read More »
Yes, Democrats, please make this election about jobs
Democrats are planning to push “Job Creation” this election season. Yeah, we’ve heard that one before. Right before the massive, do-nothing stimulus package was passed. The same stimulus package that now has to be paid for–with job-killing tax hikes. Yet Democrats are poised to make this election about jobs: A retooled jobs initiative, which Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) on Tuesday dubbed the “Make | Read More »
Governor candidate Bill Brady (R-IL) speaks on minimum wage.
First, check out the Tribune’s Clout Street article, which I got to via Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax. Now, my take on it (which I also put as a comment in the Capitol Fax discussion): ————- I fully support Brady on this. My small business (restaurant) employs just under 20 people. I opened a bit over two years ago. In that time, food costs have gone | Read More »
Politicians: It’s ‘Big, Intrusive Government, Lower Quality of Life’, European System. NOT Just European System.
Conservative politicians: When you speak about President Obama’s fiscal policy being like Europe’s, you are often unknowingly promoting Europe’s big government policies. This is because Americans don’t understand Europe’s economic faults. Please describe them each time you compare Obama’s policies to Europe. Here are some ideas for your expanation of Europe’s economic system: Obama’s policies are moving America toward big, intrusive government which cripples economic | Read More »
Tags: American history
, Big Government
, common sense
, conservative principles
, free market
, Michael Steele
, Mitch McConnell
, Obama's Policies
, Small Government
Two sentences defining nearly the entire battle
I was just hit by the idea, reading an editorial on the IBD site just now, that in two sentences it neatly summed up nearly the entire battle being waged in America today, that between the statists and the rest of us. In the context of Feinstein’s bill recently introduced that would finish off private health insurance, referring to that industry it says What it | Read More »
Russia: Is Obama Masking Free Market Idealism with Disarmament?
The Obama administration is not exactly a well-spring of free market rhetoric. Whether President Obama is endorsing cap-and-trade, increasing corporate taxes, or demarcating between Wall Street and Main Street, one thing is for sure—Obama is not an outright free market aficionado. The president has overtly positioned himself as an antagonist to Big Business. Admittedly, Obama is a corporatist—and a rather selective one at that. For | Read More »
The True Cost of Student Loan Reform
Shhh. Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting refowm. Perhaps you haven’t heard of the new student loan plan. It was a mere footnote tacked onto the health care bill in order to make the overall CBO score more palatable. Just because little was said does not mean little was done. In fact it represents a complete overhaul of the student loan industry – removing private | Read More »
Hubris in New Jersey
New Jersey Transit is currently dealing with a number of major financial problems. They just had about thirty million dollars cut from their state subsidy by Gov. Chris “Awesome Like A Rock Star” Christie, and there’s talk of more cuts in next year’s budget. (Personally I hope Christie gets them started on the road to privatization sooner rather than later, but that’s just me) And | Read More »
Change we can believe in
Obama came into office on a wave of hope and change. Liberalism/progressivism is characteristically associated with change, while conservativism is associated with blocking change, or slowing down change, or, more positively, promoting tradition, especially in the sense of traditions as they relate to the founding principles of liberty, free speech, limited government, individual rights, self-responsibility, etc. As Jan Narveson wrote about in his book, The Libertarian Idea, there | Read More »
The common collectivist narrative contains an important element to make it work. The Democratic Party relies on a pedestrian belief that business and the worker are at odds in the political landscape. Big, mean businesses are miserly Republicans and generous, good-hearted labor interests are benevolent Democrats. That is why the Democratic Party is so thrilled with the cash coming from so many rich plutocrats. That | Read More »