Economic-Liberty, Healthcare-Choice, Now Private Property?

    In the classic Hobson’s choice, Maryland’s counties are told that if they “choose” to refrain from submitting a map, or submit a map that the state does not approve of, then the state will penalize them. The counties now must determine whether to submit a map and cede to the state enormous swaths of hard-to-reclaim liberty, or to refuse to submit a map, and have state planners force one upon them, ceding liberty and violating any semblance of subsidiary.

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    Economic-Liberty, Healthcare-Choice, Now Private Property?

    In the classic Hobson’s choice, Maryland’s counties are told that if they “choose” to refrain from submitting a map, or submit a map that the state does not approve of, then the state will penalize them. The counties now must determine whether to submit a map and cede to the state enormous swaths of hard-to-reclaim liberty, or to refuse to submit a map, and have state planners force one upon them, ceding liberty and violating any semblance of subsidiary.

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    Obama Using Remaining Stimulus Money to Fund Pet Projects

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid out the three guiding principles of the economic stimulus package: that it be “timely, temporary and targeted.” More than a year later, it is clear that none of these principles has been fulfilled. Timely? As CBS News reported as recently as August 16, almost all of the stimulus money has been awarded, but that is very different from it all | Read More »

    Going Green and Bust

    President Obama went to Holland, Michigan yesterday to promote another “green economy” project funded by stimulus cash. A South Korean company is receiving $151 million taxpayer dollars to build a factory that will one day hopefully employ 300 in the manufacture of batteries for electric cars. That’s $500,000 per job, which for this administration is small potatoes. The Obama administration’s bequeath of $1.45 billion to | Read More »

    Mr. Obama’s Fundamental Misunderstanding of the American Economy

    In a column on the Daily Beast, writer Michael Lind provides an interesting analysis of the flawed assumptions behind Barack Obama’s “Green Economy” prescription for the U.S. Just as Candidate Obama envisioned an Iowa planted wall-to-wall in Whole Foods arugula, President Obama dreams of an America full of solar panel technicians, wind turbine mechanics, and CFC bulb-breakage cleanup specialists.

    Frakking Fast Cars

    Your RedState front-page contributors have a lively back-channel communications system, in which we plot and plan strategy and discuss the critical issues of the day. (And yes, we talk about you too, Dear Readers.) One of my colleagues just expressed the meaning of his life thusly: “I absolutely LIVE to drive fast.  I work and advance my career so that I can have frakking fast | Read More »

    Is The “Green” (Hybrid) Economy A Good Idea Or A Bad Idea?

    Perhaps the most distinctive and broadly-observable change in the public-policy milieu as we enter 2009, is this: America has a new faith in the power of experts to cure whatever ails us. It’s a season not only for big ideas (very few of them new) in public policy. It’s also a season in which we’ll try out a lot of them, in the naive hope | Read More »