Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

More Harmful Regulations

Today’s JLF newsletter about environmental issues highlights new hazards of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), of which we’re only just becoming aware.  It has me thinking. The risks associated with CFLs are serious.  They contain mercury, which is toxic.  It’s not a big deal as long as the bulbs don’t break, but who doesn’t breakContinue Reading

Snoopy’s sign continues to attract GOP’s attention

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Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, July 25, 2012

• Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory and state Board of Education chairman Bill Harrison addressed a conference hosted by the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Democratic state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson also debated her Republican general election opponent John Tedesco.   • McCrory’s Demoratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, turned down aContinue Reading

Stossel tackles overcriminalization of our legal system

Those of you interested in a recent John Locke Foundation presentation on the overcriminalization of federal law might enjoy John Stossel‘s latest column. Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin’s secret police in the old Soviet Union, supposedly said, “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” Stalin executed anyone he considered a threat,Continue Reading

Goldberg probes mainstream news media bias

Jonah Goldberg‘s latest National Review Online column focuses on ABC News reporter Brian Ross’ recent flub involving the Colorado Batman gunman, whom Ross tried to link erroneously to the local Tea Party. I have to believe Ross didn’t want to get the story wrong. It would be nice to know if Ross checked to seeContinue Reading

Cato’s Tanner explains why ObamaCare will not lead to free lunch

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute devotes his latest National Review Online column to an examination of the likely impact of the federal health care law. In 1850, the French economist Frederic Bastiat wrote “That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen,” in which he noted that, while politicians liked to trumpet theContinue Reading

Borders tackles unions and the ‘Baptist & bootlegger’ coalition

The latest edition of Max Borders‘ Ideas Matter update includes an item on unions’ role in Baptist and bootlegger scenarios. The really successful rent-seekers are the ones who instinctively understand Bruce Yandle’s Bootleggers and Baptists coalitions. These union bosses clearly get it. They understand that to grow their ranks and siphon off of the productiveContinue Reading

AEI’s Brooks highlights energy issues

American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks is turning his attention this week to energy issues. The following commentary makes up the bulk of an email Brooks sent to AEI supporters: A new chart from JPMorgan shows the truth about our dire unemployment numbers – if discouraged workers under age 55 were counted, the unemployment rateContinue Reading