Daily Archives: March 7, 2017

What does ‘proven oil reserves’ mean in the U.S.?

Here’s an interesting post at Power Line. President Obama was apparently fond of making it seem as if the U.S. has a wildly unbalanced demand for oil. Q.v., “We consume about 25 percent of the world’s oil. We only have 2 percent of the reserves.” But as John Hinderaker points out, unlike the rest ofContinue Reading






Bottleneckers use licensing laws to limit competition, boost prices

There’s a new term for business owners who use government licensing laws to protect themselves from competition and to maintain high prices. The term is “bottleneckers.” Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice has co-authored a book detailing the economic damage these bottleneckers cause. He highlighted key issues from the book during a presentation MondayContinue Reading






Appellate judges uphold trial court in Burlington press fight

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court ruling in the legal fight pitting the Burlington Times-News against the Alamance County school board. The newspaper had appealed the initial ruling, which allowed the school board to redact portions of minutes from closed-session meetings. Appellate judges concluded that theContinue Reading






Governments and famine

Dan Hannan of the Washington Examiner describes the link between bad government policies and famine. “Famine in South Sudan.” When I was growing up in the 1970s, it would have been an unremarkable headline. In those days, we were horribly habituated to images of African kids with matchstick legs and bloated bellies. Now, though, suchContinue Reading






Shocker: Obamacare tax credits went to ineligible taxpayers

Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon documents more bad news for defenders of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act exchanges awarded $21.8 million in advance premium tax credits to individuals who were not eligible to receive them, according to an audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Advance premium taxContinue Reading






What’s a ute?

Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller explains one way in which popular culture has influenced federal courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that a group of left-wing demonstrators may face federal charges for disrupting proceedings at the Supreme Court in an opinion that cited the hit American comedy “My CousinContinue Reading






Liberal love for Bush 43

Aaron Goldstein writes at National Review Online about liberals’ changing views about former President George W. Bush. When George W. Bush speaks, liberals are sure to react. But then Bush defended freedom of the press in an interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer: “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needContinue Reading






Trump as team leader

John Fund writes at National Review Online that President Trump ought to avoid coming across as a “Lone Ranger” within his administration. Donald Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration conducted an investigation, including wiretapping, against his campaign has reignited the debate about his, ahem, unorthodox way of counterpunching against opponents. Liberals are convinced that TrumpContinue Reading