About: George Leef

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Who was the last president to have a great second term?

Historian Burt Folsom makes a good case here that we haven’t had a great second term since Calvin Coolidge. Most historians put Coolidge in the “mediocre” category because he didn’t do anything “big.” Correct. He whittled down the size of the federal government, paid off much of the national debt, lowered taxes, got into noContinue Reading

How the Hagans use federal funds to line their pockets

Rick Henderson’s column gets at one of the most troubling aspects of politics, namely the way elected officials can use their connections to line their pockets. Democrats and Republicans both do it. Democrats like Kay Hagan bleat away about how they’re so much on the side of “the little guy” and then vote for allContinue Reading

“economic malpractice”

That’s how Walter Williams describes the ideas of some economists, Paul Krugman in particular, regarding the effects of increasing the minimum wage. Read Professor Williams’ article here.  

You might be a progressive if……

If you think that the nation needs an “Ebola Czar” and the best kind of person for that job would be a Democratic Party lawyer with no medical expertise at all. (Read all about Ron Klain and his ties to Solyndra here.) Of course, the Obama regime appoints political operatives to jobs such as overseeingContinue Reading

Stossel on the minimum wage

John Stossel has a good piece here about the minimum wage. The only thing I’d take issue with is the almost reflexive statement that this law is “well intentioned.” I don’t think so. The intentions behind it are to make people believe that they should look to politics for their advancement, rather than to theirContinue Reading

Leonard Liggio, R.I.P.

One of the great scholars of classical liberalism, Leonard Liggio, passed away this week. Sheldon Richman here pays tribute to this wonderful man.

Ben Zycher on the hypocrisy of the “disinvestment” crusade

Writing on AEI, economist Ben Zycher has a devastating piece on the crusade to get as many institutions as possible to “disinvest” from fossil fuels. I particularly liked his point that many rich people are glad to trade off some of their money in favor of adulation by leftist politicians, the press, and the moralizersContinue Reading

Sowell versus the grievance mongers

Thomas Sowell’s latest column takes aim at the harm done by educators, largely in colleges and universities, who use valuable time students need to learn knowledge and skills for indoctrination instead. They have helped to create a large body of people who can’t see anything good about the US and would rather fume over theContinue Reading

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