George Leef

Posts by George Leef (page 192)

  • One more time: The Social Security trust fund contains no wealth

    Don Boudreaux once again tries to enlighten an individual who has been suckered by what I recently suggested may be the greatest lie ever told. Dear Mr. DeWitt: Arguing in today’s Washington Post that the U.S. Treasuries in Social Security’s Trust Fund are genuine assets that…
    George Leef, March 22, 2011
  • Imam Feisel Rauf speaks at UNC

    Recently, UNC invited Imam Feisel Rauf, who is behind the controversial proposal to build an Islamic center close to the site of the 9/11 devastation, to speak on campus. My Pope Center colleagues Jay Schalin and Duke Cheston write about it — as well as a counter-address, in today’s…
    George Leef, March 21, 2011
  • The myth about Herbert Hoover won’t die

    Opponents of laissez-faire capitalism have concocted a myth about Herbert Hoover that is essential to their narrative about the Depression, namely that he was a firm believer in minimal government. As Don Boudreaux shows in this letter (as so often the case, correcting errors by Paul Krugman), that just isn’t…
    George Leef, March 18, 2011
  • How statists respond when they don’t get their way

    Deroy Murdock has an excellent column today on the way the “progressives” in Wisconsin are resorting to threats against their political opponents. Will the New York Times say that all the violent rhetoric is due to hatred stirred up by the Tea Party and the NRA?…
    George Leef, March 18, 2011
  • How statists respond to non-statist ideas

    Say that you are a writer who takes pride in your concern for humanity and especially “the little guy.” You say that you are dedicated to progress, so long as it helps the poor. You long ago came to believe that increasing the power of the state will accomplish those…
    George Leef, March 18, 2011
  • Blocking Bev’s avarice

    This is somewhat old news, but still worth mentioning. Back in February, Republicans in the General Assembly kept the Perdue regime from lowering the estate tax exemption and thus confiscating more wealth from citizens. This American Family Business Institute post has the details. Perhaps this indicates that the tide…
    George Leef, March 17, 2011
  • One of the greatest lies in history

    I refer to the widespread tale that the Social Security trust fund contains wealth with which to pay benefits. Leftists have peddled that idea for generations. It is demonstrably false, but this is one of those lies that the state has to keep making lest the people start questioning the…
    George Leef, March 17, 2011
  • Some college students really do learn critical thinking

    In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Professor David Clemens discusses the generally weak efforts at most colleges to teach students how to think critically (despite the fact that many proclaim that it’s one of their foremost goals) and then explains how he does it.
    George Leef, March 16, 2011