George Leef

Posts by George Leef (page 4)

  • About the Redskins’ trademark

    A federal judge recently ruled against the Washington Redskins’ logo, which cannot have federal trademark protection any longer because it is “offensive” to some. But don’t mistakenly assume the ruling means the team can no longer use it; what it means is that anyone can use it because it can’t…
    George Leef, July 13, 2015
  • Newspaper blinded by ideology

    The paper in question is the New York Times and the particular instance is its utter (and perhaps willful) blindness to the cause of high unemployment among minority teenagers — minimum wage laws that price them out of labor market competition. In the letter below, Don Boudreaux calls the editors…
    George Leef, July 7, 2015
  • Remember the old John Edwards “Poverty Center”?

    And perhaps you had heard that it was among the ostensibly “academic” centers that was closed by the UNC Board. Well, IT’S BACK. In today’s Pope Center piece, Jay Schalin writes about the “North Carolina Poverty Research Fund” that is Gene Nichol’s way of keeping his pet project of…
    George Leef, July 6, 2015
  • No, “I, Pencil” does not need to be “revisited”

    Leonard Read’s famous 1958 essay “I, Pencil” shows how the free market coordinates the efforts of thousands of people around the world to produce a simple, everyday item (Read chose the pencil, but it could have been anything else) that no one person could possibly make on his own. It’s…
    George Leef, July 6, 2015
  • Why not use government power to keep wages down?

    Writing on the AEI blog, economics professor Mark Perry suggests rewriting an Obama speech calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 so that it calls for a maximum wage of half that. The logic is no different — or any better. Here’s his piece. Government should…
    George Leef, July 2, 2015
  • Are these business owners really so dumb?

    In the letter below, Don Boudreaux responds to a missive from a group that claims to be comprised of business owners. This group extols government coercion (raising the minimum wage) as a good thing that will actually help businesses. Mr. Bob Keener Business for a Fair Minimum Wage…
    George Leef, July 1, 2015
  • Daring to speak the truth about Greece….

    Jacob Hornberger states that the reason why the country is going bankrupt is its welfare state. Read his piece here. Welfarism gradually but inevitably pushes out the productive, entrepreneurial mindset and replaces it with an indolent, entitlement mindset.
    George Leef, June 30, 2015
  • How bad a decision is King v. Burwell?

    Very bad, argue constitutional lawyer David Rivkin and law professor Elizabeth Price Foley on SCOTUS blog. It’s bad on policy grounds. Rivkin and Foley write, “The majority’s desire to save the ACA from these perceived policy effects blinded it to the countervailing effects of ruling in favor of the…
    George Leef, June 26, 2015