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The Protectionist Industry – Today’s Quote

This protectionist industry association (the American Society of Interior Designers) has engaged in a decades-long campaign to push licensing and titling laws for interior designers on several states. (Who else will save us from avocado appliances and bad feng shui?) Veronique de Rugy via Free the Horse...

Stossel on the D.C. Myth – Today’s Quote

MYTH:  Washington D. C. is about serving the public. TRUTH:  D. C. is about empire building. John Stossel via MYTHS, LIES, AND COMPLETE STUPIDITY AIRS SUNDAY at 8 PM ET on FOX NEWS | Stossel’s Take Blog Andrew’s Note:  If you still have any doubt that influence peddling is alive and well in D.C....

Pay to Play or Government For All

I attended a Papal Audience once…it didn’t cost anything…I’m certainly glad I didn’t have to pay as much as I would if I wanted an audience with the leader of the free world…  Pay to play is alive and well in our Nation’s capital. Over the weekend, the New York...

Government Bans Hurt Most

John Stossel is one of my favorite writers.  He’s a journalist, commentator and author who looks beyond the surface of a story to uncover the entire story.  His in depth reporting on the unintended consequences of well meaning legislation can be particularly eye opening.  I caught this piece recently...

Cornyn on Crony Capitalism and Entitlements- Today’s Quote

We cannot keep postponing structural changes to our largest entitlement programs,” Cornyn added. “And unless we are happy with a tax code that wastes economic resources, stifles job creation and promotes crony capitalism, we cannot keep delaying genuine tax reform. Senator John Cornyn via Republicans to...

CA Cities Intend to Steal Debt Instruments

A group of West coast financiers have proposed helping several California Cities (legally) steal debt instruments from their owners.  Through a novel and dubious use of eminent domain these cities intend to force mortgage companies to sell performing loans at discounted ‘market value’ rates....

D.C. City Council Promotes Crap

In its efforts to protect the local taxi industry from healthy competition… and the people of D.C. from clean, affordable transportation… the D.C. City Council has fully embraced the crap…I mean crapitalistic process of using their elected offices to stack the economic deck in favor of...

It’s Not a Welfare State, It’s a Special Interest State

… a democratic republic cannot long survive as a special interest state. The destruction of economic value is too complete, as interests channel the money into unproductive uses—housing and education bubbles; alternative energy; battalions of compliance officers; a ruling class that depends on the...

France Orders Every Driver to Carry Breathalyzer

If the requirement proves successful in France, some law enforcement officials in the United States said mandatory breathalyzers in cars could be taken for a spin here. “If they were mandatory in every vehicle, the roads would be safer, there’s no doubt about that,” Capt. Ted Richardson, of the Laurens...

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