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Fed Employment at 2,804,000


In 2015, the Government Employed Over 277,000 Regulators Matthew Andrews / James Gattuso / @Jamesgattuso / August 12, 2016 / From 1960 to 2015, the amount of taxpayer money allocated to federal regulators increased by more than 1,800 percent, from $3.06 billion to $57.05 billion. (Photo: iStock Photos) Matthew Andrews Matthew Andrews is a member…


2016 Platforms Include Conventions


Parties Include Amending Conventions An excerpt from the August ASL newsletter: Article V Caucus  [editor’s note: this article posits that both major political parties are interested in amending conventions covering different subjects. We’ve heard candidate Clinton call for a convention. This reinforces the idea that a majority of Americans of all stripes believe the federal government…


How a Duopolistic Congress Really Works


Author: Unknown Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. It sat idle for decades. One day, Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, “How does this…


How the Rise of the Commoner Enriched the World


David S. D’Amato, August 15, 2016 No review could do justice to a project of such well-executed ambition. In Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World, Deirdre McCloskey has given us what is likely the most comprehensive explanation of the “Great Enrichment,” a testament to the awesome power of ideas. And libertarians…


Lost Traditional Values Hurts America


America’s Abandonment of Traditional Values Has Hurt the Black Community Walter E. Williams / August 11, 2016 The abandonment of traditional values has negatively affected the nation as a whole, but blacks have borne the greater burden. (Photo: iStock Photos) Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. One of the…


Where Has Supply-Side Gone?


What happened to the GOP’s pro-market ‘supply-siders’ and free trade? By James Pethokoukis, August 10, 2016 One of the strangers aspects of this strange election season has been prominent Republican “supply-sider” types giving a thumbs up to Trump-onomics. Let me explain just how weird this is. See, Republican policymakers and pundits typically use the phrase “supply side”in a…


Overturning Citizens United: How?


A constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United: Really? How? by Peter J. Wallison August 9, 2016 AEI: Politics and Public Opinion One jarring note in Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was her statement that she would press for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. This 2009 Supreme Court…


Treasury Collected $20 Trillion in Taxes


U.S. Treasury Collected Nearly $20 Trillion in Taxes During Obama’s Administration And incurred almost half that number in debt. 8.10.2016 Trey Sanchez Barack Obama has been president for 90 months and in that time frame, the U.S. Treasury collected nearly $20 trillion in taxes and the federal debt rose by almost half. Here are the numbers…


Historical Ignorance


The real historical significance of the war between the states. by Walter Williams, July 14, 2015 Walter Williams The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better…


Real Heroes: Richard Cobden


[Editor: Not American history but a good history lesson none the less] by Lawrence W. Reed, founder of FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) March 18, 2016 Each week, Mr. Reed will relate the stories of people whose choices and actions make them heroes. See the table of contents for previous installments. In 1900, London was the global…


The First Congress


Book Review by Mark G. Spencer Calling the House to Order A bill of rights was the No. 1 priority of the first Congress. But no one thought they were producing sacred writ.  ‘We are in a wilderness without a single footstep to guide us,” James Madison said of the harrowing task facing the First…


What is the American Form of Government


  By Stephen Palmer May 18, 2008 The common belief — which is grossly incorrect — is that the American form of government is a democracy. Our founders were clear that democracy is the worst form of government. A more correct — albeit simplistic — answer is that we are a republic. A more sophisticated answer is…


James Hill, Railroad Man


One of the Greatest Entrepreneurs in American History James J. Hill Transformed the American Northwest Daniel Oliver, Lawrence W. Reed, May 27, 2016 One hundred years ago this weekend, James J. Hill, the subject of this fine 2001 essay by Daniel Oliver, passed away. Hill was 77 when he died on May 29, 1916, leaving…


Big business & cronyism


A Very Depressing Chart on Creeping Cronyism in the American Economy by Dan Mitchell  7/22/16 Last year, I shared the most depressing PowerPoint slide in Danish history. Back in 2011, I wrote about a depressing picture of tax complexity in America. Let’s continue with the “depressing” theme today. James Bessen, from Boston University Law School, has an interesting article in theHarvard Business Review about…


EPA May be Accountable


Finally, EPA May Be Held Accountable for Potential Wrongdoing at the Gold Mine King Spill John-Michael Seibler / @JSeibler / August 05, 2016 John-Michael Seibler is a visiting legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Criminal investigations into the Environmental Protection Agency’s disastrous handling of…


New Executive Rules every three days


Obama breaks regulatory record, imposes new rule every three days Posted by Convention of States Project on August 09, 2016 The federal government has imposed a new major regulation every three days since President Barack Obama took office, as the administration has shattered the record for implementing regulations costing the economy $100 million or more….

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