Archive for the ‘Economics & Law’ Category

Healthcare, Budgeting, and Student Loans – Time for Common Sense

The President, his economists, and the CBO defy common sense when they discuss the costs of the 2010 Budget and new entitlement programs such as health care reform and the federalizing of the student loan process.  A recent story in the Washington Post exemplifies the point; reporting on remarks...
March 18th, 2010 | Economics & Law, Politics | Read More

Home-based “lead” heads?

Robin’s post below pointed out the difficulties that the new CPSIA law will pose for big businesses, but there’s more to the story. Unfortunately, many small home-based businesses will be effectively shut down. Here’s a report from just one small-business owner: Last August, HR4040...
January 19th, 2009 | Domestic Policy, Economics & Law, Family Issues | Read More

“Lead” Heads

The government is brilliant–they must be, as they say they’re able to create jobs while simultaneously passing laws that destroy them. What genius! The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed last year and going into effect on February 10th, will require all manufacturers of anything–be...
January 19th, 2009 | Domestic Policy, Economics & Law | Read More

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck…

… and how long before the Sierra Club stages a protest? A group of environmentalists was appalled to find evidence of an illegal logging operation in a Polish nature reserve this fall. When the activists discovered a neat stack of twenty tree trunks they quickly alerted the police – hoping,...
December 12th, 2008 | Creation Care, Economics & Law, Intelligent Design | Read More

East Meets West: Sharia Law Sanctioned in UK

Upon hearing about the government sanctioning Sharia law in the United Kingdom, I was immediately concerned that western law was being subverted in an ally country with whom we share a unique history. There are two levels on which there might possibly be concerns. The first possible concern arises...
September 15th, 2008 | Economics & Law, Other Religions | Read More

Free to be Commie:
“Freeconomics” as Market Communism

Has technological innovation ushered in a new era of communism? Communism is the economic theory that describes production of goods under public ownership, their free exchange, and their free consumption by all members of the society according to their needs. That idea, as Ilya Vedrashko observes, is...
February 28th, 2008 | Economics & Law | Read More

Markets and Miracles:
What the Market Economy Needs to be Moral

Almost everyone has heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” And if you took a course in macroeconomics you probably recognize that the appellation was given by the Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle. But what few people realize is that Carlyle coined the term in an 1849 magazine...
February 26th, 2008 | Economics & Law | Read More

The Poets of the Economy

“Money,” said Wallace Stevens, “is a kind of poetry.” As a Pulitizer Prize-winning poet and president of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, Stevens was familiar with both free verse and the free market. So if Stevens is correct, and money is a kind of poetry, then who...
December 4th, 2007 | Economics & Law | Read More

The Jena 6 Documents

For the past several weeks the blogosphere has been discussing the incidents involving the “Jena 6.” The reporting on the events in Jena by the mainstream media has been disappointing, with the focus being placed on the emotional reactions and protests rather than on the relevant facts. In...
September 27th, 2007 | Economics & Law | Read More

Markets and Miracles:
What the Market Economy Needs to be Moral

Almost everyone has heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” And if you took a course in macroeconomics you probably recognize that the appellation was given by the Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle. But what few people realize is that Carlyle coined the term in an 1849 magazine...
March 6th, 2007 | Economics & Law | Read More