Archive for June 2014

Why free market capitalism is the most benevolent economic system

You believe “we” must help the poor.  By “we” I suppose you mean the government if you don’t trust your fellow citizens to be charitable. The government helps the poor by giving them stuff, either in kind or in money, to enable them to consume goods and services like the rest of us who earn…

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An “epidemic” of prosecutorial corruption and misconduct

Power corrupts, we all know that. Federal and state prosecutors have a lot of power, and a lot of corruption and misconduct has resulted. How many stories have unfolded in the last few years of someone being exonerated, found completely innocent, after spending many years in prison?  Even one is too many, and there have…

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What would Friedrich Hayek say of modern Republicans?

At the end of his book The Constitution of Liberty, Friedrich Hayek included a short essay entitled “Why I am not a conservative.”  His essay was written in 1978 (Margaret Thatcher became British Prime Minister the following year) and it’s not about American conservatives or Republicans, he was talking about European conservatives and British Tories.…

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Hillary says she and Bill left the White House “dead broke”

Hillary told Diane Sawyer she and Bill left the White House in 2001 “dead broke.”  That meant they had to scratch to get money for  “houses and stuff.” Gee, all she needed to do was get a subscription to the Wall Street Journal and scrape together $1,000 and turn it into $100,000 in cattle futures.…

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Bad government policies create black markets, strange ones sometimes

Sex, Dollar Bills, and the Venezuelan Black Market …prostitution is legal in Venezuela, but trading U.S. dollars isn’t. Bloomberg: Prostitutes more than double their earnings by moonlighting as currency traders in Puerto Cabello. They are the foreign exchange counter for sailors in a country where buying and selling dollars in the streets is a crime —…

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How to improve your golf game — and both of our lives

Let Hank Haney show you how to fix your slice, for good. It will improve your game, both your score and your enjoyment of golf. Since I live on the golf course, the one below those mountains in the header at the top of this page, it will also improve my life. The only downside…

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License plate profiling — It happened to me

I maintain residences in Colorado and Jackson, Wyoming.  I keep a car in Jackson that is licensed in Wyoming. But I drive a car with Colorado plates between the two houses.  Once in Wyoming, the Colorado car is garaged until I return to Colorado. Today near Jackson I was pulled over by one of Wyoming’s…

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Resolved: Obamacare will reduce access to health care

The short proof of this statement is that Obamacare, just as medicare, medicaid, and all other forms of government regulated health care on planet earth, will force price controls on health care providers and demand controls on patients. The inevitable price controls under Obamacare will shift the supply curve to the left leading to huge…

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Can Obama stop this coal train?

A coal train about as long as the one in this photo runs through Colorado every day. That’s a lot of coal that represents a lot of paychecks for a lot of people. it also provides relatively cheap electricity for a lot of people. Obama hopes to end all that to reduce CO2 emissions into…

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Obama has lost the New York Daily News?

Hard to believe, but they sure aren’t happy with the Bergdahl deal.  Read the scathing editorial, “Surrender Without Honor.”  They don’t say it in the text of the editorial, but this cover suggests they believe he violated his oath of office with the Bergdahl deal. Well, nothing new there. If the Bergdahl deal was timed…

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