All Costs Considered

– May 21, 2022

“When facing calls to ‘do something’ no matter the cost, we must remember that there is no magic wand, nor are there solutions, only trade-offs.” ~ David Gillette & Caroline Wright

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Let’s Cancel Student Loans – Not Forgive Them, But Cancel the Program

– May 20, 2022

“Higher education in the US is bloated and dysfunctional because federal meddling turned it into a mass entitlement. Turn off the federal spigot and it will rapidly improve.” ~ George Leef

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The Lesson of Joe Biden’s Disappearing Presidency

– May 19, 2022

“Despite allegedly being the most powerful person in the world, Presidents frequently find that events – particularly geopolitical events – control them, rather than vice versa. Derailed presidencies may be more the norm than the exception.” ~ James E. Hanley

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A Path for University Reform

– May 19, 2022

“Reducing bureaucracy saves money and race and ethnicity-blind admissions ends unpopular discrimination. But as importantly, both advance rather than undermine the primary missions of the university, particularly its modeling of epistemic openness.” ~ John O. McGinnis

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Is It Time to End the Filibuster? No!

– May 18, 2022

“If Senator Warren really cares about democracy, she would do well by leaving the filibuster in place and allowing more legislative decisions to devolve to the state, county, and municipal level of government where ‘the people’ can really rule themselves.” ~ Anthony Gill

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Assessing the Baby Formula Shortage

– May 18, 2022

“It’s not a ‘you keep buying it, we’ll make more’ situation because if it were that simple, the formula manufacturers would be happy to have that revenue. With no clearing in sight from the perfect storm of supply issues, consumers will continue to struggle.” ~ Aron Solomon

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Gun Control, States’ Rights, and Bernie Sanders

– May 17, 2022

“As argued in principle by Madison, confining our country’s broad experiences with any issue or belief–in this case, gun legislation–to one sweeping federal action would miss the mark and create a great injustice to American federalism.” ~ David Gillette & Lauren Frazier

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Reducing Unemployment Is Not a Free Lunch

– May 17, 2022

“Every attempt by government to ‘stimulate the economy’ intensifies employers’ and workers’ expectations that slowing sales and losses of jobs will be cured by government-engineered increases in aggregate demand.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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Income Distribution and Inequality

– May 16, 2022

“Invariably, however, the proposed solution to any form of income inequality has been an indiscriminate and highly punitive progressive tax on all income and wealth, regardless of how it was earned.” ~ Robert F. Mulligan

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A Drinking Man’s Guide to Monetary Policy

– May 14, 2022

“Just like drinking, expansionary monetary policy can provide a temporary (or transitory) high at first (faster real output growth and reduced unemployment). However, the ill effects come later (in an inflation “hangover”).” ~ Gary M. Galles

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Rent Selling Countries are More Corrupt and Less Wealthy

– May 13, 2022

“The real cronies are those who demand and supply interventionism. Despite their claims, they can’t get money out of politics, or reduce corruption, because they’re so eager to inject politics into money-making.” ~ Richard M. Salsman

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Rescuing “Virtue and Talents” Amidst the War on Tests

– May 13, 2022

“Perhaps the solution to our current quagmire has been hidden in plain sight the whole time—embrace standards and return to merit-based admissions. MIT gets it and more should follow.” ~ Wenyuan Wu

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