Topic: Policy

Bidenomics and the Slippery Erosion of Economic Freedom

– January 25, 2024

“The Biden Administration claims to promote economic growth and increase competitiveness while choking the economy with rules and regulations.” ~Nikolai Wenzel

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Arguments Against The Death Penalty and Gun Control Have A Few Things in Common

– January 24, 2024

“We can’t say, ‘There is no point, because the average criminal won’t obey the law.’ Just because the average criminal doesn’t obey the law, that does not mean the marginal criminal won’t.” ~Art Carden

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22 States Raised the Minimum Wage: What Does This Mean for Low-Skilled Workers?

– January 9, 2024

“Governments inadvertently eliminate many of these essential entry-level jobs by advocating for higher minimum wages. This lost first rung has profound consequences, especially for vulnerable groups.” ~Vance Ginn

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When Progressives and Conservatives Compete, Agnostics Win

– December 22, 2023

“While progressives and conservatives duel in the arena of certainties and are willing to place individual liberties on hold in support of their social ambitions, agnostics navigate an ever-shifting political landscape with a compass turned always toward the polestar of individual liberty.” ~Paul

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A Short Guide to ESG: Legislation

– December 21, 2023

“Proponents of ESG would like to see more legal requirements for companies to reach net zero, to hire more diverse boards and employees, and to cater to a variety of stakeholder interest groups rather than the interest of shareholders.” ~Paul Mueller

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What if the First Great Age of Globalization Began 100 Years Earlier?

– December 9, 2023

“Given that the first era of globalization is tied in the imagination of many to rising and converging living standards, this argument amounts to saying that living standards could have surged earlier had free trade been more popular.” ~Vincent Geloso

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After Veterans Day

– December 6, 2023

“One would be hard-pressed to defend a military action in recent decades that has had a demonstrably immediate connection to protecting our way of life.” ~Paul Schwennesen

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Trade-offs: The Ugly Truths of School Finance 

– November 3, 2023

“Perhaps expanding school choice could encourage districts to set their house in order. Maybe a renewed focus on financial accountability could help stem the tide of nonsense.” ~Garion Frankel

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The Biden Administration’s Artificial Intelligence Rent-Seeking Play

– November 2, 2023

“Political incentives being what they are, these evaluations of safety will be used to redirect and tweak AI models towards the priorities of the current administration.” ~Paul Mueller

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Oh, SNAP

– October 11, 2023

“People make food choices based on a variety of factors, including taste, convenience, and price. Simply paying people to eat more fruits and vegetables is unlikely to change these underlying factors.” ~Antony Davies

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Joe Biden, Shifty Economists, and the Big Lie

– October 10, 2023

“America’s federal tax system remains steeply progressive, and no politically motivated data manipulation will ever alter that fact.” ~Phil Magness

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Economic Freedom of the World: US Improves While Hong Kong Falls

– October 7, 2023

“As the US strives to enhance its economic freedom, the country would be wise to heed the lessons offered by Singapore’s rise and Hong Kong’s fall.” ~Vance Ginn

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