August 1, 2017 by Logan Albright
As Republicans continue to pretend to want to repeal Obamacare, the Left is pulling out all of the stops trying to make them look like ogres who just want people to die.
One of the more restrained, yet insidious, attacks comes from Obamacare adviser Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Some will also remember Ezekiel Emanuel as the execrable man who argued several years ago that old people should die at 75 to avoid inconveniencing their families and society at large. So we’re not talking about the poster child for compassion here.
In a new piece, Emanuel claims that the ideological fight over health care reform is between those who value freedom of choice and those who value “freedom from fear”. …
August 1, 2017 by Matt Kibbe
Socialist Venezuela has no more use for shopping malls, so it has converted them into prisons where protestors undergo the most horrific abuses.
July 25, 2017 by Logan Albright
The Trump administration’s Justice Department has announced a new push to crack down on growers and sellers of marijuana nationwide, citing a desire to reduce violent crime. This is the follow-up of a request from Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month to be allowed to prosecute facilities that sell medical cannabis.
The real problem here is, I think, fueled by misunderstanding and prejudice. Marijuana has been regarded as an illegal and dangerous drug for many years, and it’s understandable that it takes time to break those preconceptions and accept that there is no difference between medical cannabis and any other drug prescribed by doctors to combat a specific medical complaint. …
July 25, 2017 by Logan Albright
Attorney General Jeff Sessions really dislikes drug use. And while drugs are a perfectly sensible thing to dislike, when that personal opinion develops into a policy campaign in the hands of someone in authority, we should all be a little bit concerned.
Sessions has lately been offering fulsome praise for DARE, the anti-drug education program founded in 1983, and making an effort to revive and increase funding for it. Sessions claims that the program “saves lives” and wants it to be a part of his comprehensive strategy of nationwide drug use prevention.
The main problem with this is that there’s not really any evidence that DARE actually did any good at all when it was actively in place. …
July 25, 2017 by Matt Kibbe
Seattle raised its minimum wage to $13 an hour in an effort to help poor people, but it’s having the opposite effect, lowering incomes and costing jobs.
July 11, 2017 by Matt Kibbe
Can I love my country and still oppose the idea of “America First”? Don’t confuse patriotism with nationalism.
July 6, 2017 by Logan Albright
A group in Colorado is gathering signatures to hold a ballot initiative in the 2018 election to ban cell phone retailers from selling their products to children under the age of 13.
Of course, there is precedent for banning substances for children, but unlike tobacco and alcohol, the concern with smartphones is not about physical effects, but rather psychological ones. Mobile devices, the group (Parents Against Underage Smartphones) claims, create behavior problems in children and are generally unhealthy for them. And for this reason they should not be allowed.
First off, I’ll acknowledge that the claim is not wholly without merit. I have two nieces, and the effect on their behavior when they spend too much time on a tablet or computer is noticeable. …
June 30, 2017 by Logan Albright
As Congress prepares to vote on an Obamacare replacement bill that won’t actually do anything to lower the prices and increase access to medicine, conservatives are understandably frustrated. The lack of spine in the Republican Party, coupled with the significant numbers Democrats still hold in the Senate, makes passing a full-scale repeal of Obamacare impossible, and even the ”conservative” objectives that people like Sen. Rand Paul are trying to get inserted into the bill are minor tweaks that won’t salvage this disastrous piece of legislation.
But what else can be done? Anything more bold and market-focused will lose the support of Democrats and left-leaning Republicans, and the alternative is the status quo, in which Obamacare slowly collapses, leaving vulnerable people without access to health care and paving the way, almost assuredly, for a single-payer system, a system we all know would be a nightmare for the country. …
June 24, 2017 by Logan Albright
By chance, I happened to be in London during the recent general election, and so I had the pleasure of witnessing some of the Labour Party campaign that ultimately proved so successful. As an American well steeped in stateside politics, I was struck by the parallels between the British system and our own, particularly the talking points used by the generally left-wing Labour Party and how they compare to our own Democrats.
One of the key talking points of the Labour Party was a push to waive college tuitions, the same “free college for everyone” message that played so well for Bernie Sanders here at home. …
June 19, 2017 by Logan Albright
I recently attended the first annual conference of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEECon) in Atlanta. Besides being a generally great event for people who care about economic liberty, the conference featured, as keynote speaker, Jimmy Wales, the cofounder of Wikipedia.
It’s unlikely that anyone reading this is unfamiliar with the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, but it remains fairly easy to underestimate the revolutionary nature of the platform.
I was in college when Wikipedia launched and I still remember the utter disdain with which academics regarded it at the time. The sense was, and still remains in some circles, that without certified and credentialed experts overseeing the process, there was no way to ensure reliability and control for bias. …