Second House ‘Minibus,’ With $1 Trillion Onboard, Careens Off Road Into a Fiscal, Policy Wreck

The House of Representatives will likely vote later this week on H.R. 7617, a 1,165-page behemoth that would spend more than $1 trillion in taxpayers’ money and put a raft of troubling policies into place. The bill is what’s called a “minibus,” one that would fund the majority of federal government activity, including the departments of Commerce, Defense, … Continue reading Second House ‘Minibus,’ With $1 Trillion Onboard, Careens Off Road Into a Fiscal, Policy Wreck

How Ayn Rand’s Dystopian Novella Anticipated Cancel Culture

Recent legislators, activists, and education reformers have promised to lead us into a new world of equity. No longer will some groups have a different lifestyle from others. No longer will some groups have a different education from others. There will be reform or else, Hawk Newsome warns, “we will burn down this system and … Continue reading How Ayn Rand’s Dystopian Novella Anticipated Cancel Culture

The Federal Reserve Is Both Too Politicized and Too Powerful

As the COVID-19 catastrophe unfolded, the Federal Reserve intervened swiftly in financial markets. Many praise the Fed’s response, including its new role as the “market maker of last resort.” Others are impressed the Fed steered clear of politics during the crisis. The Fed demonstrates what an effective and independent central bank can accomplish, its defenders … Continue reading The Federal Reserve Is Both Too Politicized and Too Powerful

Celebrities (Besides Joe Rogan) Who Said Goodbye to California

California dreaming? Nothing wrong with that. The Golden State has a lot to offer. California has the fifth largest economy in the world. The San Francisco Bay Area alone has a GDP of $535 billion and ranks 19th in the world in economic activity. The state boasts one of the largest agricultural industries on the … Continue reading Celebrities (Besides Joe Rogan) Who Said Goodbye to California

Vandalism Is Violence: Destructive Riots Are Not ‘Just Property Damage’

Chaos is consuming Portland, Oregon. Local police declared a riot on Saturday evening after rioters once again tried to burn down a federal courthouse and launched mortars and fireworks at police officers, several of whom sustained injuries. Similarly destructive unrest has unfolded each night in the city for weeks now, with rampant vandalism, arson, graffiti, … Continue reading Vandalism Is Violence: Destructive Riots Are Not ‘Just Property Damage’

Prosecutor Criticized for Charging St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters

A Missouri prosecutor faces heavy scrutiny at the national and state level for bringing criminal charges against a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at trespassers in late June to defend themselves and their property.  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner filed the charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who became nationally known because … Continue reading Prosecutor Criticized for Charging St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters

Distilleries Should Be Allowed to Produce Hand Sanitizer, and Not Just In Emergencies

As states across the country issued lockdown orders in the face of COVID-19, one type of business was almost uniformly deemed essential: liquor stores. For those attempting to work, homeschool kids, and stay home 24/7 without killing anyone, the continued operation of liquor stores and the distilleries that supply them was deeply appreciated. But in … Continue reading Distilleries Should Be Allowed to Produce Hand Sanitizer, and Not Just In Emergencies

Are the Ups and Downs of COVID-19 Cases Due to Politicians?

Many news reports purporting to explain the ups and downs of COVID-19 cases in nations or states implicitly assume the epidemic is entirely under human control. Infections therefore rise when politicians and people behave badly, in this view, and infections fall when politicians get tougher and/​or people get smarter. “Western Europe Avoids New Surge,” claims The … Continue reading Are the Ups and Downs of COVID-19 Cases Due to Politicians?

Hey Congress: Here’s One Economic Stimulus Proposal That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers Trillions

Congress isn’t known for learning from its mistakes. So, it’s not exactly shocking that despite the many failures of their last effort, lawmakers from both parties are pushing for another massive relief bill to stimulate the economy amid COVID-19 and the continued economic fallout. The GOP has at least expressed a desire to keep the … Continue reading Hey Congress: Here’s One Economic Stimulus Proposal That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers Trillions

HHS Acts to Preserve Religious Freedom at Hospitals During Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took two important steps to protect religious freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The agency’s Office for Civil Rights announced that patients at hospitals within the University of Maryland Medical System may receive visits by clergy amid the pandemic. And, the office said, a medical student at Staten Island University Hospital … Continue reading HHS Acts to Preserve Religious Freedom at Hospitals During Pandemic