Good for Utah!
Our site has been down for most of the last two weeks so that we could install some updates. Also, we have a new webmaster.
Thanks to Wayne Klick for the improvements he has made over the last 3 years. He has been responsible for the RGF website; and he helped launch our blog some 18 months ago. We wish Wayne well in his new endeavors in Lawrence, Kansas.
I have posted here, here and here about the counterproductive effects of price gouging laws.
Have you heard about the awful gas lines in Florida following Hurricane Wilma? Were you able to figure out what the problem was? Think about it before you read Russell Robert’s explanation here. Were you able to do better than the news media?
Colorado may be losing its effective limits on government growth. Since 1992 the envy of the rest of the country, it now looks like they are falling for the seductive promises of big government. Check out this fine CATO piece that explains what is really going on.
Alas, it looks like November 1st will be a sad day for the prospects of liberty, opportunity and prosperity in Colorado.
Answer is here. Hat tip to Robert Lawson for the link.
This BC cartoon would work especially well for NM too. How about bubbles that say “I’m a tax cutting governor,” “education reform will work” and/or “more economic development incentives?” Email me if you have any more suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Suppose an unskilled worker is fortunate enough to retain her job with a government mandated “living wage” increase in pay and no reduction in any other job related benefits. Even in that case she is unlikely to gain much (if at all). The reason is that she loses government sponsored cash and in-kind transfers, offsetting the increase in pay.
Here (pp. 12-17) are my 2002 estimates of the loss of government transfers as pay increases.
I have heard rumors that nearly to 50 percent of Coloradoans believe in the tooth fairy. On November 1st they may overturn their state’s constitutional limits on taxing and spending via referenda C and D (mail in balloting has already begun). They believe that increased real, per capita spending will improve health care and education. Never mind that the constitutional limits have brought unprecedented prosperity to Colorado. All levels of government have had to make hard choices about the effectiveness of their spending.
Wishful thinking Coloradoans ought to visit New Mexico where the tooth fairy has been exposed as a fraud. Colorado is the envy of New Mexicans. If only we could get the government off of our backs as they have done in Colorado!
Those Coloradoans who really truly believe in the tooth fairy should move to New Mexico where we are last in everything good and first in everything bad. Why coerce other Coloradoans into accepting your wishful thinking?
Here is an excellent piece by Frank Furedi. Excerpt:
“Political debate is often reduced to competing claims about what to fear. Claims about the threat of terrorism or child obesity or asylum seekers compete for the attention of the public. In this way, our anxieties become politicised and turned into a politics of fear. Health activists, environmentalists and advocacy groups are no less involved in using scare stories to pursue their agenda than politicians devoted to getting the public’s attention through inciting anxieties about crime and law and order.”
I recommend you read the whole thing. Hat tip to Craig Newmark.
Harriet Miers is the pick for me. I agree with what former Senator Roman Hruska once said about a failed Nixon pick: “G. Harrold Carswell is a mediocrity but mediocre Americans deserve representation on the court as well.”
Hat tip to Charles Krauthammer via Mickey Barnett.