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California Drought Fish

Fishy Schemes Against Human Beings

Arbitrary governmental pricing of water — as opposed to free-market pricing — provides one major reason why it’s so hard for Californians and others to deal with drought. I’ve talked about it before. And, as before — indeed, as is so often the case when government constricts our freedom to

Children in a police state

Police State Blues

No reason anymore to even feign surprise at today’s police state insanities. At Townhall yesterday, I bemoaned the six-hour kidnapping of a 10-year-old Maryland boy and his 6-year-old sister for the terrible crime of peacefully walking home from a public park. The children were grabbed just a couple blocks from

NIMBY

Rare Earth Reserve

There are many places on this planet I would hardly dare visit, much less seek to live near. One of those places is remote Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, a boom region where much of our planet’s rare earth industry is located. It becomes obvious as you read Tim Maughan’s BBC

Squeezing the Taxpayer

Poor, Poor IRS

As Tax Day approaches, you can bet the Internal Revenue Service has readied itself to help taxpayers file their returns. No? “It’s abysmal,” admits IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, discussing his agency’s help for Americans trying to decipher a byzantine, ever-changing tax code. It seems only four of ten citizens ever

Anarchy and Chaos

Feinstein No Einstein

Government’s job is to protect our lives and liberties. But how best to accomplish this? Should books be banned? Websites blocked? Diane Feinstein thinks so. Sen. Feinstein (D-California) wants to ban The Anarchist Cookbook from the Internet. The book, which came out in 1971 with lots of radical ideas, including

Arkansas Fools

Lagniappes à la Legislators

Finally, a legislator with the guts to strike directly at the root of the problem: the People. Well, not all the people. Just the ones who speak out, who show a lack respect for their elected betters. In recent years, the Arkansas Legislature has heroically tried to control the chaotic

Counting the Commandments

Count to Ten

Yesterday I argued that the Ten Commandments can and should be promoted — privately. Promoting one’s religion is expected . . . outside of government. But do that as a government official and suddenly what most folks consider good common sense morality sows discord. Why? Simple. Your religion is yours.

Water Shortage

All Wet

Which is worse, paying for stuff you use . . . or being constantly harassed for using it? One consequence of widespread failure to charge market rates for water turns out to be hyper-regulation of hydro-usage, and the penalizing — even criminalizing — of using “too much” H2O. To deal

Government Fixes

The Latest Big Fix

Transformer-in-Chief Barack Obama is at it again. The president’s latest tune is a variation on a very old theme: whatever government breaks “requires” a new government program. See a problem; propose and enact a government solution; the problem gets worse, some new ones pop up; blame everything on the voluntary,

Merve Büyüksaraç

At Least We’re Not Turkey

Whenever I feel discouraged by the steady drumbeat of domestic assaults on liberty — from Obamacare to parents being accused of “child neglect” for letting their kids return from a playground by themselves — I try to remind myself: Things Could Be Worse. World history provides plenty of support for

Arkansas Tricksters

Stop Phony Crony Pay Grab

Are people in Arkansas as stupid as their legislators think? Last November, legislators tricked enough voters to narrowly pass Issue 3. I’ve addressed before the measure’s dishonest ballot language, mis-identifying a doubling of allowed terms as the “setting of term limits.” And about a much-ballyhooed gift ban that has proven

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