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Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, France, French, elections, immigration, government,

Forwards ! Backwards ?

France held an election over the weekend. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen came out on top, and will face each other in a runoff on May 7th. Current polling puts Macron over Le Pen, 62-38. But a SkyNews reporter cautions: there is no certainty. We in America have reason






Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho, veto, asset forfeiture, term limits,

Ida-Heave-Ho

“Is there any chance the vetoes can be overridden?” asked a reader in response to yesterday’s commentary on Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of two pieces of common-sense legislation. It’s a good question, because the bill reforming civil asset forfeiture and the bill easing regulations that block employment in cosmetology






Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho, asset forfeiture, licensing, veto

A Bad Haircut

Eric Boehm over at Reason excoriated Idaho Gov. Butch Otter for giving libertarians “the double bird salute.” Boehm wondered if the governor, in vetoing two bills earlier this month, had been merely “trying to make libertarians mad.” That’s not exactly fair. The two blocked bills, one reforming unjust civil asset






President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, election, democracy, authoritarianism, ,

Democracy More Dead

“Turkey’s democracy died today,” CNN headlined its report on yesterday’s national constitutional referendum. The measure contained 18 significant changes designed to further empower the country’s already seemingly all-powerful President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. CNN is behind the times. Turkey hasn’t been a real democracy for some time. Even before last summer’s






New York, Cuomo, college, tuition, Bernie Sanders,

Escape from New York

“New York City is a walled maximum security prison,” exclaimed posters for Escape from New York (1981, R). “Breaking out is impossible.” Now, as part of new legislation giving “free college” to New Yorkers, politicians take the same high concept from the film and extend it to the entire state.






asset forfeiture, banks, banking, IRS,TIGTA, Bank Secrecy Act

What’s Being Forfeited

What do you call those who prey upon the innocent, illegally snatching their money? Thieves? Muggers? The Mob? Government. Last month, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service’s use of civil asset forfeiture against Americans accused — well, not accused .






president, presidential, golf, leisure, media, controversy, scandal

The Missing Links?

Is giving presidents a hard time for playing too much golf itself a pastime? In Fahrenheit 911, filmmaker Michael Moore portrayed then-President George W. Bush, as more golfer than president — as if W. had secured the nation’s top job as a ruse to convince his wife to let him






Washington, D.C., daycare, day-care, licensing, regulations, bureaucracy, laws, rules, accreditation

D.C.’s Diaper-Dandy Regulation

Where is child care most expensive? In America, it is in our shining, shimmering national swamp. Yes, in Washington, D.C., infant care averages nearly $1,900 a month, more than $22,000 a year. So naturally, if you’re a politician, you see that as too . . . low? It has been






Regnat Populus, The People Rule, Arkansas, corruption, petition, initiative, House Joint Resolution 1003, SB 689, Governor Asa Hutchinson

Regnat Tyrannis

Arkansas’s motto is Regnat Populus — “The People Rule.” Unfortunately, the people’s so-called representatives are demanding that this motto be made more fitting: Regnat Tyrannis. I jest. The Natural State’s legislators aren’t nearly so honest. Just devious. A few years back, the fine people of Arkansas (where I grew up)






Steve Bannon, Trump, Freedom Caucus, big government, Ryancare, Trumpcare, Obamacare

Legislating in the Real World

Rolling back Big Government is not easy, especially when you are not that into it. Robert Draper, profiling Steve Bannon in the New York Times, gives us a view into the mind of Trump’s right-hand man, who appears to think GOP insiders are obsessed with principles. “[I]t’s all this theoretical






Trumpcare, Ryancare, healthcare, Obamacare, Freedom Caucus, socialism

TrumpCare Trumped

It took awhile for the Obama Administration to accept the term “ObamaCare.” Nancy Pelosi was the initial driver of the massive scheme to permanently alter American medicine and insurance, and “PelosiCare” would have been a fit moniker for the wildly mis-named “Affordable Care Act.” But the administration put the whole






body camera, police, abuse, civil rights, obstruction, brutality

Public Record

Police departments nationwide have begun to outfit their on-duty officers with body cameras. These small recording devices make great sense, so we can better judge police encounters. And it turns out that not only do police behave better when wearing body cameras, so do the citizens with whom they interact.*






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