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Report from the Lab

The State of Idaho does something the federal government should emulate. The only state I can think of that has a popular candy bar named after it has a legislature that regularly nixes regulations made by the state’s executive branch. Think of it as a line-item veto for the legislature.

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What Me Vote?

The people, without permission, The New York Times recently explained, in Colombia, rejected a peace deal deemed too soft on the communist FARC guerrillas; in Britain, decided to leave the European Union; in Thailand, ratified a new constitution; and in Hungary, rejected the European Union refugee resettlement plan. I’ve not

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Duck/Rabbit, Maiden/Crone, and Taxes

Revolution! Must we? Can’t we reform at a reasonable pace? Well, whether we change slowly or quickly, change must occur. Today’s in-place policies are not stable. But a better future itself must be stable. Or else it will not be better. And a key to successful change is change in

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America After November

Yesterday, I bemoaned the disaster that is this year’s presidential race. But big whup. As the LifeLock commercial rightly asks, “Why monitor a problem if you don’t fix it?” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president. That means we have our work cut out for us. And

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We Take the Bullet

“[I]f someone puts a gun to your head,” argues David Boaz of the Cato Institute, “and says you have to choose between Clinton and Trump, the correct answer is, take the bullet.” Then, proving the axiom “it can always get worse,” came Friday’s twin revelations: the Washington Post broke the

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How Insidious the Plot?

The story of the Wisconsin John Doe raids against conservatives, covered yesterday and the day before, is a big one. Huge. So I now continue. The rest of the story? Recently, materials that police seized from the subjects of those dawn raids were leaked, illegally, to the Guardian newspaper —

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The Choice That Isn’t

Americans are used to being betrayed by their political representation. This long series of infidelities has led to the current predicament, where the Republican and Democratic parties present us with the opposite of what most Americans want. Why this vexing stalemate? History. The current Democratic President, Mr. Obama, gained both

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I’m not a crybaby. “Believe me” . . . as one fellow running for president is fond of saying. Yesterday, however, at the San Francisco Freedom Forum, I was admittedly glad that the ballroom was dimly lit. Listening to speakers from across the globe tell their stories of struggling for

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It’s over . . . but it’s not. A conscientious Show-Me state activist has won his case, but . . . A year ago, the unethical Missouri Ethics Commission fined Ron Calzone $1,000 for not paying a silly $10 fee. To register as a lobbyist. They also ordered him to

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A Federalist Prescription

California has become the 32nd state to stand up for the dying. Gov. Jerry Brown just signed the “right to try” law that the Goldwater Institute has been pushing. It allows diagnosed terminally ill patients with only a few months left to live to try “experimental” medications. These are drugs

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Four Measures for Rogue Government

Rule of thumb: don’t enact today laws that, had they been obeyed by folks in the original 13 states of our union, would have prevented independence. Voters in Missouri, South Dakota, and Washington have the “opportunity” to enact such laws this November. In “Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures,” Tracy Sharp

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Crime and Terror and Panic

Many people think crime is going up. But it’s going down. Similarly, many people think terrorism is “an existential threat” to our very civilization. Could the latter folks be wrong for the same reason the former folks are? Because news reporting concentrates on crime, covering it intensely, incessantly — if

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