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Betsy Devos, education, special olympics, funding, budget, debt, spending,

Make Others Pay?

Special Olympics has found a way to get kids and young adults with disabilities to feel something important: Able. Three decades ago, as part of a community service requirement, I spent one day each week working with physically and intellectually-challenged adults at Easter Seals in Little Rock, Arkansas. I loved

Senator, David Hogue, petition, initiative, ballot, democracy, North Dakota

Who Works For Whom?

On the difference between citizen control and a cheap imitation. . . Rob Port likes something I do not: North Dakota’s Senate Concurrent Resolution 4001.  I have previously applauded Port in this space, for his excellent political commentary on Say Anything Blog, columns for the Forum News Service, and on

socialism, Antifa, means, ends, refutation, fascism, intentions

An Evil Ism

With “democratic socialism” again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide. As I mentioned on Monday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie suspects that this response is not very convincing to people tempted by socialism.

Arlington, Texas, term limits, democracy, initiative,City Council,

Strange It Is

Strange for the Arlington, Texas, City Council to hold a meeting on a Sunday evening, much less one to “consider suspending the city charter.” That is how the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported “the latest twist in the term limit controversy that has engulfed the city with a lawsuit and competing

Trump, border, wall, build, t-shirt, Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co., Addison Barnes, Oregon

Dbl Standard Destruction Co.

Addison Barnes has just won a court case against Liberty High School of Hillsboro, Oregon. The court ruled that the school acted wrongfully when, early this year, it suspended him for wearing a “disruptive” T-shirt heralding a “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.”  Addison was awarded $25,000 for legal

marijuana, tax revenue, taxes, spending, war on drugs, opioid epidemic

Kick the Addiction, Save Money

The political case for the War on Drugs has always been intuitive. “Drugs are bad” has trumped practical concerns. But the actual, responsible case for the political crusade has depended upon some concept of “social cost.” Now that marijuana is being legalized state by state, the case against the greater War

lemonade, freedom, regulation, FDA, free market, law, authoritarian, media

Taking a (Lemonade) Stand

When life hands you lemons. . . . Once upon a time, putting up a summertime lemonade stand was the American way for kids to learn about hard work, good will, and entrepreneurship. Almost every kid had one, making some spendable profit selling the nectar.* Some of the youngsters grew

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, election, candidate, California, Democratic Party, money, campaign

Not Fine with Feinstein?

Could it be that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, may not be liberal enough? The San Francisco Democrat has ostensibly represented the Golden State in the United States Senate for the last 26 years. Before that, Feinstein spent eight years on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and then a

Washington, D.C., City Council, Representation, democracy, initiative, minimum wage, association, Counsel,

Minimum Sense

Suddenly, the Democrats who dominate the Washington, D.C., City Council seem unwilling to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers — despite their official support for legislative minimum wage rate increases. And a vote of the citizens. Initiative 77, which passed easily last month, requires restaurant employers to incrementally increase

microstamping, bullet, California, law, guns, gun control

Ought Implies Cantifornia

“Strip away the absurdity,” writes Scott Shackford at Reason, “and it’s essentially a very technical ruling.” Shackford is explaining a bizarre recent judgment of the California Supreme Court. Politicians in Sacramento had, years ago, passed a gun control measure requiring gun manufacturers to “implement microstamping technology that would imprint identifying

free speech, First Amendment, censorship, freedom, liberty, rights, Justice Elena Kagan

Freedom “Weaponized”

Justice Elena Kagan has a way with words. The conservative majority on the court, she said after two recent rulings, is “weaponizing the First Amendment.” What a phrase! But what does it mean? “Conservative groups, borrowing and building on arguments developed by liberals,” explains The New York Times, “have used

Tor, anonymity, privacy, Venezuela, socialism, dictator, censorship, criticism, Maduro

Don’t Enable Tyrants

If I deliberately help somebody to do evil things — and nobody is holding a gun to my head — I am thereby doing evil myself. A person should not let himself be in that position. Not even if he’s “just doing my job” and looking for a non-evil job

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