Archive for February, 2009

We need more competition, not consolidation, in food-inspection agencies

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

My experience and my reading has convinced me that more freedom (less government) in a given industry or sector of the economy leads to more, cheaper, and better goods and services. Libertarians take this as a given. Despite the Statist objection to the possibility of competition between rival companies/agencies/organizations in ...

Water shortage does not equal water scarcity

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I liked this column by Chris Brown for the Ludwig von Mises Institute because it echoed some points I made in two previous posts: Water shortages and water-trading between states and Scarcity is not shortage. Some excerpts (italics in original): The government has blamed the shortage of water on drought and ...

Zoning laws are the worse of two (or more) evils

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I liked Charles Johnson's letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun, criticizing the Clark County government for forcing a local church to stop building, or reduce in size, three large crosses it was planning to erect on its property. The bellowing blowhard busybody brigade complains these crosses — built ...

Space junk

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Debris from satellites and other random pieces of space junk are crowding the lower levels of outer space, to the extent that satellites and the Hubble Space Telescope are at risk for colliding with some of it at any given time (supposedly). I can imagine this problem will only get ...

Pulitzer for Balko?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Some commenters to this Radley Balko post suggested he deserves a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. I think that would be fantastic. I have no idea what it takes to be nominated or to win a Pulitzer, but as far as I can tell he ought to ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Writes Robert Higgs: These [public–private] partnerships, which epitomize economic fascism, promise to waste resources on a wide front. The idea that politicians and politically appointed “experts,” in league with rent-seeking businessmen, can allocate resources more effectively than the private capital markets is a characteristic form of the folly that is leading ...

Politics breeds hypocrisy. Who knew?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Michiganders must be some of the biggest hypocrites in the American political scene today. All I heard on the radio for the entire fall was how the country needed the auto industry to be bailed out at almost any cost, it was the lifeblood of the middle class, a fundamental ...

Overeating makes you the property of the State

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Not surprisingly, now the nanny-state fascists want to take obese children away from their parents. Certainly many people who procreate are bad parents and some are even entirely unfit to be parents. You know what I think makes people even less qualified to be parents than the parents of obese ...

Mark Skousen on gross output

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Frequent reader kerrjac commented on my recent post, Saving is good, not bad, for American economy with this tidbit about the opinions of economist Mark Skousen. Responding to my comment that many people claim consumption is 70% of our GDP, he said, Recently I’ve been reading economist Mark Skousen, who has ...

Michael Phelps and public opinion

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

The general public's general reaction to the photographic evidence that Michael Phelps smoked marijuana out of a bong last year (after the Olympics, of course) is very encouraging to me. Despite people's confusion of legality and morality in so many cases and despite their turning to the State to fix ...

Saving is good, not bad, for American economy

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I was pretty angered by this Associated Press article, Americans save just when economy needs their money, by Martin Crutsinger. The very reason that Western economies, especially the U.S.'s, have experienced bubbles that have burst and left many people with dying businesses, foreclosed homes, no jobs, and insufficient savings ...

Toy lead-content regulations hurt small toy makers

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

On Christmas Day I saved this link from Overlawyered.com as a draft in Wordpress, meaning to blag about it, but it took this post on the LRC blag to prompt me to finally write the post. Luckily, the Overlawyered.com post and links therein do all my work for me, so ...