The Lochner Era

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The Lochner Era is a period of time in the history of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) from 1905 to 1937. This period is described as horrible judicial conservative activism by progressives, and some nominally conservative folks too. Others describe it as a valiant defense of the Constitution and free enterprise from the rise of virulent progressive regulatory schemes. I’m in the latter category. […]

Paul Ryan’s Budgets

Paul Ryan, Republican representative from Wisconsin and the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president, is considering a run for president in 2016. Perhaps I should be happier about this, but I have some problems with Congressman Ryan… […]

Minimum Wage, Maximum Impact

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I was challenged in another forum recently because I had indicated that fewer than 5% of the workforce was at minimum wage. She had heard differently: […]

Communist Failure Equals American Success

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The communists at SocialistWorker.org are heartbroken, as right-to-work laws are allowing workers to make a choice about whether or not to join the union. And most horribly of all (in their minds it is “a nightmare”), people are investing and opening businesses and creating jobs as a result: […]

Health Insurance versus Auto Insurance

In Citizen Tom’s blog, “scout” (a statist posing as an “old line conservative”) suggests that making health care a national requirement is just like auto insurance. I responded:

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Obamacare “not yet a flop”

Now, you suggest that the Republican plans put forward to address the issue with uninsured citizens is “nothing.” This is, evidently, because Obama and the news media kept up this meme, that there was “nothing” other than Obamacare. The various proposals included pools (essentially, a modest expansion to Medicaid) to address pre-existing conditions as well as free-market expansions. The former isolate that population from the huge majority; the latter provisions provide some of the controls on price that have caused substantial drops in other areas of medical cost. […]

The Failure of Mutually Assured Destruction

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For decades, the Soviet Union and the United States held each other at bay in an uneasy stalemate. It was an active, “hot” war despite the “cold war” moniker, and each side lose thousands of troops. But it never broke into a nuclear conflagration, because each side realized the destruction that would come from it. And that once begun, it could not be undone. The Soviet and American leaders were, in a sense, much alike. Neither side would risk it, though both got very good at the brinkmanship involved. This concept does not work at all if one side are suicide bombers. They plan to die; it’s merely a question of doing the most damage on the way out. […]

Future Generations of WWII Veterans

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The title seems absurd, doesn’t it? Here is the reason for the closure of the World War II Memorial, as reported by Erin McPike of CNN:

“I know that this is an open-air memorial, but we have people on staff who are CPR trained, (and) we want to make sure that we have maintenance crew […]

Sunday Verse 2: Root of Evil

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As noted last Sunday, I’ve been given the “Food for Thought Award” (nominated by Citizen Tom) — and it has some obligations. Among them are these writings, on seven Biblical verses that have been significant or inspirational to me. This is the second. There are nominations involved as well, and a few sprang immediately to mind. My old friend the extraordinary SeraphimSigrist would be an ideal candidate, for one — his thoughtful writings reflect his beneficent doings in his travels far and wide spreading his faith. I always learn something interesting from him. […]

Global Warming Causes Flooding

In this case, a flood of EPA legislation. The Obama administration plans a glut of new EPA rules implemented by fiat, since some of them have already failed to become law in Congress, and the rest are so bad that they’ve never even been voted upon or in many cases even offered. […]