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Socialism or Economic Mismanagement: Which Is to Blame for Venezuela’s Plight?

JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO, CATO INSTITUTE The Washington Post had an interesting story yesterday on how Venezuelans are questioning not only their dictator, Nicolás Maduro, but the ideology behind his...

Markets and Emissions

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In reviewing the Green New Deal, the Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip says, “Because the private market has no incentive to reduce carbon...

Death has opened a door for me. Part 2 of 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … am thankful for the occasion … of expressing my regret that circumstances should have arisen which have seemed to draw...

Massachusetts Enhances the Right to Secretly Record Government Officials

BY BOB BARR They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right...

A simple solution to solve legislative gridlock

~Remove some of the powers that nationally unelected political party leaders now have~ John Droz, Jr. Which citizens voted to give Nancy Pelosi the power to...

“New Satanism” Filling America’s Moral Vacuum

BY BOB BARR You could say Satanism has undergone a “rebranding” since the 1980s and 90s, when devil-worshipping occultists were supposedly to blame for a...

Are the Days of Roe v. Wade Numbered?

LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN A verse in the Bible says, “They meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Who could have...

On the Death of Our Children …. Part 1 of 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The affectionate sentiments … in your letter of May 20. towards my dear departed daughter, have awakened in me sensibilities natural to...

The Folly of Minimum Wage Laws

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed raising the legal minimum wage to $12 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then an additional...

Taxes on Tippy Tippy Top

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren told CNBC the other day: “I want these billionaires to stop being freeloaders … I want them to pick...

Corporate CEOs – Some of America’s Hardest Workers

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE It has become fashionable for Washington politicians to bash corporate executives—their decisions, their motivations, and their personal earnings. But when you...

The Truth About Socialism and the Green New Deal

WESLEY SMITH, ACLJ Is America on the path to becoming a socialist nation?  As we approach another presidential election, the Democrat candidates are ever-increasingly calling...

Government (-driven) shutdowns have human consequences

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Too many government regulators burden and shut down private sector businesses and jobs~ Many observers praised President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union...

Green New Deal Would Crush Liberal Values

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE A contradiction in left-wing politics for decades has been the professed support of community, diversity, localism, and democracy on the one...

No, Passenger Trains Don’t Work in Europe & Asia Either

RANDAL O'TOOLE, CATO INSTITUTE On January 23, the Wall Street Journal reviewed my recent book, Romance of the Rails, calling it an “exhaustively researched exploration of America’s passenger-rail story.”...

What’s Missing from Facebook’s Oversight Board

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE Facebook has set out a draft charter for an “Oversight Board for Content Decisions.” This document represents the first concrete step yet toward...

A Rising Tide Is Lifting All Boats

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump delivers his State of the Union address tonight and will surely claim credit for the strong economy. He has...

My daughter died

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP On the 17th. instant our hopes & fears here took their ultimate form. Source: Thomas Jefferson letter to James Madison, 23 April...

Hypocrisy in the Northam Affair

BY EARL H. TILFORD Late breaking news on Friday, February 1 revolved around a supposed 1984 medical school party photo of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Force to be Reckoned With

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Whatever else you may think of her, first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is a great American success story. Hers is a...

If some life is not worth living …

EUNIE SMITH, EAGLE FORUM Governor Northam of Virginia has confronted Americans with the “life not worth living” mantra. It preceded the Holocaust in Nazi Germany....

The Growing Assault on Private Property Are Single-Family Homes “Racist?”

BY TOM DEWEESE One of the main indicators used by economists to measure the health of the nation’s economy is housing starts – the number...

Keep fraudulent science out of our courtrooms

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Courts should bar evidence that fails to meet basic standards of honesty, integrity and credibility~   A California jury recently awarded $289 million...

Super Bowl 2019: A Good One

LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Call me old fashioned for enjoying unapologetic patriotism: honoring our troops, flag and country. Leftists will call me a stupid...

We must hope Dr. Soon is right …

~And the global warming apocalypse is not nigh. Real-world evidence certainly supports him.~ Jeffrey Foss, PhD Everyone has heard the bad news. Imminent Climate Apocalypse (aka...

Harris Admits “Medicare for All” Would Kill Private Health Insurance

— but So Would a “Public Option” MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE Michael Kinsley memorably quipped, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth...

‘Emergency Powers’ – Be Careful What You Wish For

BY BOB BARR It’s a universal law of politics – every president considers the powers he inherits from his predecessor as the “floor,” not the...

Good News on Disability Programs

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE There is good news for taxpayers regarding federal disability programs. The strong economy and administrative reforms have begun reducing caseloads for the Social...

Mathematical modeling illusions

~The global climate scare – and policies resulting from it – are based on models that do not work~ Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris For...

Rights and Non-Rights: A Simple Way to Distinguish the Two

Despite the centrality of rights in American history, it’s readily apparent today that Americans are of widely different views on what a right is,...