Archive for November, 2008

Shall we save the economy … or the government?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt — the latter continued and amplified the former’s policies in a kind of one-two punch, as revealed in Murray Rothbard’s “The Great Depression” — did all the wrong things from 1930 to 1938. In an environment of surplus labor but collapsing capital and credit, free-market entrepreneurs put people back to […]

FOR WHAT DO WE GIVE THANKS?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

As our modern gladiators chase a pigskin down the field in Dallas or Detroit, we settle into our living rooms, loosen our belts and remind the little ones this is the day we echo the thanks of the Pilgrims, who gathered in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate the first bountiful harvest in a new […]

You wanted ‘change’

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Indications multiply that those who hoped Barack Obama and the resurgent Democratic Party tidal wave would calm down and “govern to the center” are about to face a rude awakening. On the campaign trail, candidate Obama — whose legislative record showed him to be a gun-grabber of radical degree — toned down his hoplophobia, vowing […]

‘I’m shocked, shocked to discover land use going on here’

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Once you’ve passed through the entrance gate to one of America’s magnificent national parks or monuments, what do you see? Nothin’. In most cases, mile upon mile of nothin’. The sweeping grandeur of the Grand Canyon is not visible from any common entrance point to the national park of that name. Expect to drive several […]

Free-market medicine and the ‘74-week rolling average’

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Medical doctor Tim Ryan responds to my recent column on medical costs: “I have just such a medical practice in Cartersville, GA. I have the nicest office, most up-to-date EMR, digital EKG, next-day turnaround for any lab known to man and my prices are the lowest around. Office visit: $50. EKG, Labs, Injections, are all […]

Look! There’s another wolf! No, I just saw him, behind that tree!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Even as Detroit’s Big Three automakers teeter on the brink of on collapse — General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC are seeking $25 billion from the government to get them through the worst sales slump in 25 years, with GM particularly short on cash and reporting an inability to borrow more — […]

Would that be a case of irony, or poetic justice?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The Nevada Democratic Party and its affiliated unions did a great job turning out voters for the Nov. 4 general election, and placing in the hands of many of those voters endorsement sheets “recommending” how they might vote — all the way down the ballot to the supposedly “non-partisan” elections for judgeships, school board, etc. […]

Less than 60 shopping days till the big gun grab

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

It’s been a week and a half since Barack Obama was elected president. He won’t take office for another two months. But he’s already got one big group of Americans on their feet. What is Barack Obama’s position on the rights to bear arms? Sen. Obama’s campaign Web site says he “respects the constitutional rights […]

Time to bury the guns … or to load them?

Monday, November 10th, 2008

It’s hard to write about politics of any kind in a “straddler” column — one keyboarded in early October to appear on most newsstands the week AFTER a national election. As I write this, the autumn 2008 global stock and financial swoop is well underway. The problem was caused, first, by reckless expansion of credit […]

They’re Stickin’ With The Union

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Once begun, it was clear the “bailout train” would keep running through Washington, with one industry after another demanding, “You helped the banks, now it’s OUR turn.” Thursday Nov. 6 it was Detroit’s automakers, battered by the economic crisis and appealing to congressional leaders for an additional $25 billion in federal loans to make required […]