Category Archives: Private Enterprise

Happy Independence (and Exceptionalism) Day–Early

240 years ago, more or less on July 4 (the actual date of the signing of the Declaration is debated), the members of the Continental Congress signed a document that severed the bonds of the American colonies from their British rulers.  For many Americans, this day is still cause for celebration for that reason, as well as what the United States has become.  For others, it represents virtually everything they loathe.  At any rate, this blog is intended to explore… Continue Reading ››

Innovation and Bureaucracy: A Match Made in….

“Bureaucrats Stifle Innovation” Maybe that sounds like something I might say.  And you would be right.  But I didn’t say that.  It was the title of an article in Reason on June 1, 2016 by John Stossel.  Yes, Stossel is polemical.  But I think he is also on to something.  The subtitle is “Taught Not to Try,” which I would say captures at least an important part of bureaucratic dysfunction in all kinds of organizations. Those who read the Bereans… Continue Reading ››

Why Job Growth is Stagnant (Not to Mention Other measures)

In a National Review article of June 21, 2016, Michael Barone explored the question of whether the United States economy has shown any growth, and if not, why not.  The article, entitled “Why We have—and Probably Will Keep Having—Sluggish Job Growth,” relies on a recently published book by the economist Arnold Kling, Specialization and Trade: A reintroduction to Economics.  Kling’s argument, supported by economic history and data, begins with this, according to Barone: “[The book is,] among other things, a… Continue Reading ››

This is Not a Shampoo Commercial: It’s Worse

I read another article today on the evils of occupational licensing, this one coming from Tennessee, which requires 300 hours of approved training to (get this) shampoo hair.  And the so-called shampoo degree coats upwards of $5,000 to $12,000! (see The Daily Signal of ma2, at http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/02/it-takes-300-hours-to-become-a-shampooer-in-tennessee).  After reading the entire article I was just a bit enraged and I can say this was “righteous anger” on behalf of the relatively poor African American ladies who sought to better their… Continue Reading ››

Hail to the Victors! But Let’s Get the Victors Right.

Another college basketball season has come and gone, as has another football season.  I didn’t watch the NCAA National Championship game but did see the last couple of exciting minutes.  As always, basketball is fun to watch as is football.  But I also read an article in the National Review Online that caught my eye, mainly because it resonated with what I have been saying for twenty years.  Now some readers won’t like what I am about to say, but… Continue Reading ››

How Big Should Government Be? Not Big Enough for Many.

Have we reached a critical mass of voters?  On what issue you might ask.  On whether big government is bad on the whole.  I have read a couple of articles recently, addressing that question.  I don’t honestly know whether or to what extent people may believe big government is basically good.  But here is a quote from the author of the article, Jim Geraghty, writing in National Review, January 21, 2016 (read it at http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430104/many-americans-dont-seem-all-upset-about-big-government).  He quotes from research by… Continue Reading ››

A Generous People

Well, for those who think the wealthy are stingy and selfish, a new study seems to disprove that old maxim, which, I hesitate to say it, but must, is most often heard from the lips of political liberals who believe the solution to problems requiring money (almost all problems for them) is money, is government.  Sorry, but they are wrong. Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner of January 19, 2016, “Americans are a charitable group, in fact the most… Continue Reading ››

A New Paradigm for Addressing Poverty

Is there a “poverty industry”?  Is the way we attempt to alleviate poverty wrong, outdated, even harmful?  These are two questions the new documentary Poverty, Inc.  attempts to address.  I had the opportunity to host a screening this video documentary at Cedarville University, sponsored by the Department of History and Government and the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics a few days ago before over 160 students and faculty.  It runs about 90 minutes and consists of narration, interviews with… Continue Reading ››

Mind Over Matter: Criminal Acts and Regulatory Agencies

If you don’t have much to do at the moment perhaps you want to read about the proposed mens rea reform.  Perhaps that topic might sound just a bit esoteric if not downright boring, but I venture to say that it may prove to be one of the more important measures discussed among legal scholars and legislators. Presently, if you haven’t been the “recipient” of a criminal charge, many laws and regulations issued by agencies do not have any “mental… Continue Reading ››

Bernie Sanders Looks to Sweden

In the recent Democratic Party debate Bernie Sanders told us we should look to Sweden, Denmark and Norway to see how a successful democratic socialist economic system works.  I have heard others say the same thing.  Even some conservatives have argued that socialism of the democratic kind works pretty well in those Scandinavian countries.  Rich Lowry, in an article in National Review Online, dated October 20, 2015, says “Not so fast.”  And he has some data to back up his… Continue Reading ››