Stories by Christopher Cook
Senate Immigration Bill Not Welcome in House
The Senate immigration received a less than warm welcome Thursday from GOP leaders in the House while a bipartisan group of House members worked to produce its own bill.
Speaker John Boehner issued a statement on behalf of the GOP leadership that said the House would approach immigration reform in numerous ways that will differ from the bill under consideration in the Senate.
“The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration …
Red States Lead the Way with Limited Government and Lower Taxes
Arizona is sixth in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2013.
“The data ranks the 2013 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies,” the …
Whenever a political scandal comes to light, one of the most common questions is, “How far up does this go?” All too often, layers of insulation protect the highest-ranking officials, and even if they had knowledge or were themselves culpable, they get away without penalty. Lower-ranking officials are sacrificed, scapegoated, or willingly fall on their swords to protect their masters.
Check out this highly informative infographic from Mercatus! We’ve been recently discussing crony capitalism here at WFP (e.g., Crony Capitalists Invent the “SIFI” Shield for Protection from Competitors and Taxpayers and What is cronyism, and why does it grow?), and we highly commend this graphic as a compact and highly instructive means to learn more about the subject.
(Scroll over each form of cronyism to learn more, and read the full paper “The Pathology of Privilege: The …
They’re not listening to the people closest to the problem
The greatest irony of the immigration reform debate has been the exclusion of the law enforcement officers most responsible for border security and the detention of illegal immigrants.
When the Gang of Eight in the Senate unveiled its reform bill last month in a major Capitol Hill news conference, no law enforcement officials or officers were invited to speak. Instead, the event featured speakers from a wide array …
Check out this striking graphic from John Stossel, followed by a few of Stossel’s comments
Texas grows, while Pennsylvania doesn’t.
Could one reason be that Texas has fewer legislators?
Pennsylvania has half Texas’ population, but almost twice as many legislators, and they meet EVERY year, while the Texas legislators meet every OTHER year.
Pennsylvania legislators pay themselves more too.
Fewer politicians leads to growth.
The House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee hearings about the September 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya have concluded. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the September 11, 2012 attack.
Supporters of Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say that the hearings, led by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), were nothing more than a partisan attempt to smear the current president and a likely Democratic contender in the 2016 election.
Whether you agree with that …
Following up from our post Did Murray Rothbard have good reason to despise Ayn Rand?, here is an actual performance of the play “Mozart Was a Red” by Murray Rothbard.
A little rough around the edges, but still quite funny, especially if you’ve read the post ahead of time.
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