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Tag: administrative state

The Case of the Spotted Cow

Posted: February 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm   /   Politics

(John Hinderaker) It’s not Sherlock Holmes, but rather an actual crime story. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: A border-crossing beer run has landed two Maple Grove bar managers in a heap of legal trouble. In an unusual bust, undercover state investigators caught Maple Tavern illegally selling a beloved Wisconsin beer in April. The bar had […]

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A new old regime revisited

Posted: December 29, 2015 at 7:53 am   /   Politics

(Scott Johnson) I reviewed Philip Hamburger’s book Is Administrative Law Unlawful? for National Review last year in “A new old regime” and wrote about it a lot on Power Line, including an interview with Professor Hamburger that is posted here. The book bowled me over. I think it is the most important book I have […]

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Our Drone Government

Posted: December 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm   /   Politics

(Steven Hayward) Having just taken possession of my fourth drone (the Power Line Air Force has specialized needs you know), with a Lily on order when they finally come out, I’ve been preparing to comply with the new requirement that drone operators register them with the FAA. But then I say this news today: FAA […]

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The 4th Branch of Government must be Destroyed

Posted: August 17, 2015 at 11:52 am   /   Elections, Features, Politics, Top Stories

“How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it. I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government”, wrote Henry David Thoreau in his essay on Civil Disobedience. The government we find ourselves living under today is no different than […]

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Sweden’s success depends on capitalism

Posted: February 4, 2013 at 10:00 am   /   Politics

In the previous post, we point out an article and video from The Economist on the subject of economic reforms that have benefitted Sweden and other Scandinavian nations, making them far healthier than other Western nations with massive welfare states. In the absence of knowing about these reforms, however, defenders of free markets are often […]

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Prepare to be horrified

Posted: January 30, 2013 at 8:57 am   /   Politics, Videos

Okay, so that is a pretty sensationalistic title to introduce a John Stossel video. But honest to goodness, that is how I felt while watching Stossel’s Top 10 Politicians’ Promises Gone Wrong. Contemplating each one is bad, but when you contemplate the phenomenon as a whole—the fact that this perverse, counterproductive, immoral way of doing things […]

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Woman under government assault for whistling to a whale

Posted: August 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm   /   Politics

Apropos of a previous post, in which we discuss how regulations and environmental extremism cost jobs and ruin lives, we bring you this chilling piece, which makes clear that . . . . . .the federal government’s ability to ruin lives can be very precisely targeted at one individual: The huge humpback whale whose friendliness […]

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Obama ends welfare reform (Do we even have a Congress anymore?)

Posted: July 13, 2012 at 7:45 am   /   Politics

Another week goes by, and we have yet another act of the “imperial presidency.” People used that phrase to describe the administration of George W. Bush, and while I certainly don’t agree with everything that Dubya did, there is no real reason to accuse him of having pursued a course that was especially violative of […]

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The tyranny of Obama’s EPA

Posted: May 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm   /   Politics

You might argue that the video in the previous post has a happy ending, so we shouldn’t be too concerned. After all, the federal government has an “ombudsman” who took care of things. But all the ombudsman did was stop the bleeding. This man’s business never should have been bled in the first place. And […]

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