What Could Have Been

It only took a week to drain the cash-for-clunkers $1 billion program budget. Seeing how many cars have been sold in the last seven days, congress has just approved another $2 billion for the initiative. I’ve seen billion so many times this summer, the word has lost its value. It seems the initial clause that…

Give Them Roots and Give Them Wings

Mike Cox, Michigan’s current Attorney General, is running for the Governorship in our State’s 2010 elections. Today, the Detroit News printed a letter of his addressing the mass exodus of college graduates out of Michigan, and hinted at legislation he may be looking to pass if voted into office. While Cox laments Michigan graduates leaving…

Valuing Life

Adam Rule – MCPP Intern Today MI Health Facts put up a great post about increasing medical costs and how government control of health care is likely to affect what treatments are used and what research is pursued. It seems government control will make health care, a very inelastic product, more elastic. Treatments that are…

Lay Your Weapons Down

Last Friday Governor Granholm focused her weekly radio address on the Michigan Economic Development Authority (MEGA), and called for help in keeping the program running. MEGA, which offers tax breaks as an incentive to draw employment to Michigan, has already reached its legal limit, and cannot offer additional tax breaks for the remainder of the…

Precautionary or Reactionary Law?

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) was created in 1995 to promote economic growth, private investment, and job creation in Michigan. To do so it established a government committee with the power to offer tax incentives to businesses already in or moving to Michigan. While reading through the law that established MEGA I found the…

To Raise a City

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the lecture of a man who is part time university professor, part time mayor of a small town in Utah. He recounted a meeting in which he and city board members were presented with a development proposal that had fulfilled all zoning requirements. One disgruntled board…

Carry a Big (Pile of) Stick(s)

I recently attended an Institute for Humane Studies seminar that delved into how liberty should affect society (oddly similar to our purpose here at Trying Liberty). One of the presenters laid forth an interesting idea that has helped me better understand property and the notion of rights. The professor argued that rights, and especially property…

State of Emergency

There is always hope.  The following is from a Detroit News article put out today: Declaring an “academic emergency,” Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb today announced the hiring of four private education firms that will immediately help overhaul 17 failing high schools. The out-state firms have a proven track record of raising…

Rubber Rooms

Jarrett Skorup mentioned in a recent post that it was difficult to fire tenured teachers.  Some paces are having trouble getting rid of any teachers. About 700 New York City educators are currently sitting in designated “rubber rooms” doing yoga, painting, and playing Scrabble all day.  And, they are getting paid to do so. These…