The Good Life, No. 8: Heroes

Rose Friedman was once described as “equal parts velvet and steel.” At once her husband’s wife and colleague, Rose was never the great woman behind a great man. She noted in a 1999 interview that “I’ve always felt that I’m responsible for at least half of what he’s gotten.”  From co-authoring three of his most…

An Ode to the Frie Market

Milton Friedman won a Nobel Memorial Prize in economics But that isn’t all about this man; a lesson on him isn’t quick Born in Brooklyn, New York in July of nineteen hundred twelve, Milton Friedman was a brilliant economist; in this topic he deeply delved For thirty years, teaching economic theory was his passion At the University…

Gulf Oil Spill and Government Irresponsibility

The following is a letter I wrote to The Telegram & Gazette. It is in response to this editorial: (http://www.telegram.com/article/20100620/NEWS/6200411/1020)    After reading “Not What’s Needed Now” (“Anger a Poor Substitute for Leadership,” Telegram & Gazette, June 20), my conviction in government ineptitude, especially in preventing potential disasters, was confirmed. The debacle during Thursday’s House…

Michigan Unemployment Decreases

The unemployment figures for the month of May recently decreased throughout Michigan from 14% to 13.6%. The administration and michigan legislators are pointing to these numbes as proof that intense government action, in the form of stimuli and bailouts, actually improves our standards of living. But nothing could be further from the truth and it…

Conservatives Should Adopt Free-trade Policy

The following is a letter submission I made to the Detroit Free Press in regards to the recent debate over immigration. Since the passage of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, Americans have split into two distinct groups, namely those who acknowledge the benefits and moral obligations of open immigration and those who clamor over the increased…

Health Care

Letter to the Editor by Don Boudreaux Health Care and the Value of Life 17 June 2009 News Editor, WWL Radio New Orleans, LA Dear Sir or Madam: A listener called in today during the one o’clock hour to assert that “health care isn’t like other services” – and so it can’t be supplied reliably…

Health-Care the Safeway

-Jarrett Skorup The news the past week has been heavy on health care.  President Obama delivered a speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin partially outlining his plan to force private insurance companies to compete with the government (still not sure how that works) and demonizing those on the side of free-markets.  He has also issued statements that…

What Deregulation?

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern The Federal Register, which lists new regulations, averaged 72,844 pages annually during the Carter years from 1977 to 1980. These were presumably, by Pearlstein’s 25-year standard, the last time before now that Americans didn’t have “faith” in open, unregulated markets. Then the average fell to 54,335 during the Reagan years,…

Great Quote From SFE Blog

“In short, free markets are nothing more than free individuals doing what they feel is best for themselves. Speaking out against it takes an immeasurable amount of arrogance.  It necessitates that you can be judge and jury in the lives of others, rather than allowing them to do the best they can with what they…