Smoking’s Bottom Line

When Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm approved a private-business smoking ban in late 2009, many restaurant and bar owners voiced concerns over its potential effect on their businesses. The owners feared that smokers would reduce the time they spent at eating and drinking establishments, thereby hurting the industry’s bottom line. Over a year later, the argument…

A Political Romance

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News: Imagine the excitement of wealthy health industry executives as they watch the progression of the healthcare bill through the political system. These executives have been paying lobbyists large sums of money in an attempt to pass healthcare reform and it’s all about to…

Case against the Minimum Wage

Here is an article that I found from Dan Smith. It is about all the negative effects of minimum wage laws. It is really interesting to see how the laws hurt wages of young workers, that minimum wage laws generally hurt blacks, and increase job turnover. Those are just a few of the negatives that…

Dynamic Interventionism

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern One would have to put forth much effort to find a year in history in which any government lessened in size.  A significantly less amount of effort would have to be applied to find any government that increased in size in the same year. There are several reasons for the…

Capture is part of regulation itself

Here’s a letter I sent to the WSJ about a week ago by D. Pontoppidan, Summer Fellow at the Mackinac Center Thomas Frank [“Obama and Regulatory Capture, June 24] calls the present moment a time “for a ringing reclamation of the regulatory project.” To protect consumers, he argues, we need regulation, and better people in…

Financial innovation comes from trial and error

By D. Pontoppidan*, Summer Fellow at the Mackinac Center Here’s a letter I sent to the WSJ a couple of weeks ago: We’ve recently heard of a new federal financial consumer agency which will have the power to scrutinize complex financial products, fit them with warning labels much like cigarettes or toys digestible by small children,…

Legalize drugs? How about alcohol!

D. Pontoppidan, Summer Fellow at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Nicholas D. Kristof and others have argued that since war on drugs has been lost, drugs should be legalized. I cannot help but wonder where the debate over America’s absurdly high drinking-age has gone? In many ways it bears resemblance to the debate over…

Reams of Regulation

In their commentary released Wednesday on the Detroit News website, Wayne Crews and Ryan Young summarized the shocking results of Crews’ Ten Thousand Commandments, his annual report on federal regulations.  Businesses spent $1.17 trillion in 2008 to comply with federal regulations. The government spent another $49.1 billion to enforce them. The total spent on regulation is right…