Reading Roundup

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Here are a few articles you should check out to start off the week: – Gouging Consumers and Businesses Alike: Our very own Hannah Mead has a current comment up over at the Mackinac Center about some new gas-gouging legislation working its way through the state legislature…

A Video Is Worth…

-Hannah Mead, MCPP Intern, 2008 I think a metaphor is appropriate to describe my general assessment of governmental action. It seems to me that whenever a crisis hits, the government instinctively does the most counterproductive thing possible. Sort of like these goats: (I actually just wanted an excuse to post that hysterical video, but I…

In What World Does This Make Any Sense?

-Hannah Mead, MCPP Intern, 2008 OK, this is just mind-blowing. Florida’s 2005 Senate Bill 572 (link pdf) states: Upon a declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents, any person who offers goods and services for sale to the public during the duration…

Don’t Be Fooled

-Hannah Mead, MCPP Intern, 2008 Warren Meyer (Coyote Blog) rips into a new EU proposal to staunch fuel prices. The whole post is marvelous and well worth reading. However, I found his debunking of a misreported fact to be crucial: I was amazed at the statement that BP made net profits of 63.4%.  It took…

SCOTUS rules 5-4 against D.C. gun law

Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern The Supreme Court officially says that the Constitution protects the possession of firearms for self-defense purposes in a predictably split decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.   (They’re technically affirming a lower court’s decision, here.)  I’ll link to some people wiser and better-educated on the issue than me:  There’s lots…

Mackinac Center Current Comment : : 26 June 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Laura J. Davis wrote a great current comment today about university housing and privatization.  One of her better points, and one often overlooked, is that universities simply are not in the housing business.  They are educators, and the more they distract themselves with peripheries like housing, the…

Partisan Politics at Its Worst

Jim Vote- 2008 MCPP Intern   While conducting some research recently, I came across this candid document on a UAW web site:  “Government Reform Proposal to Help Democrats.” It gave me a laugh, and I brushed it off, given the lack of sources and the overtly partisan nature of the presentation.   But now this proposal…

Thoughts on Michigan’s Unemployment Rate

Much of Michigan’s political establishment believes (or pretends) that the state’s unemployment rate rose to more than 8 percent last month because of high gas prices and the entry of young workers into the labor market. That begs the question, though: How is it that in previous years Michigan unemployment rate wasn’t similarly affected by the entry of young workers…

Be Careful! E. Coli Infections in Michigan

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern I apologize in advance for this post not directly relating to liberty or free markets (I could do it pretty easily, but that is beside the point).  I wanted to let our Michigan readers know that a public health alert has been issued for Michigan because of…

Michigan Education Digest : : 25 June 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern The new Michigan Education Digest is up, so go over and give it a look.  One particularly encouraging story concerns the Public Schools of Petoskey, which is continuing a private food services contract that has already saved the district over $150,000.  Small efforts like this one add…