Mackinac Center Current Comment :: 21 July 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Isaac Morehouse and Bruce Walker put together today’s Currrent Comment, a celebration of the ideological ties between blues, jazz, and Milton Friedman’s  economics.  Sound a bit far-fetched?  It actually makes perfect sense.  Jazz and blues are all about personal mastery and personal determination.  They hinge on the…

If Ludites Owned the Machinery Patents…

-Hannah Mead, MCPP intern, 2008 …we’d still be riding in horse-drawn carriages and wearing homespun, hand-stitched clothing. Ever since I was a young child I’ve had little respect for the music industry. The RIAA is one of the most backwards organizations I’ve ever encountered. For years they tried to eliminate online music sharing, getting all…

Mackinac Center Current Comment :: 30 July 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Clicking on today’s Current Comment link from the Mackinac Center homepage redirects readers to the new Michigan Education Digest.  This week’s digest contains five stories highlighting some of the more interesting developments in the world of Michigan public and private education.  Perhaps the most interesting, and disheartening,…

The Bossy City?

-Hannah Mead, MCPP intern, 2008 In a study of the 35 most populous U.S. cities, Reason Magazine reports, “Chicago wins the booby prize for most meddlesome metropolis by a wide margin.” Citing such regulations as bans on guns, smoking and DWOTP (driving while on the phone), Reason supports their hypothesis. A group of us head…

Mackinac Center Current Comment :: 29 July 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Today’s Current Comment was written by Jack McHugh.  He writes about the tax climate in Michigan and how increasing the tax burden for an already stumbling economy is a poor idea.  Fundamentally, McHugh reminds readers that economics is the study of people and their decision-making.  So, when…

Mackinac Center Current Comment :: 28 July 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Jack McHugh writes today’s Current Comment about the proposed Reform Michigan Government Now amendment’s streamlining for Michigan’s budget.  He concludes that the amendment ends up saving the state approximately one-twentieth of one percent of its operating budget.  This amount is almost laughable compared to the hype the…

Today’s Unintended Consequence no. 1,920,533

~LM Ruhland Today’s NYT features an article about U.S. problems as a result of foreign fuel subsidies.  From “Fuel Subsidies Overseas Take a Toll on U.S.“: From Mexico to India to China, governments fearful of inflation and street protests are heavily subsidizing energy prices, particularly for diesel fuel. But the subsidies — estimated at $40…

Algae as fuel

~Lauren Ruhland, MCPP intern Drew Thornley over at Planet Gore has a really nice examination of algal biofuel today.  A few of the biologists I know say that this will be the only economically and environmentally viable way to make a large-scale shift to ethanol, though the process is still very far from large-scale feasibility. …

“You need to be educated (gotta go to school)”

-Hannah Mead, MCPP intern, 2008 The new education budget that passed both chambers removes Detroit Public Schools’ veto power over charter schools. A lot of people are peeved. Rep. Virgil Smith, D-Detroit, claims, Public school academies have been cherry-picking the good students … (adding to) the death spiral of the Detroit public school system. This…

Mackinac Center Current Comment :: 25 July 2008

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern Today’s Current Comment from the Mackinac Center actually comes from Michigan Education Report.  Vice president of public relations and government affairs for the Michigan Association of Public School Academies Gary Naeyaert writes on the need to remove the special ‘first-class district’ status of Detroit Public Schools.  The…