Glenn Puit: Fear Mongering in Whitewater

Originally posted on the PRN BLog. Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern The text above is the title of an article I read this morning.  The author, Glenn Puit, critiques a speech given by my boss, Bruce Walker.  I have a copy of the speech given by Bruce in my possession, and found that all of…

King of the Wind Farms Continued

Originally from the PRN Blog. Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern The Mackinac Center for Public Policy went to Macomb Township to conduct an interview with the parties involved in the Michael’s case.  Both Dolores and Ron Michaels were thrown in jail for 6 days, and were recently released.  They were jailed because of “noncompliance” on…

2008 Elections

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Politician can truthfully promise you one of two things: 1. Increase government services and increase taxes 2. Decrease government services and decrease taxes Despite the truth, we generally see politicians promise: 1. Increase government services and decrease taxes 2. Decrease taxes and do nothing to decrease spending These are a…

Worth its weight in gold? Find out!

Lauren Ruhland, MCPP Intern From Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories: The Monetary Density of Things It’s a common figure of speech to say that x is worth its weight in y, where y is usually (but not always) gold. But most of us don’t buy and weigh gold very often, so how do you connect that…

Canadian Carpool Outlaws

Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern Carpooling is a favored method of transit among poor college students, and gives consumers a way to minimize their carbon footprint and save money.  The clever guys at PickUp Pal decided to capitalize on this by offering an easy venue for would-be ridesharers to advertise their transportation need or availability.…

Want world peace? Support free trade.

William Freeland, Mackinac Center Intern An outstanding article on the pacifying effect of trade by Donald Boudreaux  of George Mason Univerity and Cafe Hayek blogger. This from the November 20, 2006 edition of the Christian Science Monitor. (Cross-Posted at Michigan SFE Blog) By Donald J. Boudreaux  FAIRFAX, VA. Everyone knows that a key to the Democrats’ big electoral win…

Are the Olympics fair?

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern After watching the Olympics, I was blown away by the performances of the athletes from around the world. World records were broken and individual athletes brought home multiple medals. I do, however, feel that in the presence of all these accomplishments, we may be overlooking something. What about all the…

Challenging the Airlines on Oil Speculation

–Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern The Stop Oil Speculation Now! movement has some competition– a new organization called The Airline Oil Spin.  From their site: The U.S. Airline Industry is wracked with problems. And the airline industry is working hard to pin all of those problems on “oil speculators,” by creating pseudo-grassroots campaigns like their…