What Could Have Been

It only took a week to drain the cash-for-clunkers $1 billion program budget. Seeing how many cars have been sold in the last seven days, congress has just approved another $2 billion for the initiative. I’ve seen billion so many times this summer, the word has lost its value. It seems the initial clause that…

Policy Wonks Welcome!

E. Wesley — Mackinac Center Intern If you’re curious about historical anniversaries in the fight for liberty, join me at my new blog Landmarks of Liberty.  I’ll be discussing battles, documents, and events that gave us the liberty (what’s left of it) that we now enjoy.  So, if you’re a policy expert who needs some…

Give Them Roots and Give Them Wings

Mike Cox, Michigan’s current Attorney General, is running for the Governorship in our State’s 2010 elections. Today, the Detroit News printed a letter of his addressing the mass exodus of college graduates out of Michigan, and hinted at legislation he may be looking to pass if voted into office. While Cox laments Michigan graduates leaving…

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…

Should girls stop watching sports?

Bonnie Erbe thinks so. The article is about the incident with Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who was filmed, while naked, through a peephole in her hotel room. This has caused a national outrage. Though some have blamed Ms. Andrews herself (partially unfairly and partially not, that’s a separate issue) and others have blamed everyone,…

Valuing Life

Adam Rule – MCPP Intern Today MI Health Facts put up a great post about increasing medical costs and how government control of health care is likely to affect what treatments are used and what research is pursued. It seems government control will make health care, a very inelastic product, more elastic. Treatments that are…

Lay Your Weapons Down

Last Friday Governor Granholm focused her weekly radio address on the Michigan Economic Development Authority (MEGA), and called for help in keeping the program running. MEGA, which offers tax breaks as an incentive to draw employment to Michigan, has already reached its legal limit, and cannot offer additional tax breaks for the remainder of the…

Wishful Thinking

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern The following is a few sentences from a recent post by Eric Baerren on Michigan Liberal. “And serious consideration means avoiding interest-group shenanigans and dealing with the realities of the state budget and of the plan itself.” — This is wishful thinking!  How do you avoid “interest-group shenanigans?”  Stating that…

Health care fallacies

-Jarrett Skorup Writing in his New York Times blog, economist Paul Krugman makes some common mistakes when talking about health care. His piece is entitled “Why markets can’t cure health care” and he is attempting to refute the idea that less government would make health care more efficient and better for everyone. I’m not going…