Bipartisan Consensus for the Politically Powerful

The Associated Press reports half of Americans think the economy will fare the same under another Obama presidency as it would under Mitt Romney. I agree and understand why that is. Political actors from both parties act in the interests of the politically powerful, who have a lot to gain from governmental power. This comes…

Legislature Should Consider AG Resources When Setting Gambling Policies

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s cease-and-desist letters aimed at Internet sweepstakes cafes are the result of poor gambling policies in Michigan. The cafes commit neither harm to the communities where they are located nor fraud to their customers. It seems that the only wrong they have committed is competing with state-favored gambling, such as licensed casinos or…

The Moral Case for Freedom

As a Mackinac Center intern, I spend a fair amount of time collecting and organizing a lot of information. Charts, graphs and spreadsheets quickly fill with mountains of facts and statistics, ready to make a compelling case for smaller government. With all these figures, the statists don’t stand a chance. After all, hard data convinces…

Why Must Efficient Services Be Forced On Consumers?

In his recent guest commentary (“Renewable energy works – and works well – in Michigan,” June 18), Skip Pruss claims that “Wind and solar energy in Michigan are proving to be highly efficient, money-saving energy choices for Michigan consumers.” This is great news for energy consumers and clean energy advocates. But it runs counter to…

The Lottery: Really Helping Schools?

Every Michigander has seen them: Mega Millions billboards advertising the money that could be yours with the right lottery ticket. Offering instant wealth, the Mega Millions and other lottery games bring over $2 billion in sales to Michigan. Where does this incredible sum go? Michigan Lottery advertising would have you believe that gambling is not…

Number Crunching

Wind power. The love affair between wind power and environmentalists is well known. The impact to the environment is none and the promise of free fuel tantalizing. For many, wind power appears to be the future of energy. There is little disagreement on one of the drawbacks of wind energy: the high startup cost. The European…

You Can’t Take the Sky from Me…

After the death of Ray Bradbury, the Mackinac Center featured an article which mentioned the mythopoeic aspects of his futuristic literature that inspired at least one nerdy intern to further explore the themes of liberty and free market ideals in science fiction. Mythopoeia is a term coined by men like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein,…

Lower the Minimum Wage

I am a college student, and therefore likely to work some low-wage jobs over the next few years. Many Americans think that a higher minimum wage could benefit workers such as myself, but past precedent and straightforward logic show that raising the minimum wage actually hurts many low-wage workers. In order to truly open the…

Rights and Responsibilities

The American Declaration of Independence famously affirmed that “All men . . . are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Our nation’s government rests upon this principle of the dignity of human individuals: merely by existing as a human being, each of us possesses inherent value. Without this affirmation of human value, government devolves…