The Most Honest Politician in History

Spoiler alert: this blog post isn’t about Honest Abe, George Washington, or another American statesman who is widely revered as a beacon of moral character. Instead, the most honest politician in America’s history is probably someone you’ve never heard of: George Washington Plunkitt, a state legislator from New York for three decades in the late…

How Consumers are Protected in the Free-Market

One justification for government involvement in a free-market economic system is the need for consumers to be protected from potentially faulty or harmful products. In a free-market system there are many products sold by companies trying to make a profit. From pharmaceutical drugs to automobiles, these products could be deadly to consumers if they are…

The Real Consequences of Minimum Wage Legislation

Support for an increased minimum wage is a prime example of how often well-intentioned legislation has unforeseen and undesirable consequences. Support for a higher minimum wage law is justified as a means to help the poor, which in itself is a noble cause worth supporting.  Without looking into the economics of minimum wage legislation it…

Should the Government Cure Gambling Habits?

The lottery attracts hundreds of thousands of players every year, and Michigan has a large amount of players annually. Michigan’s internet gambling, however, has some wondering whether restrictions and safeguards should be put in place in order to avoid harm for Michigan residents.  Political columnist Tim Skubick writes on this topic to address the potential…