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…

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…

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…

Boxed In: A Need for Better Property Rights

On Monday, the Detroit News reported a new suit against Genesee County. Denise Miller of Linden, Mich., challenged the constitutionality of the parks department preventing petitioning without permits. She had been collecting petition signatures as part of the “Recall Rick Snyder” movement in a county park.  Park officials requested that she obtain a permit, which…