By Dr. Bill Whitsitt Ever wonder how and why we seem to experience a continual expansion of federal government encroachment into every facet of our lives—at the very time we can’t balance our national budget and the world seems to be coming apart? Recent action by the Senate Commerce Committee on a little piece of legislation … Continue reading Congress, Birdhouses & Radio Antennas
By Trent England The weed that became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture continues to roil American politics. Much of the debate has moved from left to right, however, pushed by two larger trends. One is the rise of libertarianism, which in 50 years has grown up from wonky Ayn Rand reading groups to what … Continue reading The state-federal fight over marijuana
By Trent England The “straw man” or “false choice” is a classic, albeit shameful, debating tactic—redefine your opponent’s position into something easy to knock down. The false choice set up by the Environmental Protection Agency in support of a barrage of regulatory proposals is: Should we protect the environment … or not? The implication—the straw … Continue reading The EPA’s False Choice: Health or Law?
By Trent England There is a legal presumption that when a new state joins the union, it does so on equal terms with the existing states. Yet some states have found themselves less equal than the others due to the intransigence of federal officials. One western state is trying to force the issue into the … Continue reading Who Owns the American West?
By Matt A. Mayer We have a clear choice to make. Do we continue on the progressive path forged over the last 80 years where federal power grew unabated and the debate over reforms centered on how to make federal programs better, or how to spend less than the other side wanted to spend but … Continue reading Competitive federalism and the fight for America
By Examiner Editorial Among the most serious threats to the continued health of the American republic is the extraordinarily low esteem in which the public holds the federal government. And who can blame them when Congress and President Obama seem locked in perpetual partisan warfare, even as millions of Americans have given up on finding … Continue reading ‘Competitive federalism’ can restore govt. credibility