David formerly worked at a public policy institution and is currently a freelance writer. In his free time he enjoys working out, reading nerdy subjects, cheering on Roger Federer, and playing “would you rather.” Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DWeinberger03.
While it remains a favorite policy prescription for politicians eager to appear as salvific heroes in times of need, it is untenable as a serious idea to stimulate anything except our national debt.
Federal spending cannot and will not stimulate the economy. That is one thing from the Recovery Act you can take to the bank.
Americans generally agree that news media should be ‘objective’ and ‘report the facts.’ But there is no such thing as merely reporting ‘the facts.’
Our Founding Fathers were keenly aware about the risks of governing solely by majority rule, which is why they gave us a constitutional republic laden with checks and balances.
Just as the nature of a chair points toward an end (supporting you while you sit), so the nature of man also points toward an end. But what is that end?
The left seems to prefer demonizing the right to confronting the facts. That may be because, as Margaret Thatcher once famously observed, the facts of life are conservative.
Too many people ignore that, throughout history, well-intended ideas have often spelled disaster when put into practice.
Calling something a ‘human right’ signifies that it’s no longer legitimate to debate the wisdom and prudence of various strategies for providing that thing.
The revered economist’s latest book, ‘Discrimination and Disparities,’ takes a look at the high cost of misguided policies aimed at achieving social justice.
Minimum wage supporters tend to observe the direct and immediate consequences of their idea, but they do not bother to think through the indirect and longer-term consequences.
When those paid to be well-informed are uninformed, small wonder mischaracterizations of conservative ideas pervade public discourse.
Sheltering inefficient work—like Sam’s bread business—prevents workers like Sam from finding and developing a skill set that the economy needs.
Work and value-adding production make an economy prosper, and eliminating disincentives to doing so, such as high taxation and regulatory burdens, stimulates growth.
Women don’t have to work to support their families, houses are not more expensive, college costs aren’t related to wage decreases, and wages have not stagnated since the 1970s.
The growing hysteria surrounding economic disparities does reveal a real problem, which is the reduced aim of our society from virtue to material abundance.
Just because our rights are secured by government, it does not follow that they must be provided by government.
Today’s political debates veer between extremes of freedom and equality, ignoring that both ought to be subject to something better: our society’s pursuit of doing what’s right, together.
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