Author Archives: Bruce Edward Walker

Laws Change or Are Repealed All the Time

In the final scene of Brian DePalma’s 1987 film, The Untouchables, screenwriter David Mamet depicts a reporter asking Kevin Costner’s Elliot Ness what he plans to do should Congress overturn Prohibition. The stoic U.S. Treasury Agent and buster of such … Continue reading

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ACA Showdown About Principles, Passion

Say what you will about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), but his principled stands against the funding and implementation of the Affordable Care Act renders him a hero in my book. Yet pundits of every stripe depict Sen. Cruz’s efforts as … Continue reading

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PPACA May Collapse Under Own Weight

As this is written, the initial enrollment period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 1. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and several cohorts last week attempted to defund the Act, but the … Continue reading

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Cable Unbundling Bill a Bad Bet

[The following blog post is reprinted by permission of The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which first published the piece on May 23, 2013. Imagine a world where you could have anything you desired and could jettison those things you … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality Violates Property Rights Principles

[The following is an edited and updated essay written for The Heartland Institute in July 2011, and is reprinted here by permission.] Next Monday, Sept. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments … Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney and Educational ‘Success’

Seamus Heaney, perhaps the most renowned Irish poet since W.B. Yeats, has passed. Heaney’s poetry won me over relatively early in life, for which I credit my own academic yearning, but as well the unfettered enthusiasm of educators with whom … Continue reading

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‘Breaking Bad’ a Cautionary Tale

“Breaking Bad” shows what happens when people engage in bad – and sometimes horrific – acts in order to attain positive results. The show serves as a cautionary tale for those engaged in public policy as well whenever nefarious means are determined to justify utopian ends. Continue reading

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Kentucky AG Attempts Advice-Column Censorship

Imagine – if you stopped at a gas station to ask for directions and the attendant gave you advice about the route – that the Wyoming attorney general might declare the attendant cease from delivering furthering instructions because she wasn’t … Continue reading

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‘Won’t Back Down’ Triggers Petty Responses

Fed up with the cavalier treatment both student and teacher suffer at the hands of Adams Elementary leadership, faculty and the Pennsylvania teachers union, Jamie and Nona set out to take over their Pittsburgh grade school. Jamie and Nona campaign for teacher and parent support in order to re-establish Adams as a charter public school, involving a long, arduous process needlessly rife with hurdles, hostility and red tape. Continue reading

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State Shouldn’t Pay for Sommelier Training

The risk of paying for specialized knowledge shouldn’t fall on the public inasmuch it should be the responsibility of the person seeking such an education. Failing that, employers looking to increase the reputation of their respective establishments by trumpeting the arcane certifications and advanced degrees of their employees can foot the bill for same. Continue reading

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