Wyoming Liberty Group
Economics without statistics is pure sophistry. Any economist who claims to be able to work without ever relying on statistical evidence and established quantitative methods is trying to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. Because of how critical the role of statistics is, tampering with raw data – the image of the world – is a cardinal sin in economics.
- The importance of economic freedom
If we look at the economic system in countries around the world where millions of people have risen out of poverty, the ingredient we see over and over again is a high level of economic freedom. Historically, Britain and the United States are shining examples of this building block in action. More recently, governments in India and China have freed their people to make their own economic decisions and as a result, people in these countries now work for a better life for themselves and their children.
In my native state of Michigan, the race for state Supreme Court justice has produced one of the cleverest campaign ads I have ever seen. It serves as not just a campaign ad for candidate Bridget McCormack, but as a public service announcement informing viewers that if they simply vote the straight party ticket in Michigan (or other states with nonpartisan judicial elections) they will not cast a vote for any judges at all.
This is a surprise:
The rights of citizenship do not stop at the ballot box. They include the free speech right to devote one’s resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals. As a result, we support repeal of the remaining sections of McCain- Feingold, support either raising or repealing contribution limits, and oppose passage of the DISCLOSE Act or any similar legislation designed to vitiate the Supreme Court’s recent decisions protecting political speech in Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. We insist that there should be no regulation of political speech on the Internet. By the same token, we oppose governmental censorship of speech through the so-called Fairness Doctrine or by government enforcement of speech codes, free speech zones, or other forms of “political correctness” on campus.
- The Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety
In Wyoming, most government agencies have been asked to cut their budgets by eight percent. This is a deceiving, because they aren’t cutting their budget by eight percent, if by budget they mean the 2013-2014 biennium budget. They are cutting only a portion of that. This means the eight percent budget cut is much smaller than one might imagine.
The Tea Party was not a flash in the pan, and as more time goes by it’s starting to look like a lasting political influence. At the beginning of this year I commented that the Tea Party was in “hibernation,” but now that election season is upon us the resurgence I predicted has come full force. (Yes, I’m aware that was far from a risky conjecture.) And the Occupy movement? Well, it has certainly moved—into irrelevance.