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Affluent Investor | April 29, 2017

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Posts ByGeorge Leef, Author at Affluent Investor

March 30, 2017 |

Another Case Showing Why People Shouldn’t Be Forced Into Unions

Labor unions have been known to do many despicable things to grab dues money from workers who don’t want anything to do with them. A current Minnesota case is about as bad as you’ll ever find.

In 2013, the … Read More

March 27, 2017 |

Yet Another Assault On Freedom Of Contract And Property Rights

Once cornerstones of America, freedom of contract and property rights are being reduced to rubble by federal, state, and local officials. A case arising out of an ordinance passed in Seattle is illustrative of the trend.

On January 1, … Read More

March 10, 2017 |

How DeVos Can End Campus Rape Accusation Frenzy

Among the great blunders of Jimmy Carter’s presidency was creating a U.S. Department of Education. The federal government has no constitutional role in education and this sprawling bureaucracy has chiefly enabled legions of bureaucrats to impose their misbegotten ideas … Read More

March 1, 2017 |

Government Outlaws No Trespassing Sign – on Private Beach!

Northwest Florida is largely inhabited by conservative folk who believe in private property and limited government under the Constitution. Nevertheless, officials in Walton County have been hammering both the First Amendment and property rights in an effort to gain … Read More

February 23, 2017 |

Model Bill to Protect Free Speech on Campus

A Bill For State Lawmakers To Protect Free Speech On Their Campuses

Much as administrators and faculty dislike it, the fact is that public colleges are subject to both the First Amendment and the state legislatures that fund them. … Read More

February 13, 2017 |

There’s No Such Thing As ‘Free College’ But Two Blue States Will Try Anyway

One of the good aspects of federalism is that it allows states to go their own way. As Justice Louis Brandeis put it, they can be “laboratories of democracy.”

Unfortunately, that often means that interest groups can capture state legislatures … Read More

January 27, 2017 |

We Have Too Many Law Schools, but This Isn’t the Way to Thin the Herd

On December 19, the U.S. Department of Education announced that as of the end of the year, it would no longer allow students to use federal aid money at the Charlotte School of Law (CSL). The reason for this unprecedented … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

Lawsuit Unearths University Bigwigs’ Financial Corruption Proof

The University of Texas has a governing body – the Board of Regents — that is supposed to oversee its administration. In recent years, one regent has taken his job “too seriously” in the view of top university officials, … Read More

December 19, 2016 |

College Officials Tell Students: You May Speak Freely As Long As It’s Within Our (Tiny) Speech Zone

Hostility to free speech has become a salient characteristic of American college campuses. Speech codes that make it dangerous for students (or anyone else) to say things that might be regarded as offensive or “harassing” are all too common — … Read More

December 16, 2016 |

The Feds Should Stop Luring Students Into Ruinous College Debts

American college students have taken to saying that they need “safe spaces” on campus. They really don’t, since all they’re after is “safety” from ideas they dislike. But if they were thinking ahead to life after graduation, many might … Read More

December 12, 2016 |

Uh, Oh — Trump Thinks That Flag Burning Should Be Criminalized

Recently, president-elect Trump sent a tweet that ought to alarm the majority of Americans who voted for another candidate as well as most of those who voted for him. Here’s what Trump wrote: “Nobody should be allowed to burn … Read More

November 30, 2016 |

Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here’s The Place To Start

Let’s take Donald Trump at his word that he means to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One aspect of that swamp is the way federal agencies spend money on public relations and outright propaganda.

The erosion of budgetary constraints … Read More

November 25, 2016 |

The Ideal Trump Supreme Court Pick

Following Donald Trump’s election, disappointed Democrats fired off salvoes of red hot rhetoric. Among them was Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. He was upset that the empty seat on the Supreme Court would not now be filled by a “liberal,” … Read More

November 18, 2016 |

College Officials Versus First Amendment

Just how desperately college and university administrators want to control what students say lest anyone take offense or feel “harassed” is revealed by a policy adopted at Iowa State University (ISU).

ISU students are told that they must abide by … Read More

November 15, 2016 |

President Trump Can Do This and Please Both Conservatives and Civil Libertarians

During his speech after the election results had made it clear that he would be the next president, Donald Trump promised that he would be “president for all the people.”

No winning candidate ever says otherwise, but once in office … Read More

November 9, 2016 |

Ignoring Due Process And Harm To Students, Obama Minions Kill A College Chain

When the Department of Education was established in 1979, no one would have thought that it was authorized to administer the death penalty to colleges that bureaucrats wanted to get rid of. But that is exactly where we are today.

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November 8, 2016 |

Unions Resort To Election Trickery In Grubby Efforts At Maximizing Their Legal Plunder

On the ballot Tuesday in two states (Washington and South Dakota) voters will find deceptive initiatives to vote on. Both were concocted by the forces of Big Labor for the purpose of getting and keeping more money from workers … Read More

November 4, 2016 |

Obama Gave U.S. A Government Of Unchecked Power While Taking Away Liberty

Barack Obama said he wanted to transform America and in many ways he has succeeded.

The problem is that his transformation has done enormous and perhaps irreparable damage to the nation by demolishing the people’s confidence that our laws will … Read More

October 6, 2016 |

This Year More Than Ever: Americans Should Be Allowed To Vote Against The Candidate They Most Abhor

Both of the major party candidates for president this year have unprecedentedly high negative ratings among voters. And while some of them will vote enthusiastically for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a great majority … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

Sorry, Hillary – You Can’t ‘Fix’ College With More Federal Meddling

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s higher education policy ideas have taken a lot of criticism. Here, for example, is an analysis published in May by Hillsdale College economics professor Gary Wolfram.

The opposition is apparently bothering her camp enough that … Read More

September 5, 2016 |

Big Labor Tries To Eliminate Right-To-Work By Lawsuit

If the judge is on your side, you can win a case despite pathetic arguments. So if the cost of losing is near zero and the possible gain from winning is huge, why not launch a suit and see what … Read More

September 1, 2016 |

“Diversity” on Corporate Boards: One More Thing Feds Should Stay Out Of

Would corporations operate better if their board members were chosen so as to ensure that women and major racial/ethnic groups were all appropriately represented? Many social activists believe so and their thinking has penetrated into the federal regulatory agency … Read More

August 25, 2016 |

Who Will Bail Out Insolvent Union Pension Funds?

Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the next president, but one of the bills he has sponsored, the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA) could become law during the next president’s term. That ought to worry anyone who knows … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

How American Higher Education Turned into a False Promise

The Department of Education recently proposed new regulations to punish colleges that attract students with misleading claims. But what if the whole system of higher education in America is guilty of that?

In his latest book, Charles Sykes, a senior … Read More

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