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Affluent Investor | July 23, 2017

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Posts ByGeorge Leef, Author at Affluent Investor - Page 3 of 5

April 1, 2016 |

More Federal Meddling Won’t Solve the High Cost of College Problem

Politicians need a procession of causes so they will look “concerned.” Democrats and Republicans have different sets of issues they try to look concerned about, but a big one where they overlap is the cost of college.

It doesn’t matter … Read More

March 10, 2016 |

No, Mr. Trump, Victims of Eminent Domain Do Not “Get a Fortune”

During the debate among Republican presidential candidates last month, Jeb Bush hammered Donald Trump on his abuse of eminent domain. But Trump apparently sees nothing wrong in having government officials force people to sell their property.

Trump replied,

Eminent domain is … Read More

March 2, 2016 |

Why Liberal Voters Shouldn’t Want A Liberal Justice To Replace Scalia

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia catalyzed an effusion of commentary regarding his replacement on the Court.

Leftist writers are arguing that President Obama should nominate someone for the vacant seat and the Senate should confirm that nominee. If the … Read More

March 1, 2016 |

It’s Time To Throw The Ancient ‘Merchant Marine Act’ Overboard

Some old laws still serve a good purpose, but many others no longer do, or never did.

One of the latter is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. It was passed after we … Read More

February 17, 2016 |

With West Virginia, A Majority Of The States Are Now Right-To-Work

On February 12, the West Virginia legislature voted to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the right-to-work bill it had passed on February 4. The measure will take effect in May and the state will then be the 26th … Read More

February 11, 2016 |

Fourth Circuit Gets The Second Amendment Right: Americans Can Choose How Best To Defend Themselves

In an extremely important decision on Feb. 4, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling in favor of Maryland’s 2013 “Firearms Safety Act.” That statute (like so many supposed gun control laws) banned a wide range … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Even The American Bar Association Loathes This New Obama Rule

Among the many reasons to oppose administrative law are that it can be changed just by the president’s diktats (through rules promulgated by his bureaucrats) and that this can be done merely to help political allies and hurt political … Read More

February 2, 2016 |

Crimp Wasteful Federal Spending With This Constitutional Amendment

In most of the states, bills introduced in the legislature can only relate to a single subject.

For instance, the Michigan Constitution states,

“No law shall embrace more than one object, which shall be expressed in the title. No … Read More

January 27, 2016 |

Some Serious Pushback Against Obama’s Imperial Presidency

During Richard Nixon’s presidency, Democrats repeatedly excoriated him for running roughshod over the Constitution’s limits on executive power – and they were right to do so.

Nixon’s view that presidential authority was almost limitless, summed up in his famous statement … Read More

January 19, 2016 |

Free Riders, The First Amendment, And The ‘Friedrichs’ Case

On Monday, January 11 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The plaintiffs, teachers in California public schools, challenge the constitutionality of a rule that they must pay dues to the C.T.A. to keep their … Read More

January 11, 2016 |

How Cities Stifle Upward Mobility Through Street Vending Regulations

American cities used to be teeming with entrepreneurs of all ages, races and religions. People with the combination of ambition to improve themselves and at least one good idea for a product or service others desired could start a small … Read More

December 22, 2015 |

Where Speech Is Least Free In America

A good argument can be made that nowhere in America is free speech less safe than on private college and university campuses.

On public college and universities, the First Amendment applies, thus giving students, faculty members, and everyone else protection against … Read More

December 16, 2015 |

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Imagine if you were faced with this situation. Your doctor, after running a battery of tests on your six year-old daughter, tells you that she is suffering from a rare cancer that is almost invariably fatal.

“But there must be … Read More

December 14, 2015 |

Free Speech Under Siege In America

There used to be a strong consensus in America that people were entitled to speak their minds. That was not just because the First Amendment stated that government was not permitted to punish people for arguing their beliefs or to … Read More

December 11, 2015 |

Policy Tools That Honest Liberals Should Throw Away Once And For All

“Fight for fifteen!”

That slogan has been reverberating across the U.S. for the last couple of years, as politicians, union heads, and legions of social justice warriors demand that every worker be paid at least fifteen dollars per hour. To … Read More

December 3, 2015 |

Education Department’s Regulatory Gimmicks Can’t Change Reality: Many Students Aren’t Interested

America’s national obsession with raising our “educational attainment” level leads politicians and bureaucrats to focus on the silliest of things. Lately, that has been college accreditation.

On November 6, the U.S. Department of Education put out a press release declaring … Read More

December 1, 2015 |

City Officials Who Ignore State Law Against Civil Asset Forfeiture Get Hauled Into Court

Recently I wrote about a suit challenging the law in Arizona – a state that’s very friendly towards the abomination called civil asset forfeiture. There, innocent people who have had their property stolen by public officials have to worry that … Read More

November 24, 2015 |

Lawless — A New Book’s Title Perfectly Describes Obama And His Minions

A big part of Barack Obama’s campaign for the White House in 2007-08 was that he would be the exact opposite of George W. Bush. In particular, Obama attacked Bush for aggrandizing the power of the presidency. During the … Read More

November 16, 2015 |

Title IX Strikes Again: The Girls’ Locker Room Can’t Be Just For Girls Any More

Those of us who oppose the expansion of governmental controls often get the retort, “You’re just using a slippery slope argument; the bad consequences you foresee are extremely unlikely to happen.”

Ah, but predicted bad consequences often do happen. As … Read More

November 13, 2015 |

Open The Books On The EPA And We Find Appalling Waste

The last several months have been bad ones for the Environmental Protection Agency.

On August 5, EPA employees blundered into creating one of the worst toxic spills in American history when they allowed three million gallons of wastewater to flow … Read More

October 27, 2015 |

The College Accreditation Monopoly

Before the federal government got into the business of subsidizing higher education, almost nobody paid any attention to the various college accrediting bodies. Colleges and universities could seek their stamp of approval and many did, but there wasn’t any penalty … Read More

October 20, 2015 |

Hillary Plays Gun Card Against Bernie, But The Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act Is Sound

The Democratic candidates just had something vaguely resembling a debate in Las Vegas. There was hardly any clash of arguments and philosophies, except when Hillary Clinton played the gun card against Bernie Sanders.

The Vermonter is pure as driven snow … Read More

October 14, 2015 |

Yes, You Can Discharge Student Debts And The Feds Want To Make It Even Easier

Mark Twain famously said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

That observation could easily be applied to the situation facing students who have amassed large … Read More

October 13, 2015 |

Why Not Mandate That Rich Universities Spend More Of Their Endowments?

The gigantic endowments that a few universities hold inevitably attract attention. (Harvard leads the pack at around $33 billion and there are 19 schools and systems with endowments in excess of $5 billion.)

That attention usually comes from people who … Read More

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