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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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Posts ByGeorge Leef, Author at Affluent Christian Investor - Page 5 of 6

June 18, 2015 |

Why a KKKer on the Supreme Court Launched the War on Religion

Few Americans have much understanding of our Constitution any more. It’s seldom covered in school or college, and law students get a course called “constitutional law” that isn’t really about the document itself, but about the Supreme Court’s many decisions … Read More

June 8, 2015 |

Will The Supreme Court Finally Scrutinize Racial Preferences?

On May 21, the Supreme Court held a conference to discuss whether or not to accept the Fisher case—again. At this time, I don’t know the decision, but I do know that a seemingly strange mixture of liberals and conservatives … Read More

June 2, 2015 |

Cop Who Arrested Man for Legally Carrying Gun Gets Sued

If you’re out in public, minding your own business and breaking no law, you shouldn’t have to fear being arrested, handcuffed, and tossed into a squad car.

But if you are so treated, can you sue the officer for … Read More

May 26, 2015 |

An Abhorrent Abuse of Governmental Asset Seizure Powers

Although some states have moved to stop the abominable practice of civil asset forfeiture (bravo to New Mexico), the vicious monster is still alive, still seizing money and property from innocent people, still making them battle through the legal … Read More

May 20, 2015 |

How the Supreme Court Keeps Our Ruling Class in Power

Twenty years ago this month, the Supreme Court placed a huge roadblock in the way of a grass-roots, bipartisan movement that had been gaining strength, namely the term limits movement. In many states, voters had approved limits on the number … Read More

May 13, 2015 |

Obama to Union Critics, No Speech For You!

Over the last several years, Americans have seen a frightening rise in hostility to freedom of speech. Much of that has occurred on college campuses, where we find that many students, faculty members, and administrators do not want free speech, … Read More

April 28, 2015 |

Is Property Seizure Regulation Just On The Horizon?

It’s spring, and just as the appearance of shoots and buds makes you optimistic that winter is departing, so too are there signs around the country that make you optimistic that our leviathan state is, if not departing, at least … Read More

April 24, 2015 |

Do Lawyers Cost Too Much?
Make the Bar Exam Optional

The correct answer is false. Instead of ensuring that all legal practitioners are competent, the bar exam (and its long prelude, law school) merely creates an artificial barrier that keeps many people from competing in the market for legal services.

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April 17, 2015 |

“You’re Showering Too Long!” Barks Our Federal Nanny

Comedy wouldn’t be funny if there weren’t a kernel of truth in it. Remember the 1996 Seinfeld episode based on the problem with the new, low-pressure showerheads that couldn’t rinse the shampoo out of Kramer’s hair? That led him to … Read More

April 14, 2015 |

What The Right-To-Work Momentum Means

For quite a few years, the number of states with Right-to-Work statutes was stuck at 22. Oklahoma adopted RTW in 2001, but then no more did so (despite serious legislative battles) until Indiana in 2012 and Michigan in 2013.

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March 20, 2015 |

High Court Strikes Down Anticompetitive Regulation In North Carolina Dental Case

Last August, I wrote about an important case that had reached the Supreme Court. It concerned the legality under antitrust law, of a state board using its power to stifle competition that would have taken some business away from members … Read More

March 12, 2015 |

EEOC Keeps Its Losing Streak Intact, Reinforces The Case Against Administrative Law

Almost every day, some part of the leviathan that the executive branch of the federal government has become does something that should make us question the whole business of “administrative law.” Recently, I wrote about the EPA’s attempt to … Read More

March 6, 2015 |

Rubio And Rokita’s RAISE Act Restores A Little Bit Of Freedom In Labor Relations Law

Should workers have the freedom to make their own contracts?

Long ago, they did. Back in 1905, the Supreme Court held in Lochner v. New York (which I discussed recently on Forbes) that the state could not dictate to bakery … Read More

February 25, 2015 |

Obama Finally Gets An Issue Right (Sort Of): Occupational Licensure

Free-market advocates have long argued that occupational licensure laws do a lot of damage but little or no good. The first strong challenge to such laws I can recall reading was in Milton Friedman’s 1962 classic Capitalism and Freedom. Not … Read More

February 12, 2015 |

Puddle Jumpers: How Administrative Law Control Your Streams, Ponds, and Marshes

When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it was exercising its power to regulate interstate commerce by prohibiting discharges into the nation’s “navigable waters.” If a body of water could be used to transport goods from one … Read More

February 9, 2015 |

Harvard Law Fights Awful Ed Department Rules: Bravo, But No School Should Have To

One of the salient features of the Obama administration has been its willingness to toss aside the rule of law whenever getting a result that its zealous officials and supporting interest groups want collides with fundamental fairness. Over the … Read More

February 4, 2015 |

Unions Keep Losing Members — Can They Reinvent Themselves?

The latest figures on union membership from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the long decline has continued to the point where the percentage of Americans in unions is lower now than at any point in the last … Read More

January 26, 2015 |

The Most Insidious Line In The State Of The Union Address?

President Obama’s penultimate SOTU was notable for its audacity in demanding an even more expansive role for the federal government. Although trust in government has plummeted during his relentlessly statist administration, the president wants Americans to rally behind his belief … Read More

January 2, 2015 |

Dear Politicians: Resolve To Make 2015 The Year Of Repealing Bad Laws

Look folks, I know that when you say you want to do what’s in the public interest, you mostly mean doing whatever helps you stay in office and calling it “the public interest.” Some of you, however, might actually want … Read More

December 29, 2014 |

Liberals Dredge Up Old Segregationist Tactic Against Tea Party Group

The old, classical idea of liberalism embraced freedom of speech. A commitment to liberty meant respecting the right of every person to speak, and it equally meant opposing the use of state power to censor or in any way “chill” … Read More

December 17, 2014 |

Government Calls Private Money “Terrorism,” Imprisons Issuer and Seizes His Gold

Our Constitution sets forth –- and limits — the government’s powers. Under Article I, Section 8, Congress is authorized to “coin money and regulate the value thereof” and also to “provide for the punishment of counterfeiting of the securities … Read More

December 1, 2014 |

Education Department’s ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule: Futile Tinkering That Misses Root Problems

At the end of October, the Department of Education released its much-awaited “gainful employment” rule. It is supposed to fix (or at least improve) the problem that many students who pursue vocational training with federal student aid money wind … Read More

October 22, 2014 |

TSA Boondoggles: High Costs, Low Effectiveness, But It’s Only Your Money

Milton Friedman often observed that no one spends other people’s money as carefully as he spends his own.  You don’t need to be an economics professor to understand that – it’s simple human nature.

Regulatory agencies … Read More

October 16, 2014 |

Why The Legal Profession Says LegalZoom Is Illegal

Competition – everyone loves it, except when it’s competition in your particular business or profession. Then it’s dangerous and must be controlled if not eliminated.

Back in August, I wrote about the North Carolina Board of Dental … Read More

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