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Steve Moore finds that Obama’s policies hurt most the people they are supposedly intended to help the most.  (This finding is unsurprising given that, for example, Pres. Obama frequently calls for a policy – raising the minimum wage – that artificially raises employers’ costs of hiring low-skilled workers.  Arbitrarily binding golden-egg-laying geese is not the way to get more golden eggs, even if the those who impose the binds both assure us of their excellent intentions and offer fine rococo theories to explain how their bully binds will make geese more fecund.)

George Will rightly is appalled at the idea of paying people to vote.  (For evidence of just how especially badly voters behave when they are paid to vote, just look at the U.S. Congress: It’s filled with people who are paid to vote – and the results are generally atrocious.)

Mark Perry relays evidence from San Francisco of the creatively destructive effect of Uber and Lyft.

Robert Rector reflects on 50 years of the ‘war on poverty.’

Neil deGrasse Tyson recently revealed that he isn’t hysterically fearful about genetically modified foods.  Apparently as a result, many “Progressives” are hysterically angry at what they perceive to be apostasy from one whom they regard as their own.  (I don’t know much about Mr. Tyson, save that I did enjoy his recent version of “Cosmos” – although not as much as I enjoyed Carl Sagan’s original “Cosmos.”)  Anyway, David Friedman points us to Marc Brazeau’s defense of Mr. Tyson.

Scott Sumner writes wisely about Hong Kong.

“[W]hen you hear about bipartisanship, watch your wallet” – so explains David Boaz.

Many years ago I read, enjoyed, and learned much from David Mayer’s article “The English Radical Whig Origins of American Constitutionalism.”  (I thank Walter Grinder for reminding me of this article and for supplying a working link.)


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