Tag Archives: Cato

What Is an American?

On this Independence Day eve it’s a good question to ponder. I believe being “American” means that one adheres generally to the values and spirit embodied in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. We embrace personal liberty, tolerance, respect for property rights, rule of law, and equality under the law.

Ed Hudgins has some more thoughts on the subject.

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Govt thinking on Common Core: “The masses need their betters in government – politicians, bureaucrats – to control their lives.”

That’s about right. These people honestly think they know better than parents and local educators. The opposition to the statist indoctrination which is known as Common Core is just a reflection of just how redneck most of America is. Better to leave your child to us. We know what is best. The government always knows what’s best…Idiots

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USA Economic Freedom Ranking: From 3rd in the world to 18th in a decade

18th folks. The mighty United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave, ranks 18th in the world in terms of economic freedom.

In the attached column Richard Rahn rightly declares that such a ranking should be a wake-up call for America. How could we let this happen?

A decade of trampling all over the Constitution since September 11th 2001 has something to do with it. The drug war, which gives police the power to seize property even without a conviction among other things also has something to do with it. There are the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank laws which have piled massive regulation onto the shoulders of businesses.  And of course there is the steady rise in the number of government/business “partnerships,” i.e. crony capitalism.

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