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Good Samaritan Drops a Dollar, Is Ticketed for Littering

Written by Gary North on May 25, 2012

North’s first law of bureaucracy is this: “Some bureaucrat will eventually enforce the letter of the law to the point of insanity.” Here is a recent example. John Davis, who lives in Cleveland, got a ticket from a local policeman. It seems that he dropped a dollar on the ground. Now, in my experience, people […]

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Why We Are NOT on the Road to Serfdom

Written by Gary North on May 24, 2012

F. A. Hayek wrote The Road to Serfdom in 1943. It was published in 1944. Americans who read the 1945 Readers Digest version liked it. University professors didn’t. This is one more bit of evidence that American voters have more sense than university professors. Are you surprised? When Hayek wrote The Road to Serfdom, he […]

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$18 Billion a Year in Job Training. No Stats on Results.

Written by Gary North on May 21, 2012

Senator Tom Coburn had the Government Accountability Office (GAO) do a study on job training programs.The study revealed that the federal government spends $18 billion a year on job training. The study also reported that there are 47 different federal job-training programs. A total of five of these have produced data since 2004 on how […]

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Pentagon’s Study on Pentagon Studies Rejected as Useless.

Written by Gary North on May 15, 2012

In an attempt to get a handle on the numerous syudies commissioned by the Defense Department, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2010 commissioned a study on Pentagon studies. He wanted to find out what they cost. Can you imagine this? The head of the Defense Department actually trying to find out something that […]

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New York City: Whites Rarely Get Murdered

Written by Gary North on May 14, 2012

In an article about the rise in the number of police stop-and-frisksĀ  (over 700,000 a year), this fact emerged: 96% of shooting victims in the city were black or Hispanic in 2011. So were more than 90% of murder victims. Conclusions: whites and Asians are safe from these two crimes. The report appeared in the […]

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Police Brutality Defended by Police Department

Written by Gary North on May 14, 2012

A police officer kicked a clearly pregnant woman in the abdomen. The woman filed a complaint. The police department says the offider was in the right. Here is a case of a bureaucratic reaction that is universal. But, if the days of the Internet, this reaction can backfire. No charges have been filed against the […]

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The TSA Meets “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Written by Gary North on May 11, 2012

Every bureaucacy wastes money. If it can spend money, it will. It doesn’t matter much on what. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has bought screening machines. It stores them in warehouses. It paid $184 million. There are two ways of looking at this. One way is to say “let’s get them installed.” The other wa […]

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