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Chicago Imposes a $13/Hour Minimum Wage by 2019

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2014

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Chicago has just sent businesses a message: “It’s time to adopt labor-saving machinery. Fire some workers.” It sent a message to adjoining suburban towns: “You will get lots of Chicago public transit commuters looking for work — cheap.” It sent a message to the city’s welfare office: “Prepare for a flood.” It sent a message […]

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School Vouchers: The Double Tax

Written by Gary North on October 10, 2014

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“All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarizing the popular mind; for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most effective for State purposes.” Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (1907) We are continually bombarded by newspaper and magazine headlines informing us of the continuing […]

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Federal Regulatory Cost, 2013: $1.9 Trillion

Written by Gary North on October 1, 2014

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Taxation, regulation, inflation, and war: these are the four horsemen of the federal apocalypse. Cut these, and the state gets smaller. Of these, regulation gets the least attention. Regulation is the heart of the beast, for it operates in secret. It can be found in the pages of The Federal Register: about 80,000 pages, three […]

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Scotland Will Stay In: The Betting Sites Were Right

Written by Gary North on September 19, 2014

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Once again, the betting sites had it right. The public opinion polls had it wrong. The polls predicted a dead heat: too close to call. But it was easy to call, and the betting sites called it. The “no” votes smashed the “yes” votes, 56% to 44%. It was not even close. The betting sites […]

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No Picket Lines to Cross

Written by Gary North on September 12, 2014

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When was the last time you saw a picket line? I know: on network TV. I mean locally. When was the last time you went shopping, and you had to cross a union picket line? It has been decades for me. It’s a shame, really. I always enjoyed crossing a picket line when I was […]

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Backlash Against Michelle Obama’s Public Schools’ Menu

Written by Gary North on September 9, 2014

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Prior to Eleanor Roosevelt, no first lady was a public figure. The term “first lady” was not capitalized. First ladies stayed in the background. Eleanor Roosevelt became the first full-time First Lady nag, both for her husband and for the nation. Her husband ignored her, but liberal Democrats kept her on a pedestal long after […]

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No Free Federal Lunch Money ==> No Nanny Menus

Written by Gary North on August 11, 2014

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It is happening all over the country. Public schools are pulling out of the federal lunch program. They are walking away from the subsidies. Why? Simple: the kids will not eat the federal lunches. They toss out the food. To get the subsidies, the districts must adopt the federal lunch menus. The kids then revolt. […]

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