San Francisco bookstore learns cost of $15 minimum wage the hard way

It’s the economics, stupid.

Non-viable, with a 39% increase in payroll costs. (Image via Ricochet)
Non-viable, with a 39% increase in payroll costs. (Image via Ricochet)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Bundy crisis II: Sovereignty, rights, environmentalism, and the ranchers of Clark County

Killing them slowly.

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Update:  Readers, I am adding a comment from reader Jose Zapatero, which was left at a post where most of you are unlikely to see it.  It’s on point for this “Part II” post, as I think the post begins to answer some of his questions.  Here’s the exchange.

From Jose Zapatero: Continue reading “Bundy crisis II: Sovereignty, rights, environmentalism, and the ranchers of Clark County”

An American foreign policy requires American liberty

Mitt Romney delivered his long-awaited foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute on Monday, and the response has been underwhelming.  There’s not much vocal criticism, which from a campaign standpoint is probably fine.  But there’s not much interest in the speech either way.  Among my circle of e-quaintance, the most common reactions have been that Romney’s formulations were outdated and Cold War-ish, and that there’s a real question whether the United States, with $16+ trillion in federal debt, can afford to execute his policies.

These are valid criticisms.  I believe, however, Continue reading “An American foreign policy requires American liberty”

Overregulation: The problem we can’t outproduce (with some words from Reagan)

Death Star.

In the period between 1950 and about 2005, Americans continuously sustained a hefty downpayment on our federal, state, and local governments’ spiraling debt, by upping our productivity, our economic output, and the scope of opportunity for everyone.

Overregulation and implied state ownership of what we produce has been a problem for us since Woodrow Wilson’s terms in office.  But until the last half-decade, the American people shouldered and outproduced greater and greater burdens of regulation and/or taxation, costly credit and inflation, and victim politics and litigation.  Operating in the conditions of relative economic and political freedom – more than most of the world, if not more than in our own past – the American people were a productivity engine unmatched in the history of man.  Spend more?  We’ll produce more.  Continue reading “Overregulation: The problem we can’t outproduce (with some words from Reagan)”

This is what “Forward” looks like


One thing I like about Governor Scott Walker is that he reclaimed the excellent English word “forward” – which is the state motto of Wisconsin – before President Obama decided to use it as the theme-word for his 2012 campaign.  I also like Walker’s policies and the quiet, dogged way he works.  But the “forward” theme is important.  Wisconsin has moved forward, and it needs to move further forward.  How?  By getting government off people’s backs.

I wonder, myself, how much further Wisconsin could have gone by now if it had a better regulatory environment.  In 2011, Forbes ranked Wisconsin 35 out of the 50 states for regulatory environment.  The Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council Continue reading “This is what “Forward” looks like”