Month: July 2011

Economics and Economy

Jefferson on Debt

With the debt ceiling negotiations closing in, it’s worth looking to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was very opposed to federal government borrowing.  (He was less concerned with states borrowing.)  What I love about the quote below is Jefferson’s concern for leisure time.  "To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load …

Limited Government, Missouri, Other News

Rah Rah Roy Blunt

Roy Blunt has not given an inch in the battle over the debt ceiling. He deserves high praise for his resolve. During the 2010 Republican primary, many on the right questioned Blunt’s fiscal conservative credentials.  As a member of the House, Blunt had helped craft some and pass unpopular spending bills, including TARP.  On the …

Tea Party News

Hollow Holiday

July 4, 2011, felt hollow, like celebrating the birthday of someone deceased. Independence Day celebrates the birth of an idea: that people create governments and empower them, not the other way around. Do we still believe that? Yes, I still believe that.  Morally, at least.  And you probably do, too.  Does America still believe that …

Limited Government

Thank You, Harvard

A Harvard study recently concluded that attending American Independence Day celebrations could turn kids into Republicans. The reason 4th of July creates Republicans has nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with education.  Here’s why: On July 4th, we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, not the founding of the United States.  (That would …

Limited Government

Meditate on This, Why Don’t You?

I was 18 and a college freshman. It was a Tuesday night in October. My 1970 Chevy Impala felt wide open in the fifty-degree air and the smell of freshly fallen leaves. I drove through Forest Park feeling the rhythm of the yellow street lights as I moved between light and dark. "Memory" from Cats …