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Mark Reardon for Mayor: Make St. Louis Fun Again

Nobody likes traffic, but St. Louis was built to hold a million people. And it once did, back in the days when Democrats and Republicans took turns being mayor. Free Offer for Business Owners at Bottom Now, in this foul year of our Lord twenty-sixteen, just over 300,000 people call the city home. A 70 percent decline! And I’m not one of them. For several reasons that no reasonable person could argue with. Read more →

St. Louis Uber Nada

About this time, a variety of railroads began trying to build their own networks to the West, but the St. Louis city government refused to grant the permits required for constructing railroad bridges across the river at their location, even though St. Louis was the logical choice and would have been a perfect place for a rail hub. Apparently, the politicians in St. Louis felt their duty was to protect the riverboat industry, at that time their life and blood, from any and all competition. Read more →

Take a Walk on the Hedonic Treadmill

Here’s what happens when you raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to scientists: Nothing. Well, not nothing. All kinds of bad things happen to the economy. But nothing happens for two groups of people central to the whole debate: workers who get a bump to $15 and employers who have to bump to $15 an hour. Most cities and states that have raised their minimum wage laws to $15 will phase in the increase over five years. Read more →

How Crony Capitalism Spreads Bureaucracy

St. Louisan Eric Greitens did more before graduating from college than most people do in a lifetime. And, as if to insult us all, after college, Eric became a Navy SEAL. In his remarkable book, The Heart and the Fist: The education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL, Greitens tells the story of a man who seems too good to be true. Seriously. And the book left me with two big impressions–probably the wrong ones, but that’s how I am. Read more →

The Week: March 17, 2014

Here’s a roundup of what to look for in the coming week. St. Louis Monday, 12:30 p.m.: The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown. Get there early. Give yourself time to park and walk. Dress warmly. Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.: Protest of St. Louis Archdiocese for its promotion of City-County Merger. Location is Lindell and Grand. Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: The activist who helped expose scandal, waste, and corruption at Rockwood School District is running for the Rockwood School Board. Read more →

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Celebrate Jim Hoft’s Recovery on February 22 Free Tickets Are Limited

St. Louis’s number one political blogger is better, and he’s having a party to celebrate. [caption id=“attachment_14354” align=“aligncenter” width=“404”] Jim Hoft Live Holiday Inn St Louis Sw - Route 66 10709 Watson Rd St Louis, MO 63127 Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM (CST)[/caption] Jim went through a frightening, life-threatening, and debilitating illness last year. But he’s back and blogging on TheGatewayPundit.com. [caption id=“attachment_14355” align=“aligncenter” width=“400”] Jim Hoft and Bill Hennessy . Read more →

Life As You’ve Known It Is About To Change

Related articles You have a choice. You can drive that change, or you can be swallowed by it. In a free society, people have liberty to do anything except a few prohibited things. In a totalitarian society, people have liberty to do nothing except a few permitted things. In a free society, the people have a black list of things they must not do, and government has a white of a few things it may do. Read more →

St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners Proves Government Can’t Get Anything Right

Related articles Conservatives love cracking on government and its unintended consequences. How often does a government initiative give us backassward results? Exhibit A: Obama hands Solyndra millions in tax dollars to promote green energy. Solyndra (and numerous other green energy grant recipients) goes bankrupt. Another example is the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners. Read more →