If you’ve never had this you’ve never lived.
Woman caught making meth inside a Walmart — http://t.co/llQcv1Wn « There’s just too many things to say about this story to even start…
This is hilarious. And it’s in Tulsa.
I go to this Walmart… this doesn’t surprise me.
“ Guns don’t kill people, the government does. - Dale Gribble (King of the Hill) ”
Have you noticed how often government takes sides against the little guy?
Street vending has been a path out of poverty for Americans. And like other such paths (say, driving a taxi), this one is increasingly difficult to navigate. Why? Because entrenched interests don’t like competition. So they lobby their powerful friends to erect high hurdles to upstarts. It’s an old story.
Now, growing local governments are crushing street vendors.
The city of Atlanta, for example, has turned all street vending over to a monopoly contractor. In feudalist fashion, all existing vendors were told they must work for the monopoly or not vend at all.
“Vendors who used to paying $250 a year for their vending site must now hand over $500 to $1,600 every month for the privilege of working for the monopoly,” wrote Bob Ewing in The Freeman. Ewing works for the Institute for Justice, the libertarian public-interest law firm that defends victims of anticompetitive regulation.
IJ has sued the city on behalf of two popular vendors.
In Hialeah, Fla., if you operate a flower stand too close to a flower store or if you’re not constantly moving, you can be arrested.
Institute lawyer Elizabeth Foley says the regulations make “it virtually impossible to be an effective street vendor. You can’t be within 300 feet of any place that sells the same or similar merchandise. That’s absolutely ridiculous for the government to use its power to enact a law like that. … These people are just trying to make an honest living, and the city is making it impossible to do so.”
I’ve seen a few leftist bloggers make posts regarding how much businesses love regulations or how regulations don’t kill as many jobs as one would think. The problem with these bloggers and their sources is that they don’t focus on jobs that would have come about had the regulations not been implemented. This is a classic example of what Frederic Bastiat called the Seen vs. the Unseen. What we don’t see are the jobs that are essentially prevented from coming into existence due to the increased cost of regulation compliance.
I haven’t posted much stuff on this blog lately but I want to thank the people that read the article I posted on Viewshound a little while back. Helped me win $50! I’d encourage anyone who likes writing AT ALL go ahead and get on that website so you have the same opportunity. Anyway, if anyone…
I honestly love wiki-like projects, and I am always looking to support anything that promotes individual liberty. I am also a CS student at Oklahoma State, but it’s taking me a while to graduate as I’m probably spending way too much time on mises.org and not enough time on my major.
If you end up taking on this project or anything similar, I would be happy to help contribute some code.
Check out the website of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which defies current practice by actually listing its prices on its website. Their prices are as low as one-fifth those of typical hospitals. Practitioners avoid government involvement in their practice as much as possible. On the welcome page we read:
If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your business to take a look at our facility and pricing which is listed on this site. If you are considering a trip to a foreign country to have your surgery, you should look here first. Finally, if you have no insurance at all, this facility will provide quality and pricing that we believe are unmatched.
It is no secret to anyone that the pricing of surgical services is at the top of the list of problems in our dysfunctional healthcare system. Bureaucracy at the insurance and hospital levels, cost shifting and the absence of free market principles are among the culprits for what has caused surgical care in the United States to be cost prohibitive. As more and more patients find themselves paying more and more out of pocket, it is clear that something must change. We believe that a very different approach is necessary, one involving transparent and direct pricing.
(Source: mherren, via antigovernmentextremist)
Rick Santorum: Don’t pretend to preach freedom of religion when you continually make anti-Islam remarks in order to fan the flames that prevent interfaith dialogue. The reason Islam in the Middle East tends to be seen as fundamental is because of the fact that their governments are brutally…
Perfect recap of one if the most mind numbingly stupid, yet hilarious debates yet…