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 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    December 1, 2022 

Economic Freedom in Alabama 2022

Canada’s Fraser Institute just released the 2022 Economic Freedom of North America (EFNA) index. The good news: Alabama’s economic freedom increased slightly. The bad news: we still trail three...

 

Labor Day Reflections on Quiet Quitting

Labor Day was established in 1894 to honor America’s workers. “Quiet quitting” refers to working no more than necessary to keep your job and then bragging about it on Tik Tok. Does quiet...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    May 1, 2022

Golf on the Taxpayers

Cities across America own golf courses, but analysis from the Reason Foundation shows that many lose money on them. Is subsidizing golf a proper function of government? The Reason study found over...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    March 1, 2022

Did Slavery Make America Rich?

The New York Times’ 1619 Project examines the impact of slavery on America. One essay contends that our economic system was built on slavery. Was America’s ascension as an economic powerhouse due...

 

Can Uncle Sam Afford Any Amount of Spending?

In 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal, with a price tag estimated at trillions to possibly tens of trillions of dollars. When asked whether Washington could aff...

 

The Prospects for Economic Freedom

The 2021 Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) rankings from Canada’s Fraser Institute show freedom essentially unchanged in the United States. But some important changes in the rankings will be...

 

Why Is Inflation Costly?

Inflation exceeded 5 percent in June. Double-digit inflation burdened Americans in the 1970s. Although we treat inflation as bad, economists find its costs hard to pin down. The three economic...

 

State and Local Barriers to Entrepreneurship

State and local governments lure businesses with incentive packages. Yet these governments impose rules stifling entrepreneurs starting new businesses, forgetting that Amazon, offered multi-billion...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Is Inflation Finally Here?

The 12-month change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) exceeded 4 percent in April for the first time since 2008. Many economists have been predicting inflation following a 25 percent increase in the...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    June 1, 2021

Reforming Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing involves government-imposed requirements for practitioners in different professions, or what critics call government permission slips to work. Despite a lack of evidence of bene...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    May 1, 2021

The Freedom to Use Fossil Fuels

The Biden Administration seems intent on renewing the war against fossil fuels to combat global warming. Before going down this path, I hope Americans will consider Alex Epstein’s argument in The Mo...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Capitalism and Inequality Dealing with Scammers

Inequality is one of America’s most contentious issues. According to a popular narrative, higher taxes on the rich are needed to control growing inequality. New research from the Johnson Center...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    March 1, 2021

Dealing with Scammers

Every society must protect against those who would use violence to steal from others. After controlling criminals, swindlers become a major fear and motivates many government regulations. Yet...

 

Will Student Loans be Forgiven?

November’s elections imply we will likely see some Federal student loans forgiven. Current student debt levels reflect the morphing of a reasonable program. Loan forgiveness may produce significant...

 

Public Health Mandates are Political

Governments across the country have imposed numerous public health policies to control COVID-19. A prominent one has been requiring the wearing of masks in public; Alabama has been under a mask order...

 

Harvesting and Selling Votes

Joe Biden has won the presidential election, although President Trump alleges fraud. Mr. Trump, however, has not yet offered credible evidence of fraud. The current controversy involves “vote harves...

 

The Pandemic or the Lockdown

COVID-19 has killed over 200,000 Americans while policies to stem the virus’ spread have caused enormous economic and societal harm. Any comparison must use a common metric, and economics uses...

 

Truly Expediating Vaccines

Two COVID-19 vaccines are in large-scale trials in the United States. Federal bureaucrats have thus far rejected human challenge trials (HCT), which would intentionally expose volunteers to the virus...

 

Patents, Profits and Pandemics

Knowledge is the basis of economic prosperity, and the knowledge contained in a COVID-19 vaccine or cure would be enormously valuable. We have traditionally relied on patents to reward innovation,...

 

Should We Trust Experts?

Experts in public health and epidemiology have driven policy making during the COVID-19 pandemic. How much should we trust experts? Critics dismiss Republicans who voice distrust of experts as...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Will Things Ever Change?

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin ignited nationwide protests. While we advise jurors to withhold judgment until presentation of all the evidence, video of the...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    June 1, 2020

Did We Give Informed Consent?

Our Federal and state governments implemented unprecedented measures beginning in March to stem the spread of COVID-19. Informed consent provides a foundation of medical ethics. Did our elected offici...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    May 1, 2020

Litigation in the Public Interest?

America needs billions of masks to protect against the Coronavirus, particularly high-grade N95 masks for healthcare workers. Nonetheless, fear of litigation delayed delivery of millions of constructi...

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Billionaires and the Good Society

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders contends we should not allow billionaires. His view produced interesting debate exchanges with Michael Bloomberg, who has a net worth of $53 billion....

 
 By Daniel Sutter    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Socialism and the Horrors of Communism

Bernie Sanders’ pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination continues to bring popular attention to socialism. Polls continue to reveal socialism’s considerable appeal to many Americans. Opp...

 

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