The Shocking Truth About Term Limits

By: Paul Jacob “Michigan’s strictest-in-the-nation term limits law will force nearly 70 percent of state senators out of office in 2019 and more than 20 percent of representatives,” reports the Detroit News, “a mass turnover that is fueling renewed interest in reform.” What?!! Could term limitation laws actually make our poor underpaid and overworked politicians vacate…

In Case You Missed It

By: Paul Jacob Tucked into the “In Case You Missed It” feature of yesterday’s Washington Post was a little item noting that last week former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) had been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with an underage girl. Weiner must also pay a $10,000 fine and register as a sex offender.…

Give B.S. a Chance

By: Paul Jacob “Help me get my B.S. in the voters pamphlet,” read the subject-line of Tim Eyman’s email. Eyman is a practitioner of the art of the voter initiative, foremost in his state, Washington, and one of the most effective nationwide. In fact, he was once dubbed “America’s No. 1 Freedom Fighter” . .…

Symbols of Division and Diversion

By: Paul Jacob Though the breakdown of civil debate seems new, the subjects are old. We are actually talking about Nazis, again. And the Confederacy. The former defeated by my father’s generation, the latter defeated several generations earlier, they are subjects of our dreams, nightmares and shouting matches for a reason: because talking about the future…

The Minimum Wage — Science Strikes Back

By: Paul Jacob It should shock no one: denying unskilled workers the opportunity to sell their labor for less ends up disadvantaging those unskilled workers against better-skilled ones. That’s precisely what standard economic theory predicts. It’s what common sense should tell you. And it’s what a major new study — with access to more data…

The Heart of a Double Standard

By: Paul Jacob That became the regime’s explanatory slogan in George Orwell’s allegorical novel, Animal Farm. People are animals, too, of course . . . in the biological sense. And oftentimes in the other sense, too. Especially politicians. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” There is a move afoot in…

Will the UN Permit Obamacare’s Repeal?

By: Paul Jacob Like E.F. Hutton, when the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” talks, people listen. In disbelief, perhaps. Or amusement. But they listen. Well, at least Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank…