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Must Reads For The Week 5/7/16

May 6, 2016

Government Busybodies

300 Hours Training Required To Shampoo Hair In Tennessee, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, at reason.com. Licensing laws to shampoo hair! Shouldn’t individuals contracting in a free market make these decisions on who should and shouldn’t shampoo hair? No say the busybodies.

California The Ultimate Nanny State, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Go to the article and look at the list of activities you are not allowed to do. Here are a few examples: “No one can use foam takeout containers or plastic carryout bags or play online poker. You can’t purchase raw milk or caffeinated beer, and E-cigarettes are treated as if they were tobacco even if they are not.”

FDA Imposes A Slow-Motion Ban On E-Cigarrettes, by Jacob Sullum, at reason.com. I haven’t understood why the powers that be have a problem with e-cigarettes. This is just a way of getting your nicotine fix without inhaling the carcinogens that are present when smoking cigarettes. It’s safer. What’s the problem.

The FDA’s New Tobacco Rules Will Be Terrible For Cigar Smokers Too, by Jacob Greer, at reason.com. There is nothing that government won’t try to regulate out of existence.

Airbnb: Regulation Without Government, at fee.org. Most people think that if there is not government regulation through the political process, there is no regulation at all. Not true. There is private regulation through the free market if there is no government regulation. This private regulation is less contentious and costly than government regulation.

Economic Reality

Puerto Rico Says Will Default Tomorrow, Begs Congress For Help, at zerohedge.com. You do know that Congress means you and me the U.S. tax payer. When you incur more debt than you can pay off, you have to default and start over. Getting “Help” (more money), will only make the eventual default more costly. Take your medicine sooner rather than later.

This Is The End: Venezuela Runs Out Of Money To Print New Money, at zerohedge.com. This socialist paradise has printed so much money they don’t have enough money to pay for printing more money.

Elon Musk Crony Capitalist, by Veronique de Rugy, at reason.com. Musk’s Tesla Motors, Solar City, and Space X are subsidized by the government (you and me). In a true free market, these companies either made it on their own or they cut their losses and went out of business. Musk has said in the past that these companies would be profitable without the subsidies. How do we know unless they actually try to make it on their own? Could you be a successful businessman if the government gave you enough money?

Federal Bureaucrats Are Paid 78% More Than Private Workers, at fee.org. We are paying high salaries to people to do not just nonproductive work, but  in most cases it is destructive work. When these people make it more difficult for free market businesses to be productive, that is destructive. We would be better off if we paid these people to do absolutely nothing every day.

It Finally Happened: 500 Euro Notes, Will No Longer Be Produced, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When central banks artificially set interest rates it leads to this. Central banks can only implement negative interest rates if they get rid of cash. Rational people will hoard cash rather than pay to have it kept in these banks. Central bankers can’t let this happen.

U.S. Jobs Growth Slows Down In April, at marketwatch.com. I think it is amusing to here it reported that 160,000 jobs were created in April. In reality there was only a net of 10,000 jobs created. There are 150,000 jobs lost every month under normal economic conditions because of the creative destruction of the free market. So each month there has to be 150,000 jobs created just to break even. The starting point for counting jobs is 150,001. That is one job.

Is Donald Trump The Second Coming Of FDR?, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Just because you know how to make money in your chosen field, doesn’t mean you know anything about economics. Now that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee I suggest that he read Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. That’s just for starters. I can suggest other books after he gets a base of knowledge from Dr. Sowell’s book.

 

 

Must Read “Leftovers”

October 27, 2015

Prop F: You Can Do Anything In Your Bedroom But Rent It, by Debra Saunders, at realclearpolitics.com. Two individuals can voluntarily choose to cooperate when it comes to a payment for use of property. But government is a third-party kibitzer that has the power to interfere in their voluntary exchange.

Democrats Argue That Requiring A Birth Certificate (or similar document) Is An Undue Burden On People’s Ability To Vote. Will They Soon Make That Challenge For Little League Sports, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. You need a birth certificate to register to school, obtain a drivers license, a marriage license, a pass port, a social security card. Why shouldn’t it be required to vote?

The Benefits Of Carbon Dioxide, by Matt Ridley, at rationaloptimist.com. Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant. It is plant food. Photosynthesis is the process where plants take in carbon dioxide, water and sunlight and produce sugars for the plant and oxygen as a waste product. We breath in the plants waste product (oxygen), and breath out carbon dioxide (plant food).

Two Dozen States Sue Obama Over Coal Plant Emission Rules, by Timothy Cama, at thehill.com. States are pushing back against the regulatory authority of the Federal Government.

John Stossel – Rule Breakers vs. The Regulatory State, from libertypenblog.blogspot.com.

A Major Union Just Expanded Its Battle For A $15:00 Minimum Wage, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Excerpt from the article; “The higher minimum wage laws prevent non-union workers to compete for jobs based on price. It is a government-run protection racket for those who are able to get union jobs, at the expense of outsiders.

The 10 Jobs That Attract The Most Psychopaths, at zerohedge.com. I have no comment on this.

 

Must Reads For The Week 11/29/14

November 29, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

How Government Officials Are Using Bank Regulations To Shut Down Industry, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Government regulators are pressuring banks to stop doing business with industries that are not liked by the administration such as firearms makers, payday lenders, ammunition dealers, and others. It’s called Operation Choke Point. It chokes off banking services for these industries with the hope of driving them out of business. Oh that’s right that can’t happen here!

Grab Some Popcorn: Investigators May Have Found Up To 30K Lois Lerner E-Mails, at targetliberty.com. These were found three weeks after the election. In the words of Hilary Clinton, “What difference at this point does it make?”

Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Have Been Bogus, at investors.com. Who among us would ever believe that Government officials would “put their thumb on the scale” in order to get a desired outcome?

The People’s Republic Of San Francisco Is Now Micro-Managing Employee Schedules Of Chain Stores, at economicpolicyjournal.com. There is no limit to what central planners think they can regulate.

58 Experts Who Do Not Believe Global Warming Is A Crisis, at targetliberty.com. These 58 heretics should be burned at the stake for denying the religion of global warming.

SendMyBag Arrives In The In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t, by Steve O’Hear, at techcrunch.com. People are looking for cheaper and more reliable ways of getting their luggage to their destination, and SendMyBag has stepped in to supply the service. Why couldn’t central planners in Government have come up with this idea?

Find A Loving Dog Sitter And Dog Walker, at rover.com. Once again the dynamism of the free market creates a service that people are willing to pay for. This is the Uber idea, for dogs.

Airbnb Is 2014 Company Of The Year, by Bert Helm, at inc.com. This is how technology is bringing buyers and sellers together, creating a more efficient use of scarce resources. Just as Big Taxi is against Uber, Big Hotel will be against this bed and breakfast company.

Uber Against Racial Profiling, by Howard Baetjer Jr., at fee.org. Here is an excerpt from the article, “Uber has a strong incentive to give its drivers the incentive to pick up every rider — black, white, or brown — right away. It does that in two ways. First, it reduces its drivers’ reasons for racial profiling. Uber has each rider’s name, cell phone number, credit card information, and the time and route of the ride, so Uber riders are unlikely to rob drivers.” The free market makes discrimination costly policy.

Saudi Texas: An Amazing Chart Of An Amazing Job Creating State, by Mark J. Perry, at aei.org. If it wasn’t for the jobs created in Texas, the US would have negative job growth since the economic collapse of 08.

Looters Of Trinkets & Looters Of Treasures, at targetliberty.com.

Here is a video of Odell Beckham Jr. making an unbelieveable catch for a touchdown.

 

If you want to know how you make a catch like that, watch this video.

 

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice practice practice.