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A Guide to the American Federal Debt

A satirical short film taking a look at the national debt and how it applies to just one family. … more

Cronyism in America

Professors Don Boudreaux (George Mason University), Susan Dudley (George Washington University) & Bradley Schiller (University of Nevada-Reno) discuss the causes & solutions to Cronyism in America.

For more information, check out www.EconomicFreedom.org.  … more

Why the Stimulus Failed

High, persistent unemployment and a sluggish economy underscore what all but the most-dedicated partisans know to be true: The president's 2009 stimulus program was a massively expensive bust.

Understanding why the stimulus failed is an important step in understanding how the government can—and cannot—goose economic recovery.  … more

Golden Ticket

Like many charter public schools in Michigan, South Arbor Charter Academy must hold a lottery to distribute its limited classroom slots among an overwhelming number of applicants. In this video, the parents of some 556 student-hopefuls vie for just 26 slots at this achievement - and values - focused school. … more

Do Good-ers Who Do Harm

All too often people who are well-meaning and have good intentions end up creating results which are the opposite of the very thing they are trying to fix. Milton Friedman discusses the efficacy of "affecting to trade for the public good," as Adam Smith put it.  … more

Occupy Wall Street & Capitalism: A Professor's Response

The Occupy Wall Street movement expresses valid frustrations, but do the protesters aim their accusations in the wrong direction?

Economics Professor Chris Coyne draws the distinction between crony capitalism and legitimate capitalism. Crony capitalism is government favoritism fueled by handouts and is responsible for the plight of the 99%. Legitimate capitalism, on the other hand, uses competition to align consumer and producer interests and serves to improve everyone's standard of living. … more

Thanksgiving: Overcoming Socialism

The Plymouth Colony was established as a communal society -- an experiment in socialism. No one had an incentive to work, so disease and famine forced the pilgrims to adopt liberty and capitalism. The result? Much for which to be thankful!

To learn more, read "The Lost Lesson of Thanksgiving." … more

Fox Business: Loving Parents or Union Workers?

Fox Business Network picks up the Michigan Capitol Confidential story about Robert and Patricia Haynes, who discuss the Michigan law that forces them to join a union because they care for their kids with cerebral palsy.

The original story can be read here: www.MichiganCapitolConfidential.com/16001… more

The State Against Blacks

We have always been told that big government programs help minorities and poor people. It's intuitive to think that affirmative action, the minimum wage, and welfare make life better for people living in poverty. In Times Square, people tell Stossel: "Well of course there should be a minimum wage! There should definitely be affirmative action!" But this week Stossel and economist Walter Williams report that what we think we know is wrong. … more

The SEIU in Michigan: Home Health Aides

In 2005, as part of a nationwide push to increase membership using government subsidies as a source for union dues, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized Michigan's home health aides. As a result, tens of thousands of the state's independent, private-sector workers found themselves belonging to a government employees' union, with dues skimmed from their clients' Medicaid subsidy checks.

This video features Frank, a disabled adult with severe cerebral palsy, and his health aide, Judi, who's outraged that government money meant to help Frank is instead going to a union she wants no part of.

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Mackinac Minute: Recent Education Reform

Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy Michael Van Beek discusses the introduction of recent bills to reform education in Michigan. Among proposed legislation is the so-called "Right to Teach" bill, as well as a bill that removes the limits on the number of online charter schools in the state. … more

Michigan Charter School Wars

In Sept. 2011, Michigan basketball standout Jalen Rose opened a new charter school in his hometown of Detroit. He's one of the few to be able to do so under current state law that limits the number of charter schools in the state. Michigan lawmakers can change that. They have before them several bills to address education reform. Among them, a bill to lift the "cap" on charter schools in Michigan to give students more educational opportunities. This attempt is not a first. Twice over the past dozen years, legislators failed to approve lifting these restrictions. Both times, by just a few votes. Are legislators destined to repeat history?

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School Opportunity in Detroit: Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

After a successful professional basketball career, Jalen Rose is setting his sights on becoming an education entrepreneur. In 2011, the former University of Michigan basketball standout and Detroit native opened a brand new charter school — the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Expectations are high here, but Rose says he's committed to giving these high school students an opportunity to succeed.

“I’m a Detroit native and I know that unions are Big Business. All adults know that. Based on the number of schools, the number of kids, the number of dollars that flow through that situation. But a lot of the people that are standing on the table with that argument can’t necessarily pose the reason why that’s valid other than money. Look at the numbers of graduation rates that we have here lately: 30 percent for 9th graders graduating. In Detroit we have 47 percent of the adults that are functionally illiterate. So there is obviously something that is not happening in the right manner.” … more

Our Kids Deserve the Best and Brightest Teachers

Democrat Rep. Tim Melton of Auburn Hills explains what it means to treat teachers like professionals. … more

Michigan School District Bucks Spending Cuts Trend

Many school districts in Michigan claim state budget cuts have forced them to make drastic reductions in programs and course offerings. This is not the case in Oxford Community Schools, which has added sports teams, doubled its entire fine arts program and created an orchestra and world language programs.  … more

Michigan School District Opens School In China

Oxford Community Schools are doing something unprecedented in the state of Michigan, opening the Northeast Yucai Oxford International Senior High School in China this fall. In the video, you'll meet the principal of the school and the superintendent who believes this school will eventually help his district become financially independent from the state.

See related article at www.MichCapCon.com/15582 … more

Michigan Film Incentive: Part IV

When Michigan government gives money to subsidize film makers, it has to take it from somebody else. Here's one such story. … more

U of M Graduate Students Target of Union Grab

Melinda Day is a Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) at the University of Michigan and the target of a new unionization push from the University's Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), which is a local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. While the GEO successfully organized U of M's Graduate Instructors in 1975, the state determined in 1981 that research assistants are not 'employees' and therefore cannot be unionized.  … more

Gary Johnson Says Michigan "The Worst" Political Environment on Prez Campaign Trail

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson says that compared to New Hampshire, Michigan is "the worst" political environment on the Presidential Primary campaign trail as he talks to New Hampshire Watchdog's Grant Bosse about the debt ceiling, the economy, and running for President. … more

Rubber Chickens and Benefits in Balance: How Michigan can save $5.7 billion annually

The burden of government can slow down the private sector and prevent it from providing the goods and services people want -- as well as rendering it extremely difficult to hit people on the head with chickens. … more

Benefits in Balance: Saving $5.7 billion annually without higher taxes or program cuts in Michigan

Bringing public sector benefits in line with private sector benefits would save Michigan $5.7 billion annually. Find out more: www.benefitsinbalance.com. … more

Freedom to Work: A New Right-To-Work Effort in Michigan

Several union members and others gathered in the Capitol building to announce their new coalition and plans to push for legislation to add Michigan to the list of states that have enacted Right-to-Work laws.  … more

How to Lower Your Michigan Business Liability... and Win an Oscar While You're At It

State Rep. Chuck Moss, R-Birmingham, appeared in a Michigan Chamber of Commerce video titled, “Michigan's Business Comedy." The video is a tongue-in-cheek look at the subsidies filmmakers got at the expense of those paying the burdensome Michigan Business Tax. … more

Sen. Rand Paul on balancing the budget

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discusses our nation's debt crisis and the need for a balanced budget on the Senate floor. … more

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the 3 Tier System

Should beer have to travel 100 miles before it can be sold at a store or restaurant...that's right across the street from the brewer?

This scenario is entirely plausible due to Prohibition-era laws in Michigan that created a "Three-Tier" distribution system overseen by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. In the video see how these archaic and rigid laws are hurting beer entrepreneurs in the state's ever-growing and well-repected craft-beer industry. … more

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the 3 Tier System

Should beer have to travel 100 miles before it can be sold at a store or restaurant... that's right across the street from the brewer?

This scenario is entirely plausible due to Prohibition-era laws in Michigan that created a "three-tier" distribution system overseen by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. In the video see how these archaic and rigid laws are hurting beer entrepreneurs in the state's ever-growing and well-respected craft-beer industry. … more

The Green Regulation Machine: Saving the Planet or Killing Jobs?

When Dwayne Whitney started his trucking business decades ago he had only one truck. Today he has eighteen and 20 employees. But that's about to change.

"The State of California says my trucks are killing people," says Whitney. "What do you say to that?" … more

Beyond the Classroom - Virtual Learning in Michigan Schools

Online learning is fast becoming another educational choice for families around the nation. In Michigan, one school district has taken its virtual program beyond the district boundaries as a way to not only educate more students but lessen its recent financial struggles. Find out how an entrepreneurial approach has set Berrien Springs Public Schools apart.

See also the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 study about virtual learning: http://www.mackinac.org/14727 … more

School Funding in Michigan: Common Myths

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Michigan’s state-run school system is the largest and most expensive government service state taxpayers support – spending more than $20 billion a year. It employs more than 350,000 people, who work in one of the more than 4,100 different entities. Given the enormity and complexity of the system, it’s no surprise that myths abound about how public schools are funded. … more

Fracking Fears Unfounded?

Fox Business Network experts debate whether using hydraulic fracturing to retrieve natural gas is dangerous to the environment. … more

The Health Care Compact

ObamaCare, Interstate Compacts and how the Tea Party can have leverage on Congress. … more

What's Wrong with the Michigan Business Tax?

A Michigan Businessman shares the story of how the state's business tax and related surcharge have hampered efforts by his company to grow and do business in Michigan, as compared to Indiana, where his company also has operations. A key lawmaker and the Mackinac Center's fiscal policy director agree, and both believe the MBT and surcharge could be eliminated without harm to the state. … more

The Granholm-AFSCME Partnership

A close investigation finds ample evidence that Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration was involved in arranging the unionization of day care providers from the start. … more

A Michigan School District Invents New Teacher Evaluation Program

A dedicated team of administrators and teachers in the Oscoda Area School district has come up with a revolutionary new way to evaluate teachers. As a bonus, the district owns the copyright to the program software, thus creating a new revenue stream for the district. Find out how this new program could reinvent the education landscape in Michigan. … more

Union Threatens to "Weaponize" Government Jobs

Michigan AFSCME President Herb Sanders threatens to "weaponize" state government jobs if they don't get their way. … more

Mitch Albom Tries to Rescue Michigan Film Incentives

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to cap the state's film subsidy program to $25 million has high profile film industry supporters, including Mitch Albom, fighting back.  … more

The City that Outsourced Everything

While cities across the country are cutting services, raising taxes and contemplating bankruptcy, something extraordinary is happening in a suburban community just north of Atlanta, Georgia.

Since incorporating in 2005, Sandy Springs has improved its services, invested tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure and kept taxes flat. And get this: Sandy Springs has no long-term liabilities. … more

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Talks to the Mackinac Center

On April 4, 2011, Gov. Snyder sat down with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to discuss a number of issues including recently signed -and controversial- emergency financial manager legislation, penalties for teacher strikes, film subsidies, a proposed tax on pensions and government transparency. … more

Is the Michigan DEQ Harassing Hart Enterprises?

A Sparta, Mich., company got a surprise visit in March, 2011 from a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality air quality inspector. Hart Enterprises Inc. does not need an air permit to do business. A company official tells the Mackinac Center he believes the unannounced visit is more than coincidence, given the company's ongoing legal dispute against the state over a so-called "wetland" on its property. … more

Mitch Albom Tries to Rescue Michigan Film Incentives

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to cap the state's film subsidy program to $25 million has high profile film industry supporters, including Mitch Albom, fighting back.  … more

What's Wrong with the Michigan Business Tax?

A Michigan businessman shares the story of how the state's business tax and related surcharge have hampered efforts by his company to grow and do business in Michigan, as compared to Indiana, where his company also has operations. A key lawmaker and the Mackinac Center's fiscal policy director agree, and both believe the MBT and surcharge could be eliminated without harm to the state. … more

Rallies at the Michigan Capitol

On March 15 and 16, 2011, demonstrators turned out in droves to protest several of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposals to help eliminate a $1.5 billion dollar budget deficit. Here are some of the sights, sounds and signs at the rallies. … more

Adapting the Epic: The Making of Atlas Shrugged the Movie

"The whole theme of the movie is, really, human evil," says Brian O'Toole, the screenwriter behind Atlas Shrugged Part I, the feature adaptation of Ayn Rand's influential novel. "And human evil springs from good intentions."

O'Toole and producer Harmon Kaslow tell Reason.tv what viewers can expect to see in the movie, which covers the first of three sections in Rand's novel.  … more

The Truth About the State Pension Crisis

Columnist Veronique de Rugy explains the truth about the state pension crisis by separating economic myth from economic fact. … more

Michigan Demonstrator Compares Gov. Rick Snyder to Adolf Hitler

Demonstrator says new emergency financial manager program for cities in financial distress is comparable to powers taken by Nazi leader.

For more on Michigan's new EFM law, see www.MichCapCon.com/14739  … more

If Snyder Taxes Pension Income, Does the Money Go to Mexico?

A demonstrator at the state capitol on Tuesday says the purpose of Gov. Snyder's proposal to tax pension income is to open factories in Mexico and China.

Michigan is one of just three states that exempts pension income from the state income tax. The governor's tax proposal would eliminate this exemption and tax pension income the same as other income. The plan would also reduce the state personal income tax for all taxpayers, eliminate the Michigan business tax and replace it with a new, smaller business tax. … more

Behold! Your Public Sector Unions at Work.

PJTV's Andrew Klaven hilariously explains the economics and politics of public sector collective bargaining. … more

Big Labor Versus Lansing Entrepreneur

Meet Pat Gillespie. He and his company want to build two upscale apartment complexes where parking lots now lie along the riverfront in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Find out how Big Labor recently threatened to halt both the cleanup and economic development of the property unless the developer agreed to pay union-scale wages and benefits for all of the construction jobs needed for his project.

Please see the related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14006 … more

Michigan Film Office Advisory Council on Gov. Snyder's Plan for Film Subsidies

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder proposed reforming the state's film subsidy program of up to a 42% refund on film spending in Michigan.

On March 11, 2011, the council held its first meeting since the governor released his budget. The council lambasted Snyder over the expense cap of $25 million, essentially making a direct lobby for the industry. … more

Michigan Construction Union "Bannering"

Welcome to “bannering,” a new method being deployed by Big Labor bosses who wish to continue exerting their influence over a marketplace where employers, customers and workers have turned sharply against using union labor. … more

Politician Staffs: Your Money, Their Secret

WNEM TV-5 got some surprising answers back in 2009 when it asked Michigan lawmakers to fess up to taxpayers about who works for them and how much they are paid. … more

Sen. Rand Paul on Consumer Choice in Energy Committee Hearing

Sen.. Paul (R-KY) questions the Department of Energy's commitment to protecting consumer choice during consideration of Appliance/Light Bulb Energy-Efficiency Legislation. … more

Former Democratic DC Mayor Supports Gov. Walker’s Tactics

Former Washington D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty joins a round table discussion about Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin and voices his support. … more

States tangle with teacher tenure

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As momentum for school reform grows and state budgets continue to shrink, the system of teacher tenure is under increasing scrutiny

To see more on this issue in regards to Michigan, click here… more

School Funding Testimony

Michael Van Beek gave a national perspective on school funding in Michigan, pointing out that Michigan has some of the highest education spending when taking into account the state wealth — in other words, the ability of state taxpayers to support that spending.

Despite having the nation's highest teacher average salaries when controlling for state per-capita person income, Michigan students score relatively low on national standardized tests, even after controlling for socio-economic status.

Click here for more information on school funding myths. … more

Atlas Shrugged Trailer

The official trailer for Ayn Rand's best-selling novel. … more

Michael and Me

While Michael Moore has railed against crony capitalism, his own film Capitalism: A Love Story was subsidized by Michigan taxpayers. … more

Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

A helpful primer on the rise of government unions and the monopoly power given to them through collective bargaining. … more

The Granholm-AFSCME Partnership

A close investigation finds ample evidence that Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration was involved in arranging the unionization of day care providers from the start. … more

Are You My Employer?

The bizarre forced unionization of day care providers raises a fundamental question: If they are union members, who is their employer?

For more information and videos on the underhanded unionization scheme, click here… more

Chris Christie on Face the Nation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses collective bargaining, public employee unions, and why great teachers need to make more money. … more

Canadian Doctor Lotteries

Canadians living in rural areas sometimes face long trips to see a family doctor. At least two towns have tried to be fair in assigning patients to incoming physicians by creating "doctor lotteries." … more

Why It's So Hard to Make a Movie: Q&A with Filmmaker Joe Gressis

This Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Hollywood as usual, but it's increasingly common for Hollywood films to be produced outside California or even outside the United States.

Filmmaker Joe Gressis isn't surprised when Hollywood productions leave the Golden State. He's surprised when they stay. "The fact that we remain here is kind of ridiculous," says the three-time Emmy-nominated Gressis.

Topics include: tax incentives, the benefits of shooting in Hong Kong, and why Gressis admires Michael Bay. … more

The Unstable Funding Myth

For the past century, funding for public schools has moved in one steady direction -- up. Despite some policies that make school budgeting more difficult than it needs to be in Michigan, school funding has proven to be remarkably stable.

Read more about this and other school funding myths at www.mackinac.org/12610… more

SNL: 2010 Public Employee of the Year Award

A night to honor America's government workers. … more

Michigan Carpenters Union Outsources Protesters

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy discovers that the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters uses non-union labor to protest a Grand Rapids area businessman. What's worse, the union has even recruited demonstrators who frequent local homeless shelters, including a shelter which gets help from the very same businessman targeted by the union.

See related story on the main page or at: www.MichCapCon.com/14563 … more

Saline School Bond

An administrator at the Saline Area Schools asks for favorable votes for a district bond extension. This was posted on the district’s website, but later removed. Election law experts believe it violated state law. See related story on the main page or at: www.MichCapCon.com/14568 … more

Silly Senator, Corn is for Food!

Ethanol advocates claim that ethanol is a cheap, renewable energy source that reduces pollution and our dependence on foreign oil. It sounds too good to be true--and it is. … more

Chris Christie's Adversary

An interview with New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney on the possibilities of reform. … more

Gov. Snyder and Right to Work

The Michigan governor tells Wendy Day of Common Sense in Government that he would sign a right to work bill into law if it reached his desk. … more

Ohio Mom Jailed for Sending Kids to Better School District

ABC - An Ohio mother's attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars. Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.  … more

Help With the National Debt Relief Amendment

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

The video explains that the idea is aimed at deficit spenders in both parties.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14531.  … more

El Paso's Attack on Street Vendors

Should the city of El Paso, Texas, be allowed to turn itself into a No-Vending Zone in order to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition? … more

Celebrate President Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

We face many challenges as a nation today. But as we celebrate the birth of Ronald Reagan, it is important to note that these are not new challenges. Reagan faced similar problems, but believed that it could be "morning in America". On this anniversary, we should honor him by recommitting ourselves to the conservative principles he championed. … more

Kids Aren't Cars

"Kids Aren't Cars" is a 9-part short film series on the state of public education in America. It highlights examples from Midwestern states. It shows the impact organized labor and the assembly-line system has had on educating children.

For more information, see www.kidsarentcars.com.

Also check out our related story at MichCapCon.com/14225… more

Gov. Chris Christie Lambastes ‘Obscene’ Police Union Contracts

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about police salaries, pensions and layoffs, during a Town Hall Meeting. … more

Saving Social Security with Personal Retirement Accounts

There are two crises facing Social Security. First the program has a gigantic unfunded liability, largely thanks to demographics. Second, the program is a very bad deal for younger workers, making them pay record amounts of tax in exchange for comparatively meager benefits. This video explains how personal accounts can solve both problems, and also notes that nations as varied as Australia, Chile, Sweden, and Hong Kong have implemented this pro-growth reform. … more

Replace the Michigan Business Tax With ... NOTHING?

State Senator Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township, Chairman of the Michigan Senate Finance Committee, tells Michigan Capitol Confidential his plans for killing the Michigan Business Tax. … more

Are Union Pensions Bankrupting America?

Charles Krauthammer discusses the pension problems plaguing country. … more

Hangar42 developer arraigned over fraud

Hangar42 developer arraigned over fraud: woodtv.com

Snooping by the Mackinac Center’s investigative team has led the Attorney General to file felony charges against two men who are accused of gaming the state’s film incentive program. … more

Governor Chris Christie Interview

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks fiscal responsibility and education reform on Bloomberg TV. … more

Milton Friedman on Self-Interest and the Profit Motive

A student poses a question based on the notion that people and companies should pursue their own self-interest. … more

The National Debt Relief Amendment

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.” This is a press conference announcing the introduction of the proposal in the Arizona Legislature.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

Rep. Paul Ryan Tears Down the ObamaCare 'Fiscal House of Cards'

Rep. Paul Ryan on the House Floor yesterday where he spoke during debate on the bill to repeal ObamaCare. Ryan disagrees with arguments that repeal of ObamaCare would increase America's debt.  … more

Michigan Public Compensation Savings

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder believes that public employee compensation needs to be reduced so as to be more in line with the private sector and more in line with what is affordable. Mackinac Center research also shows billions of dollars in annual savings if the state goes down this path. So what do the lawmakers who now control Lansing think about all of this?

See more on this issue at MichCapCon.com/14271… more

Why soaking the rich doesn't work

Milton Friedman answers a question about what rich people do with their profits. … more

'State of the Citizen' Rally

Several hundred demonstrators showed up with a new message for Michigan's elected officials during Gov. Granholm's final State of the State address. From February 2010.

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Why Michigan Needs Regulatory Reform

Business owners across Michigan attempting to start up or expand their businesses have been thwarted by Michigan's overreaching, unresponsive regulatory regime. The Mackinac Center's senior environmental analyst, Russ Harding, explains why his blueprint for regulatory reform (http://www.mackinac.org/13789) is necessary to foster both jobs and the environment. … more

Winning the War on Debt

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

The video explains how the debt relief amendment might actually win.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

Tea Party Could Cut Up the Federal Credit Card

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

The video explains that the idea is aimed at deficit spenders in both parties.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

San Francisco's Happy Meal Ban

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The Daily Show wonders who is responsible for their child's health; parents or the government? … more

President Obama Opposed Raising Debt Ceiling Before He Was For It

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership . Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” - Sen. Barack Obama on March 16, 2006. … more

The impact of forced-union agreements in Michigan

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan President Chris Fisher explains how project labor agreements have impacted the industry and its workers. … more

The National Debt Relief Amendment

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution:

"An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

Canadian Medical Tourism

Canada's public health care system promises universal coverage, but it does not guarantee universal access on a universal schedule. Long wait times force some Canadians living in pain to go out of country rather than wait 6 months to a year and a half for surgery for non-life-threatening conditions. … more

Is the U.S. Turning Marxist?

The Foundation for Economic Education's Larry Reed explains the ties between communism and the American regulatory system. … more

Raw Foods Raid - The Fight For the Right To Eat What You Want

ReasonTV - This summer armed government agents raided Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California health food co-op. What were the agents after? Unpasteurized milk. … more

Responsibility to the Poor

Milton Friedman looks at the age-old question: What is government's role regarding the poor? … more

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