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Where There's Cigarette Taxes, There's Smuggling

In a 2010 update to their 2008 study "Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling" (http://www.mackinac.org/10005), Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit show the strong correlation between high cigarette taxes and smuggling, theft and other violent crimes. … more

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 today’s related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

It should be about the children, not adults

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks about reforming public education. … more

Great Moments in Unintended Consequences

Reason TV - All actions have unanticipated side effects, but government acting through regulation or legislation is particularly adept at creating disastrous unintended consequences.  … more

Obama Gets Busted on Mythbusters

Super-fan President Barack Obama makes a guest appearance on a very special episode of Mythbusters this week. But will he still like Jamie and Adam after they bust his first two years in office?

For sources of the video facts, please click here.  … more

The Underfunded Myth

Adjusting for inflation, Michigan school expenditures have nearly quadrupled since 1960. As measured by personal income, Michigan devotes more state and local tax revenue to schools than any other state besides Vermont.

Read more about this and other school funding myths at www.Mackinac.org/SchoolMyths… more

Film Noir

A great deal of fanfare ushered in what was supposed to be a 146-million dollar film studio and school in Allen Park late last summer. Less than a year later, and despite lucrative tax deals from the state, Unity Studios could be in jeopardy -- reportedly over unpaid rent and lax financial reporting by studio executives. … more

Michael & Me

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

The Economics of High-Speed Rail

Randal O'Toole discusses high-speed rail trains with John Stossel on Fox Business. … more

Milton Friedman - Greed

The late economist discusses "greed" with Phil Donahue in 1978. … more

Adam Neuman was not afraid to put his life on the line; he's certainly not afraid of union bullying. He fought for freedom overseas, and he simply wants to exercise it back home. But the Brighton Education Association and his school district are violating his rights.


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