Month: January 2011

Limited Government

BREAKING: 2nd Federal Judge Rules HealthControl Unconstitutional—No One Surprised

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson today ruled Obamacare directly violates the Constitution by mandating that citizens buy health insurance.  This ruling goes further than the previous Virginia ruling. Judge Vinson declared the entire Obamacare bill unconstitutional because the individual mandate portion is not severable from the rest of the law. Third, Judge Vinson granted the …

Economy

4 Ways Government Can Help Create Shared Value

Last week I wrote about Creating Shared Value. In that post, I pointed to a Harvard Business Review article by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer. If you haven’t read both my post and the Michael Porter piece, please do so now.  I’ll wait. Now that you’re up to date, let me add the Tea Party …

Latest

It’s 1978 All Over Again **UPDATE: Thaddeus McCotter Agrees With Me**

The news might seem unimportant to us in the USA: Day after day they marched, tens of thousands strong, defiant chanting demonstrators surging through the streets of Cairo, a capital unaccustomed to the shouts and echoes of dissent. The subject of their protest was the policies of Egypt’s supreme ruler, Hosni Mubarak. Some carried signs …

Politics

What’s the Constitutional Standing of a City?

Many of the people who support eliminating state oversight of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners are not conservatives.  Decidedly not. There are some good conservatives who disagree over the Board of Police Commissioners for the City of St. Louis. I’ve heard some of these conservative make some strong arguments for abolishing the board …

Free Markets

What We Learned from Milton Friedman

I am a big fan of Milton Friedman.  I’m also becoming a big fan of Creating Shared Value.  Some believe the two values are inconsistent, but I disagree. In 2005, Reason Magazine posted an online debate between Friedman and Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey.  The debate coincided with the 35th anniversary of Friedmans’ famous …

News

SOTUday Night Fever on KSDK 5

I’ll participate on KSDK Channel 5’s post-SOTU discussion panel Tuesday following the State of the Union speech. (I being Bill Hennessy, in case you’re reading this from a news feed.) I don’t know who my fellow panelists will be, but I think it’s pretty cool that a local network invited a tea partier to help …

Living

How to Carry on the Pilgrims’ Mission

Conservatism and the Tea Party movement are good for America and good for the world.  Moreover, our beliefs, our theory of government, and our principles are good for people.  All people. Everywhere. That said, our marketing to date has been spotty at best and atrocious at worst. We don’t sell ourselves well. By “marketing,” I …

Living

How to Carry-On the Pilgrims’ Mission

Conservatism and the Tea Party movement are good for America and good for the world.  Moreover, our beliefs, our theory of government, and our principles are good for people.  All people. Everywhere. That said, our marketing to date has been spotty at best and atrocious at worst. We don’t sell ourselves well. By “marketing,” I …

Crime

Left Doubles Down on Threats

What would you do?  Suppose you did something stupid.  You blamed the wrong person, for instance, for a capital crime.  Then supposed one of your comrades compounded your . . . error . . . by threatening to kill someone on national television? If you’re an American leftist, you might double down by issuing even …

Crime

Is Bill Maher’s Vitriol Responsible for Arrest?

Last week, America’s sleaziest leftists—Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, E. J. Dionne, Paul Krugman, others – have executed a prepared propaganda war against anyone who disagrees with them. Their theorem is: vitriolic rhetoric inspires conservatives to act out in violence. Unfortunately for the loony left, there was no evidence to support their theorem.  The …