The United States’ Big Welfare State

The United States has long had a larger welfare state than most other Western democracies. Surprised? You may not be aware of the new research on "net social spending." Net social spending includes not just government expenditures on social programs, but also tax credits for social purposes and, as a debit, government taxation of social … Continue reading The United States’ Big Welfare State

Baptists and Bootleggers – French Edition (French Required to Have Breathalyzers in Cars)

According to the BBC, a new French law makes it "compulsory for drivers to carry a breathalyser kit in their vehicles or risk an on-the-spot fine."  This new mandate, of course, is designed for safety.  I mean, what else could it be for?  An MSN article on the new law dutifully reports this aspect: "About 4,000 people each year are killed … Continue reading Baptists and Bootleggers – French Edition (French Required to Have Breathalyzers in Cars)

Britain Stands Alone

For the first time in history, Britain has vetoed a new EU treaty. The purpose of the treaty was to impose tough new limits on budget deficits of member states. David Cameron argues that the new treaty would open the door to new financial regulations that would disadvantage Britain. His move is likely to prove … Continue reading Britain Stands Alone

“Entitlement Derangement Syndrome”

David French writes of what he calls "Entitlement Derangement Syndrome," which he thinks is motivating what we're seeing in Wisconsin---namely, aggressive protesting over benefits and pensions, as if we had some kind of natural right to them. He likens the Wisconsin protesting to what went on in France last October when they wanted to raise the retirement … Continue reading “Entitlement Derangement Syndrome”