Everybody needs food, but the government does not require entrepreneurs to obtain a certificate of need before opening or expanding a grocery store. Everybody needs healthcare at one time or another, but the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and 35 states require hospitals to obtain certificates of need (called CONs) before they open their doors or expand. Certificates of need tend to favor large non-profit operations, which are now blocking competition while scamming patients and taxpayers alike.
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Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is the author of Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, and Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield.
The Republican tax bill (which passed 227-203 in the House and 51-48 in the Senate) marks the first reform of the tax code since the 1980s. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have some justification for celebration, but even during the holiday season the people should not imagine that the bill actually gives them anything.
Notorious criminal Charles Manson, who passed away last month in a California hospital, has certainly made the list of celebrities who died in 2017. For observers of any age, particularly millennials, Manson’s departure is worthy of reflection on a couple of points.
On October 1, Stephen Paddock turned his guns on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 59 people, including himself, and wounding more than 500 in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. As an event that marks an anniversary on November 5 shows, the horror could have been much worse.
On its fourth weekend in theaters, It -- the 62nd film adaptation of a work by Stephen King -- raked in $17.3 million from stateside theaters and $35.6 million overseas. Those figures topped even the first weekend revenues for American Made, which scored $17 million domestic and only $3.8 million international, despite the name of Tom Cruise above the title.
Establishment media stories on Labor Day can easily leave the impression that “labor” and unions are one and the same. Workers across the nation should reject that equation because it isn’t true.
The New York Times reports that the Trump administration is directing the Justice Department to sue universities over affirmative action policies directed against whites and Asians. Opponents call it a “dog whistle” intended to create fear that government will punish efforts to maintain “diversity” on campus. Those alarmed might consider how Californians handled this issue.
On July 4, Americans celebrate their independence, and on July 17 they might take time to recall John Coltrane. Fifty years after his passing, tragically, many know little about this giant of American musical artistry.
California assemblyman Rob Bonta authored AB 22, which repeals part of a law allowing state employees to be fired for being members of the Communist Party. The Bay Area Democrat has withdrawn the bill, but his gambit provides a tutorial on the currently raging subject of foreign intervention in American elections.
The Promise, directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), takes place during World War I, when the Ottoman Turks set out to exterminate the Armenians, the first attempt at genocide of the past century.
In California’s state capital of Sacramento, torrential rains and flooding have put the city’s surging homeless population into a state of crisis. Politicians are running to the rescue.
Visitors to Mexico City can take a new “Corruptour” with twenty-seven stops, including a government subway line that cost more than $1 billion but had to be shut down for repairs. Such a tour is a great idea for California, which abounds with similar debacles.
Versatile British actor John Hurt passed on January 27 at the age of 77. Critics hailed his performances in films such as A Man for All Seasons (1966), Alien (1979) and The Elephant Man (1980). John Hurt was willing to take risks, just like the character he played in Night Crossing (1982), the adaptation of a true story.
“Conservatives were justifiably worried that America’s decline was reaching a point of no return,” writes David Horowitz. After the recent election, many breathed a sign of relief, but as the author of Big Agenda sees it, “one battle is over, but there are many more to come.” To prevail, the combatants must want to win, but that has not always been the case with Republicans.
As White House advisor David Axelrod conceded in Believer, his memoir of unbelievable faith in one particularly flawed false prophet, even voters who supported Barack Obama find serious problems with his policies. But while many consider him a bust, in some ways Obama could be the most successful president of all time.
The recent election rendered a surprise result, along with a fair share of whoppers. One will be of particular interest to millenials, regardless of the candidate they favored.
Aside from high taxes, corrupt politicians and bloated government, California isn’t much of a leader anymore. On the other hand, in California the people wield power in the judicial process, a system worth considering at the federal level.
The recent death of Gene Wilder prompted the theatrical re-release of two of his most popular movies. For those unfamiliar with the great comic actor on the big screen, that new release yielded much more than a windfall of laughs.
In the early 1960s, a French militant group—the Organisation de l’armée secrète (OAS)—sought to prevent Algerian independence and launched a campaign of terror and assassination that claimed some 2,000 victims. As Frederick Forsyth noted in his 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal, the OAS perceived France’s “vast bureaucracies” as a glaring weakness in national security, and that impression proved relevant for the USA 30 years after the book appeared.