Category: Musings

Are Holiday Yard Inflatables On the Way Out?

Update:  I ran the following blog post last year in response to the ubiquitous inflatable yard creatures that are found in most neighborhoods.  But this year there seems to be far fewer.  Could they be just a passing trend?  Your thoughts? First, let me start by saying I love the free market – whether it be the marketplace […]

In Defense of Airlines

This probably is not the most interesting and relative blog of the day since the Supreme Court announced its King v. Burwell decision.  But for those who have thrown up their arms in despair over the SC’s obsession with protecting Obamacare, it’s time to move on to other, more mundane topics. In little known news, TIME […]

Here We Go Again: Crushing the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Young Americans

Every summer, the same issue surfaces.  Kids try to run a lemonade stand, and the law shuts them down without a proper permit from the city.  This time it happened in Texas.  (I would not be surprised if this happened in – oh, I don’t know – the people’s republic of Maryland.) But Texas?  The number […]

‘Tis the Season (Back by popular demand…)

Note: The following post is an opinion expressed solely by the author and is not necessarily supported by anybody else on the planet. First, let me start by saying I love the free market – whether it be the marketplace of ideas, opinions or goods and services.  The marketplace of ideas and beliefs is especially […]

Income Inequality from a Plain-Spoken Perspective

Earlier this week, I participated in a televised panel discussion on income inequality.  The topic has generated much discussion lately, as President Obama’s central theme has been how to fix the gap between the rich and the poor.  My general thought is it simply cannot be fixed by dragging out the usual redistribution solutions – […]

Priorities, Please

This just in…while a controversy is brewing over Chicago’s crime numbers (a curious drop in crime has led some to believe the police department is “cooking the books,”) the city’s aldermen have taken a drastic measure to improve the quality of life for residents.  Since the real scourge on the city is plastic bags, they […]

Where Does Your City Stand in the War on Lemonade Stands?

As part of the ongoing effort to crush the entrepreneurial spirit of children, several municipalities have targeted lemonade stands.  That’s right…how dare those children selling lemonade attempt to take your money for providing a potentially bacteria-laden , unhealthy, loaded-with-sugar beverage, that has been stirred and handled by the grimy hands of 10 year olds….on a sidewalk not […]

Adventures in Disability Fraud…

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

What’s Open and What’s Not

The Washington Post offers a list of facilities and services that are open or closed due to the government shutdown. Some may be pleased to know that the IRS will be “probably closed” when the October 15 filing deadline approaches.  The military?  “Open” for business, says the Post (as if somehow attempting to close the […]

Just Sayin’…

A $47,000 mechanical bull purchased by the General Services Administration for the Utah National Guard?  How about paying 40 beneficiaries their monthlySocial Security benefits instead? paper writings zp8497586rq