Archive for Individual Liberty

Sunday, April 14th, 2013 @ 8:08PM

Open Letter to the President of the United States

President Obama, As a former university lecturer on the subject of the U.S. Constitution, you know the Federal Constitution is fundamental law which cannot be changed by legislation. You also know that the Amendments to the Constitution cannot be changed by legislation because they are also fundamental law. You know…

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 @ 2:53PM

Thoughts On Today’s Supreme Court Decision

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., ObamaCare.) In a twist, rather than finding that the law’s mandate was constitutional under the Commerce Clause (as both the government and plaintiffs asserted) the majority determined that the government’s power to tax — here, to tax not having insurance [...]

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 @ 9:30AM

A Note Of Praise To The House Health Insurance Committee

Word came yesterday afternoon that the Missouri House Health Insurance Committee has finally voted to send a key piece of legislation to the full House for consideration before the close of this year’s legislative session, which ends Friday. This is the same legislation — which the Missouri Senate already passed — that Christie Herrara and [...]

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Friday, April 13th, 2012 @ 1:35PM

More Than A Third Of Missouri Is Blighted

More than a third of the state of Missouri — 24,870 square miles — is in enhanced enterprise zones (EEZ), areas that must be declared blighted in order to be created. The enhanced enterprise zones cover an area the size of West Virginia. These zones are appealing to local governments because businesses in the area [...]

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 @ 10:30AM

Let’s Face It: Federal Money Being Used To Lobby Saint Louis County

I do not smoke. But I am curious about radio ads that are advocating for stronger anti-smoking laws in Saint Louis County. The ads, which come from a group called Let’s Face It, are creative – and alarming. Consider this line from one of the ads:
There are still workplaces in St. Louis County that legally [...]

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 @ 11:58AM

Optometrist Mandate Dies In Senate Education Committee

In February, I wrote about a bill that would renew an onerous mandate on kindergartner and first grader eye exams in Missouri: a mandate which only two other states in the country impose. I voiced my concerns about the bill, not only because of the costs it would unnecessarily impose on Missouri families — health insurance does not [...]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 @ 3:30AM

Reminder: Health Care ‘Reform’ Law Raises Costs On Young People

Next week, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA,) the huge health care overhaul that Congress passed two years ago this month. One of the main talking points in favor of the legislation at the time was that it would improve the economy. However, as [...]

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 @ 3:39PM

Passport Scholarship Program Is Good For School Choice

In 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court held in Turner v. School District of Clayton that state law requires unaccredited school districts to pay the tuition of its students who choose to attend an accredited school in an adjoining district. The Turner mandate clarifies the rights of Missouri students stuck in failing schools, but as we [...]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 @ 3:48PM

A Free Speech Win In Saint Louis

St. Louis resident Jim Roos, in front of the offending sign. Photo by the Institute for Justice.
Good news for Saint Louisans: That “End Eminent Domain Abuse” sign that you can see at the intersection of Hwys. 44 and 55 is here to stay. In a partial free speech victory, the U.S. Supreme Court [...]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 @ 3:03PM

The real Washington

This is an article re-printed from CATO by David Boaz. Wednesday is the real birthday of George Washington.   Why We Honor George Washington Posted by David Boaz Today is some vaguely named “Presidents’ Day,” but Wednesday is the anniversary of George Washington’s birth. So it’s a good day to…