I marvel at how often the policies of the Left hurt people. Worse, the people who impose them so often don’t care about the lack of compassion in their policies.

They ‘feel’ like these policies are good things, and that’s what matters. So when the people they tried to help are actually hurt, they turn a blind eye.

It is this mock benevolence that is so infuriating to conservatives.

The classic example of bad public policy is the minimum wage.

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Illegal immigration helps people from Mexico and Central America. Why? Because they can find better paying jobs here than in their native country.
But, illegal immigration is good for the U.S. too. Why? Because it helps fill jobs that a lot of Americans don’t want.
But, and here’s the zinger, but the mutual benefit only works as long as the arrangement is ILLEGAL…

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Did you watch television last night? If you did, I bet you saw commercials for Geico, Progressive, and State Farm peddling low car insurance rates. Did you ever wonder why you don’t see the same market dynamic with health insurance? There is a one word answer: government.

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi-D24oCa10] The debate never ends: the rich are rich on the backs of the rest of us so they need to be soaked through higher taxes and their wealth redistributed to those who didn’t earn it. The late great Milton Friedman addresses this issue head on in the video clip above. He…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Lnk1BHzJ8] The President and his party are fixated on increasing taxes on America’s most-productive citizens, aka “the rich.” That seems to be their solution to our debt-ceiling problems: tax the rich more. So let me pose a question to you. Who is going to create the most jobs for America with extra…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca8Z__o52sk] The late Nobel Laureate economist, Milton Friedman, explains why minimum wage legislation is counterproductive. He explains it better than anyone.  The clip above was made when the minimum wage was around $2.50, which dates the interview around 1977.  Unemployment for teens, and especially black teens, has only gotten worse, as I…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD0dmRJ0oWg&feature=player_embedded] What an interesting question!  It depends on the context, doesn’t it?  It depends on the principle involved. I pose the question in light of the great exchange in the video above between the late, great Nobel laureate economist, Milton Friedman, and a college student who is allegedly Michael Moore.  (I don’t…

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