Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron has a brief and persuasive
essay at (of all places) CNN in favor of drug
legalization. It receives the coveted Pun Salad Read the Whole Thing
Award for today.
Would legal drugs cause problems? Sure. But the problems of liberty are always preferable to the problems of prohibition.
This study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason
University ranks New Hampshire as one of the freest states
in the country, in a virtual tie with Colorado and South Dakota.
Unfortunately, although the study was just released last month,
their evaluations were
as of 2006; our state government has been hard at work since then
In the same state-comparison game, the American Legislative
Exchange Council has released "Rich States, Poor States",
a ranking of current economic performance and economic outlook
for the states. Here, New Hampshire does OK on "economic performance",
in 19th place; unfortunately, it ranks a dismal 37th place for
"economic outlook", mainly as a result of our wacky tax structure.
Discuss amongst yourselves: is Tsutomu
Yamaguchi the luckiest person in the world, ever, or the unluckiest?
Myself, I can see it either way.
And in our occasional series: Aieeee, we're all gonna
Note to self: don't fall for a too-good
story. (Original post also corrected.)