■ I'm not sure what to make of Proverbs
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
So the bottom line is: rob the wicked, it's easier? That can't be
right. Or is it?
■ We've posted a number of links with the opposite opinion, but in
the interest of equal time, here's David Harsany at the
GOP Senate Health Care Bill Isn’t Great, But It’s Better Than
If Republican leadership had told conservatives in 2013 that they
could pass a bill that would eliminate the individual and employer
mandates, phase out Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, cut an array of
taxes, and lay out the conditions for full repeal later, I imagine
most would have said “Sign me up!” Especially if they contemplated
the only other viable option: ziltch.
I'm trying very hard to care about this, and not having very much
luck. In theory, I'd get behind any bill that might move the country
toward a free market in health care, but that seems to be not in the
■ Prof Don Boudreaux opines on the new book purporting to study the
Nobel prize winning scholar James Buchanan, and deems it
As is true of GMU Econ alum Dan Mitchell, I haven’t yet read Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. And I’m unlikely to do so any time soon, for what I’ve read and heard about it, this book is a work of fiction masquerading as a work of non-fiction. MacLean, I gather, tries to show that the scholarship of my late Nobel laureate colleague, Jim Buchanan, somehow fueled efforts by right-wing plutocrats to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses.
Prof Boudreaux further demolishes MacLean's argument. It's
■ At Heat Street, Emily Zanotti reports: Chicago
Gay Pride Bans ‘Jewish Pride’ Flag Over ‘Safety Concerns’.
Members of a Jewish LGBT group in Chicago were said they were insulted and confused after Chicago Pride parade organizers said their “Jewish Pride” flag—a rainbow banner with the Star of David—made other marchers feel “unsafe.”
When you're on the left, some issues trump others.
■ @kevinNR writes on Civil
Asset Forfeiture: Where Due Process Goes to Die:
Current asset-forfeiture practice, like much that is wrong with U.S. law enforcement, has its roots in the so-called war on drugs. The practice of seizing assets is ancient: It dates back at least to 17th-century maritime law, under which ships illegally transporting goods would be seized, along with the contraband inside. Asset forfeiture was used against bootleggers during Prohibition, but it really came into its own in the Reagan era, when the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 empowered federal and local law-enforcement agencies to take property from drug kingpins for their own use. The sudden, unlikely inventory of exotic cars and yachts possessed by law-enforcement agencies inspired that great cultural document of the 1980s: Miami Vice.
The practice was also the premise for a season-five story arc on
Justified. But that's about the best that can be said for it.
(Season Five was widely considered to be the worst season, even so
it was still better than 95% of the dreck on TV.)
There's a long quote from Clarence Thomas in Kevin's article, so
you'll want to read that.