Although the first voucher program in the United States was introduced in 1869, it wasn’t until a century later that school choice started gaining mainstream traction, thanks to the efforts of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. In 1980, millions of Americans tuned in to watch Friedman make the case for choice while engaging in lively debate with opponents on his PBS television series Free to Choose.
A lot has changed in the 34 years since the program first aired. Today, 18 voucher programs in 12 states and the District of Columbia help expand the educational options of millions of disadvantaged schoolchildren. Despite this progress, many of the myths surrounding school choice raised by Dr. Friedman’s intellectual opponents still persist, hindering the growth of vouchers to the universal scale that the economist originally imagined.
Editor Casey Given was published by TheBlaze on an interesting new argument in favor of raising the federal minimum wage.
Behold, the welfare queen has risen from the dead!
Timeworn by Ronald Reagan’s rhetoric and Bill Clinton’s work-for-welfare reforms, the political trope of a crafty freeloader gaming government aid to live high off the hog had all but disappeared from American politics over the past two decades. However, the old diva has been making a comeback over the past few months. From November to December 2013 alone, Google Search queries for “welfare queen” have nearly doubled.
So, who’s the culprit behind the tattered metaphor’s sudden resurgence? The answer will surprise you.
Editor Casey Given‘s latest piece in The Freeman on the recent spate of religious freedom bills protecting businesses’ rights to discriminate against gays elicited a rebuttal by Brian LaSorsa.
I was troubled by a column that ran in The Freeman last week. Many other libertarians and conservatives were, too. Author Casey Given offered a convoluted critique of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062, colloquially known as the “antigay bill” and the “religious liberty bill,” depending on whom you ask. Given claimed that hidden beneath the proposed legislation lurks a “homophobic push to protect the right to discriminate against gays.”
The president is right that the U.S. should implement a vision for 21st century American infrastructure. Unfortunately, his vision is the same as other failed federal attempts at past policies, and rejects the international move towards infrastructure privatization. Until he will allow state and local governments to control infrastructure and privatize parts of U.S. infrastructure including trains, airports, and air-traffic control, the president’s plan will fail travelers and taxpayers alike.