The Nanny State at Work

Was this really necessary? The cupcake empire Chloe Stirling built out of her home kitchen has come crumbling down after Illinois health officials said the sixth-grader wasn't in compliance with local laws. Chloe, 11, said she was told by health officials in Madison County, Ill., that if she wants to continue selling cupcakes she will …

George Will Urges Us to Read Ilya Somin

A good idea: It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Nevertheless, many voters’ paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public …

The Very Meddlesome Robert Reich

Kevin Williamson reads Robert Reich so that the rest of us don't have to, and discovers that Reich has decided that he is in the very best position possible to tell people how to make charitable donations. Reich's stance seems to herald something of a new development in the port-side creed; evidently, not only should the …

Your Government at Work

The next time someone tells you that a larger, more intrusive federal bureaucracy is just what the doctor ordered, refer that someone to this: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen is resigning only days after learning he is a target of a congressional inquiry spurred by a Washington Examiner series. The Examiner series reported that FMCS employees spent …

I’ll Know that We Live In a Small Government World . . .

When the federal government doesn't arbitrarily move to destroy businesses like 23andMe. Incidentally, I find the following to be a very good question: Is it relevant that governments themselves, through their law enforcement agencies, run elaborate saliva-, blood- and DNA-collection operations that are hedged with few of the protections of voluntariness, privacy and openness that one finds with 23andMe? You can, of course, …

Yes Virginia, Regulatory Uncertainty Is Very Real

Remember the controversy over whether businesses would suffer as a consequence of regulatory uncertainty? Those in favor of large government assured us that regulatory uncertainty was like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster; it just was not real, so we could regulate to our hearts' content. The Obama administration denied that regulatory uncertainty existed, as did …

Obamacare Is Bringing Down the Obama Administration

With each passing day, the president's signature legislative achievement is becoming more and more of a liability for him and for his administration, politically. (We leave aside for the moment the policy liability that it is and always has been for the country.) Josh Kraushaar invites us to contemplate the previously unthinkable scenario of Democrats (yes, …

On Obamacare, When Will the Dishonesty Stop?

Today, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi took to the airwaves in order to defend the increasingly indefensible Affordable (ha!) Care Act, and to claim that she never misled anyone about the effects of the law back when she was speaker, and trying to pass it: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday neither she nor …

New York City: Trading One Meddlesome Mayor for Another

Anyone really surprised to read this? After his mayoral campaign sent vague signals yesterday about whether he would maintain Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal effort to restrict soda cup sizes at restaurants, Bill de Blasio vowed to do precisely that this afternoon. “I think the mayor is right and I would continue the legal process. We …