Thank you north Idaho for making me feel welcome

I’m in Coeur d’Alene today getting ready for our Summer Evening at the Lake featuring Daniel Hannan. I’m looking forward to seeing many of our friends and supporters. I got to see Hannan at a Hillsdale College event a couple of years ago. I think he’s terrific, an excellent speaker whose defense of free market principles is practically second to none. I think you’ll like him, too. I’ve been using all available time during this trip to meet with our many donors and speak to as many groups as I can. On Friday, I spoke to both local Pachyderm clubs
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Read my lips: We do not need more barriers to the marketplace

A least a few times each year, I get to write about some proposal to limit the ability of Idahoans to earn a living in our state. This is one such occasion. And it is especially fun this time, because there is a standard two-word retort for my complaint that this idea goes too far: Nelson Mandela. Yes, that Nelson Mandela. You see, apparently, a task force advocating for the deaf wants the state Legislature to require sign language interpreters to be licensed. Supporters of this proposal say it will protect consumers. And when I pry deeper and question how
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Press Release: Idaho Freedom Foundation disappointed in lack of response from BSU

      NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2014 Information Contact: Mitch Coffman (208) 258-2280 ext. 214 Idaho Freedom Foundation disappointed in lack of response from BSU The Center for Defense of Liberty, a division of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, issued a statement Friday concerning Boise State University’s lack of response to a demand letter concerning a gun rights event held on May 16 on the campus. The letter was sent June 30 expressing concern over the handling of an event sponsored by the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). YAL brought a speaker, Dick Heller, to the campus to discuss
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Minimum wage not as simple as just increasing it

It is early in the campaign season, but not too early to ask the major party candidates for governor to stake out positions on key policy issues that matter to Idahoans. Many Idahoans are struggling to make it financially so naturally the fact that many make only the minimum wage is likely to be an issue for the fall campaign. At first glance this could come down to a debate on whether to raise the minimum wage, and then index it to inflation. Let’s hope that the candidates do a deeper dive on wages and jobs than simply staking out
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Obamacare gives some workers incentive to work less

“Please boss, cut my hours.” This is not a request employers usually hear, but thanks to incentives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), business owners and managers can expect it more often. A fundamental principle in economics is that people respond to incentives. But it’s difficult to know all the incentives that change with a change in economic policy. In 1946, New York Times journalist Henry Hazlitt argued that identifying all the effects on economic activity of a given policy was an “art.” In his book “Economics in One Lesson,” Hazlitt wrote, “The art of economics
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