Free Markets and Small Government vs. Redistributionism and State Planning

The following post is originally from Dan Mitchell's blog International Liberty and because I enjoy reading his daily musings, I thought you'd all enjoy this one, too! 

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly tied to explain why socialism is a terrible system while also explaining that we should be careful not to label people as socialists if it’s more accurate to refer to them as statistsredistributionistscronyists, orfascists.

To help illuminate this issue, here’s a four-quadrant matrix. Free markets are on the left and state planning is on the right. And small government is on the top with redistribution is on the bottom.

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Students seen as just numbers for Ypsilanti Schools

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A Ypsilanti Community Schools trustee is lobbying Ann Arbor Public Schools in hopes that they will vote down a proposal to bus out-of-district students and reconsider their schools-of-choice policy, which gives parents outside the AAPS district the ability to send their children there.

MLive has the story:

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People fleeing California for states with lower taxes

California experienced a net outward migration of 61,100 people in the last twelve months, the biggest exodus since 2011. Michigan was the only state to lose population from 2000-10 so we understand the impact bad policies can have.

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Five questions you need to ask candidates

It’s that time of year again.

Trips to the beach. Picnics. Baseball games. Politicians knocking on your front door with a flier in their hand and a million-dollar smile.

Last week the Michigan House and Senate adjourned for the summer, with men and women in fancy suits pouring out of the Capitol like kids bolting from school at 3 o’clock on the last day of semester.

Their next stop? Your neighborhood. While lawmakers technically refer to this period of time as an “in-district work period,” reality is the next month or two are little more than an opportunity for the politicians to campaign for re-election.

You want to help elect some good candidates to the state House or Congress? Your chance is coming, and so are the candidates.

Here’s a list of five questions you can ask lawmakers and candidates this summer to get to the bottom of what they really believe, and whether or not they really support freedom.

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Hate Group Detroit Free Press Lambasted for Inciting Violence

Check out this unbelievable quote from Stephen Henderson, the editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press:

“We really ought to round up the lawmakers who took money to protect and perpetuate the failing charter-school experiment in Detroit, sew them into burlap sacks with rabid animals, and toss them into the Straits of Mackinac.”

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Economic freedom increases human well-being

How can we improve the quality of life for everyone and help lift the masses out of poverty? 

Economic freedom. But what does that mean exactly? 

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Auto owners: beware of new auto parts monopoly

Free-market advocates save some ounce of customer choice

Here’s something we all know as Michigan drivers.

We have some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.

Now they might be even higher due to new mandates on how our vehicles are required to be repaired.

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Senator Horn Decides to Support Elimination of Electric Choice Market

Electric choice is in jeopardy. 

This week, the Senate Energy and Technology Committee is meeting to discuss the most recent versions of Senate Bills 437 and 438. 

Senator Ken Horn has recently jumped into the mix when he sent this email (page 1, page 2) to his colleagues in the state Senate. 

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Here's the current status on Detroit Public Schools reform

There are competing bills in the Michigan House and Senate over how to reform the failing Detroit Public Schools. The plans main point of disagreement deals with public charter schools and the Detroit Education Commission. 

Listen to Gary Naeyaert from the Great Lakes Education Project on the status of DPS reform legislation on this week's MIRS Monday podcast.

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Michigan Family-Owned Auto Parts Distributor in Jeopardy from Government Intrusion

Ronald Regan once said:

"Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States."

He's still exactly right.

fixing_car_on_lift.pngSmall businesses are the drivers of everything that makes our nation unique in the world: opportunity, prosperity, and freedom. 

Lawmakers should be protecting an individual's right to create a business and provide products or services that customers value. Sadly, that's not the case currently in Lansing.

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