Articles by Mike


Death of Common Sense

I read a great book a few years ago – The Death of Common Sense, see: http://www.amazon.com/Death-Common-Sense-Suffocating-America/dp/0812982746/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327789077&sr=8-1 The author chronicles how the increases in laws and regulations are taking away discretion and making people do stupid, non-sensical things. I was reminded of this the other day when I stopped at a Las Vegas Airport restaurant…

Demographics of Red States and Blue States

Many so called Blue States – states that vote consistently Democratic (think California, Michigan and New York) have high state budget deficits and high taxes. The Democratic controlled government solutions to the deficits in those states has been to increase taxes. Concurrently, those same states have been witnessing decreases in population and small businesses. At…

Creative destruction

Companies fail when they no longer provide the goods and services people want at a competitive price with the service people expect. We should let those firms fail because their deaths make room for new growth and new companies that are providing a better product at a better price with better service, making our lives…

Some random thoughts

Several people pointed out to me that the Facebook posts with anonymous people holding up signs that purport to substantiate claims by their sides in political debates (e.g. about Tea Party or OWS talking points) are very hard to verify. Could the hand written sign be a complete lie, or a wild exaggeration or a…

Top 15 Real NIMBY Arguments

Not everyone who lives near a proposed new land use project and objects to it is a NIMBY. And not every argument raised in opposition to a new land use permit is a selfish grasp at straws. Many who say “no” to new development have sincere and legitimate concerns. The trick in the debate is…

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