What’s Your Metric?

How do you measure freedom?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

September 2009

How do you watch freedom?  How do you watch it grow? How do you watch it shrink? What’s the metric? What’s your metric? What do you think the metrics of your fellow citizens are? If you have no idea what their metric is, how do you talk to them about freedom with any sense of urgency?

Milton Friedman’s metric was the percentage of GDP spent by government.

Friedman said we could … Read more

Three Smooth Stones

To stay on message, Republicans need do three simple things this week.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 26th 2010

How does David stay on message when he’s opposing Goliath? That’s the Republicans’ double challenge this week. Even though a Republican won the special election in Massachusetts, the Democrats are dominating the news. They are very publicly plotting a comeback after their epic loss, and the president will take center stage on Wednesday night when he gives the State of the Union speech. … Read more

WBHO and WBHO FM in the Nation’s Capital

If the president wants to be believed, he could begin by giving up his Saturday disc jockey gig.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 8th 2010

It may not be news that politicians dissemble. But that’s no reason not to care about what a president says. Let us, therefore, unpack last Saturday’s presidential radio address.

President Obama said he had met with some of the insurance companies two days earlier and said that “they couldn’t give me a straight answer as to why … Read more

Lash and Chain Morality

The last refuge of a self-regarding socialist — and the only argument left to the Obamacare crowd.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 10th 2010

David Ignatius writes in the Washington Post that President Obama should try to shift the health care argument to what Ignatius calls the high ground: morality. He says that what is lacking is the sense that Congress must act because health care for all is a matter of social justice, “required by our moral conscience.”

Ignatius cites the … Read more

Freedom Worth Its Salt

What will Big Brother outlaw next? Salt shakers?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

April 28th 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon require the manufacturers of many food products to use less salt. They assure us that the changes will be calibrated so that consumers will barely notice them. That raises the question: Is there anything (other than sex) that the government can’t regulate?

If people want less salt in their food, manufacturers will respond to their desires. … Read more

News Quiz #2

Degree of difficulty: Not too bad, but pay attention.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

May 10th 2010

A number of the contestants in News Quiz #1 (here) complained that it was insultingly easy. News Quiz #2 attempts to address that concern.

Contestants are invited to pick the bogus provision or provisions out of the following paragraphs which have been lifted (with some of the excess verbiage excised) from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more colloquially known as ObamaCare. The provisions … Read more

Corn vs. Coronary Bypass Surgery

All you can eat, according to the Obama socialist in residence, Dr. Ronald Werrbick, MD.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 28th 2010

It is argued here and there that President Obama is not a socialist. But with the incredible recess appointment last week of Dr. Ronald Werrbick to head the newly created American Center for All-American Food Excellence (“American CAFÉ”), the charge of socialism is becoming difficult to refute. Dr. Werrbick will direct an agency that oversees all food production and distribution … Read more

Mau-Mauing the Free Press

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

August 3rd 2010

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, host to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and newly appointed head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, says government should get into the business of subsidizing journalism. Like other Obama appointees, he says he is concerned that, with the changes in the financial structure of journalism, Americans might be deprived “of the essential information they need as citizens.”

It’s not difficult to imagine that one of those “needs” would … Read more

All That Gold

Mountains and mountains of federal regulations wait to be attacked by Republican politicians as they move to save American from financial ruin.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 24th 2011

As Republican politicians look frantically for ways to solve the country’s financial problems, they should not overlook the mountain of gold towering before them. That mountain is the accumulation of federal regulations that now occupies more than 82,000 pages in the Federal Register.

No one knows for sure what the cost of all … Read more

Let’s Make A Deal With the Middle Class

By Daniel Oliver

The Daily Caller

January 5th 2015

Happy New Year, middle class. Now let’s have a serious discussion.

After the electoral shellacking the Democrats took in November, Senator Chuck Schumer (D, Govt.) said the Democrats should propose more middle-class-oriented programs to try to win back the core: white, working-class voters.

Middle-class income is said to be down, and the middle class is said to be upset. But it’s not clear that the first statement is true, or that the second statement is … Read more