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Economy

Hawaii: The Fourth-Most Economically Repressive State

According to the Freedom in the 50 states, only California (of course), New Jersey, and New York are more repressive than Hawaii. Much of Hawaii’s (and California’s) repression comes from the land-use regulation, which makes building a home or starting or expanding a business very expensive.

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The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible

Have you met Jonathan Gullible? In the best Swiftian tradition, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible is both a primer and a commentary on the value of the free market. It tells the story of a boy who becomes shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island after being swept out to sea in

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Economic Freedom of the World

The Fraser Institute a Canadian “think tank” publishes an annual report concerning the economic freedom of each country. The annual Economic Freedom of the World report is the premier measurement of economic freedom, using 42 distinct variables to create an index ranking of countries around the world based on policies that encourage economic

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Are The United States & Hawaii Competitive?

by Adam Smith World leaders, business executives, bankers, journalists and other influential policy makers recently met in Davos Switzerland to discuss the most pressing economic and political issues of the day. During this year’s gathering, there was mutual agreement that soft economic conditions are forcing countries to rethink how they

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The case for legalizing freedom

“But then Law came in, only to expand and increase the trespass” -Romans 5:20 There’s a term that I hear frequently in academic, economic and political circles alike that absolutely drives me up the wall: it’s called “good government.” The idea behind the concept of so-called good government is that

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A bully in the pulpit

Bullying, the government’s anti-bullying website tells us, can happen anywhere, and is not constrained by, “age, gender, or education level.” As we all know, it involves the use of force and intimidation—and even the Internet—to harm others, and relies on imbalance of power to give the bully an edge over

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Obama’s Economic Advisor Admits to Trouble

by Pearl Hahn  Christina Romer, who heads President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, made a surprising admission on October 22 before the Joint Economic Committee. It was widely predicted and believed that Obama’s massive stimulus package would prevent rising unemployment and create jobs. Romer, who co-authored the administration’s economic recovery plan, admitted four

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Amazon Bids Hawaii Farewell

by Pearl Hahn Starving for funds, Hawaii’s lawmakers sought to tax anything they considered taxable, from cigarettes to the Internet. The Wall Street Journal took note that Amazon was cutting ties to its affiliates in our state. Amazon’s spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the company believes such legislation is unconstitutional. Earlier

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Hawaii: The Fourth-Most Economically Repressive State

According to the Freedom in the 50 states, only California (of course), New Jersey, and New York are more repressive than Hawaii. Much of Hawaii’s (and California’s) repression comes from the land-use regulation, which makes building a home or starting or expanding a business very expensive.

Read More →

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible

Have you met Jonathan Gullible? In the best Swiftian tradition, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible is both a primer and a commentary on the value of the free market. It tells the story of a boy who becomes shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island after being swept out to sea in

Read More →

Economic Freedom of the World

The Fraser Institute a Canadian “think tank” publishes an annual report concerning the economic freedom of each country. The annual Economic Freedom of the World report is the premier measurement of economic freedom, using 42 distinct variables to create an index ranking of countries around the world based on policies that encourage economic

Read More →

Are The United States & Hawaii Competitive?

by Adam Smith World leaders, business executives, bankers, journalists and other influential policy makers recently met in Davos Switzerland to discuss the most pressing economic and political issues of the day. During this year’s gathering, there was mutual agreement that soft economic conditions are forcing countries to rethink how they

Read More →

The case for legalizing freedom

“But then Law came in, only to expand and increase the trespass” -Romans 5:20 There’s a term that I hear frequently in academic, economic and political circles alike that absolutely drives me up the wall: it’s called “good government.” The idea behind the concept of so-called good government is that

Read More →

A bully in the pulpit

Bullying, the government’s anti-bullying website tells us, can happen anywhere, and is not constrained by, “age, gender, or education level.” As we all know, it involves the use of force and intimidation—and even the Internet—to harm others, and relies on imbalance of power to give the bully an edge over

Read More →

Obama’s Economic Advisor Admits to Trouble

by Pearl Hahn  Christina Romer, who heads President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, made a surprising admission on October 22 before the Joint Economic Committee. It was widely predicted and believed that Obama’s massive stimulus package would prevent rising unemployment and create jobs. Romer, who co-authored the administration’s economic recovery plan, admitted four

Read More →

Amazon Bids Hawaii Farewell

by Pearl Hahn Starving for funds, Hawaii’s lawmakers sought to tax anything they considered taxable, from cigarettes to the Internet. The Wall Street Journal took note that Amazon was cutting ties to its affiliates in our state. Amazon’s spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the company believes such legislation is unconstitutional. Earlier

Read More →