Britain Poorer Than All US States Except Mississippi

Christian Science Monitor August 28, 2014 Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. Perhaps it’s time for that slogan to…

Paying Any Price: Starting the Next Chapter of Military Compensation

War on the Rocks November 18, 2013 Over the last dozen years, America’s volunteer warriors have shouldered the burden of multiple deployments to two combat zones, risking death and permanent injury while enduring long separation from their loved ones. As we shift into a peacetime mindset and cope with budget austerity, we’re looking at ways…

Crimson with Envy: Why Nick Saban Makes More Than Your Kid’s Teacher

TCS Daily January 9, 2007 The University of Alabama has lured Nick Saban away from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins to be its new head football coach, reportedly signing him to an eight year, $32 million dollar deal. This salary, easily the most ever paid for a college coach, is raising some eyebrows. For example, CNN…

A Joker in the Deck?

TCS Daily April 11, 2006 Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, not content with his war on fashion knockoffs, is taking on America’s poker players (even the analog variety). He has introduced HR 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, and found 130 co-sponsors. The law would make wagering on sporting events, lotteries and games of chance via the Internet…

How Wal-Mart is Like Academia

TCS Daily January 27, 2006 Retail giant Wal-Mart has created its share of enemies for its competitive practices, low wage and benefits packages, and for putting mom-and-pop stores out of business. Some localities have successfully kept the company from building stores in their communities and, earlier this month, Maryland passed a law forcing Wal-Mart to devote 8…

Twin Anniversaries

TCS Daily January 20, 2006 At noon on January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as President of the United States. Minutes later, the remaining hostages who had been held captive for 444 days at the American embassy in Teheran were freed. The Iran hostage crisis, which began on November 4, 1979, gripped…

Applying Free Market Logic to an Unfree Market?

Tech Central Station December 22, 2004 The nation’s capital has been distracted this week by an issue more compelling than terrorism, the war in Iraq, Social Security reform, or Bernard Kerik’s love life: the fate of Major League Baseball in D.C. At the 11th hour last Tuesday evening, the city council approved a bait-and-switch bill proposed by Chairman…