The Tavern License Cartel Threatens to Choke Off Philly’s Restaurant Boom

The saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” refers back to the pre-Prohibition days when you could actually get a free lunch at a bar in exchange for buying a drink or two. The point is that the lunch wasn’t really free – it was cross-subsidized by the booze sales. The people buying [...]

Obama Popularity at 3-Year High

Bloomberg: President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents’ popularity stands at a record low. Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to [...]

The Residency Requirement Scourge

People with a conservative political outlook tend to like to complain about the low quality of municipal workers. I think this is an exaggeration and  an unfair stereotype, but if people want higher quality public employees, one policy they need to have in their crosshairs is residency requirements. Arbitrarily restricting your labor market to a [...]