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Suppose I wanted to claim that almost all Americans favor lower taxes on the rich. How would I show this? Easy, conduct a public opinion poll asking what the highest income tax rate should be. Here’s an example from 2012: Three-quarters of likely voters believe the nation’s top earners should pay lower, not higher, tax […]

“You’re either a cop or little people.”—Police captain Harry Bryant in Blade Runner For those of us who have managed to survive 2014 and part of 2015 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it has been quite a spectacle of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, […]

A North Carolina family asked Gastonia police to check in on a family member who was recovering from surgery. In an ideal world, this would be a wonderful service to be performed by police with a grateful community that would offer them thanks. Unfortunately, these notions have nothing to do with the business model of […]