David Strom

Posted February 19, 2008

Are Americans tiring of individual liberty? It sure seems so. How else can you explain the proliferation of laws that regulate the most mundane aspects of our lives?

Posted January 23, 2008

Few economists seriously believe that an economic stimulus package (at least those being discussed in Washington and on the campaign trail) would have much positive impact on the lagging economy.

Posted January 15, 2008

William Ross Wallace famously declared in a poem extolling the virtues of motherhood that "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."

Posted December 31, 2007

If you asked most Americans today what the biggest threat to our future prosperity is you would get answers like competition from abroad, outsourcing, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the wave of illegal immigration swamping the labor market.

Posted December 14, 2007

Congress has taken another substantial step toward passing an Energy bill that could spell disaster for American consumers and manufacturers, ensuring a future of rising energy costs and less economic competitiveness.

Posted December 04, 2007

The 18.4 cents a gallon Federal gas tax is perhaps the single worst influence on the development of rational transportation policies in the United States, and it should be eliminated.

Posted November 21, 2007

There is something about free trade that scares the dickens out of many ordinary Americans.

Posted November 13, 2007

A new coalition of environmentalists and advocates for the poor have started raising tough questions about the tax breaks, subsidies and mandates that have fueled the growth of the Ethanol and biodiesel industry.

Posted November 02, 2007

Is Governor Tim Pawlenty looking to get a Nobel Peace Prize by following in the wake of Al Gore? Minnesota’s Governor Tim Pawlenty is reportedly planning a spring trip to the Arctic to dramatize the impact of climate change. He is also planning a series of forums across the State to warn about the impact of climate change on Lake Superior.

Posted October 24, 2007

We live in the most prosperous place at the most prosperous and creative time in world history. Yet everywhere I turn, I see conservatives and libertarians down in the mouth about the prospects for progress for increasing freedom and prosperity around the world. Something is very wrong with this picture.

Posted September 18, 2007

Several cities have set up municipal wireless systems—which have been largely huge financial failures—and now some are getting into the “fiber optic to the home” business.

Posted August 29, 2007

For most of us, life is pretty simple. If there isn't enough of something and prices skyrocket, the last thing we would think of is limiting the supplies even more and raising prices by slapping even higher taxes on it.

Posted August 22, 2007

It was just over two weeks ago that Minnesota experienced what many politicians here declared was one of the greatest tragedies the State had ever seen—the collapse of the I-35W bridge in the heart of Minneapolis.

Posted July 30, 2007

There's normal life, then there's government. In normal life, things change. Our fortunes go up, they go down. Our lives are in constant flux. One day we fall in love and move across the country, another we have a child or change jobs and our lives are magically altered.

Posted June 25, 2007

So a movement has sprung up, led by a group called the “Center for American Progress,” which has begun to lobby vigorously for solving the problem of “imbalance”

Posted June 09, 2007

November 8th 2006 was a pretty depressing day to be a Republican, no matter where you lived.

Posted June 01, 2007

Economic debates are dominated by stupid misconceptions, so it is difficult to pick one as the most pernicious of them all. But if anyone is up to this difficult task, it must be me.

Posted May 16, 2007

Charles G. Koch is the most important businessman you have never heard of.For that matter, Koch is likely to prove to be the most significant figure in American business in our lifetimes, and that is saying a lot.

Posted May 08, 2007

The dominant theme of contemporary liberalism is one of impending doom. Time and again you hear from liberal activists and politicians about the disastrous or soon to be disastrous state of the world, and in particular the Western world. (If only America looked more like Sub-Saharan Africa, with no power plants, the world would be a better place?)

Posted May 03, 2007

One of the most persistent and wrongheaded notions held by many in the political and intellectual class is that nothing happens without someone planning and legislating it into existence.