My Freeman Online column this week is about "constitutional consistency." The opener:
No one ever accused progressives and conservatives of being overly consistent about freedom. After all, we classical liberals frequently say we want the State out of both the bedroom and the boardroom, in contrast to progressives and conservatives who seem only to care about one of the two. Recently, this inconsistency has been particularly clear with respect to how each side views the U.S. Constitution.
My NBR post is a follow-up to my last one about the stimulus programs. I think you'll all enjoy the last line a lot, but here's another part as a preview:
Stimulus proponents seem to view resources as if they were Play-Doh that could be shaped into any form desired. That's the fun part for kids: they can make Play-Doh into just about anything. If capital and labor were like Play-Doh, then it wouldn't matter what government spent on as the idle capital and labor would be equally productive in whatever use was demanded. Unfortunately, capital and labor are more like Legos than Play-Doh
(Yes, Pete gets acknowledged.)