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Economic Freedom
Just Say No to Oklahoma Tax Hikes

December 31, 2009 - 4:10pm CST

Perhaps you've seen various straight-news stories in Oklahoma about state budget cuts, furloughs, and "revenue shortfalls of near-catastrophic proportions" (how's that for objectivity?). But with all this reportage on the state budget, where's the concern for your family budget? After ... READ MORE

How Long Do Oklahomans Work to Pay Their Taxes?

December 7, 2009 - 4:13pm CST

In FY 2008, Oklahomans paid an estimated $34,569,140,000 in federal, state, and local taxes, such as income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes, to name just a few. This is a mind-bendingly large number. To put this into a more understandable form, let's imagine a typical workday and divide ... READ MORE

The Free Market: A School of Virtue

December 6, 2009 - 4:36pm CST

Does the market inspire people to greater practical virtue, or does it eviscerate what little virtue any of us have? Far from draining moral goodness out of us-as many think-the free market serves as a "school of the practical virtues." Rather than elevating greed and self-sufficiency, the market f... READ MORE

The Economic Lessons of Bethlehem

December 6, 2009 - 4:15pm CST

At the heart of the Christmas story rest some important lessons concerning free enterprise, government, and the role of wealth in society. Let's begin with one of the most famous phrases: "There's no room at the inn." This phrase is often invoked as if it were a cruel and heartless dismissa... READ MORE

Oklahoma's Government-Employment Problem Persists

November 2, 2009 - 4:16pm CST

Oklahoma taxpayers have no direct way to judge whether or not they are getting a good "bang for the buck" for the goods and services provided by the public sector. In the private sector, productivity is the sum of all goods and services (as measured by Gross Domestic Product) divided by the number ... READ MORE

Is Socialism the Wave of the Future?

November 1, 2009 - 4:33pm CST

Governor Bradford's history of the Plymouth Bay Colony is a story that deserves to be far better known, particularly in an age that has acquired a mania for socialism and Communism, regards them as peculiarly "progressive" and entirely new, and is sure that they represent "the wave of the future... READ MORE

Amid Budget Woes, Policymakers Turn to Privatization

November 1, 2009 - 4:31pm CST

Governments at all levels are facing severe budget deficits and prolonged fiscal crises amid the national economic recession. With the federal government facing a record $1.4 trillion deficit and at least 44 states facing a cumulative $281 billion in budget deficits through 2011, privatization and p... READ MORE

Why Are Taxpayers Funding the Retirement of OEA Employees?

October 5, 2009 - 4:27pm CDT

The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) is the most powerful labor union in Oklahoma. Their representatives, including lobbyists who roam the halls of the state capitol building, often are schoolteachers who have left the classroom in order to become OEA employees. Incredibly, since 1986 Oklahoma ... READ MORE

Oklahoma's Budget Problems Worse Than You Think

October 5, 2009 - 4:25pm CDT

I have friends who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction and others who, when untreated, manifest dreadful misbehavior rooted in mental disease. Those who effectively grapple with such issues tell me repeatedly the verity of an old expression that lies at the heart of recovery philosophies: The firs... READ MORE

Beware of Super-Size Spending

October 5, 2009 - 4:24pm CDT

I can't go to any fast food restaurant these days without being asked if I would like to "super-size" my order. After seeing my waistline gradually expand, I've started to answer, "No thanks!" Our whole culture seems to be suffering from a super-size-it mentality. Human nature being what it... READ MORE

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