Does anyone remember the Bedford Mall?
Growing up in Manchester, NH, I often took the bus downtown. Loved downtown, much like James speaks of Fargo in the piece linked above. But I also liked going to the Bedford Mall. Bedford is next to Manchester, the bus went there, and the mall had a B. Dalton, a movie theater, and enough space to walk for awhile. They’d put a Sheraton next to it, so that those who ended up in Manchester could shop. Because that’s what you did in New Hampshire — it had no sales tax like Massataxes, I mean, Massachusetts. Then came the Mall! Of! New! Hampshire! the mall of the whole darn state! which meant the Bedford Mall was now only the second big mall in Manchester. It got long in the tooth and forlorn. I realized reading this piece I hadn’t been to the Bedford Mall in 30 years. I wonder how it’s doing.
11:35 pm • 3 April 2014
Debunking Another Terrible City Mobility Study
I’m tired of having to talk about this, but since so many people are treating these studies as gospel I have to dispel this latest one.
Things to know about this study:
"In our baseline analysis, we focus on current U.S. citizens in the 1980-1982 birth cohorts"
"We measure these children’s…
10:20 am • 2 February 2014 • 1 note
“Take the term “natural resources” … This phrase suggests that some things of value to human beings occur naturally – without any human effort or creativity. But that suggestion is wrong. Nothing is naturally a resource; nature alone invests nothing with resourcefulness; ultimately, resources - all resources – are created by human beings. Nature creates raw materials, but never creates resources. Raw materials and human artifacts are made into resources only if, and only when, and only insofar as, human creativity figures out a way (or ways) to employ those materials and artifacts in ways that satisfy genuine human desires.”
— Don Boudreaux, from comments on the latest work from Deirdre McCloskey.
10:52 pm • 20 July 2013
Bill Glahn: The Progressive Kick in the Head
Bill Glahn reports on the outside money spent against my campaign last fall. This is part of a continuing series Bill has been writing about the admixture of outside spending in Minnesota political races.
3:08 pm • 11 July 2013
Requiem for the Sunset Commission
In spite of the potential for conflict in such a diverse group, with diverging political and institutional interests, the Sunset Commission managed to do what committees and the Legislative Audit Commission had not done, because they didn’t have the time or the mandate to do it. They sunset one agency and put it under the purview of another, they sunset another, which long ago had finished its work and had been defunded, and they mandated a financial audit be done on an agency with chronic problems. Other policy changes that they recommended were similarly put into law.
3:22 pm • 5 June 2013
concerned4mycountry asked: Rumor control has it you are considering another run for your rightful seat, and sending the "Rubber Stamp" DorkDolt back to wherever he came from? I sure hope so! You're a good man, and look forward to seeing you campaign next year!
Thank you so much for your support and kind words. I will keep all my options open and will think over the summer about what my next year will look like.
10:43 pm • 3 June 2013
"The bigger the government, the smaller the people." — Dennis Prager
1:09 pm • 29 May 2013 • 1 note
“The accepted approach to this problem [of highway provision] is an illustration of the way in which the proponents of our free enterprise system accept the role which is given them by their opponents – a role as fighters of a rear-guard action against socialism. While they devote their energies to preventing further encroachment by government, they take for granted that those areas in which government is at any moment operating must be so operated. Those of us who believe in free enterprise should show as much imagination, intellectual daring, and willingness to experiment in extending the scope of free enterprise as the opponents of free enterprise have shown in seeking to extend the power of the state. If we do, we shall find that much now being done by the state could better be done by free enterprise. — Milton Friedman and Daniel Boorstin, 1951 or 1952.”
11:51 am • 19 May 2013