Schools Hire Retired Police Officers for Protection, Save Millions

Police Union Screams "Exploitation" and "Cronyism"

Hiring retired police officers to keep the peace at schools seems like a no-brainer, but one police union is pushing back.

Since the December 14, 2010, school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, lawmakers and school authorities across the country have been desperate to find ways to protect children from school violence. But with school budgets already stretched thin, employing full-time police officers isn’t an option for many districts.

The Time Has Come for Atlas to Shrug

Why All Business Owners Should Strike on September 2

Español Puerto Rico labor unions have been out in the streets the last few weeks protesting proposed changes from the current administration. They’ve been protesting almost as much as they did when the previous administration proposed any changes of their own. These proposals, while imperfect, are needed to bring the island’s fiscal house in order and hopefully stave off a default. Even with these changes, however, that default may still occur.

Unions use strikes to put pressure on politicians by making things uncomfortable for the general public, forcing politicians to give in to their demands. It usually works. In fact, it works so well that politicians long ago threw fiscal sanity out the window in order to keep unions happy. Unions themselves have shown little interest in understanding how business actually works, sometimes even to their own detriment. Unions helped destroy US manufacturing and were directly responsible for the end of Eastern Airlines and the Twinkie (although Twinkie is now back and in non-union hands).

I think the time has come for business owners to fight back. It is time for Atlas to shrug.

Drug War, Migration Prohibition Force Children Into the Shadows

Strike the Root, as the Least Among Us Suffer

EspañolEver since the early 1990s, when US allies in Colombia hunted and assassinated Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug empire has crumbled.

With increased demand for illicit drugs in the United States, Mexican drug cartels flourished. For several years, the trafficking business was bullish. Mexican cartels were the main providers of illegal drugs to the United States through the 1990s and early 2000s, commanding 90 percent of the cocaine trade in North America by 2007. But soon enough, the Mexican military began interfering with local operations.

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We Will Not Forget Cuba’s 13 de Marzo Massacre

Twenty Years Ago a Great Crime Was Committed; Justice Has Yet to Be Served

In the early morning hours of July 13, 1994, 37 men, women, and children were killed by government agents seven miles off the Cuban coast, as they sought to travel to freedom on board the “13 de Marzo” tugboat. Eleven of these Cubans were children, ranging in age from Helen Martínez Enríquez — just five months old — to Mayulis Méndez Tacaronte, aged 17.

International human rights bodies and organizations investigated the incident. The UN Human Rights Commission’s special rapporteur on Cuba made the following observation on October 24, 1995, in his report on the human rights situation in Cuba to the UN General Assembly:

Although the Government maintains that the authorities bore no responsibility for what was considered to have been an accident, the Special Rapporteur received testimony from some of the survivors indicating that Government launches from the port of Havana tried to stop the 13 de Marzo with pressurized water jets and then deliberately rammed it, causing it to sink. Non-governmental sources informed the Special Rapporteur that the number of persons who died was not 32, as the Government had stated, but at least 37 and that the families have for a year now been asking for an investigation to be initiated.

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The State’s “MyPlate” War Is a War on Consumer Choice

Think You Have the Freedom to Eat Whatever You Want? Think Again

The new state-approved diet in the United States. (Choose My Plate)

The new state-approved diet in the United States. (Choose My Plate)

EspañolThe state doesn’t stop short of your kitchen. Its members are determined to decide what, how, and where you can eat; on top of that, they try to assign food portions according to each “type of person.” Armchair bureaucrats, with no insight into the specific needs or desires of individuals, limit what you can buy in restaurants and supermarkets.

Many of us already know that regulations substantially reduce economic freedom and create artificial monopolies that inflate prices. Fewer people appear to be aware, however, the degree to which state intrusions reduce our food choices. Like the father who does not allow a child sweets before dinner, the state takes on that role and dictates what you can and cannot eat.

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Let Them Stay: Life, Liberty, and Property for All

Deference to Welfare State, Nativism Fuels "Border Crisis"

EspañolVirtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the miserable situations they have escaped.

Central American immigrants journeying to the United States

Central American immigrants journeying to the United States. (@pedroultreras)

This claim will strike many people as outrageous. So I ask, where does government get the moral authority — I’m not talking about legal power — to apprehend and detain human beings of any age who have committed aggression against no one? There is no such authority.

These children are human beings. Whether they are coming here to be with family or to escape danger, they have the same natural rights as any US citizen or resident. Our rights can be expressed in many ways, but they boil down to just one: the right to be free of aggression.

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Connecting the Dots as Civil Tyranny Encircles

Every Failed, Destructive Law Justifies the Next

When it comes to civil tyranny, everything is connected. Yet, this is one of the most difficult concepts to convey to non-libertarians. Everyone sees civil tyranny in things they don’t like: mandatory medical insurance under Obamacare is a perfect example. Many of those same people, however, do not see the same tyranny in mandatory Medicare deductions from their paycheck, social security, or mandatory auto insurance.

Most US Americans see mandatory auto insurance as needed, without recognizing it as the source of the idea for mandatory health insurance — which millions see not only as needed, but as some kind of entitlement.

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Pierpoint Charts New Course for Panama’s Colón Free Trade Zone

Panamanian Entrepreneur Plans to Carry Out Varela's Promise

By Luis Guillermo Martínez

EspañolSurse Pierpoint has the challenge of leading the sort of changes he has always struggled with. After three decades in the free trade zone, the Panamanian businessman will take on a new role in these difficult times.

Surse Pierpoint intentará llevar a cabo lo cambios que como empresario exigió para la zona libre (La Prensa)

Surse Pierpoint will attempt to introduce changes to improve the free trade zone. (La Prensa)

He takes the reins of the Colón Free Trade Zone (CFZ) and will begin to push forward with reforms that he has tried to convince authorities to enact for years, since his time as member of the Users Association.

After his inauguration ceremony, President Juan Carlos Varela took a helicopter to the city of Colón, where in front of thousands of people he promised drastic changes to improve the economy of the country’s second province. One of the promises that drew the most attention was the idea to transform the entire city of Colón into a free trade zone. This would achieve the objective of Law 29 of 1992, which established a free port system throughout the city.

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Meet “Venezuelan Che”: Latin America’s Political Problems Personified

Caracas-Based Impersonator Give Us Reason to Reflect

EspañolThe ideological and almost religious adoration of the caudillo liberator in Venezuela continues to push the country further away from the road to progress and the common good.

This video by Leo Ramírez gives us a look at the everyday life of a fanatic follower of the late former President Hugo Chávez. He is known in Caracas as the “Venezuelan Che” because of his supposed resemblance to Che Guevara. His crazed fanaticism is, however, not the exception. If you buy into the Chavista rhetoric, it’s the rule.

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Duplicate Voter Registrations Plague Florida’s Electoral System

"Lack of Controls" Leaves Process Wide Open for Fraud

EspañolWhen it comes to voting, the rules are clear: one person, one address, and one vote.

At least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

But Andrew Ladanowski, owner of the computer software company AddinSolutions Inc., suspects Florida’s Division of Elections isn’t cross checking.

To verify his suspicions, he did “a very quick analysis” of Miami-Dade’s voting system and turned up 44 voter IDs issued to the same person. Elections officials admit 42 of those 44 were in fact duplicates.

All in all, some 762 Florida voters have more than one county-issued voter ID card. Some are registered with the same address, and others are registered in different counties.

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