People who hope for smaller government as a way to expand liberty and create prosperity should be disturbed by what they heard last week, argues John Stossel. The GOP candidate painted himself as a big government man. "Regulation is essential….Every free economy has good regulation." He added the obligatory, "Regulation can become excessive," but showed no sign of understanding that free competition—unrestricted by government monopolistic privilege—is the best regulation. Nothing better protects consumers and workers than free choice in a competitive marketplace.
"You have a situation where a person owed $8 and lost their house. I mean, how is that equitable?" asked Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.
A Michigan Man Underpaid His Property Taxes By $8.41. The County Seized His Property, Sold It—and Kept the Profits.
A state law allows counties to effectively steal homes over unpaid taxes and keep the excess revenue for their own budgets.
A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.