Author: Will McMahon

The Tax Debate Comes to Mizzou

Last week, for reasons that are clear to no one, a small political disagreement over a relatively minor tax cut flared into a feud that has generated some national interest. The tax cut in question is Missouri’s House Bill 253, which, over the course of the next ten years, reduces the state income tax from 6.0% to 5.5% while dropping the corporate income tax from 6.25% to 3.25%. This bill comes as an attempt to reinvest the state budget surplus into the economy, with provisions for immediate cancellation of the cuts should the surplus disappear. This is unacceptable to...

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This Missourian’s Perspective on the State Fair

Last week a great crisis began to unfold in these United States. A crisis so severe and so threatening to our way of life that politicians from both sides put aside their differences and joined together to resolve it. This was no trifling matter like the national debt, or the US’s stand off with Russia, this was much more important. Last week, in a moment of sheer horror, a rodeo clown cruelly mocked the President Obama. My first reaction to this great outrage (well, that is after a good laugh) was: who cares? It seemed to me to be...

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The Urgent Tyranny of Environmentalism

It is my habit to take a vacation each summer to Northern Michigan in the hopes that the deep pine forests and vast, pure lakes will sooth my troubled soul and allow me to forget things like green energy or the Toyota Prius. I was not so lucky this year. Somewhere north of Luddington, I came across something that wasn’t there last year. The beautiful and serene countryside was marred by something artificial and unnatural. I had entered what I now know to be the Mason County wind farm, whose 56 large turbines did more to mar the aesthetic...

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Why the New Mustang Gets Me Down

From the Model T to the Mustang, there has always been something I liked about Ford. For me, the Ford has always beenĀ theĀ  American car. Certainly the company’s role in the invention of the assembly line resonates with the concept of American industrialism. The resulting affordability of automobiles, and the independence this brought to the average driver can only be described as being at the heart of the American idea. This sense of the American spirit is visible in nearly all of Ford’s most famous cars, from rough and tumble trucks like the F-150 to lean and elegant sports...

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$15/hour Minimum Wage: A Very Bad Joke

I remember the first time I ever heard someone earnestly suggest that the minimum wage should be set at $15 per hour. Searching for a good laugh, I had looked up the platform of the Socialist Party USA. There it was, right in between the article calling for guaranteed employment and the one demanding worker ownership of all corporations. I had myself a good laugh at all of this and dismissed it as bolshevik nonsense. Never did I suspect that the idea of the $15/hour minimum wage would return to haunt us. Boy was I wrong. There has been...

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