Hot Issues

Liberty Central always works to focus its attention on important policy issues that can have a significant impact on the United States and its people. The Liberty Central community is constantly assessing proposals that would limit liberty in America, and working to ensure that our readers have access to up-to-date information on the ramifications of those ideas. This page is frequently updated to reflect the changing debate in Washington, and new ideas to limit – or restore – our liberties.

Cap and Trade: Jobs and Power

On May 12 2010, U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) put forward the “American Power Act ” a new, 1000-page version of last year’s Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill. Like its House counterpart, this bill places a cap on carbon emissions for “major” polluters, requires a 17% reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2020, and gives favors to a variety of special interest groups. Read more…

Job Destruction in America

As America celebrates renewed economic growth, something is terribly wrong. Even as gross domestic product, retail sales, and consumer durables awake from their slumber, unemployment remains close to 10 percent, with a large share of the unemployed out of work for six months or more. The composition of the workforce is changing, with government jobs taking an increasing share of the total. Low-skill workers are finding it increasingly difficult to get jobs. Read more…

Welfarization and the Capsizing of Democracy

The Founding Fathers intended that America be composed of self-reliant individuals who would not hesitate to pull the reins in on their rulers. However, in the past 75 years, the soaring number of government dependents has made it far more difficult to curb politicians’ power. Federal policy is dividing society between “those who work for a living and those who vote for a living,” as H.L. Mencken quipped during the New Deal. Read more…

The Attack on Charities

America has always been a charitable nation. In 2009, Americans gave $300 billion in charity. But in recent years private charities have come under attack by the federal government. America’s limited constitutional government has been thrown out the window as government has taken a heavy regulatory role with charities. In fact, instead of allowing charities and non-profit groups to prosper in a free market, the federal government has even created their own competing nonprofit-like organizations. Read more…

Federal Taxing, Borrowing, and Spending

The federal government is far too big and it is spending far too much. In just the past 10 years, the budget has doubled in size, expanding far faster than the private sector. As a result, federal spending now consumes nearly one-fourth of national economic output – a peacetime record. Read more…

Too Big to Fail

In recent years in Washington, politicians of both major political parties have supported policies that make the American taxpayer the ultimate backstop for failing private sector firms. Rather than allow entrepreneurs and companies to succeed or fail based on their success at serving the needs of their customers, Congress and the Executive Branch have decided that certain entities are ‘too big to fail.’ Read more…

What Your Kids are Learning

The education of a nation determines its future and, sadly, today’s America is being educated to embrace active and large government, while simultaneously learning to disdain free enterprise and diminish the role of personal responsibility in a free society. How in the world did we get here? Read more…