President Obama is again turning his attention to the elusive economic recovery. His “pivot” will be for naught, however, as long as he continues to ignore two important points: first, government is a major squanderer of scarce resources, and second, its regulations are impediments to saving and investment.
Police Capt. Louis Renault, played by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie Casablanca, in the wake of the shooting of a Nazi officer, ordered his men to "round up the usual suspects." Was Renault engaging in some sort of profiling? He may have been, but what is profiling? Let's look at it.
While government has its place, the fact is that the realm outside government called society has been relinquishing its legitimate authority to the state for quite a long time. And the George Zimmerman case underlines how we've forgotten that the true “first responders” are supposed those first on the scene — even if they’re not wearing badges and might be stealing a bit of glory from those who do.