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Print Column: Be Thankful That Americans Choose to Do So Much of What They Don’t Have To

Print Column: Be Thankful That Americans Choose to Do So Much of What They Don’t Have To

MINOT, N.D. — One of the wonders of our free society is that nobody is required to do much of anything. Sure, there are certain imperatives. We all need food and shelter, and getting those basics requires effort. Yet our society enjoys a level of convenience and wealth which would be almost unimaginable to our

An example of a Dollar General storefront. Special to The Forum

It’s Not the Government’s Job to Protect Businesses From Competition

Recently the city leaders in Velva, North Dakota – a small community to the southeast of Minot – voted down a bid from a developer to buy city land for the creation of a Dollar General store. It was the city which put the land on the market for sale in the first place, but

Price Caps On Swipe Fees Making Your Banking More Expensive

Three years ago Monday the Senate passed the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Banking Bill which sought to make the retail experience for Americans cheaper by capping the fees for debit and credit card swipes. Essentially, the federal government told the banks they were charging too much, and cut the price in half for them

Government Price Controls Causes Toilet Paper Shortage In Venzuela

Remember when Hugo Chavez died, and our friends on the left were quick to eulogize him talking about all the hard work he did to make Venezuela a better place? Well, here’s a glimpse into the legacy left behind by the socialist strong man. Things are so great in Venzuela, getting toilet paper is a

Here Come The Annual Spring Gas Price Conspiracy Theories

It’s spring time. That means we’re entering the summer driving season, and increased demand typically drives up fuel prices. And thanks to gas prices being one of the most visible economic metrics – heck, the prices are posted on signs along every road in America – people get upset when the prices go up. We’re

Under Obama, The Rich Have Gotten Richer

President Obama is nothing if not a class warrior, using the themes of the Occupy Wall Street movement to color his railing about the “1%” not “paying their fair share,” etc., etc. But what if it turned out the rich had actually gotten richer under President Obama’s governance? Remember too that from 2007 through 2010

Hoeven: Obama "Moving The Goal Posts" On Keystone Pipeline

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven was on MSNBC this morning talking about the Boston bombing, budget battles and the Keystone XL pipeline. “We’ll put a hundred thousand barrels a day of Bakken light sweet crude into that pipeline,” Senator Hoeven said of the project’s importance to North Dakota. “The president needs to make a decision.

Movie Review: How Capitalism Ended Racial Segregation In Baseball

Last night my wife and I went to see 42, the Jackie Robinson story. It was an enjoyable enough movie (as they said in Moneyball , it’s hard not to be romantic about baseball), though the story was more fairy tale than reality. But what do you expect when a movie about real people doing

One In Ten Doctors Expected To Stop Accepting Insurance

Doctors have been moving away from Medicaid for a while now thanks to the federal government implementing price controls which result in doctors operating non-existent profit margins. Now, with Obamacare representing a federal take over of private insurance, many doctors are moving toward cash-only operations that won’t accept insurance at all. Considering the looming doctor

ND Legislature Hall Of Shame Week 5: Rep. Kim Koppelman

It was hard to pick this week’s Hall of Shame winner, because I was inclined to award it to every single Republican who voted against HB1437, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, which would have ended the state’s ban on some business opening Sunday mornings and allowed political subdivisions to set their own policies in that

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