Articles by James D. Miller

Stimulating Ideas

I'm scared. Fears of a future recession are giving politicians an excuse to splurge. Hillary Clinton, for one, wants to spend $70 billion on a so-called anti-recession stimulus package that includes $30 billion in mortgage relief and $10 billion... Read More

A Thousand Chinese Einsteins Every Year

Humankind may be changed radically by the recently developed technique allowing the safe gathering of thousands of immature eggs from a woman's ovarian tissue. This technique combined with cheap DNA sequencing and embryo selection will soon allow parents to... Read More

The Free Market Case Against the Immigration Bill

Unskilled Immigrants + Large Welfare State = Higher Taxes The above equation shows why free market enthusiasts should oppose the current immigration bill. Yes, historically immigration has helped the U.S. economy. But our large welfare state combined with the... Read More

Free the Elderly

Let's give pharmaceutical freedom to our elderly. Elderly Americans should be legally permitted to use any drug their doctor approves of, even if the drug has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consider a 90-year-old... Read More

A Minimum of Understanding

Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. But raising the minimum wage will harm unskilled workers. If the price of gas went up by 40%, people would buy less gas. Similarly, if... Read More

War Games 2006

According to a well publicized article by Seymour Hersh, the U.S. is planning to attack Iran's nuclear weapons program. Israel could provide the U.S. with a perfect political justification for such a preemptive attack. And raging anti-Semitism will force both... Read More

Getting Mexico on Our Side

Ideally, Mexico would help us police our shared border. But Mexico receives huge remittances from its citizens unlawfully working in the U.S., so it's currently in Mexico's interest to promote illegal immigration. A well-designed guest worker program, however, coul Read More

Elevating Elephants

For the 2006 midterm elections, Republicans should propose an idea so big that it stretches to the stars. Republicans should commit the government to building a space elevator by 2020. A space elevator would essentially be a 62,000-mile cable stretching... Read More

Hey, Harvard, Hire Me!

Dear Harvard Corporation: You have just effectively fired Harvard president Larry Summers. I request that you consider me as his replacement. As you surely realize, the Summers controversy mirrors the fight over the Mohamed cartoons. Summers' original sin was sugge Read More

Exposing Moral Free-Riders

Dear President / Prime Minister / Chancellor: You, along with the leaders of many other nations, have morally condemned the United States' treatment of our terrorist prisoners. It's true that we use much harsher interrogation techniques on terrorists than... Read More

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