Who’s the Boss?

Gay Lynn HillGovernment, Mini Lessons

Read from Common Sense Government for Life eBook: The central domestic issue during the first decades of the 20th century concerned regulation of the economy. While Republicans continued to push the development of national infrastructure, Democrats took on a populist approach, which defended the common man in the face of large corporate trusts. They were decidedly anti-monopoly and pro-labor union, … Read More

Unseen Effects

Gay Lynn HillEconomics, Mini Lessons

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016):Trade restrictions between nations have important secondary effects. The proponents of tariffs and import quotas on foreign goods almost always ignore the secondary effects of their policies. Tariffs and quotas may initially protect the U.S. workers who make similar products at a higher cost. … Read More

Dred Scott

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History, Mini Lessons

Read from Common Sense American History for Life eBook: The Supreme Court decided to address the slave question in the Dred Scott case. The case involved a Missouri slave, Dred Scott, whose owner had taken him into the federal territory north of Missouri, which was a free territory under the Missouri Compromise. After four years, Scott returned with his owner … Read More

Wile E. Economics

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

Wile E. Coyote really was quite the consumer. He kept buying faulty products from the Acme Corporation (a fictional business) to use in his futile pursuit to capture and eat the Road Runner. “Logic” and “cartoon” normally do not mix (i.e., How could Wile E. afford all these goods and services? If he had the cash, why didn’t he just … Read More

Oct. 25 – Equilibrium price of Chucky

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Economics

Oct. 25 is National Chucky Day. The movie “Child’s Play” is actually based on a real event. In 1906, a child was given a doll by a maid in Key West, Fla. The doll is on display in a museum in Key West, and some people claim that their cameras stop working after pointing them at the doll. Today, the … Read More

Oct. 23 – What’s a trillion dollars among friends?

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Government

Oct. 23, 1981, the national debt rose to $1 trillion. After watching the video, does any of this make sense? One of the key points John makes is that government debt is not the same thing as personal debt—that much of our federal debt is money we owe to ourselves. While he rightly argues that debt is therefore less of … Read More

Oct. 26 – The Wild West and the OK Corral

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History, Bell Ringers

Perhaps the most famous gunfight in history, and certainly in the history of the “wild” West, occurred on Oct. 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona. The “Wild West” was quite a place. While it was not really as violent as movies make it out to be, the homicide rate in Western towns is estimated to have exceeded 97 per 100,000 citizens. … Read More

Taking Liberties

ryanGovernment, Mini Lessons

Read from Common Sense Government for Life eBook: The civil liberties of American citizens, as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, are illustrated by a series of statements regarding what government may not do. In the First Amendment, for example, there are protections of free speech, free exercise of religion, peaceable assembly and the free press, among others. These protections, … Read More

Remember the Alamo

ryanAmerican History, Mini Lessons

Read from Common Sense American History for Life eBook: … By the early 1830s, Mexican authorities became alarmed by the flood of Americans into Texas. Mexican officials in Texas began to harass Americans in the province about their thwarting of anti-slavery laws, customs duties and failure to convert to Catholicism, as the Austins had promised in the establishment of their … Read More

How to get a New York Strip

ryanEconomics, Mini Lessons

Read from Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016): In a modern economy, the cooperation that comes from self-interest directed by the invisible hand of market prices is truly amazing. The next time you sit down to a nice dinner, think about all the people who helped make it possible. It is … Read More