Ralph R. Reiland

Ralph R. Reiland is the B. Kenneth Simon professor of free enterprise at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

Flag Burning and Freedom

“We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents.”

?Government vs. Production

Impose the world's highest corporate income tax rate, and we can expect the result will be too few corporations and too much government. "The United States may soon wind up with the distinction that makes business leaders cringe -- the highest corporate tax rate in...

Obama's Economic Ignorance

With 15 million workers unemployed and another 11 million underemployed, President Obama recently decided that the answer was to hit the road and throw some anti-rich red meat to some friendly stadium audiences. At a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, Mr. Obama declared...

Castro and Obama

At least for a few moments last week, we had the strange spectacle of President Obama sounding more like a collectivist than Fidel Castro. With the federal payroll in the United States up by 200,000 positions and the private sector down by 7.8 million jobs since the...

Obamanomics vs. Economics

With job creation in the private sector basically dead and a growing number of jobless workers ceasing to even look for work any longer, the number of people officially counted as part of the U.S. labor force shrank by 652,000 in June.   That was more than double...

Mi Casa es en Pakistan

Answering a student’s question at a recent town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, here’s how President Obama  characterized the Arizona law that’s designed to crack down on illegal immigration: “You can imagine, if...

Dr. Jack Cassell: Hero

Jack Cassell is too much for some people.He’s the Florida doctor who told his patients to go elsewhere for treatment if they voted for Obama. The message posted on his office door: “If you voted for Obama, seek urological care elsewhere. Changes to your...

We Are All Socialists Now?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman got it right about a lot of things, but he was overly optimistic when he wrote in 1990 that socialism was dead. "Ten years ago, many people around the world believed that socialism was a viable, even the most promising,...

Michelle Obama’s Pain

There's not a lot of money in Zanesville, Ohio. I spent four years there during college in the 1960s, down the road a few miles at Muskingum College. Zanesville was poor then; now it's worse. The biggest employer in the region, Longaberger, a basket maker, has a home...

What Universal Health Care Can Do For You!

There's automatic cheering at her political rallies when Hillary Clinton tells the faithful that she'll deliver "universal health care." Her plan will "rein in costs" while simultaneously "improving quality," she says, thereby insuring that "all Americans will have...

Jesus in the Constitution?

A liberal friend phoned last week with his analysis of how the presidential race was shaping up. The news that morning was that both John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani had dropped out. "Same old," he said, referring to the likelihood that our choice in November will be...

Homeland Security or Homeland Pork?

There's big controversy here in Pittsburgh about the mayor taking the city's anti-terrorism van to a Toby Keith concert during the summer. But, really, where would our federally-supplied anti-terrorism vehicle have been that August night if the mayor hadn't taken it?...

How Mugabe is Destroying The Zimbabwean Economy

Readers of The New York Times got a front-page example recently of what F.A. Hayek called "the fatal conceit" -- the idea that some great mind or committee can do a better job than the private market in organizing and directing an economy. Hayek argued that the market...

Subsidized “Free Trade” Is Not Free Trade

For a small-scale corn farmer driven out of business in Mexico by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the fancy economic theories about the benefits of "free trade" might not seem too believable. As the theory of comparative advantage goes, we're all...

Energy and Terrorism: Capitalism To The Rescue

The good news out of Munich is that BMW has come up with something that could do a better job than the CIA in defunding al-Qaida. The BMW Hydrogen 7, available next year in a limited series of a few hundred cars in the United States and other countries, runs on either...

Children as Bombs

Children as Bombs

As if things weren't crazy enough already in the Middle East, here's the officially sanctioned message in sixth-grade Palestinian textbooks for 11- and 12-year-old kids: "The noble soul has two goals: death and the desire for it." The goal isn't to build magnificent...

Rioting for Ineptitude in France

The students are rioting in Paris, again, and the streets of Dublin are quiet. The dissimilarity flows from the differences in the way the political-economic systems are run in France and Ireland. In France's overly-planned, overly-socialist economy, the unemployment...

Will the Pope Steal this Christmas?

Okay gang, only a few shopping days left to make this the biggest grossing holiday in the history of capitalism. And so far, so good. Running the numbers in mid-December, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com, predicted this year's Christmas sales will...

A Flood of Free Money from FEMA

If you think the government's initial response to Hurricane Katrina was incompetent, at all levels, wait till you see the tidal wave of ineptitude, cronyism, irrationality, waste and thievery that's guaranteed to be involved in the clean-up and rebuilding. "It's gonna...

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