Open Letter to Missouri’s Republican Governor Candidates

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This is important. I feel it needs to be said and I believe most Republicans from across our great state share similar thoughts.

I should preface that I like both of you.

I have no ill will to either. I have met and gotten to know both of you during my short time in Missouri politics.

I like you both.

When I think ahead to what Missouri would look like with either of you at the helm, I honestly don’t see much of a difference.

Working with the super majorities in the Missouri House and Senate I’m sure you’ll both sign nearly identical pieces of legislation to move our state forward, increase economic freedom, protect the rights of our citizens, and lower citizens’ tax liabilities to the state.

Because of this, I also understand the difficultly to differentiate yourselves from one another. Continue reading

Missouri Progressives Bully to Get Their Way #moleg

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Missouri’s progressives again went to bullying to get their way yesterday.

Progress Missouri records video of committee hearings they know they can splice up and feed to their minions.

That’s fine. No thoughts or feelings on that. It is what it is.

The Missouri House is fairly lenient. Last I checked it was up to the committee chairs who records but I think most don’t mind or care. I might be wrong there so double check me.

Yesterday Progress Missouri wanted to record in the Senate.

Now – before I go any further – this is not about whether such recordings should be allowed. I really don’t feel strongly one way or the other. Personally, I may even lean that such recordings should be allowed more often than not.

The issue is the blatant lies and bullying tactics they use to try and get their way. Continue reading

The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit for non-Beginning Farmers

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First posted on Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Farming is a business.

Its business is to grow food. A farmer’s motivation is to create a profit and trade their earnings for the same necessities and wants we all look to provide our families.

There are some who worry Missouri has less farmers today than twenty years ago.  They think this is a horrible thing. I see it as the answer to a formula summing innovation, efficiency, and competition.

We have fertilizers and irrigation techniques allowing more plants to be grown in every field.

We have tractors controlled by computers using GPS to precisely plant several rows of crops at once and provide the highest yield possible for each acre of farmland.

Missouri has come a long way since mules pulled plows through a field. Continue reading

What is Classical Liberalism?

I’m often asked what a classical liberal is. I find this video explains what a classical liberal is very well.

In it Dr. Nigel Ashford explains the 10 core principles of the classical liberal & libertarian view of society and the proper role of government:

  1. Liberty as the primary political value
  2. Individualism
  3. Skepticism about power
  4. Rule of Law
  5. Civil Society
  6. Spontaneous Order
  7. Free Markets
  8. Toleration
  9. Peace
  10. Limited Government

Universities Should Promote Freedom of Association

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I just wrote a new post at Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Each year high school graduates pack their cars to overflowing and head off to one of Missouri’s fine institutions of higher learning. They take this step to acquire the knowledge they need to move into the career of their choice and down the path to success.

While at college these students will form lasting friendships with their fellow classmates and possibly raise their families together, go to church together, maybe become involved in a civic project together, or even start a not-for-profit together to help the less fortunate.

Some of these friendships are made in the classroom and studying with one another for finals. It is also likely many of these strong friendships were made when students sought out a campus organization that peeked a personal interest. Continue reading