Articles written by: Robert Rosamond


Louisiana Monks Face Jail For Selling Caskets

This morning, the Institute for Justice filed a major federal lawsuit on behalf of a group of monks from Saint Joseph Abby. Under Louisiana law, it is a crime for anyone but a licensed funeral director to sell “funeral merchandise,” which includes caskets. To sell caskets legally, the monks would […]

Energy & Environment

Dazed and Confused: How the Drilling Moratorium Exacerbates Louisiana’s Economic Challenges

Louisianians have a special appreciation for Ronald Reagan’s statement that “the ten most dangerous words in the English language are ‘Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” And as the damage from the catastrophic BP oil spill continues to wreak economic and environmental havoc on our state, […]


State Budget Crises: Why They Matter and Ideas for Fixing Them

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently released a policy brief that offers suggestions on how states can begin to climb out of their fiscal holes In Seven Key Aspects of Governing During Crisis, Maurice McTigue and Daniel M. Rothschild present a toolkit of seven ideas and procedures for […]



Many members of Congress use Twitter to directly communicate with constituents, activists, and media sources. For example, Governor Bobby Jindal “tweets” on his activities to folks “following” him on Twitter. More and more legislators at the federal and state level are beginning to utilize this important new media tool as […]

Energy & Environment

The Cap and Trade Illusion

The Obama administration intends on implementing a ‘Cap and Trade’ bill by May of 2010 in hopes of curbing the emission of harmful greenhouse gases and reducing pollution. Not only would the legislation fail to effectively reduce emissions it would cost American citizens billions in taxes. Here’s what you need […]