Senior Fellow Randy T. Simmons, co-editor of Aquanomics, looks at the battles over water in the western United States. Thirsty citizens of growing cities, farmers, factories and environmentalists are in a fight for a natural resource that is priced arbitrarily. Its value is determined not by the free market, but by bureaucrats. Outdated government reclamation projects and water policies have put residents of the Golden State at the mercy of the weather, and of government's mandatory regulations.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to protect government whistle-blowers in an effort to be more transparent. When U.S. Army private Bradley Manning was convicted of espionage, Independent Institute Research Fellow Anthony Gregory said it's time to make a choice.