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Settled science rarely is. Except to those with a vested policy interest in the debate. True to form, a recent diatribe by Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest acknowledges none of the widely available data that conflict with his passionate crusade against table salt. However, to a debate that has endured for decades, Jacobson does bring a modern twist:
In comments to the Sacramento Bee late last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger magnanimously agreed to consider a proposal to maybe discuss a flat tax rate on income in California. Much like similarly surprising talk of ending marijuana prohibition, the news makes for great headlines, but taxpayers should avoid any real optimism for the time being.While Schwarzenegger cleverly pays lip service to what some consider the holy grail of tax code reform, at a suggested flat rate of 15 percent, he has actually proposed a massive tax increase. Currently, even the wealthiest Californians pay “only” 9.3 percent. In the seven states where a flat tax is already in effect, the average rate is just 4.1 percent.
“If you have an individual mandate, then the individual's responsible for their own health care.” - Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), interview with CNBC, June 4, 2009
The Federal Communicatiions Commission (FCC) recently requested comments on a Notice of Inquiry entitled, "A National Broadband Plan for Our Future." FreedomWorks Foundation filed comments in this proceeding, urging the FCC to avoid regulatory impediments on broadband deployment. The broadband market is dynamic and fast paced; new FCC regulations could hamper this growth and reduce the vital capital investments required to expand the nation's broadband networks. Rather than attempting to apply old monopoly based models to today's competitive markets, the FCC should focus on removing barriers to competition, implementing competitive solutions to policy questions, and allowing the private sector to more effectively allocate scarce broadband resouurces to the most highly valued uses. In addition, efforts to establish "net neutrality" should be avoided, because they threaten the ability to manage dynamic networks effectively.
FreedomWorks Foundation recently filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission's Notice of Inquiry, "A National Broadband Plan for Our Future." Our comments focus on the importance of avoiding excessive regulation and promoting a dynamic and competitive marketplace that encourages broadband deployment. The study concludes:"To date, the internet has evolved relatively free from federal regulation. This flexibility has created an important resource that continues to evolve to meet a growing demand among consumers and businesses, and a rational broadband policy framework that promotes competition and innovation will facilitate this process. Moreover, that demand and the data-intensive content of the broadband world have generated new products that may require new tools for network management. It is not in the public’s interest to give the government the job of controlling this evolution. The future of broadband should be determined by those using the network, as should decisions on handling the burgeoning flow of information over the internet."Click here to see the FreedomWorks Foundation's comments in their entirety.
Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a $500 million cut to welfare in California to help terminate the state's $5.5 billion shortfall. On top of the cut in spending, Arnold is even considering a 15 percent flat tax.
The unemployment rate hit 9.4 percent last month—a 26 year high. 111 days after the passage of the stimulus bill $43.7 billion of it has been spent while over 2 million jobs have been lost. Today the president announced that they will accelerate the rate of spending and save or create 600,000 jobs over the next hundred days.
“To say that there is a tide of support for an employer mandate for health care coverage with a public program for low-income and uninsurable individuals would be a gross understatement.” - CEO, Blue Shield of California, Bruce G. Bodaken