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Capitol Comment 217 - Microsoft and Monopoly
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Capitol Comment 217 - Microsoft and Monopoly

Over the past year, Microsoft has made headlines across the country, and not just for its new and innovative products. The software giant has been the target of an antitrust case by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The government claims that Microsoft is acting anti-competitively by using its operating system, Windows, as leverage to dominate the market for Internet browsers. Before intervening in one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy, the DOJ must demonstrate that Microsoft is a monopolist rather than a successful company in a fiercely competitive market.

12/14/1998
Letter from CSE Foundation and CEI to FCC Chairman William Kennard regarding the FCC's role with regard to several pending merge
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Letter from CSE Foundation and CEI to FCC Chairman William Kennard regarding the FCC's role with regard to several pending merge

Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation 1250 H Street, N.W. Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone: (202) 783-3870 Competitive Enterprise Institute 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite 1250 Washington, D.C. 20036 Phone: (202) 331-1010 December 11, 1998 The Honorable William Kennard Chairman Federal Communications Commission 1919 M St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20554 Dear Chairman Kennard:

12/11/1998
Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation Applauds South Carolina’s Attorney General Charlie Condon for Withdrawing from Microsoft
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Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation Applauds South Carolina’s Attorney General Charlie Condon for Withdrawing from Microsoft

"South Carolina’s attorney general, Charlie Condon, has done consumers and taxpayers a great service by withdrawing from the government’s case against Microsoft," according to Paul Beckner, president of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation. Commenting on Attorney General Condon’s Dec. 7 announcement, Beckner said, "It’s hard to claim that consumers are being hurt when prices are plummeting and innovation is booming."

12/07/1998
Capitol Comment 215 - Do Rail Mergers Mean Higher Rates?
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Capitol Comment 215 - Do Rail Mergers Mean Higher Rates?

The railroad industry has undergone a large number of mergers since 1981, which has raised fears of monopolization. Some economists and most politicians equate the number of competitors or degree of industry concentration with the robustness of competition. They reason that, as mergers leave more shippers served by only one railroad, surely higher rail rates must follow.

11/20/1998
Capitol Comment 214 - Railroad Competitive Access: Re-Regulation in Cheap Clothing
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Capitol Comment 214 - Railroad Competitive Access: Re-Regulation in Cheap Clothing

By most measures, railroad deregulation under the Staggers Act of 1980 has been a resounding success. The Staggers Act lowered real rail rates on most commodities by 15 percent to 25 percent, saved shippers $11 billion to 18 billion annually due to lower rates and more timely service, and staved off a massive taxpayer bailout of an industry that was a financial basket case.1

11/19/1998
The Moral Case for Social Security Privatization
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The Moral Case for Social Security Privatization

The most important arguments for Social Security privatization are moral, not economic. Privatization would not be justifiable if it were economically beneficial but morally suspect. However, a privatized Social Security system meets moral criteria far better than does our current, bankrupt, pay-as-you-go system. A privatized Social Security system gives individuals more freedom to run their lives, is fairer, provides more security, and creates less antagonism between generations, fostering a greater sense of community.

10/29/1998
Capitol Comment 209 - Tales from the Crypt Part I: The Pork-Laden Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 1998
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Capitol Comment 209 - Tales from the Crypt Part I: The Pork-Laden Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 1998

Who can forget the image of President Ronald Reagan hoisting a foot-high, pork-laden spending bill during his 1988 State of the Union Address and warning the then-Democratically-controlled Congress not to send him another such bill upon the threat of his veto.

10/28/1998
Comments of CSE Foundation before the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of Merger of SBC Communications, Inc., and
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Comments of CSE Foundation before the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of Merger of SBC Communications, Inc., and

Comments of CSE Foundation before the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of Merger of SBC Communications, Inc., and Ameritech Corporation. CC Docket No. 98-141 BEFORE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554 ------------------------------ In the Matter of ) ) Merger of SBC Communications, Inc., ) CC Docket No. 98-141 ) and ) ) Ameritech Corporation ) ------------------------------- Comments of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation

10/14/1998
Facts and Fantasies about Transition Costs
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Facts and Fantasies about Transition Costs

One of the more common concerns about transforming Social Security’s pay-as-you-go financing into a market-based structure is the transition cost. Critics claim that people would be unduly burdened because they would have to pay twice—once for their own retirement and once for those already retired. This double expense would be so prohibitive, it is argued, as to warrant rejecting privatization even if it were meritorious on other grounds.

10/13/1998
Capitol Comment 206 - Rethinking Compulsory Auto Insurance Liability Laws
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Capitol Comment 206 - Rethinking Compulsory Auto Insurance Liability Laws

How should a civilized society respond when A crashes his car into a car driven by B, causing injury to B and damaging his property? The common law of tort is predicated on the notion that people who are harmed by the actions of others are owed restitution by those responsible for their losses. But what if the responsible party lacks the financial wherewithal to provide full compensation? Unless he has purchased liability insurance, the accident victim will have to absorb the losses himself. The law can assign responsibility, but it cannot redistribute wealth that does not exist.

10/12/1998

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