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French Firsts
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French Firsts

David Ignatius has a good column on the new French president, Nicholas Sarkozy, in the Post today. He's no free-market hero, but he certainly seems interested in pushing France in a far better economic direction than they'd been going. This bit from Ignatius' column certainly highlights one of the big shifts:

09/05/2007
Who Gets to Emit?
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Who Gets to Emit?

George Shulz's Washington Post column on achieving a "climate consensus" -- ie: forcing those darn, pesky economists and politicians to ignore rational qualms about global warming policy -- seems rather tired.  He, of course, touts the virtues of cap and trade, but then warns that we shouldn't expect developing countries like China and India to play along:

09/05/2007
Fred Thompson Announces Candidacy, finally
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Fred Thompson Announces Candidacy, finally

Well, after months of speculation and 'testing the waters', former Senator Fred Thompson formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States in 2008. Thompson made the announcement last night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, conveniently while the rest of the candidates were participating in a Fox news debate. Here's a clip of his announcement: ">

09/05/2007
The New York Times vs. Private Charity
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The New York Times vs. Private Charity

There's a piece by Stephanie Strom in the New York Times this morning that deals with whether or not to tax charitable donations.  This seems like a bit of a no-brainer to me -- if individuals (or their proxies) want to give their money to good causes, they shouldn't be penalized in the process, and, at least within the absurdly complicated tax system we currently have, tax incentives can be a useful way to encourage people to give back to their communities and the world.

09/05/2007
Hillary Clinton to Increase Taxes to Pay for Social Security Disaster?
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Hillary Clinton to Increase Taxes to Pay for Social Security Disaster?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said today that she would not cut Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age, or allow personal accounts for workers. This leaves only one option: Clinton intends to raise taxes on hard-working Americans in order to pay for the $11.4 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

09/05/2007
Kingmakers Eye Thompson
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Kingmakers Eye Thompson

BY Amanda Carpenter

Fred Thompson’s forthcoming announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for President will push pollsters and conservative kingmakers to increase their scrutiny of the former Tennessee senator. As an unofficial candidate Thompson dominated polls throughout the summer season of presidential campaigning. A September 5 Rasmussen poll found Thompson polling 23% among likely Republican primary voters. Thompson was only a point behind Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani.

09/05/2007
Edwards Nanny State
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Edwards Nanny State

Many people would say that mother knows best. But when it comes to medical care John Edwards thinks he does. Here are some of his latest health care policy ideas from a stump speech in Tipton Iowa that would require Americans to go to a doctor for care:

09/04/2007
DiCaprio Saves the Planet, Again
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DiCaprio Saves the Planet, Again

Hollywood's favorite pretty-boy activist, Leonardo DiCaprio (neither Martin Sheen nor Robert Redford count these days), has a new movie out called The 11th Hour about how we're all going to descend into an environmental hell that looks like something out of Constantine because of Big Bad Corporations and Libertarian Meanies (otherwise known as reasonable economists).  OK, that's not the exact wording from the IMDB summary, but with DiCaprio making pronouncements like "industrial civilization has caused irreparable damage," it might as well be.

09/04/2007
Tax Time With Hillary
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Tax Time With Hillary

Talking about Social Security, Hillary Clinton has taken to bashing privatization and has all but admitted she plans to raise taxes: Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton promised retirees that if elected president she will not cut Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age or privatize the taxpayer-funded systemhe New York senator told the AARP's legislative conference that she would bring a "renewed national commitment to Social Security" to the White House.

09/04/2007
Sick or Not, You're Going
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Sick or Not, You're Going

Cato's David Boaz makes a strong point about just how scary John Edwards' health-care plan is:

09/04/2007

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