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Is Freedom a "Satanic" Idea in American Education?
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Is Freedom a "Satanic" Idea in American Education?

The LA Times has an interesting column describing an interview with Milton Friedman on the idea that families should be able to choose which school their child attends.

07/06/2006
Toll Charges Ahead on the Internet Freeway?
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Toll Charges Ahead on the Internet Freeway?

Normally Americans offer ideas critical of government, emphasizing free-market policies as an alternative to Europe's state-centred, socialistic tendencies. But in years to come the phrase "beware geeks bearing gifts" may come to describe the American Trojan Horse US which threatens to ruin the Internet. For the current US debate between high-tech content providers and broadband access providers about the deceptive term "net neutrality" has nothing to do with keeping the Internet free and open.

07/06/2006
FreedomWorks ‘Key-Votes’ H.R. 2355; The Health Care Choice Act
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FreedomWorks ‘Key-Votes’ H.R. 2355; The Health Care Choice Act

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07/06/2006
Toll Charges Ahead on the Internet Freeway?
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Toll Charges Ahead on the Internet Freeway?

BY Matt Kibbe

Normally Americans offer ideas critical of government, emphasizing free-market policies as an alternative to Europe's state-centred, socialistic tendencies. But in years to come the phrase "beware geeks bearing gifts" may come to describe the American Trojan Horse US which threatens to ruin the Internet. For the current US debate between high-tech content providers and broadband access providers about the deceptive term "net neutrality" has nothing to do with keeping the Internet free and open.

07/06/2006
Lacking a Stick, Google Speaks Harshly
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Lacking a Stick, Google Speaks Harshly

Vint Cerf, Google VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, announced Tuesday in Bulgaria that if a network neutrality amendment is not passed by Congress the company will readily file anti-trust complaints against network operators that discriminate against content providers.  Yet if the discrimination is already illegal and can be prosecuted under existing laws, one wonders why a strong network neutrality amendment is necessary.  Indeed the public push for government coerced neutrality by multi-billion dollar companies like Google and Microsoft and the intense response of many suggest that widely available and disseminated information about the practices of broadband providers would be more than sufficient to maintain the open nature of the internet that consumers crave, demand, and enjoy and which has rarely if ever been denied to them.  It is unfortunate that Google does not believe in the marketplace of ideas and the intelligence of its consumers to make their own decisions and instead turns to the big stick of government instead of using persuasion.  One should expect more from the people supporting net neutrality who claim that they believe in the free exchange of ideas.

07/05/2006
State Democrats Cutting Taxes
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State Democrats Cutting Taxes

Democrats in Washington should take some advice from their counterparts at the state level.  A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed points out that in several states, Democratic governors and legislatures are adopting supply-side logic and enacting sweeping tax cuts to stimulate economic growth.

07/05/2006
Proposed Bill Could Save Taxpayers $100 million
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Proposed Bill Could Save Taxpayers $100 million

A bill recently passed by the Senate Finance Committee could save taxpayers an estimated $100 million a year by raising the threshold at which estimated-tax penalties must be payed. Currently, penalties apply for underwithholding taxes by $1000, but the legislation would raise this limit to $2000.

07/04/2006
Inconvenient Truths and Political Reality
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Inconvenient Truths and Political Reality

An op-ed in the Washington Post by Robert Samuelson today points out that there is not much that we can do in the near future to stop rising carbon levels in the atmosphere.  The International Energy Agency reports that even with very optimistic estimates of technology innovation and huge increases in market share for wind, solar, and other non-emitting energy sources, greenhouse gases will still be higher in 2050 than they are today.  Samuelson takes this as a lesson from the report.

07/04/2006
Vermont Report: Independence Day Edition
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Vermont Report: Independence Day Edition

The Declaration of Independence

07/04/2006
A fox in the ethics henhouse?
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A fox in the ethics henhouse?

This letter appeared in the ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES on July 3, 2006. I was shocked and amazed recently when I received Rep. Susan Fisher’s latest e-mail “Report from Raleigh.” While I commend her for communicating with her constituents, I was astounded at her gall to even raise the subject of legislative ethics.

07/03/2006

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