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04/30/2000
Gov't Proposes Takeover of Microsoft
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Gov't Proposes Takeover of Microsoft

Lawyers for the Department of Justice and 17 states attorneys general announced today their proposed remedies in the Microsoft antitrust case. Erick Gustafson, Director of Technology and Communications Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy, made this statement about the remedies:

04/28/2000
Microsoft Remedies Bad for Consumers
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Microsoft Remedies Bad for Consumers

Later this afternoon, lawyers from the federal government and 19 states are expected to file their proposed remedies in the Microsoft antitrust case. Throughout the case, Judge Penfield Jackson has sided with the government lawyers and against innovation, so it is likely that their proposal will form the basis of Judge Jackson's remedies in the coming months. Unfortunately, these lawyers falsely believe that splitting Microsoft apart would aid competition and benefit consumers. In reality, the likely outcome of government interference would be expensive and, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), would take years of legal wrangling.

04/28/2000
Capitol Comment 274 - It's the New New Economy, Stupid!
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Capitol Comment 274 - It's the New New Economy, Stupid!

In 1992, Bill Clinton coasted into the White House on a simple message: It's the economy, Stupid. During his two terms in the White House, we saw a communications revolution that gave birth to the "New Economy." As he prepares to leave office, President Clinton's legacy could be described as the beginning of the "New New Economy." Government lawyers and their private-sector trial-lawyer counterparts are attempting to replace engineers and designers as the driving force in the technology sector.

04/27/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Regulation Through Litigation is Ground Zero for Assault on Consumers
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Regulation Through Litigation is Ground Zero for Assault on Consumers

Led by Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein, today officials from the Department of Justice will brief members of the White House staff on the latest version of the government attack on Microsoft. Klein summarized the Clinton-Gore administration’s view when he said that this case "sets the ground rules for enforcement in the information age." Innovation and competition are out. Litigation and regulation are in.

04/25/2000
Capitol Comment 288 - Universal Service Subsidies Constrain Local Telephone Competition
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Capitol Comment 288 - Universal Service Subsidies Constrain Local Telephone Competition

For most of this century, regulators and legislators have considered cheap local phone service akin to a basic human right, nearly as important as free speech itself. Phone companies cashed in on this political preference by promising “affordable” service for all in exchange for monopolies. But now that competition in local service is legal, new competitors in the residential market find themselves up against established firms that are required by regulation to sell service at prices well below cost.

04/21/2000
Earth Day Brings a Sobering Reminder of a Failed Energy Policy
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Earth Day Brings a Sobering Reminder of a Failed Energy Policy

As another Earth Day dawns, Americans can reflect upon a host of environmental success stories. Citizens across the nation are breathing cleaner air, are drinking cleaner water, and have less exposure to dangerous toxic compounds than they did 25 years ago.

04/20/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Free Trade is Fair Trade
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Free Trade is Fair Trade

House Minority leader Richard Gephardt betrayed his committment to the high-tech community when he came out in opposition to Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China. The United States has an incredible opportunity to open the Chinese markets for American goods and services; sadly, Gephardt and others in Congress are willing to throw this opportunity out the window.

04/20/2000
Property Rights: The Hidden Issue of Social Security Reform
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Property Rights: The Hidden Issue of Social Security Reform

One of the most enduring myths of Social Security is that a worker has a legal right to his Social Security benefits. Many workers assume that, if they pay Social Security taxes into the system, they have some sort of legal guarantee to the system’s benefits. The truth is exactly the opposite. It has long been law that there is no legal right to Social Security. In two important cases, Helvering v. Davis and Flemming v. Nestor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Social Security taxes are simply taxes and convey no property or contractual rights to Social Security benefits.

04/19/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Main Street Retailers Embrace the Internet
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Main Street Retailers Embrace the Internet

According to a recent study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation , 84 percent of their Main Street communities consider Internet usage a key factor in small-business growth. Mom-and-Pop, bricks-and-mortar businesses are looking for innovative new ways to incorporate it into their business models.

04/19/2000

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