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Capitol Comment 247 - Are You Down with OPP and Internet "Unregulation?"
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Capitol Comment 247 - Are You Down with OPP and Internet "Unregulation?"

A new study released by the Office of Plans and Policy (OPP) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) celebrates the success of a policy of "unregulation" for the Internet.1 "Unregulation," as opposed to deregulation, is the total absence of regulation, not the removal of regulation. This study coincides with the FCC’s recent stance against state attempts to regulate Multiple Service Operators (MSOs), such as cable providers who offer advanced services like Internet access.

08/19/1999
Tax Fact #34: Memo to Bill Clinton, We Can’t Afford Your $1.1 Trillion in New Spending
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Tax Fact #34: Memo to Bill Clinton, We Can’t Afford Your $1.1 Trillion in New Spending

To understand why Bill Clinton believes that the government cannot afford to give taxpayers $792 billion in tax relief (out of $3 trillion in projected budget surpluses over the next ten years), its instructive to look back on the budget he submitted to Congress earlier this year. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) analysis of the President’s budget, Clinton wants to use the money Republicans have now earmarked for tax cuts – plus an additional $300 billion – to fund a $1.1 trillion expansion of government.

08/18/1999
Capitol Comment 248 - The Future Begins Now: Welcoming Regulators Into the Information Age
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Capitol Comment 248 - The Future Begins Now: Welcoming Regulators Into the Information Age

"Over the next five years, I believe the future of this medium will be determined more by policy choices than by technology choices." -America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case, speaking on the future of the Internet at the National Press Club, October 26, 1998

08/18/1999
Microsoft Miswiring
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Microsoft Miswiring

The government's portrayal of the sharp corporate elbows in the Microsoft litigation has made for entertaining sound bites, but the coverage of the case has avoided two fundamental problems with the plaintiff's case. There is also the growing sense that the case against Microsoft is just another example of economic regulation run amok.

08/18/1999
Tax Fact #33: Will Debt Reduction Lead to Lower Interest Rates? Bill Clinton Needs to Check His Facts
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Tax Fact #33: Will Debt Reduction Lead to Lower Interest Rates? Bill Clinton Needs to Check His Facts

Bill Clinton has convinced many lawmakers that the $792 billion Republican tax cut plan would be bad for the economy because it would divert the budget surplus away from reducing the national debt which, he insists, is critical to keeping interest rates low. While this claim may seem intuitive to many Americans, the fact is Clinton is wrong. The record of the last 18 years plainly shows that there is no relationship between the size of the national debt – nor annual budget deficit for that matter – and interest rates.

08/17/1999
Capitol Comment 246 - “Saving” Salmon in the Pacific Northwest: The Endangered Species Act Hits Home
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Capitol Comment 246 - “Saving” Salmon in the Pacific Northwest: The Endangered Species Act Hits Home

Salmon have long been a symbol of the Pacific Northwest, and an important part of the region’s culture and industry. However, in recent years, salmon have become a heavily regulated symbol as federal, state, and local governments have struggled to address a decline in the population of these fish.

08/12/1999
Capitol Comment 244 - Smart Growth or No Growth: A Case of Euro-Envy
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Capitol Comment 244 - Smart Growth or No Growth: A Case of Euro-Envy

"Smart growth is great, as long as you keep the dumb ideas out of it."1 Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. Recently there has been much talk in Washington about how so-called "suburban sprawl" is ruining our quality of life, and how "smart growth" is the answer. Many "smart-growthers" argue that since Europeans seem able to control the spread of their urban areas, we should follow their example. But can European policies that prevent "suburban sprawl" be incorporated into a sensible quality-of-life agenda for America?

08/12/1999
Capitol Comment 244 - Smart Growth or No Growth: A Case of Euro-Envy
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Capitol Comment 244 - Smart Growth or No Growth: A Case of Euro-Envy

"Smart growth is great, as long as you keep the dumb ideas out of it."1 Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. Recently there has been much talk in Washington about how so-called "suburban sprawl" is ruining our quality of life, and how "smart growth" is the answer. Many "smart-growthers" argue that since Europeans seem able to control the spread of their urban areas, we should follow their example. But can European policies that prevent "suburban sprawl" be incorporated into a sensible quality-of-life agenda for America?

08/12/1999
Capitol Comment 246 - “Saving” Salmon in the Pacific Northwest: The Endangered Species Act Hits Home
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Capitol Comment 246 - “Saving” Salmon in the Pacific Northwest: The Endangered Species Act Hits Home

Salmon have long been a symbol of the Pacific Northwest, and an important part of the region’s culture and industry. However, in recent years, salmon have become a heavily regulated symbol as federal, state, and local governments have struggled to address a decline in the population of these fish.

08/12/1999
Issue Analysis 94 - Antitrust and Consumer Welfare
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Issue Analysis 94 - Antitrust and Consumer Welfare

During the past decade, the American economy has undergone a massive restructuring that raises new questions about the effects of antitrust policy on consumer welfare. Information Age firms emerge from nowhere to dominate their newly-created markets, and older companies employ mergers to consolidate in shrinking markets or to morph their way into new markets. Federal antitrust officials find themselves criticized for high-profile lawsuits against Microsoft and American Airlines at the same time that they have approved major telecommunications mergers. State attorneys general have embarked on a new wave of antitrust activism, reflecting parochial political considerations as well as concerns that federal enforcement is inadequate.

08/10/1999

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