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Capitol Comment 296 - Public Choice, Copyright, and Napster
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Capitol Comment 296 - Public Choice, Copyright, and Napster

Economic theory begins with a simple assumption: “Individuals are motivated by utility-maximizing considerations and that, when an opportunity for mutual gains exists, ‘trade’ will take place.”1 These private transactions between producers and consumers serve as the foundation for a market economy and free society.

06/14/2001
Capitol Comment 295 - Renewable Energy: The Great Hope or the Great Hype?
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Capitol Comment 295 - Renewable Energy: The Great Hope or the Great Hype?

With the release of its national energy policy, the Bush administration kicked off its drive for a new approach to meeting America’s energy needs. The report was instantly derided — before it was even released, in fact — by environmental fundraising groups, members of the media, and leaders of the opposition on Capitol Hill.

06/07/2001
Capitol Comment 293 - Education not Litigation: The Paul D. Coverdell Teacher Liability Protection Act of 2001
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Capitol Comment 293 - Education not Litigation: The Paul D. Coverdell Teacher Liability Protection Act of 2001

While schoolchildren often worry about fitting in with their peers, teachers are becoming more and more concerned each school year with the threat of lawsuits. In fact, a survey by the American Federation of Teachers shows that liability protection ranks among the top three concerns teachers want their unions to address. Thankfully, a bill in the U.S. Senate, “The Paul D. Coverdell Teacher Liability Protection Act” (S. 316), will help ease teachers’ concerns and allow them to focus on educating our children, rather than the threat of litigation.

03/21/2001
Capitol Comment 292 - Evidence Shows School Choice Works
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Capitol Comment 292 - Evidence Shows School Choice Works

Schools ought to be more accountable for students’ educational achievement. To that end, President Bush’s education plan proposes to make accountability enforceable: If a school fails to make progress in educating disadvantaged students for three years, parents of these students could use federal Title I funds to move their children to an alternative public or private school.

03/21/2001
Capitol Comment 152 - Congress Can't Help Uninsured Kids If it Doesn't Understand Them
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Capitol Comment 152 - Congress Can't Help Uninsured Kids If it Doesn't Understand Them

As I understand it, there's almost 14 million children uninsured today. -- Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), January 9, 1997 We have called this news conference today to announce that it is Democrats' number one health priority this year to reverse those trends by guaranteeing access to health care for those 10.5 million children who currently lack coverage. -- Sen. Daschle, January 16, 1997

02/18/2001
Capitol Comment 291 - Innovation, Not Litigation to Secure Copyrighted Work
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Capitol Comment 291 - Innovation, Not Litigation to Secure Copyrighted Work

“Innovation, not litigation” has become a catchphrase among Citizens for a Sound Economy activists. While normally uttered in the context of the government’s antitrust case against Microsoft, the phrase captures a fundamental value with many applications. For example, consider the proper enforcement of copyright in a digital world. The communications infrastructure of the Internet includes file-sharing software and portals that, when coupled with advanced compression technology, allow copyrighted works to be pirated at never-before-seen levels.

02/07/2001
Capitol Comment 290 - Congress Must Break the Invisible Whip of Taxation
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Capitol Comment 290 - Congress Must Break the Invisible Whip of Taxation

If the tax burden on America’s workers is not reduced this year, one has to wonder if substantive tax relief will ever become a reality. For four consecutive years, the government has taken more from the wallets of the American people than it has spent on all government services combined.

02/02/2001
Capitol Comment 289 - Assessing Antitrust Activism: FTC v. Staples Revisited
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Capitol Comment 289 - Assessing Antitrust Activism: FTC v. Staples Revisited

As the Clinton administration draws to a close, it is appropriate to ask whether the past eight years of renewed antitrust activism have helped or harmed consumers. An excellent test case is the June 1997 preliminary injunction killing the proposed Staples-Office Depot merger, which was at the time arguably the most significant antitrust case brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during the 1990s.

10/06/2000
Capitol Comment 287 - A Conspiracy Exposed: Gas Prices and the Clinton-Gore Administration
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Capitol Comment 287 - A Conspiracy Exposed: Gas Prices and the Clinton-Gore Administration

Over the past year, gasoline prices have soared, rising from an average of $1.03 per gallon in January 1999 to almost $1.60 in July 2000.1 For several weeks, some areas of the Midwest saw gasoline cost more than $2.00 per gallon.

07/28/2000
Capitol Comment 286 - Total Maximum Daily Loads: EPA’s Sleight of Hand
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Capitol Comment 286 - Total Maximum Daily Loads: EPA’s Sleight of Hand

On July 11, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule finalizing major revisions to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program, a long-dormant section of the Clean Water Act. The new rule applies to an estimated 20,000 water bodies throughout the United States, which, it is claimed, fail to meet water quality standards. The new TMDL rule represents perhaps the largest expansion of EPA’s regulatory authority America has ever seen. Virtually all land use in the United States could fall under the scope of a regulation of which most Americans have never heard.

07/27/2000

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