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Tax Reform -- An Idea Whose Time Has Come

With the Obamacare fight all but over, all eyes have turned to tax reform. This week, President Trump unveiled the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” That’s good news for taxpayers, consumers, and businesses. The current tax code is burdensome and inefficient and thwarts efforts to revitalize the economy. The new plan for reform includes an overhaul that makes the tax code simpler, fairer, and flatter. The plan touts benefits to the middle class, small business, and the economy as a whole. This is a fundamental upgrade from the current tax code, which is collapsing under the weight of all the loopholes and carve-outs that have been piled on over the years. The proposed tax plan is an attempt to clear out the underbrush and create a new tax code based on economic common sense rather than political expediency.

09/28/2017
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In Government We Antitrust

The American economy produces roughly $18 trillion worth of goods and services every year as firms compete to provide consumers the goods and services they demand. But over time, the government has come to play a much larger role in the economy, imposing regulations that cost the economy over $1.9 trillion annually. Unfortunately for consumers, these regulations are often put in place to limit competition and restrict entry into the marketplace by firms trying to avoid the gales of creative destruction. And now, there is a renewed interest in weaponized antitrust, with America’s tech giants under renewed scrutiny at home and abroad. The culprits are competitors seeking to increase their market share through government intervention. Unfortunately, for consumers, this typically means higher prices and reduced choices in the marketplace.

07/27/2017
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When Innovation Is Bad: The EU vs. Google

In its latest broadside against American technology companies, the EU last month slapped Google with a record $2.7 billion fine for leveraging its dominance as a search engine to boost Google Shopping over competing online services. This is indicative of the EU’s ongoing battle with American tech companies, with Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft under constant scrutiny of the regulators in Brussels. But this EU flavor of antitrust is very different from American antitrust law and has far more to do with industrial policy than consumer protection.

07/10/2017
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In His Final Year, Obama Reaps What He Has Sown

Even as President Obama took to the national stage to assure the nation that the state of the union is strong and that the American economy is robust, back in the real world, the cracks were starting to show. For years, economists who understand the consequences of government interventionism in markets have warned that the policies of easy money, reckless spending, debt financing, and tight regulations could only lead to disaster. The mirage of short-term job growth, low inflation, and a booming stock market had to come to end. While it was impossible predict exactly when it would happen, logic and history dictated that the fiscal house of cards Obama has spent the last seven years meticulously building must, eventually, come crashing down.

01/19/2016
Out of Control
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Out of Control

BY Dick Armey

Back when I was an economics professor, I was always amazed to hear faculty members complain that the United States was not more like Europe. They were enamored with the cradle-to-grave entitlements of the European welfare state.Every society tries to find a balance between liberty and security. Europe has chosen to put more weight in security and subjects the individual to the needs of the collective. America is different. We value liberty highest, and this commitment to the individual is what makes America unique.

05/13/2010
Chucking Privacy
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Chucking Privacy

BY Matt Kibbe

If one were to list the seven wonders of the Internet, that massive online auction site eBay would be near the top of the list. It's a virtual flea market in which you can browse and buy everything from anthropomorphized socks to Barack Obama's half-eaten waffles. eBay allows anyone with an Internet connection to satisfy their urge for garage-sale eccentricities from the security and privacy of their own home.

06/24/2008
Wrong Side McCain
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Wrong Side McCain

BY Peter Suderman

During his 1999 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the New York Times reported that John McCain told a group of college students that there was still a lot he didn't know about global warming. "I don't claim to be an expert on the issue," he said. That's a brave and surprisingly humble admission from anyone running for national office. But he didn't let that lack of knowledge stop him from spending the next eight years pushing bad policy on the issue.

05/15/2008
Public Know Nothings
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Public Know Nothings

BY Peter Suderman

Congressmen are notoriously confused by technology issues. A few years ago, Sen. Ted Stevens took up the issue of net neutrality. Then the chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, he explained to a no-doubt rapt Congressional audience that the Internet was 1) "not a big truck" but 2) was instead "a series of tubes."

04/28/2008
The Googly Eyed Monster
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The Googly Eyed Monster

BY Peter Suderman

When Microsoft recently announced its proposal to acquire Internet search giant Yahoo! for $44 billion, two things were immediately certain. First, consumers would be likely to see enormous potential benefits from a merger between the two companies. Second, bureaucrats, rivals, and Microsoft-haters of all shapes and sizes -- but especially those that rhyme with frugal -- would do anything they could to slow or stop the deal.

02/14/2008
Not So Stimulating
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Not So Stimulating

BY Peter Suderman

Ah, bipartisanship. What would Washington be without it? It's a lovely word that gives politicians the opportunity to link arms and claim that they're working for the common good of the American people -- while mainly working for their own good. Case in point: the economic stimulus package, hailed far and wide (which, in the nation's capital is defined as "both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue") for its refreshing bipartisan spirit.

01/30/2008