Kartel Policy – A through M

Podcast: The Effects of Roy Moore’s Loss

What does losing a Republican in the Senate mean? How liberal is Doug Jones, the Democrat who did win in Alabama last night? What about the long-term implications for the GOP, given the sexual misconduct allegations Roy Moore faced? We discuss. Plus: the House and …

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After Conference Agreement, Trump Pledges ‘Giant’ Tax Cut for Middle Class

Bryant Glick was among five speakers grateful to President Donald Trump Wednesday as sweeping tax reform moves closer to passage. “Well done. Many of your predecessors promised this reform was coming. But you did it,” said Glick, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, attending a White House …

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After Texts Show Bias of FBI Agents in Russia Probe, GOP Lawmakers Question Justice Official in Testy Hearing

Revelations that FBI investigators who were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team sent each other derogatory text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign dominated a House hearing Wednesday featuring the No. 2 Justice Department official. The electronic messages disparaging Trump fit into …

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Trump, One Year Later

Image credit: istockvia Defining IdeasIndependent voters are essential to Republican electoral success, but Trump has lost some support among them.  Continue Reading....

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An Historical Perspective on the Quest for Financial Stability and the Monetary Policy Regime

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The SALT deduction and the cartelization of the compound republic – Ep. 87: Googlenomics – AEI

The deductibility of state and local taxes from the federal income tax base — the SALT deduction — is likely to be limited under the tax legislation now being negotiated between House and Senate conferees. My colleague Stan Veuger recently expressed some ambivalence about the …

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FCC to vote on net neutrality rules tomorrow – Ep. 87: Googlenomics – AEI

Tomorrow, the five Federal Communications Commissioners (FCC) vote on the proposed repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules. It is expected that the vote will be 3-to-2 in favor of Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal proposal which favors instead “light-touch” regulations that require Internet Service Providers …

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Ep. 87: Googlenomics – Ep. 87: Googlenomics – AEI

The Wall Street Journal has described Hal Varian as the Adam Smith of Googlenomics. As the tech giant’s chief economist, he revolutionized Google’s business strategy, and is known now as perhaps the most prominent skeptic of America’s official, sluggish productivity numbers. He joined the podcast …

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Liberal Lawmakers Trying to Bail Out Private Pensions With Taxpayer Money

Last year, liberal lawmakers wanted to bail out the United Mine Workers of America’s pension plan to the tune of roughly $6 billion. This year, they’re at it again, except on a larger scale. Under pressure from a few very large and politically powerful plans—including …

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Rebuilding the Military Comes With a Price Tag. But the Price of Waiting Is Higher.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will cost an additional $295 billion over the next four years to execute President Donald Trump’s plans to rebuild the military. Its calculation was done by comparing the current Budget Control Act defense caps with the Trump budget …

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