Kartel Policy – A through M

Laurence Tribe Loses It

The 76-year-old public intellectual wants to get in a fist fight with 46-year-old Sebastian Gorka over one of Gorka’s speeches. “Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe threatened former presidential adviser Sebastian Gorka on Twitter, reminding Gorka of the ‘last time” he “broke a guy’s chin,’” Amber …

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The American imperial sun is setting – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The temptation to ridicule the use of econometric methods to understand international politics is nearly overwhelming, but a recent paper by Tim Kane of the Hoover Institution chokes natural inclination. “The Decline of American Engagement: Patterns in US Troop Deployments,” published in January 2016, is …

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China vs. Japan: Asia’s other great game – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

*** “We confer upon you, therefore, the title ‘Queen of Wa Friendly to Wei’ . . . We expect you, O Queen, to rule your people in peace and to endeavor to be devoted and obedient.”—Letter of Emperor Cao Rui to Japanese empress Himiko in …

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China isn’t fixing its flaws – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

In the runup to China’s twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress, many analysts have turned bullish on the Chinese economy. Some of the optimism is based on an impressive recovery since the quasi-crisis of late 2015 and early 2016, some on hopes that a strengthened President Xi Jinping will …

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FreedomWorks on Sen. Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wa.) Bailout Deal

FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs made the following statement about the capitulation to Democrats by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.): “Sen. Alexander is not the ideal lead for this effort. He told us before that he wanted to repeal ObamaCare, but he went back on …

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Donald Trump's Regulatory Reform Could Be Derailed by Administrative State Jargon

The federal administrative state hummed along for years, relatively unperturbed until Donald Trump implemented a freeze on new costs in January. In the background, though, the decades-long accumulation of official designations of rule types and effects has complicated the prospects for fundamentally reforming the federal …

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Hurting Those it Was Designed to Protect?

Fox Business Network Online covers CEI’s “Case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” by Iain Murray. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been a source of contention among lawmakers on Capitol Hill since it was introduced in the wake of the financial crisis and a new …

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Trump: Tax Reform ‘Will Lift Our People From Welfare to Work’

President Donald Trump promoted his tax reform plan at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club, and also touted American values, the Constitution, and “God-given rights.” “We will lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to total beautiful prosperity,” Trump …

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The Facts About Who Pays the Most in Taxes in America

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let’s …

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Helping Puerto Rico in both the short and long term – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Given the severe fiscal pressures facing Puerto Rico — about $72 billion in debt — and the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria, it is absolutely appropriate that substantial federal aid be defined and delivered by policymakers in Washington. Accordingly, on Oct. 12, the House passed …

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