Kartel Policy – A through M

Fortune 500 firms 1955 v. 2017: Only 12% remain, thanks to the creative destruction that fuels economic prosperity – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

What do the companies in these three groups have in common? Group A: American Motors, Brown Shoe, Studebaker, Collins Radio, Detroit Steel, Zenith Electronics and National Sugar Refining. Group B: Boeing, Campbell Soup, Deere, General Motors, IBM, Kellogg, Procter and Gamble, and Whirlpool. Group C: …

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Subsidizing reliable generation capacity: Is Mark Perry or Rick Perry wrong? – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

I take a back seat to no one in my condemnations of subsidies and other policy distortions of state and regional electric power markets, a stance that I have maintained for decades. And so one might assume that I would have applauded my friend and …

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Gold Star controversy shows the spiral of political contempt is out of control – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

It is hard to imagine that our national descent into political contempt could get any worse than it did this week, when Congresswoman Frederica Wilson accused President Trump of disrespecting the pregnant widow of a fallen soldier during a condolence call, telling her that her …

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Senate Budget a Major Step Toward Tax Reform, but Falls Short on Spending Reforms

The Senate passed its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution late Thursday night, paving the way for potentially the most comprehensive tax reform package in decades. The proposal is a significant step toward implementing the president and Congress’ tax reform agenda. However, it fails to make …

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2 States Ravaged by Opioids Show Difference Faith Makes

HANOVER, N.H. — There is a strong correlation between lack of religious attendance and illicit drug use, research shows in contrasting two states hit hard by the opioid crisis. The parallels are demonstrated by two comparative studies, of New Hampshire and West Virginia. West Virginia …

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I’m a Conservative Who Was Roofied by a Stranger. Here’s What I Think of the ‘Me Too’ Hashtag.

Me, too. That phrase has floated around social media all week, a trend started in response to the recent sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The premise is simple, if not oversimplified: shift the focus away from predators and onto the victims. Tens …

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Good News on Taxes

Blank Section (Placeholder)via Hoover DigestThe administration’s tax reform proposals may not be perfect in every particular, but they would do what needs to be done: spur growth.  Continue Reading....

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Free Speech Doesn’t Need “Rethinking”

Blank Section (Placeholder)featuring Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover DigestPersuasion is American, coercion is not. To Hoover scholar Richard Epstein, the First Amendment is both bedrock and shield.  Continue Reading....

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A Voice from the Camps

Blank Section (Placeholder)via Hoover DigestA literary quest brings life to the story of Latvian journalist Arsenii Formakov, an imprisoned poet who yearned for Motherland and freedom.  Continue Reading....

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The President’s executive order: Less than meets the eye? – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The executive order (EO) signed by President Donald Trump on October 12 directs the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury to develop federal regulations that could allow new and less expensive health insurance options for employers and consumers. The EO marks a shift …

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