December 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm
Virginia Postrel writes on Bloomberg View:
That's a lot of television.
November 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm
The Treasury Department is out with "initial guidance" that amounts to a chilling crackdown on political activity by tax-exempt organizations established under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Under the proposed guidelines, candidate-related political activity includes "Communications that are made within 60 days of a general election (or within 30 days of a primary election) and clearly identify a candidate or political party" including "Holding an event within 60 days of a general election (or within 30 days of a primary election) at which a candidate appears as part of the program."
November 26, 2013 at 10:30 am
Libertarian law professor Richard Epstein's column this week is about the Federal Reserve's dual mandate: "the Fed has to give its undivided attention to inflation—not employment. The dual mandate is a massive distraction. It is far preferable for the Fed to do one task well than two tasks poorly."
November 26, 2013 at 10:00 am
"Where is Peter Orszag now?" is the question answered in my column this week. Please check it out at Reason here.
November 26, 2013 at 9:57 am
Duke Energy Renewables agreed to pay a $1 million fine and pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with the deaths of 14 golden eagles and "dozens of other birds" at two wind power generation projects in Wyoming, the New York Times reports.
It's a reminder that while "green" energy advocates seek taxpayer subsidies and portray fossil fuels as polluting, pretty much every means of generating power has some environmental cost.
November 26, 2013 at 9:49 am
The New York Times has an interview with an alpaca farmer who lives on Martha's Vineyard and who asserts, "Alpacas are a federally recognized livestock, so owning them has tax benefits."
The Times doesn't press the issue, but why the tax code should incentivize someone to open an alpaca farm on Martha's Vineyard (or anywhere else, for that matter) is a fine public policy question that you'd think might be asked by some non-farmers.
November 26, 2013 at 9:28 am
Pope Francis is using his first apostolic exhortation, published today, to criticize what he describes as the excesses of free market, growth-oriented economics:
November 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm
November 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm
Mr. Bartley's burger cottage in Harvard Square, a fine Cambridge institution, has added "The Obamacare" as a burger on its menu. Description: "Nobody knows what's in it!...Ask the liberal sitting next to you." Price "Trillions."
November 22, 2013 at 10:48 am
The op-ed of today's New York Post carries my article about President Kennedy's New York connections, both personal and ideological. More coverage of JFK, Conservative is at, among other places, the New York Sun, Marketwatch and Rush Limbaugh.
November 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Free trade may be one area where President Obama can resuscitate his presidency by emulating President Kennedy, I write in my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
November 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm
Mid-sized organic farmers are protesting a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule that would restrict the use of manure as fertilizer, NPR reports.
November 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm
One of the questions I have been getting as I go around promoting JFK, Conservative is "What about Barry Goldwater?" Wasn't Goldwater, not Kennedy, the real conservative of the day, and wasn't Goldwater a critic of Kennedy? I address this point in the book, but nonetheless it's marvelous to get the following comment from a FutureOfCapitalism reader-participant-watchdog-community member-content co-creator
November 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm
The Massachusetts Nurses Association announced that it has collected what it says are "more than 100,000 signatures" for a ballot initiative that has to be read to be believed. As the Nurses Association summarizes it:
November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm
A Republican senator from Utah, Mike Lee, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation about poverty:
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