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Rand Paul, John McCain, Vladimir Putin, balanced budget, spending cap

Working for Whom?

Two articles on Sen. Rand Paul appeared in my Reason feed the other day. Up top. So it was hard not to look. They were “John McCain: It ‘Wasn’t Incorrect’ to Say Rand Paul Was ‘Working for Vladimir Putin’” and “Rand Paul’s Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023 Will

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Seattle, taxes, homeless tax, business

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is …

A half a year ago, when trying to make sense of the much-publicized search for Amazon’s “HQ2” — a second headquarters city, away from Seattle — I concentrated on the subsidies that cities and metro areas were apparently throwing at Amazon. It all seemed desperate, indecent. But there was a story

Studio System, antitrust, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon

The Studio System: The Sequel

Evermore virtue signaling, everless virtue — that pretty much encapsulates Oscars’ night. The industry that brought us Harvey Weinstein and the occasion for #MeToo made the 90th Academy Awards two months ago unwatchable for most of us. Now, as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences loses touch with

union, labor, France, brick, busting, scab, President Emmanuel Macron,

Less Bullying, S’il Vous Plaît

I oppose unions. Or, to speak more precisely, I oppose those tactics too often used by unions intended to render societies hostage to their demands — as we’re seeing in France. For the last few months, a series of strikes has been conducted by various unionized workers in protest of

Congress, Facebook, hearings, control, regulations, Mark Zuckerberg, censorship, censor, regulate

That Something You Do

Congress grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, last week, and as usual ended up roasting itself. “Zuckerberg has already experienced the worst punishment of all,” quipped comedian Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. “He had to spend four hours explaining Facebook to senior citizens.” Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, retiring after his

Maryland legislature, pork, Amazon, tax break, Jeff Bezos, Senator Roger Manno

Selling Us Out

Last week, Maryland’s Legislature enacted an $8.5 billion package of tax breaks and infrastructure improvements to lure Amazon into building its second corporate headquarters in Montgomery County, Maryland, bordering Washington, D.C. State Senator Roger Manno, the only legislator from the county to vote against the subsidy, dubbed it “a $5

USPS, Post Office, monopoly, competition, Amazon, discounts

The Post Office Scam

The President of the United States says that the U.S. Postal Service is scamming us by offering shipping discounts to Amazon, the mail-order giant. “Post Office scam must stop.” President Trump is hovering in the vicinity of the right idea. But what about government-required discounts for shippers? Are these scams

hemp, marijuana, legalization, prohibition, THC, CBD, Mitch McConnell

High on Hemp?

Hemp is not marijuana. And yet it is. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will introduce legislation to legalize industrial hemp. He is not concerning himself with marijuana, which is what we call the plant Cannabis sativa when cultivated for its Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, the principal

mass transit, metro, cars. low income, recession

Bailing on Mass Transit

Around the country, our major metropolitan transit systems have hit the skids. “Between 2016 and 2017, ridership fell in each of the seven largest transit markets,” the Washington Post informs. You might guess that the reason for declines in ridership might have something to do with bad planning and poor

pig, pigliets, crony capitalism, Delta, NRA

Georgia on My Dime

After the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, followed by pressure from gun control advocates, Delta Airlines announced it would end its corporate relationship with the National Rifle Association, whereby NRA members were given discounts on travel.* Meanwhile, Georgia legislators were in the process of passing legislation to give Delta

Bill Gates, taxes, tax, government, entrepreneurs, responsibility

Billionaire Theater

“I need to pay higher taxes,” Bill Gates told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. He was making a case against Republican tax cuts, but his actual argument? Insignificant. It’s just another unlearned, narrow-perspective “growing inequality” farrago. But his conclusion intrigues . . . as a man-bites-dog story, because people have

The Human Freedom Index for 2017, CATO, Fraser Institute, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Switzerland, US, United States

Winning Too Much?

“We’re Number 17!!!” This lacks a certain triumphant note. It is nothing like the “We’re Number 1!” the Swiss are now hollering as they pump their arms into the air, waving giant #1 foam fingers against the backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Actually, knowing the Swiss, they are probably a bit

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