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How Much a Month Are You Willing to Pay to Subsidize Netflix and Google?

Posted: December 23, 2015 at 9:57 am   /   Politics

$20? $40? $80? How much a month extra do you want to pay for your Internet service – so that companies like Netflix and Google don’t have to pay for theirs? Wait – you’re saying you don’t want to carry these mega-companies? That’s certainly understandable. They likely have a little more disposable income than you […]

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Shafting Taxpayers – Promoting Crony Corporatism

Posted: December 23, 2015 at 7:59 am   /   Politics

President Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” The omnibus budget package being negotiated on Capitol Hill is a perfect example. The wheeling and dealing is too complex and fast-moving for anyone to follow or understand. But much of it centers on […]

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Enhancing Legal Defense of Trade Secrets

Posted: December 18, 2015 at 8:31 am   /   Politics

For the second consecutive Congress, expanding protections for trade secrets of U.S. businesses has emerged as an important issue in both chambers. Identical bills were offered in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate titled the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). The bills were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary […]

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A Permanent Fix or More Big Tax This Week From Congress?

Posted: December 18, 2015 at 8:21 am   /   Politics

In a situation only the out of touch, inside the Beltway crowd could love, added into the conference report (the final version of a bill to be considered by both chambers of congress) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, is a provision adding the legislative language from H.R. 235, the Permanent […]

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Taxed Enough Already: Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Bleed Our Internet Service

Posted: December 16, 2015 at 10:06 am   /   Politics

Raise your hand if you think government at any level – federal, state, local – is suffering from a dearth of our money. Or omni-directional ways to take it from us. I don’t see…any arms extended upward. Strange. Well, not really. It now seems like every year the Feds set a new record for most […]

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Last chance to block Obama’s diktat on how we shall live

Posted: December 7, 2015 at 9:38 pm   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) This week marks the moment of truth for the effort to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation — a stunningly ambitious attempt to force Americans to change the way they live. AFFH seeks to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having […]

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FLASHBACK: What Works in Mumbai Might Work in D.C.

Posted: December 3, 2015 at 6:40 am   /   Politics

EDITOR’S NOTE: While diving into my archives, I came across a piece I wrote and published seven years ago this week. Because direct links to a newspaper report and a public opinion survey cited in the article were “dead,” I replaced them with Wayback Machine links. Considering recent terror events such as the ones in […]

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Congress Should Stop Kicking the Can Down the Information Superhighway

Posted: November 30, 2015 at 11:35 am   /   Politics

In the stopgap continuing resolution bill passed by Congress in September is a piece of federal government telecommunications and tax policy that has been proposed and approved five times since 1998. Instead of kicking the can down the road once again and causing uncertainty in the one economic sector experiencing economic growth in good times […]

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How the Supreme Court Went From Judicial Review to Judicial Activism

Posted: November 28, 2015 at 11:44 am   /   Politics

Co-authored by: Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil In “Court and Democracy” Jeffry Rosen speaks of the Supreme Court as playing a paradoxical role in American democracy.  He states: “Americans think of the Supreme Court as the least democratic branch of the federal government, designed by the framers of the U.S. Constitution to ‘protect vulnerable minorities’ against […]

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