By Timothy P. Carney | 03/11/14 02:36 PM
Democrats occupied the Senate floor all night Monday, talking about climate change. They didn't try to advance any legislation, and they didn't even try very hard to get media attention.
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/11/14 02:10 PM
The most cynical explanation of money in politics is that campaign contributions are basically bribery, in which donors pay politicians for beneficial policies. This, I believe, is rarely the case. The most innocent explanation is that donors give money to politicians who believe in what the...
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/10/14 03:22 PM
I'm a big fan of transparency. I think we should have instant, total access to the checking accounts of politicians' campaign committees. I think congressmen and their top staff should have to disclose whom they meet with about policy matters — so should top executive branch officials.
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/10/14 10:56 AM
The real estate industry may be the single biggest beneficiary of tax credits, carve-outs and subsidies on the federal and state level.
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/07/14 06:33 PM
“Whose side are you on?” That's the Democratic mantra for the 2014 elections. It's the same “people versus the powerful” line that Democrats trot out every two years, because it works. But this year Republicans can turn this narrative on its head and make the midterm elections a...
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/06/14 03:47 PM
Flood insurance in the U.S. is basically a government affair, which means it isn't really run like a business. That is, taxpayers backstop it, and insurance plans have not been priced according to risk. In 2012, Congress passed a reform that would try to limit taxpayer exposure by pricing...
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/05/14 04:22 PM
You're familiar, I'm sure, with the liberal argument that the Tea Party is not a real grassroots phenomenon, but is instead the plaything of plutocrats.
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/04/14 04:44 PM
A millionaire managing a hedge fund might pay a lower tax rate on income greater than $1 million than a working man pays on income over $55,000. President Obama and the top Republican tax writer, Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, agree this inequity should end. Obama in his latest budget, and Camp...
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/03/14 09:11 PM
Special interests of every species and subspecies populate the office towers of downtown Washington, D.C. And the Republicans’ top tax writer just sent a threatening letter to all of them. Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently rolled out his proposal for...
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/03/14 09:08 PM
Say goodbye to the regular light bulb this New Year. For more than a century, the traditional incandescent bulb was the symbol of American innovation. Starting Jan. 1, the famous bulb is illegal to manufacture in the U.S., and it has become a fitting symbol for the collusion of big business...
By Timothy P. Carney | 03/03/14 02:25 PM
In many states around the country, it's illegal for automakers to sell cars directly to people. The credulous liberal argument is that it's about consumer protection. Deborah Dorman supports a bill in New York State to explicitly ban automakers from selling direct to consumers. Scott Waldman...
By Timothy P. Carney | 02/27/14 06:29 PM
When President Obama's budget chief Peter Orszag left for Citigroup, it was one of the highest profile revolving-door cash-outs of the Obama administration. Now Orszag is fighting in court for special protection against standard public records laws, which would ordinarily make public how much...
By Timothy P. Carney | 02/26/14 03:57 PM
When North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan was in the Senate, he railed against lobbyists — despite being married to a corporate lobbyist.
By Timothy P. Carney | 02/26/14 11:29 AM
Washington's green revolving door keeps on spinning. President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has left the administration and joined the board of an electric bus company he subsidized and praised while in office. Proterra Inc. makes buses that require no gasoline or diesel...
By Timothy P. Carney | 02/24/14 04:51 PM
Our President is battling in court against nuns who don't want to pay for birth control -- and the President's supporters in the media are calling the nuns theocrats for fighting back. The Little Sisters of the Poor don't count as religious enough to be exempt from President Obama's mandate...
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