By Timothy P. Carney | 01/08/14 04:21 PM
David Strickland spent years as a Democratic transportation aide on Capitol Hill, and then President Obama appointed him to a leading automobile role in the administration. There, Strickland oversaw new regulations on fuel economy. He also oversaw an agency study that led to a $17 million fine...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/08/14 11:49 AM
Big business lobbies for big government in order to profit in ways the free market would never allow. All the time. The light bulb law is a great example, as this stock report from Motley Fool lays out in a dispassionate manner: Companies that will benefit General Electric (NYSE: GE) and...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/07/14 10:08 PM
Local governments do tons of stupid and oppressive things to try to keep out Walmart. The D.C. Council, for instance, passed a bill that would have stuck Walmart, and only Walmart, with an extra-high minimum wage. But in Ellisville, Mo., saying no to Walmart meant saying no to Big Government....
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/07/14 05:06 PM
The Senate probably made the right move in voting Tuesday to extend emergency government benefits for the long-term unemployed. What the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” never did, though, was engage in a meaningful debate on the pros and cons or the proper role of the federal...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/06/14 04:02 PM
Julius Genachowski ran Obama's Federal Communications Commission for four years. His most prominent move was his push for Net neutrality regulations, generally favored by content companies and opposed by networks. Today we learn that Genachowski is joining buyout giant KKR. This helps...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/06/14 12:02 PM
Earl O'Garro is a Connecticut businessman and an insurance broker for the City of Hartford. Investigations now swirl over his head, and the state is seizing his luxury cars after he failed to pay back a loan from the State of Connecticut, and he may have lost Hartford's money. How did O'Garro...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/05/14 08:26 PM
As New York City's crusading liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio takes up his pitch fork, don't worry too much about the wealthy bankers he plans to tax -- they can fend for themselves. The potential victims of de Blasio's “march toward a fairer, more just, more progressive place” are the small...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/02/14 02:51 PM
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman's new employer writes to tout his value: "In today's heightened regulatory environment, his extensive legislative knowledge will help us navigate an increasingly complex marketplace." It's also true that Lieberman played a role in heightening the regulatory...
By Timothy P. Carney | 01/01/14 07:46 AM
Timothy P. Carney wrote in June about the advantages for big business, the politically connected and the wealthy, and what conservatives can do to enact worthwhile reform for the regular guy.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/31/13 03:49 PM
In keeping with my annual tradition, here are the biggest mistakes I made as a journalist and a pundit in the past, along with an explanation. I'll start with some reflection on one of the broadest themes of my writing for years: The dangers of populism.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/30/13 10:57 AM
In coming days, the Seattle City Council will vote on a proposed new set of regulations for taxi services. Like such regulations in many cities, Seattle's would protect existing businesses by keeping out new competitors.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/30/13 07:57 AM
Regulation is often the tool incumbent businesses use to protect existing business models from innovation. The story of Hollywood trying to block video rental stores is a classic in this genre, and Derek Khanna tells it at TechCrunch.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/28/13 05:28 PM
In September, as a government shutdown became more and more inevitable, Timothy P. Carney wrote that neither the official Republican leadership nor Tea Party-favorite Cruz had figured out how to lead the GOP in the current political environment.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/28/13 03:12 PM
Washington, they say, is Hollywood for ugly people. It’s also debate club for the logically impaired. The past year included its share of fallacies, sophistries, oversimplifications and utter absurdities. But a few prominent arguments committed the worst offenses against rational thought....
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/28/13 01:35 PM
New York State has launched a "Green Bank" -- a government-funded financier of green-energy-type projects. 1) This is New York State. 2) This is a government agency funding private businesses. 3) This is in a sector where profits already are tied up with politics. 4) This is in a sector...
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