By Timothy P. Carney | 12/26/13 01:57 PM
Economic regulations often help the biggest companies by keeping out new entrants and imposing costs that fall disproportionately on the little guys.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/24/13 03:47 PM
Christians have two complaints about how our culture approaches Christmas: Calling it “Christmas” is becoming verboten, and Christmas is becoming secularized, stripped of its true significance. Here’s the good news: Those two problems might solve one another.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/24/13 08:36 AM
After the April attacks on the Boston Marathon, Timothy P. Carney wrote on the calls to give up some civil liberties for the sake of security and delved into the methods law enforcement had available to track down the suspects.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/20/13 05:43 PM
You’ve heard of “buy now, pay later.” Obamacare is “buy now, defund later.” Since Democrats haphazardly pieced together the Affordable Care Act in early 2010 (declaring proudly that the bill would reduce the deficit) the Obama administration and Congress have steadily stripped out...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/19/13 10:26 AM
"Regulations create jobs" is an actual argument by liberals. This is true in a way. Regulations create jobs for lobbyists and lawyers. The Hill's Megan Wilson reports: Lobbyists are minting money from the surge in government regulations. Top K Street officials say their regulatory work has...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/19/13 10:16 AM
Tea Partiers always have an uphill climb when challenging incumbents, but this year, the Establishment is targeting Tea Party incumbents and winning open seats, my AEI colleague Norm Ornstein said on public radio's "To The Point" yesterday.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/18/13 01:41 PM
Here's a good way to understand politics in America: The State, and its boosters, use State power to shackle or crush its rivals, such as the Church, private charity, local community and the free market. This is at play in the Obama administration's contraception mandate and the current stage...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/18/13 10:55 AM
John Podesta's Center for American Progress offered access to Hillary Clinton in exchange for a $250,000 donation, according to Kevin Bogardus at The Hill.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/17/13 05:58 PM
Politicians like to say they hate lobbyists. This is false. They love lobbyists and they love being lobbied. What politicians hate is being lobbied in public, in earshot of their constituents. Keeping disagreements and policy debates behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and K Street...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/16/13 10:44 AM
President Obama, amazingly, talks as if he dislikes "trickle-down ideology." This is amazing because his entire economic program involves giving money to big businesses in the hope this money will trickle down. Liberal Blogger Matt Yglesias put it well when Obama was pushing his "new economic...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/13/13 05:27 PM
The Republican establishment is fed up with the “outside groups” — the conservative lobbying shops and super PACs that have pulled the party Rightward in recent years — and this time, it’s the establishment that is uninterested in compromise. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/11/13 03:50 PM
Progressives like NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio want Big Government to work for the deserving. So, the question is: How deserving are the New York Yankees and Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan? The New York Daily News reports: Under the complex proposal, the new soccer team — a joint...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/11/13 02:19 PM
President Obama brags about "record-breaking year[s]" of subsidizing U.S. exports through the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a government agency. He's right that his Ex-Im has ramped up its level of taxpayer-backed financing, but that entire increase comes from amazing increases in...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/10/13 02:56 PM
John Podesta is a revolving-door corporate lobbyist. He's also a former Bill Clinton fixer and opposition research consultant for the Democrats. So it’s fitting President Obama has officially brought Podesta onto the White House staff. Read the major newspaper accounts of Podesta's hire, and...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/10/13 02:15 PM
The conventional wisdom coming out of Virginia's gubernatorial race last month was that the GOP can't afford to run hardcore pro-lifers like Ken Cuccinelli. Certainly, Terry McAuliffe's unflinching support for abortion helped him raise money, but how did the issue move voters? One study...
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