More Timothy P. Carney Articles

  • Clever study shows that money buys access to members of Congress --- Democrats, at least

    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...

  • On fast food and dissidents: Is transparency always good?

    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.

  • 'He's the master of public subsidy': The life of a real estate developer

    The real estate industry may be the single biggest beneficiary of tax credits, carve-outs and subsidies on the federal and state level.

  • GOP can make 2014 elections a referendum on corporate welfare

    “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...

  • Bipartisan agreement to keep subsidizing seaside homes

    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...

  • Grassroots super PACs are mostly Tea Partiers

    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.

  • 'Carried interest' and the limits of populism

    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...



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