More Timothy P. Carney Articles

  • Big Business ready for war with conservatives over corporate subsidies

    The free-market forces are amassing against the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that subsidizes U.S. exports, but K Street is hardly sitting idly by. Bloomberg News reports on the business lobby's efforts to save and expand Ex-Im: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of...

  • K Street battles Tea Party in GOP primaries

    It's big business versus the free market once again as K Street lobbyists square off against Tea Party groups in two Republican House primaries this spring. Moderate Republican Mike Simpson is fighting to hold onto his Idaho seat as the Club for Growth spends big to unseat him. Meanwhile, some...

  • The Hollywood-Washington revolving door tilts trade policy

    Hollywood is politically powerful. Tech writer Tim Lee has noticed that the U.S. Trade Representative has tended to advance Hollywood's agenda on content rules. He has also noticed that Hollywood tends to hire up USTR alumni. At Vox, Lee walks through some of the specifics, but also takes up...

  • The Left increasingly seeing regulation as crony protectionism

    Regulation is often the means by which politicians and incumbent businesses collude to amplify their own power and wealth at the expense of outsiders — including competitors and consumers.

  • Cellulosic ethanol from cornfields is dirtier than gasoline, study suggests

    Republicans and Democrats alike have long pushed federal subsidies for "cellulosic ethanol" -- an alternative biofuel to corn ethanol, whose problems are now widely known. But a new federally funded study finds that one important type of cellulosic ethanol actually results in more near-term...

  • A casino mogul and Baptists team up against online gambling

    Last month, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham proposed gambling legislation that was written by a lobbyist for casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

  • The pole-dance-party-bus lobby loves pole-dance-party-bus regulation

    When you see a regulation promulgated in the name of public safety, always ask yourself: which special interest is profiting off this new intrusion of government?

  • Conservatives against corporate welfare: National Review says to end Export-Import Bank

    National Review's editors joined the chorus today, with an editorial calling the agency "cronyism concentrate."

  • Chicago food-truck laws are a success!

    Chicago's regulations of food trucks have achieved their desired effect: protecting restaurants by crushing food trucks.

  • No, Warren Buffett isn't a hypocrite for paying low taxes

    Warren Buffett thinks his taxes should be higher. An understandable response is "so, pay more in taxes, Mr. Buffett." Some conservatives, in fact, call Buffett a hypocrite for not voluntarily paying a higher rate than his secretary.

  • Class warfare works because the wealthy really are stealing your money

    In this interview with the Wall Street Journal, Charles Murray (an AEI colleague of mine) speaks of "the sense that a lot of Americans have that the game is rigged now," and says, "the problem is, a lot of that is true."

  • Obama talks about pay gap, but then punishes working mothers

    If President Obama truly cares about fair compensation for women, he should stop penalizing mothers in the federal workforce every time it snows. Allowing private employers to give working moms more flexible hours would help, too. Alternatively, Obama could handle the wage gap by repeating...

  • Report: Eric Cantor unwilling to fight against conservatives for export subsidies

    Conservative lawmakers are lining up against the Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes U.S. exporters at taxpayer risk. Mike Lee wrote an op-ed against it, Pat Toomey criticized it on the floor, 21 Republican members cast a symbolic vote against an Obama nominee to Ex-Im's board, Senate Majority...

  • Regulators are glad they're helping Big Business at the expense of Mom & Pops

    Regulating an industry tends to add to overhead costs, which disproportionately affects smaller operators, leading to industry consolidation. This is why Big Business often supports — or at least tolerates — regulation.

  • K Street loses a loyal ally in Kathleen Sebelius

    To begin on a positive note about the outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services: Kathleen Sebelius was perfectly cordial the one time I met her. It was at a birthday party of Tony Podesta, the corporate lobbyist and top Democratic fundraiser. The secretary took a break that October...



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