By Timothy P. Carney | 12/04/13 01:16 PM
Retailers engage in fierce price wars and advertising wars. But sometimes, they resort to more brutal means: using government to kill competition. In D.C.'s recent debates over minimum wage, living wage, and whether to allow big-box stores, much of the press has drawn the wrong battle lines:...
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/03/13 05:06 PM
It may seem like he’s swinging back and forth — pro-business, then anti-business — but President Obama marching in a straight line: more state control of industry. It's the ratchet of state corporatism, and Obama is pretty handy with it.
By Timothy P. Carney | 12/02/13 03:09 PM
If you're a business, the best way to get fat profit margins is by erecting (or finding yourself surrounded by) barriers to entry. Regulations are often efforts by incumbent businesses to erect barriers to entry, thus allowing for higher profit margins.
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/30/13 01:42 PM
The audacity and mendacity with which the Obama administration defends its illegal contraception mandate is standard fare for politics. What's distinctively Obamian in this fight is the insidious corporatism underlying it all. Look at the contraception mandate from almost any angle, and you...
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/26/13 06:39 PM
Your Baby Boomer aunts are unshakable in their faith in Hillary Clinton. Your nephew Trevor won't stop spouting vapid Democratic talking points in favor of Obamacare. When Thanksgiving talk turns political, do you feel like you and your liberal relatives can't communicate? It's okay. I can...
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/26/13 02:08 PM
FDR loved him some Big Business-Big Government collusion. See the National Industrial Recovery Act, or the Export-Import Bank, which FDR created. Ask the Schechter Brothers or Roscoe Filburn about what it was like to be a small businessman in FDR's time.
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/25/13 01:27 PM
Sheldon Adelson was the biggest Republican donor in the 2012 election. Now he's lobbying to curtail online gambling. Why? Presumably because online gambling would compete with his business: casino gambling. Some industry insiders think online gambling could bring new people into the worlds of...
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/22/13 06:30 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s recent decision to scrap the filibuster is the culmination of a long escalation of partisan tensions in Washington. You could place the origin of this war where you like: Ted Kennedy’s smearing of Robert Bork, Mitch McConnell’s expanded use of...
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/21/13 11:10 AM
Politicians, like regular human beings, do bad things. Some of them have affairs, sexually harass women, lie, do drugs, drive drunk and so on. Unlike you and me, however, politicians do things like sell their votes, use public policy to shake down companies for contributions or jobs, regulate...
By Timothy P. Carney | 11/20/13 12:39 PM
As a quick way to demonstrate the jaw-dropping growth of the federal government, conservatives and libertarians like me often point to the growing wealth in the D.C. area. Like a vortex, the federal government sucks in wealth from the rest of the country.
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