Economy & Budget

The perks of a privatized Metro system

Something interesting happened following Metro’s single-tracking and long-term shutdowns.

Lyft started offering discounted rides to Washington commuters. With these discounts, the ride sharing giant joins FedEx, Underwriters Laboratories,...

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Small business franchises need advocates on their side

In the fervor to point out what’s wrong with government we should not forget that some forty years ago this week the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy was launched to champion America’s small businesses, which...

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Brexit, Brussels, and U.S. corporate lobbying

The UK has always claimed to have a special relationship with the U.S. And obviously, it's the natural "home away from home" feeling for every American coming to Europe. They speak the same language.

This fact channeled some of the biggest...

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The Durbin Amendment: a costly price control experiment

Most Americans would be surprised to learn that the federal government is still in the business of setting the prices that one industry can charge another for its services.  That kind of economic micromanagement seems archaic and outmoded in...

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Say NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach

The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) is the most flagrant example of Federal government overreach in the history of the United States. It is not just a bill that promotes questionable political or economic...

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Fixing Social Security with the funhouse mirror

Around the world, social security systems are facing financing concerns over the coming decades at a time when traditional policy options are getting progressively unpopular because many of these options involve increasing taxes.

In terms...

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