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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    The Big Three’s Plans for Change

    A few weeks ago, CEOs from Detroit’s Big Three flew to Washington in their private planes asking for $25 billion. They were ridiculed for flying private jets and Congress sent them home, demanding they needed a comprehensive plan to even consider loaning this kind of money to the automakers. They … More

    Tankosphere Today: Dec. 3, 2008

    Podcast of Fairness Doctrine Discussion on Jim Bohannon Show – The Technology Liberation Front Last night, I appeared on the Jim Bohannon radio show for 30 minutes and discussed the past, present, and future of the Fairness Doctrine and broadcast industry regulation in general… A Government Charge of Five Cents … More

    Keep Earmarks Out of the Upcoming Economic Stimulus Bill

    Another economic stimulus bill is imminent, and early reports put the potential price-tag around $700 billion. With such an astronomical figure being considered, it is no surprise the special interest lobbyists have taken notice. Everyone wants part of the latest government hand out. From bailouts for states in financial trouble … More

    Corporations of the World Unite!

    So the Big Three automakers returned to Washington yesterday, this time with slightly more specific plans on how they plan to spend taxpayer money to fix their faltering businesses. But it turns out that not all three of the automakers are really even asking for cash right now: While GM … More

    One Court To Rule Them All

    Imagine a court with international jurisdiction to set right the wrongs of “environmental injustice.”  Sound pretty far out there?  According to the Daily Telegraph, a group of British lawyers don’t think so. The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to … More

    Not All Michiganders Want to Be on Federal Dole

    From the New York Times today: In interviews across the state over the last two weeks, criticism of the automakers’ request surfaced again and again. Many people said they had long watched Michigan’s economy strain and falter — in no few cases causing the collapse of their own employers and … More

    Morning Bell: Change We Believe In

    On Nov. 4, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) narrowly outpolled challenger Jim Martin (D), 49% to 46%, triggering a runoff election held yesterday. This time around, Chambliss crushed Martin by a margin of 57% to 43%. Why the difference? The New York Times reports: Many voters interviewed Tuesday said the balance … More

    Saving Detroit

    June 4, 2008, must seem like light years ago for Detroit. On that Wednesday night, the Detroit Red Wings hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup in Hockeytown, U.S.A. Since then, it’s been nothing but the doldrums. The Detroit Lions have managed to lose every single football game in the 2008 season and … More

    Tankosphere Today: Dec. 2, 2008

    Bloated Employee Contracts Push Profligate States into Fiscal Crisis – The Market Center Blog Many state politicians want multi-billion dollar handouts from federal taxpayers. But a superb Wall Street Journal column notes that the real problems are excessive annual spending increases in the short run and extravagant benefits for government … More

    Cars Will be Made in the U.S.

    The Wall Street Journal ran a great article on those ‘other’ car manufacturers we have in the U.S. The takeaway: These are the 12 “foreign,” or so-called transplant, producers making cars across America’s South and Midwest. Toyota, BMW, Kia and others now make 54% of the cars Americans buy. The … More