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  • Tankosphere Today: Aug. 25, 2008

    Joe Biden’s So-So Record on Trade – Cato-at-Liberty During his long tenure in the Senate, Joe Biden of Delaware has compiled a mixed record on votes affecting our freedom to participate in the global economy. The record of the Democratic vice-presidential… Amtrak Ridership at “Record” Levels, More Subsidies Needed – … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 22, 2008

    Whose Business Is It Anyway? – Townhall.com “Stossel is a pig.” “Wait and see how he is going to react when he [gets] fired by ABC News without a reason, just because he is skinny like a monkey.”… Virtual water: The New Carbon Footprint – Adam Smith Institute This week … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 21, 2008

    Dem Lawmaker Kicked Out of Capitol – The Club For Growth Democratic leaders in the California legislature kicked Assemblywoman Nicole Parra out of the Capitol building because she didn’t vote for their budget… Obama, McCain, and School Choice – The Locker Room In the latest Phi Delta Kappa poll, a … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 20, 2008

    Federal Regulations Helped Spawn Mortgage Crisis – OpenMarket.org Federal “affordable housing” and “diversity” mandates helped spawn the mortgage crisis. Additional evidence comes from a Washington Post story, which notes that “even late in the housing bubble… Sales Tax Holidays: Small Gains Are Outweighed By Serious Harms – The Tax Foundation … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 19, 2008

    Now Safely Asserted: Card Check Eliminates the Secret Ballot – Shopfloor.org The DFL Party in Minnesota, feigning outrage that someone would express disagreement with their candidates’ support of the Employee Free Choice Act, tried to punish and prevent the speech rather than… To Drill, or Not to Drill – the … More

    Tankoshpere Today Aug: 18, 2008

    U.S. Corporate Tax Rate 50% Higher than Economic Competitors – The Tax Foundation Washington, DC, August 13, 2008 – Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge this morning released the latest Tax Foundation “Fiscal Fact” in response to a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The OECD … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 15, 2008

    Republican Energy Protest Starts Picking up Steam – FRC Blog Returned to the House floor yesterday to watch the Republican “speech-in” demanding a vote from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on energy. The crowds was at least four times the crowd I saw last week… Using the Economic Weapon Against Russia … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 14, 2008

    Economic Consequences of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia – Shopfloor.org Looking at U.S. trade data, we’re a little suprised to see that even with its energy resources, Russia’s economy is still second tier. In 2007, Russia ranked 30th among countries in the value of U.S. exports shipped there, $7.3 billion, right … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 13, 2008

    Federal Worker Pay Blasts Off – Cato-at-Liberty Newly released data show that federal employee wages and benefits continue a rapid ascent above and beyond private sector pay levels. The data was released last week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. (See tables 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, and 6.6)… Nuclear Cheese from … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 12, 2008

    Broadband Fear-Mongering… Again – OpenMarket.org Back in June, I reported on a bandwidth scare – a report suggesting that the US is lagging in broadband deployment. In the post, I argued that the numbers were a bit trumped-up and that the real culprits behind sagging broadband growth were local franchising… … More