I think Daniel J. Mitchell sums things up very nicely here. I feel about the same way.
Net neutrality as the president defines it is Net control.
The Obamacare open enrollment period is upon us again. But as the author of the attached article says, enrollment isn’t the biggest challenge for the program over the next 6 months. When April 15th comes a LOT of individuals are going to be paying penalties they don’t realize they are going to have to pay.
What’d old Judge Nap say? The taxes are coming.
It’s Net control, not Net neutrality. Fight now.
I like California. It’s a wonderful place to visit. But at this point I wonder how any business gets done in the state at all. Strike that – I don’t know how any non-crony business gets done in the state.
Over the last 2 decades Washington DC, always a little full of itself, has embraced the role of Imperial City. DC is by far the wealthiest region in the USA. From the Blue Ridge Mountains east to the Chesapeake Bay, from the suburbs of Baltimore south to Fredericksburg Virginia, it is a vast swathe of repurposed taxpayer dollars.
At the top of the list is building trust with the American people. OK, that is key.
Just below building trust with the citizenry? Fighting crony capitalism. No joke. Lee sees it (rightly) as perhaps the issue which will define the success of this Congress and the GOP going forward. If the GOP actually works to reduce crony capitalism, to free up the economy, to reduce the special deals for big business and other large interests, the party will be rewarded. If however the Republicans lapse back into favor pedaling voters will punish the party.
I think at this point I may just have to avoid taxis all together. It’s probably worth it to go out of my way to use services like Uber and Lyft. Thing is, even with all the crony capitalism, with all the inside dealing, the licensing, etc., I probably still won’t have to go out of my way to get a ride from Uber or Lyft. You know why? Because the ridesharing companies want my business and respect me as a customer.
The taxi companies clearly do not.
As anyone who reads us regularly knows we are fans of letting people and businesses keep as much of their own money as possible. At least tax breaks don’t cost the taxpayer anything and if the (tax break) money is kept in the private sector that money is much more likely to be used efficiently. (Of course the Fed has deeply undermined this mechanism with QE and near 0% rates.) However, as we also say, tax breaks can still be a form of crony capitalism. If company X gets a break and company Y does not because company Y doesn’t have the right connections, this is still a politicized marketplace and distorts the economy.
This was an idiotic move by Hungary in the first place. Good to see that people power set the government straight. It is always good to see a tax revolt. An anti-Internet tax revolt is even better. Hopefully this sends a message to other pols pining for an Internet tax. We know you’re out there.