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Charlotte’s Web Is Full of Economic Wisdom

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 10:30 am   /   Friends

Charlotte’s Web is a story about a pig named Wilbur who is friends with a spider named Charlotte. The friends grow close while living in the barn. Charlotte tells Wilbur stories while she waits for flies and he lies in a pile of manure. Wilbur’s life is idyllic, but eventually one of the older sheep […]

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World Leaders Gather in Bonn to Celebrate Missing Climate Targets

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 10:00 am   /   Friends

Leaders from around the world have assembled in Bonn, Germany to celebrate their abysmal failure to meet the carbon-dioxide emissions reduction goals established under the Paris climate agreement in 2015. Despite the fact Germany’s Angela Merkel and other global leaders have admonished the Trump administration for its decision to remove the United States from the […]

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A Tax Cut for People and Families At Every Income Level

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 9:51 am   /   Friends

Today, the House-Senate conference committee will hold a public meeting on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As we get close to the finish line, the need to pass this legislation is more urgent than ever. People and families are struggling. Many are living paycheck-to-paycheck. In any case, too much of Americans’ hard-earned money is […]

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One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 9:45 am   /   Friends

If you Google reading to children you will find no end of websites telling you why you should do so. One that comes up near the top has the stern (and therefore somewhat off-putting) title Seven Reasons Why You MUST Read to Your Kids at All Ages. Another is titled, more gently, Ten Reasons Why You Should Read to […]

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Memo to Supreme Court: Grant Cert in the Weyerhaeuser Case!

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 9:15 am   /   Friends

(John Hinderaker) The government we live under does not resemble the one that is described in the Constitution. The principal reason for this is the power of federal regulatory agencies, which has grown explosively and is virtually unrestrained by Congress, the courts or even the president, who nominally controls the executive branch. The extra-constitutional administrative […]

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Americans’ Generosity Can Help the Poor Better Than Government

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Friends

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From Direct Democracy to Centralization: the Swiss Health Care Experiment

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Friends

By: Marc Fouradoulas The problem of health care No part of the economy seems as convoluted as the health care sector.It comprises a vast array of services and procedures, and is usually embedded in a complex legal framework, influenced by powerful interest groups and state monopolies. Medical expertise, gained over years of education and training, […]

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The Increased Standard Deduction + Child Tax Credit

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 8:54 am   /   Friends

Since the House-Senate conference committee was formed last week, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conferees have been working to reconcile the House and Senate bills to develop a final package of historic tax reform. And today, the conference committee is holding a meeting on the insert space legislation. Two of the most important provisions in both the House […]

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Simpler Taxes on Simpler Forms

Posted: December 13, 2017 at 8:43 am   /   Friends

Filing your taxes in the future: So simple, a caveman could do it. Well, not really—cavemen no longer exist and probably wouldn’t care to do your taxes if they did, but you get the idea. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, simplicity is key. As Speaker Ryan recently said about the House-passed version of the […]

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