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Mitch Kokai

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Barone questions Clinton’s policies to close ‘pay gap’

Michael Barone‘s latest Washington Examiner column ponders potential unintended consequences from Hillary Clinton’s proposed policies for closing a perceived pay gap between men and women. The problem is that, if patriarchally erected barriers aren’t the reason for disparate data, it will be hard to deliver on promises that things will be different if they’re batteredContinue Reading






Another election predictor with great track record chooses Hillary

Guy Bentley of the Daily Caller highlights some good news for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. One of the world’s most well-known financial institutions which correctly predicted every presidential election since 1980 is predicting a win for Hillary Clinton. Moody’s Analytics, a subsidiary of credit ratings agency Moody’s, believes President Obama’s strong approval ratings willContinue Reading






Fund focuses on failures of high-speed rail

High-speed passenger rail might sound like a great idea. John Fund compares the idea to reality in his latest National Review Online column. It’s been seven years since President Obama vowed to bring the U.S. the kind of high-speed train travel that China, Japan, and Europe have. His original stimulus bill envisioned several high-speed trains,Continue Reading






Shlaes wants to end one particularly egregious example of cultural appropriation

Concerned about “cultural appropriation” — degrading a culture by misusing one of its images or items? So is Amity Shlaes, as she explains in the latest edition of Forbes. [I]f prosecution of cultural appropriation has become American doctrine, there’s a chance to litigate a theft of a magnitude greater than tequila, Navajo textile themes orContinue Reading






Forbes touts Panama’s economic success

Forget the Panama Papers, Steve Forbes advises in the latest issue of Forbes magazine. Focus instead on the Central American country’s recent economic success. Panama is a huge economic success story, enjoying an average annual growth rate that’s about the best in the world in the 21st century. Things have “slowed” recently: Growth last yearContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Reut Rory Cohen reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina and other states are scrutinizing state occupational licensing restrictions. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal seeks the best route toward a consumption tax in North Carolina.






An alternative to markets and government for making choices

Libertarians are often accused — with some justification — of relying too much on free markets as the answer to all of society’s thorny public policy questions. Duke University political scientist and economist Michael Munger says libertarians also should emphasize the importance of freely associating voluntary groups in making choices. Those voluntary groups offer anContinue Reading






Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the occupational licensing problem

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features an article headlined “Want to Sell Caskets? Get a License.” It’s companion article to Sho Chandra’s online piece about the problems associated with occupational licensing restrictions. Licensing has spread inexorably through the U.S. labor market — a trend in some ways the direct opposite of the freelancing, anything-goesContinue Reading






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