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OpenMarket: July 2009

  • VIDEO: Healthcare Reform Ideas from the Other Washington

    July 29, 2009
    John Barnes at the Washington Policy Center (motto: "Improving Lives Through Market Solutions") passes on a 3-video series about the fight over healthcare "reform" we're all part of:
    As our government considers a serious overhaul of our health care system and even a public insurance plan, it is essential that the public understands how more government involvement will impact accessibility, affordability, and quality. Under the direction of Dr. Roger Stark, a retired surgeon with over thirty years of medical experience, Washington Policy Center has launched its 2009 Federal Health Care Reform Project. As part of this project, WPC created these three short, informative health care videos detailing the current state of health care in the U.S., Congress' proposed reforms, and practical solutions to the...
  • Russia introduces strict new antitrust law

    July 29, 2009
    Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has signed into law amendments that will bring increased penalties for price collusion and unfair competition. The new amendments will allow the authorities to bring unscrupulous businessmen and bureaucrats to justice. Government officials will be subject to disqualification and sufficiently large fines if they will restrict the movement of goods across the country. Section 178 contains a very harsh sanction - up to six years imprisonment for committing a crime in the area of restriction of competition. This is unprecedented measure for Russia but it is unlikely to work because of corruption among bureaucrats at all levels of government.
  • Three Cheers for Capitalism and Peter Leeson

    July 29, 2009
    We’ve all heard it before: “Oh, capitalism may be better than some alternatives, but it is still a bad way to go.” This is a commonly held view by many people around the world, that although better than socialism, capitalism is not the best way to promote economic growth. For advocates of the free market, this can be one of the most annoying things to hear. How could capitalism, the system of free enterprise that has created massive quantities of wealth and brought billions out of illness and poverty, be undesirable? It certainly wasn’t socialism or central planning that devised the Industrial Revolutions. How then does one respond to those who are unwilling to fully accept that capitalism is the best economic system? Thankfully, Dr. Peter Leeson, an associate professor at George Mason University, has come up with a great answer in his new paper...
  • UBS v. IRS saga continues

    July 29, 2009
    Today, Wall Street Journal reports that a Miami court has set meeting Friday between the IRS and UBS to look at where they are in settlement negotiations over the case of the IRS demanding that the Swiss bank turn over the names of more then 50,000 U.S. citizens alleged to be tax evaders.
  • Policy Translated: Special Access Reform

    July 29, 2009
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  • Regulation of the Day 23: Texting While Driving

    July 29, 2009
    Texting while driving is both dumb and dangerous. But making it a crime won’t make people stop doing it. It will merely make more people into criminals.
  • LibertyWeek 53: The Real Crooks of New Jersey

    July 29, 2009
    Your host Richard Morrison welcomes back returning guest co-hosts Michelle Minton and Jeremy Lott for Episode 53 of the LibertyWeek podcast. We start with the strings attached to the bailout, Boston’s fight over FiOS, and the dangerous side effects of Obamacare. We then move on to a massive New Jersey corruption scandal, a lemon of a subsidy program and some heavily-armed Olympic News.
  • Movement on the U.S.-Korea FTA?

    July 29, 2009
    It looks like things may be moving - slowly -- on the trade front.  The U. S. Trade Representative has published a notice in the Federal Register asking for comments on the pending U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
    The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is assessing how and to what extent the free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the Republic of Korea (Korea) signed on June 30, 2007 makes progress in achieving the applicable purposes, policies, priorities, and objectives of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 (''TPA Act'') (19 U.S.C. 3801 note) as set out in section 2102 of the TPA Act and carries out the provisions of the May 10, 2007 Congressional-Executive Agreement on Trade Policy.
    Comments are due September 15, 2009. And...
  • Obama Backs Imperial Presidency

    July 29, 2009
    Obama is backing an imperial presidency in Honduras. When Honduras removed its ex-president and would-be dictator, Obama demanded his reinstatement, even though he was removed on orders of the Honduras Supreme Court and replaced by Honduras's elected Congress, with the backing of much of Honduran society. Obama argued that elected presidents have a...
  • Justice Dept. Should Leave the Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Alone

    July 29, 2009

    Statements of Ryan Young and Wayne Crews


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