Thursday October 08, 2015
November 20th, 2014
Let's play: So You Think You Can Make Tax Policy!
Really, it's going to be exciting. Along the way we will get to discuss the latest exploits of the billionaire Koch brothers, machinations by possible presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, and gossip about at least one entertainment celebrity.
No consequence of the Berlin Wall's crumbling on Nov. 9, 1989, is more astonishing than that hideous structure's conversion from a source of German shame to a source of German pride. Formerly obsessed with the sad fact the Wall ever went up, Germans spent the 25th anniversary of its fall trumpeting the fact that they tore it down.
Is there anybody out there who opposes net neutrality?
Net neutrality, of course, is the principle that calls for the Internet to remain free and open - with no "fast lanes" that would allow some content providers to take priority over others. This week, Washington was buzzing with talk about net neutrality, yet out-and-out critics were hard to find.
Tim Wu is the Columbia law professor who coined the phrase "net neutrality" in a 2003 law journal. He is one of the most influential voices in favor of regulation of portions of the broadband Internet. We talked about what he made of President Barack Obama's call Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband as a more heavily regulated Title II service, a move that infuriated Internet service providers but thrilled Wu. Excerpts:
No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month's gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry. From Illinois to Massachusetts, voters effectively placed more than $100 billion worth of public pension investments under the control of executives-turned-politicians whose firms profit by managing state pension money.
Well, the dust from the election has cleared (it was metaphorical dust, so clearing it did not take long) and the incoming Senate will be the least experienced since 1989. I'm sure the senators-elect are full of questions and concerns right now. But don't fear, incoming senators reading this now. I've got answers to all of your questions. Relax and keep reading.
"The most interesting man in politics" is what Politico Magazine crowned Rand Paul in September, when it placed him at the top of a list of 50 people to keep an eye on. And Time magazine used those exact six words, in that exact order, next to a photograph of Paul on its cover last month.
The adjective bears notice. Interesting. Not powerful. Not popular. Not even influential.
When I write about racial inequality in America, one common response from whites is eye-rolling and an emphatic: It's time to move on.
"As whites, are we doomed to an eternity of apology?" Neil tweeted at me. "When does individual responsibility kick in?"