4:42 PM, Aug 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The great Washington insider scam rolls on. As Peter Schroeder of The Hill reports:
The presidency of Barack Obama has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.Members of the president’s brain trust have steadily moved outside the administration in recent years, capitalizing on their association with the Obama brand to launch careers as advisors, consultants and hired guns.
The most recent example (one of many) of such cashing in on “public service” is:
David Plouffe, the mastermind behind the president’s two campaigns ... [who landed] a job with Uber, the up-and-coming app service that is battling local governments and taxicab companies over its business model.
Mr. Plouffe and other White House operators like former Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is said to be in talks with Apple, are being hired for their insiderness. Which is a new variation on the old formulation of, “He knows where the bodies are buried because he buried most of them.”
The Uber business model succeeds in the marketplace. But Uber and the public need permission from the government to conduct mutually advantageous business. Such permission does not come cheap and it must be midwifed by someone like Mr. Plouffe, who knows the game.
The game has been very good to him.
For the public … not so much.
On catfish, farmed and wild.Aug 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There isn’t much left in life that is unregulated and without some degree of government supervision or protection. You get used to it, I suppose. And, anyway, you don’t have much choice. But you do need to pay attention because nothing is off limits.
1:16 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Casual dining establishment TGI Fridays, you may have heard, is advertising what it bills as “endless” appetizers for a mere $10. Yet if you dine at Fridays here in the District of Columbia, you can expect to spend $11, not $10, on the “endless apps,” once DC’s 10 percent dining tax is included.
'Business deaths now exceed business births for the first time' in decades.
7:28 AM, May 8, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
A new Brookings Institution report indicates that businesses are shuttering their doors more quickly than new ones are popping up.
12:01 PM, Mar 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
His promising career in politics having come to an inglorious – and no doubt temporary – end, Anthony Weiner has turned to punditry.
1:09 PM, Nov 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Though the Obama administration has been promoting the benefits of Obamacare for several years now, one perk of coverage through the exchanges that has gone largely unnoticed is a mandated three-month grace period for unpaid premiums. The rule, however, only applies to those receiving subsidies via tax credits advanced to the insurers by the government (§155.430 and §156.270 of the Code of Federal Regulations).
Oct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week in these pages, Ike Brannon noted that Europe is outstripping the United States in reducing the role of government in the economy (“Europe Leads the Way?” October 14). Now it seems that our European brethren are also taking a more sensible view of the regulatory state. The European parliament surprised observers by refusing to regulate electronic cigarettes as medical devices, which would have subjected them to onerous regulations.
The D.C. Circuit takes center stage, one more timeAug 26, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 47 • By ADAM J. WHITE
The Supreme Court closed shop weeks ago, not to return until October. And for the third summer in a row, no Supreme Court confirmation fight occupies headlines. But in its absence, President Obama has thrust another court—often called the “second-highest” court in the land—into the spotlight.
The folly of OMB’s annual cost-benefit report.Aug 19, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 46 • By IKE BRANNON and SAM BATKINS
Every spring the Office of Management and Budget releases the president’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. While Congress invites senior administration figures to testify before various committees, and the media pore through the document to elucidate the administration’s priorities, by the end of a week everyone agrees that most of what’s in the budget has little chance of becoming enacted. Afterwards, Congress goes through the motions of passing a budget of its own, with scant regard to what the White House has proposed.
12:02 PM, Jun 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Obamacare regulations are forcing employers to cut employee hours at Indiana schools, according to the
The great unscrutinized institutions of our time. May 20, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 34 • By PETER BERKOWITZ
Corporate governance is a much-discussed topic, and the operation of corporations has proven a fertile field for investigative journalism. But even though many colleges and universities are multibillion-dollar-a-year operations, the subject of university governance has been largely neglected. This is unfortunate because university governance raises fascinating questions of great public interest involving the complex intersection of law, morals, and education. Nasar v. Columbia is a case in point.
5:15 PM, Jan 15, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama, take note. Small business owners think Washington has become increasingly hostile in recent years to free enterprise and thus to job creation, a survey conducted last week found. And his policies are part of the problem.