The Economic Standard: Debunking “Big is Bad” — The Economics of Big Tech

Though calls to break up “Big Tech” — Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — have intensified over the last few years, the logic behind the movement is as tenuous as ever. From the perspective of consumer welfare, the standard that has guided competition policy in the U.S. for nearly half a century, there’s good reason to think […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding Proposed Rules for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

RE: Comments to RIN 2590-AA95 Dear Mr. Pollard: In these brief comments, the American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) seeks to respond to the FHFA 2020 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ACI is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings […]

Real Clear Policy: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

When Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy took the helm of the United States Postal Service in May, he inherited a dismal situation and an extensive list of problems to solve after years of curious decision-making by management and ongoing failures to correct the agency’s troubling financial and quality performance. Prospects for the Postal Service’s independent […]

Inside Sources: Biden-Harris Ticket Risks Repeating Solyndra

With Senator Kamala Harris now on the ticket, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is angling to enhance his environmental credentials ahead of the November presidential election. The Biden campaign’s ambitious clean energy plan plays no small role in this ongoing effort. But in an unfortunate coincidence, in recent weeks taxpayers have learned that they are still paying for the […]

San Francisco Needs to Admit it Was Wrong About Vaping

San Francisco cares about your health — so much so that they outright banned the sale of e-cigarettes in 2020. As usual for SF, the ultra-progressive city sought to be a leader in the fight against electronic cigarettes, issuing one of the most stringent measures taken in the U.S. However, a recent study shows that the measure was probably […]

Real Clear Policy: Congress Needs to Empower Gig Economy Workers

For many millions of Americans who work in the gig economy, connecting to customers through platforms like Uber and Airbnb, the COVID pandemic has brought severe financial hardship and uncertainty. On top of that, employment laws — which deter gig companies from providing hazard pay, cleaning supplies, or other benefits to their contractors — aren’t helping.  Congress […]

Hill’s Congress Blog: Are Unions Biting the Hand that Feeds Them and Us?

Last week, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick California Sen. Kamala Harris joined with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone to attack grocery retail stores across the country, demanding they reinstate hazard pay for all employees on the frontline – with no regard to the significant economic ramifications that come with such a sweeping […]

Silver Lining in the Postal Service’s Dismal Q3 Financials

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released their Q3 financials, posting a staggering net loss of $2.2 billion. Unsurprisingly, the USPS continues to hemorrhage funds and is not yet independently sustainable without serious intervention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, system costs have grown, as product demand has shifted. To become economically viable, it is […]

Big Tech Needs to Outline its China Strategy

Last Wednesday afternoon, the CEOs of America’s largest tech companies faced a round of questioning from lawmakers in Washington, DC. While the hearings form part of an ongoing antitrust investigation, they risk overlooking how international actors, like unscrupulous Chinese entities, take advantage of American corporations and threaten consumers’ interests. In addition to questions about the […]

The Danger for Wisconsin Consumers and the Nation of Over-Regulating Freight Rails

As the nation tries reboot portions of the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers in the nation’s capital will have to steel themselves against a natural tendency to overregulate and thus blunt any recovery. The potential economic ripple effect of federal regulation was certainly on the mind of Sen. Ron Johnson when he recently warned the leaders of a […]