The Government Both Encourages and Discourages Soda Consumption

If you’ve ever thought it’s cheaper to eat unhealthy than healthy, you’re not wrong. In 2016, Philadelphia passed a soda tax to curb sugar consumption with D.C. passing similar law earlier this month. But lawmakers should know that soda taxes don’t work, as people find ways around them and does little to promote public health. […]

Real Clear Energy: Electric Car Subsidies Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

For more than a decade, the federal government has picked winners and losers in the automobile market by heavily subsidizing electric vehicles (EVs). Now, with those subsidies set to phase out for the largest EV manufacturers, some lawmakers are now pushing to have the subsidies greatly expanded. To read this op-ed, visit Real Clear Energy.

Inside Sources: Proposal to Expand Electric Car Subsidies Doubles Down on Failed Policy

A pair of powerful senators, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and their allies in the House, are pushing to expand costly and ineffective federal subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs). However, the evidence finds that subsidizing electric vehicles is a bad idea for consumers, taxpayers and the environment.  Read about this in Inside Sources.

Electric Car Tax Credits Are a Handout to the Wealthy

Do households earning $200,000 per year need taxpayer assistance to purchase electric cars? Congress seems to think so. Since 2008, the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit has given electric car buyers up to a $7,500 tax credit when purchasing a qualifying vehicle. Under current law, the credit exists until a manufacturer sells its 200,000th car, […]

Inside Source: Extending Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Would Entrench a Misguided Policy

Picking winners and losers in the marketplace should be business of consumers, not the job of the government. Perhaps one day advances in technology will make electric vehicles more affordable, reliable and convenient than internal combustion vehicles. When that day comes, electric vehicle makers will thrive because of market competition and consumer choice, not government […]

Real Clear Policy: NFIP and Subsidies for the Rich

When Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968, its goal was to provide affordable insurance to help communities rebuild after flooding. In the years since, the program’s finances have gone from bad to worse, and it now stands out as a model of flawed design and financial mismanagement. The program loses about […]

USPS – What to Do With 50 Percent

With annoying regularity, the Postal Service increases prices for first class postage. It’s annoying because first class postage is highly profitable and does not need a regular rate increase to remain profitable for many years. On the other hand, postal charges for parcels, especially those from ecommerce shippers, are somewhat underpriced. In effect, UPSP is […]

FORBES: After Losing Billions Again, Postal Service Needs A New Structure, Not Price Increases

Last week the U.S. Postal Service released is latest quarterly financial report, which detailed an immense loss of $2.1 billion. While the Postal Service’s downward financial spiral has clearly continued in unsurprising fashion, the report also reveals some emerging trends that are also worthy of further discussion and scrutiny. Most notably, the Postal Service’s favored […]

Energy Storage – a Better Target

A recent CBS 60 Minutes segment called “Cleantech Crash” served an important purpose by reminding us of failures in government grant-making.  Even with plentiful funds, government often lacks the good judgment needed to pick winners over losers in commerce and science, especially if the topic is the ever-so-stylish “green energy.” 60 Minutes reviewed Solyndra, a […]

On Roaming Charges and Other Corporate Subsidies – The FCC is Open for Business

When private companies compete for market share, consumers always win; but when regulations and legislation help advantage competitors, consumers invariably lose.  It is just as simple as that.   When it comes to doling out favors, special subsidies and protection from competition, there are signs that the FCC is open for business.  It amounts to […]