Category: Economic Growth

More On the Minimum Wage Debate

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran an excellent article by Michael Saltsman, director at the Employment Policies Institute.  He rightfully noted that the examples President Obama uses of businesses that pay their employees well above minimum wage are businesses that can afford to do so.  For example, on a stop at the University of […]

Dallas’ New Bag Tax: What’s the Point?

Yesterday the Dallas City Council passed an ordinance that would require retailers to charge 5 cents per paper or plastic bag used by consumers.  While this is not an all-out ban on plastic bags, it does punish consumers who make the choice to use a plastic or paper bag instead of bringing their own reusable […]

Is There a Relationship Between Economic Freedom and Intellectual Property Rights?

The Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) scores the intellectual property environment (IP) in 25 sampled countries ranging from high-income countries to emerging markets, as well as some relatively low-income countries. The Economic Freedom World Index (EFW), on the other hand, reflects the extent to which 152 countries and territories around the world are supportive of economic freedom. As shown in […]

2014 Global Intellectual Propery Index

The United States has the best intellectual property environment in the world, according to a new report from the Global Intellectual Property Center. The Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) details the intellectual property environment of 25 countries across the globe. Using 30 different factors, the GIPC ranks countries in terms of intellectual property (IP) protection. […]

Taking from the Top 40 Percent

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article written by Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation.  If we want true income equality, according to Mr. Hodge, income would have to be taken from the top 40 percent of income earners and distributed to the bottom 60 percent.  So redistribution is not just limited to […]

Here We Go Again…the State of the Union

It’s that time again.  For those of you who missed the SOTU last night, here are a few highlights of some eyebrow-raising claims and questionable statements: “Upward mobility has remained stagnant…” If the meaning is that upward mobility has not changed, the president is correct.  But the term “stagnant” is normally associated with something that is negatively stubborn, such as […]

Buying American

While I was skimming through my local newspaper this morning, I found an article on the op-ed page by columnist Froma Harrop.  Her question is, are we willing to pay more for clothes that are made in the United States?  While the liberal Ms. Harrop is not known for her civility towards the conservatives with […]

Who Spends What?

generic lasix online height=”155″ /> Gallup released a survey last week showing that American households earning $90,000 a year of more reported that their daily spending has fallen about 36 percent since 2008. This spending excludes mortgages, cars and utility bills. One of the biggest arguments used against giving tax cuts to upper income households is that […]

Income Inequality Revisited…For the Umpteenth Time

Profit Margins: What Neither CandidateTold You Last Night

viagra pharmacy “Now, does anybody think that ExxonMobil needs some extra money, when they”re making money every time you go to the pump? Why wouldn”t we want to eliminate that? Why wouldn”t we eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets? My attitude is, if you got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full […]