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I just read that the average income of readers of Sierra Magazine is double the income of the average American. And this on the heels of a paper that shows the income elasticity of demand for environmental quality far exceeds one. In laymen’s terms, what these mean is that a little richer is a heck […]

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… not as he does. After telling a gathering of the American Federation of Teachers that he opposes school voucher programs over the weekend, Senator Obama added that: “We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools; not throwing our hands up and walking away from them.” Senator Obama sends his own two […]

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Hold Me to This When I Run for Office

All politics stink. Even democracy stinks. Imagine if our clothes were selected by the majority of shoppers, which would be teenage girls. I’d be standing here with my bellybutton exposed. Imagine deciding the dinner menu by family secret ballot. I’ve got three kids and three dogs in my family. We’d be eating Froot Loops and […]

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The political class in Chicago has now made the city the first and only in America where the cumulative sales tax rate exceeds 10%. That seems an awfully strange thing to do in a city where over 21% of the measured population lives under the poverty line (according to the American Community Survey). One of […]

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The ever interesting Allen Sanderson on how incentives might be put to better use in the public spehere: if treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke were required to hold their entire wealth portfolios in the form of U.S. savings bonds, perhaps we’d see more balanced budgets and less inflation. Read more ideas […]

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