Going Green with a National Energy Tax
The Waxman-Markey Bill may be nothing to smile about, but this video from the Tax Foundation offers some laughs while explaining "Cap and Trade."
Tim Gobble Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for TN-03 Race
Sheriff Tim Gobble recently became the first candidate in Tennessee’s third congressional district to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to Politics1, there are eight other candidates running in the Republican primary to replace Rep. Zach Wamp (R), who is retiring from Congress to run for governor.
FCC and Senate Look to Cripple Cell Phone Users
Chris Butler, ATR’s Chief of Staff, wrote a piece that appeared on NRO”s The Corner yesterday explaining the dangers of the FCC and the U.S. Senate creating new regulations that interfere with the private contracts between providers and manufacturers.
The rapid technological advances in mobile technology are due in large part to the funding provided by exclusivity agreements.
FCC and Senate Flirting with Crippling Cell-Phone Regulation
If you like the frantic pace of technological development in the wireless arena, and fierce free-market competition between the iPhone, the new Palm Pre, and Research In Motion’s Blackberry, you should be concerned by the prospect of new FCC regulations.
Thanks to rapid technological advances, mobile phones are turning into handheld computers with more power than desktop PCs had just a few years ago. While consumers love the multiplying choices and the technological leaps, many don’t understand how they get funded.
The most important developments in mobile technology have required creative funding streams that have necessitated carrier exclusivity agreements. For example, the iPhone’s “natural” cost would be well north of $600, were Apple not able to create a subsidy for purchasers through an exclusive partnership with AT&T.
Exclusive and exciting technology generates more subscribers to the carrier, which allows it to subsidize the technology on the front end. Further, exclusivity creates incentives for new phones to be developed in partnership with competing carriers. (Case in point: the Palm Pre.)
Enter the dark clouds of FCC regulation. The Commission is set to determine whether these private contracts between providers and manufacturers are “anticompetitive” and “contrary to the public interest,” which would be a reversal of its own decision in 1992. Unfortunately, the Senate seems eager for such a reversal; today the Commerce Committee is holding hearings on the subject.
These hearings, and subsequent FCC proceedings, could be a bellwether of how the Obama administration and Congress will handle telecom and technological issues. If they embrace heavy-handed, meddlesome regulation, that will bode ill for one of the U.S. economy’s few remaining growth areas.— Chris Butler is chief of staff at Americans for Tax Reform.
ATR and PRA File Comments on National Broadband Policy
Recently, Americans for Tax Reform responded to an FCC Notice of Inquiry on National Broadband Policy.
Tom Lucero Promises to Protect Colorado Taxpayers' Wallets
Tom Lucero became the second candidate in Colorado’s 4th congressional district to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today. Lucero is currently University of Colorado Regent. According to their website, the board is charged constitutionally with the general supervision of the University and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the University, unless otherwise provided by law.
Dr. Rand Paul Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky
Kentucky taxpayers should be excited to learn that Dr. Rand Paul recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his U.S. Senate race. While currently working as an eye doctor, Dr. Paul also runs Kentucky Taxpayers United- a group that actively promotes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge throughout the state.
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) signs the Taxpayer Protection PledgeU.S. Senate candidate promises to protect the family budget by signing “No New Tax” PledgeWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rand Paul, a Republican running for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 34 U.S. senators, and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, six Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.“American taxpayers need candidates that understand the financial issues facing the U.S. today,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.“By signing the Pledge, Rand Paul shows hardworking families that he understands that letting them keep more of their money is not only good for the family budget but good for the economy as well.”“I strongly encourage every candidate for federal and state office to sign the Pledge,”Norquist continued.
Cory Gardner Pledges to Protect Colorado Families from Higher Taxes
Today, State Rep. Cory Gardner became the first candidate in Colorado’s 4th congressional district to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Gardner currently serves as the House Minority Whip in the Colorado State House.
“By signing the Pledge, Cory Gardner demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Colorado’s 4th district.”
Marco Rubio Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Florida's U.S. Senate Race
Gov. Crist Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race
Gov. Crist is the first candidate in the race to replace retiring Sen. Mel Martinez to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to Politics1, there are at least 7 other Republican candidates in this race.
Video: The DC School Voucher Program and President Obama
This video by Reason.tv does a fantastic job of highlighting the adverse effects of the President’s decision to eliminate the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program using the real life story of a mother and daughter living in the district.