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U.S.-China Trade, Plan B for the Iran Deal, Violence in Gaza

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | May 16, 2018

Texas, Trump & Energy

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | May 11, 2018

Matthews Lone Voice of Support for U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Deal

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | May 9, 2018

Giovanetti on Attempts to Re-Regulate the Internet on Digital Day of Action

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | May 8, 2018

Matthews Talks TPP, Syria Airstrike & More on CGTN TV

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | April 18, 2018

Giovanetti, Matthews Warn of Negative Impact of Tariffs, Trade Wars

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | March 2, 2018

Matthews on CGTN TV: Trump in Davos

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | January 26, 2018

Perry in Davos: By Exporting Energy, U.S. Exports Freedom

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | January 24, 2018

In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Baritormo in Davos, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the U.S. is now the world's top oil and gas producing nation. "The U.S. is not just exporting energy, we're exporting freedom."

“We’re exporting to our allies in Europe the opportunity to truly have a choice of where do you buy your energy from. That’s freedom. And that kind of freedom is priceless.”

"There's no strings attached when you buy American LNG," Perry added. 

This is an important point, and we couldn't agree more Read More >>

Solar Panels, Tariffs, and Adam Smith

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | January 23, 2018

IP Theft Threatens America's Growing Economy and Great Jobs

Posted by Bartlett D. Cleland | Comments | January 12, 2018

With tax reform having just become law, economists are trying to project the effects on the U.S. economy. Such calculation in a highly complex, dynamic economy is at least as much art as science but one trend seems clear -- the job market will continue to tighten. Some economists are predicting that unemployment will drop to 3%, nearly matching the lowest average unemployment rate on record (2.93% in 1953). But there are jobs and then there are good jobs—which will these new jobs be? A study by NDP Analytics provides some insight. It’s the intellectual property-intensive industries that will be driving the growth and creating the types of jobs and careers that people want. Read More >>

New SEC Money Market Rule Predictably Rigged the Game for Government

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments | November 2, 2017

Copyright Provisions in a Renegotiated NAFTA: Setting the Record Straight

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments | October 13, 2017

I’ve done a lot of work on the role of intellectual property in trade agreements, so when nuttiness makes its way into the mainstream, I tend to notice.

If you’re interested in some of the work I’ve done on IP and trade, here’s a little:

Anyway, recently, the anti-copyright coalition Re:Create’s Executive Director Josh Lamel wrote an op-ed in “The Hill” claiming creative industry calls for modern, strong copyright provisions in NAFTA that reflect lessons learned about internet ills since the DMCA was enacted in 1998 “would cripple the creative economy and the internet economies.”

To support his bizarre and counterintuitive assertions, Lamel relies on dubious claims and ends-driven research. To help everyone see through Re:Create’s artifice, I set the record straight below.

Matthews Talks Medicaid Block Grants, Preexisting Conditions on Lone Star Politics

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments | October 2, 2017

On Dallas-Fort Worth’s NBC 5 Lone Star Politics, Dr. Merrill Matthews reacts to the back and forth in Congress over health insurance subsidies and Medicaid block grants to the states in the latest effort to repeal Obamacare. Matthews also discusses what a workable health care reform plan would look like in Texas. Video begins at 11:24.  Read More >>

Twitter Rant Against Local Control: Implications

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments | July 20, 2017

After sending out my 29 tweets on local control, which were all theory, I sent out these 14 specific implications of coming to understand that local control is a false doctrine:

That was all theory. Now, implications (1/14) #txlege

The state can limit the ability of municipalities to tax, including property taxes and sales taxes (2/14) #txlege

The state can limit the ability of municipalities to establish protected classes and so-called “non-discrimination” ordinances. (3/14) #txlege

The state can limit municipalities from passing plastic bag bans and tree ordinances (4/14) #txlege

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Twitter Rant Against Local Control: Theory

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments | July 20, 2017

I'm working on a paper in which I lay out all my arguments against the idea that local control is some kind of sacred government principle, and that states have no right to pre-empt local governments from doing pretty much whatever they want to do.

I had hoped to have the paper done before the start of Texas' special legislative session, but I had hoped to have it finished before the start of Texas' regular legislative session back in January, too, and that didn't happen either.

So I decided to post some of the most important points last night in a series of Twitter posts. But since Twitter must be the stupidest platform for lengthy, organized arguments, I'm posting them here in this blog as well.

This post contains the 29 tweets that lay out the general argument. In a second post I'll list the 14 additional tweets that lay out some implications of the argument.

1. [begin local control rant] #txlege Read More >>

 

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