Entrepreneurs: cartographers of the unexpected
Every now and then, you’ll see an optimistic headline declaring that the entrepreneurial spirit remains strong among our young people. Gallup produced a widely-cited poll along those lines in January, declaring that 43 percent of young people still plan to start their own business. That’s actually down 2 points from 2011, but it was still described as a “high and stable” level of entrepreneurial aspiration. | Read More »
Online Sales Tax: Regulation Without Representation
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Curtis Dubay to discuss the push for online sales tax legislation, how it serves as regulation without representation and the handful of states that may try to block today’s vote in the Senate.
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Matt Yglesias and the Difficulty of Starting a Small Business
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the trouble Matt Yglesias found when starting a small business in D.C., how this experience differs from state to state and the impact small businesses have on our economy.
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The absolutely EXPECTED small business fallout from Obamacare.
It would appear that many small business owners have noticed that the new rules for providing mandatory health insurance coverage have some significant loopholes: to wit, that they only apply to companies that employ fifty or more full time employers (which is to say, people who work for thirty or more hours a week). The answer to handling the situation then becomes fairly obvious. And | Read More »
Small Businesses, Big Sacrifices
[Dan Bongino is running for US Senator from Maryland. Promoted from the diaries by streiff.] I awoke this morning at 5am to the sound of my six month old daughter Amelia crying. When I entered her dark room I saw my wife, struggling to stay awake, holding Amelia in one arm as she was attempting to work on her barely lit computer screen with her | Read More »
Regulatory uncertainty killing American business, investment
The same non-profit group who wasted no time in lobbying new members of Congress to slash federal spending — by blanketing Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport with print ads in time for this week’s freshman orientation session — unveiled today a quirky new web spot addressing the nation’s “uncertain” economic environment. The video, which features a bullish “boss lady” who opens beer bottles with her | Read More »
Extending tax cuts: rhetoric meets reality.
The basic situation? The Democratic party is facing a dilemma of more or less its own doing with the looming end of Bush-era tax cuts. The party generally ran on a program of repealing them for the ‘rich,’ which was rhetorically useful (if not fiscally so); and some Democratic legislators are beginning to worry about the political effects of that. The problem – which the | Read More »
Dr. Frankenbama: Death Tax Re-Animator
Death and taxes may be inevitable, but they shouldn’t be related. - J.C. Watts, Jr. President Bush’s tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 lowered the death tax from 55 percent to 45 percent this year and would have eliminated them entirely next year. But Dr. Frankenbama’s budget drags the rotting corpse of the death tax from its intended grave by keeping it at its 2009 level next year. The doctor | Read More »