Timothy P. Carney

Timothy P. Carney is a columnist for the Washington Examiner and the author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money (Wiley).

Secretary Loophole

 

When Timothy Geithner worked at the International Monetary Fund, he managed a feat that probably very few Americans have even contemplated: he got himself reimbursed by his employer for taxes he never paid. You see, foreigners working at the IMF don’t have to pay U.S. income taxes or payroll taxes, and so to create parity […]

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Edwards Can’t Win

 

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The back, right corner of the Kirn Middle School auditorium erupted. After hours of voting, haggling, and a recount, John Edwards had been declared the winner of the 9th precinct caucus in Pottawattamie County. He edged out Clinton here as he edged her out statewide, finishing in a better-than-expected second place. […]

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Why Hillary Will Lose Iowa

 

DUBUQUE, Iowa — “Those guys are evil,” the husband said, screwing up his face, while his wife frowned but nodded in agreement. “Anybody who came against them — they were just destroyed.” To my conservative ears, it sounded like they were talking about the Clintons, but these were two hard-core Democrats who had just attended […]

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Blame Big Business for High Gas Prices

 

This past week, the average price for a gallon of gasoline rose above $3 for the first time since the brief post-Katrina spike. On cue, politicians, journalists, and liberal agitators are crying “price gouging,” and telling us we need federal policy to guide us towards a petroleum-free world. These complaints hold traces of the truth: […]

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Big Government Business

 

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London should indeed be alarming to all homeowners and business owners, who have now learned that they’ll own their property only as long as their local government thinks they should. But it should also serve to further demonstrate that the economic agenda of Big Business is […]

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Brutal Dictator Kitsch

 

BERLIN — A line of cobblestones in the street marks where the Wall once ran through the middle of town. Just on the East German side of Friedrichstrasse, in an empty lot, is a field of crosses honoring those who died trying to escape the totalitarian rule of East Germany. A few yards from this […]

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Unfit for Command

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer writer had a sense of humor when he wrote about Arlen Specter’s “charm offensive” to win back the love of his party and shore up what was once thought inevitable: his election to chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Charm is a word rarely associated with the man known as “Snarlin Arlen,” […]

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Roll On, Mississippi

 

DUBUQUE, Iowa — As a New Yorker, it is easy for me to get snobby about some things. We Big Apple natives tend to turn up our noses at pizza in 99 percent of the country, and we are skeptical of bagels outside of our hometown. As a transplant to D.C., I also find myself […]

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Go Back to Ballet

 

BOSTON — With Ron Reagan’s address last night, the Democratic convention shifted from hokey artifice to downright dishonesty and flagrant falsehood. The reason for having the late former president’s son speak was obvious. It had nothing to do with bipartisan appeal — this Reagan has never been a Republican. The Democrats are trying to capitalize […]

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Counting to 270

 

WASHINGTON — Forget the national polls. Forget Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, and Oregon. Forget the lists of 16 or 18 swing states being tossed about in the press. You can tell who will be our next president by watching only six states: Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Getting more votes than the other […]

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