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John Berlau
John Berlau is Senior Fellow for Finance and Access to Capital at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and blogs at OpenMarket.org. E-mail him at jberlau@cei.org.
by | Feb 16, 2015

This month, America celebrates the birthday of one of the country’s earliest business innovators and large-scale entrepreneurs. During a time period of America’s existence as a British colony and then a young nation—when communication and transportation faced challenges, to put…

by | Feb 2, 2015

“Wall Street Chips Away at Dodd-Frank,” blared a recent front-page headline in the New York Times about bipartisan measures that have passed the U.S. House of Representatives and/or been signed into law that ever-so-slightly lighten the burden of the so-called…

by | Jul 2, 2014

The groundbreaking decision Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Obamacare’s contraception mandate violates the religious freedom of two closely held corporations, will be dissected heavily for days, and studied for weeks,…

by | May 14, 2014

A corollary to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet adage, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” is that “garbage by any other name would smell as awful.” The latter seems apropos to the “reform” of the government-sponsored housing…

by | Mar 31, 2014

Matt Drudge’s widely discussed mid-March tweet that he has already paid Obamacare’s “liberty tax” highlights the uncertainties the self-employed face both from the health care law and the tax code in general. As pointed out by an editorial in Investor’s Business…

by | Mar 6, 2014

Once again, according to a White House summary of his 2015 budget unveiled this week, President Obama will call for “closing loopholes” that he says help “Wall Street.” Once again, upon closer examination, these “loophole closures” are actually tax hikes…

by | Oct 30, 2013

AFTER A TIME, ruts appear in the intellectual landscape, engraved through repetition of the same words, the same notions and incantations. “City of Hate” would be one of those; another, “right-wing hysteria”; also “paranoia,” “kooks,” “extremists,” “deranged,” “out of control.”…

by | Oct 8, 2013

The governorship of Texas is getting like the governorship of New York and California: a venue for spotting political trends and up-and-coming national leaders. Which helps explain all the media oooh-la-la-ing over Wendy Davis’s bid to become the next Rick…

by | Oct 1, 2013

So, then, just how did we get here…? Obama said X, and Cruz said Y, and O’Reilly and MSNBC and Reid and Pelosi went into hyperdrive, and…and…? The chronological congruence of the government “shutdown” crisis and the launch of Obamacare…

by | Sep 24, 2013

Those very, very, very loose cannons, known as Muslim jihadists, have been shooting off around the world — massacring Christians in Pakistan, Africans in Nairobi, and all kinds of Syrians, and in the process, reminding serious Westerners (we still have…

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