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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 | Mar 21, 2012

Christopher Hitchens. No matter how one felt about him it’s impossible to forget him. Everyone remembers his eloquent yet venomous writings on subjects ranging from Mother Teresa to Bill Clinton to the anti-Iraq War left to God himself. Then there…

by | Mar 19, 2012

Call it the Maxine Waters test of political moderation. Late last week, this test was failed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and Jack Reed…

by | Jan 17, 2012

“Big Brother.” When commentators use that phrase to describe a government agency, it is most often not meant as a compliment. Rather, it is wielded as the ultimate criticism of government overreach. The pejorative use of this phrase, after all,…

by | Dec 5, 2011

When asked about the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in October, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren praised it to the hilt. “I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” she told the Daily Beast. Yet when pressed in…

by | Nov 23, 2011

Attention Joe and Jane Citizen! Concerned about the fiscal future of your country and your family? Then please step away for five minutes from the nonstop TV coverage of the Super Committee breakdown, and get information about a matter much…

by | Nov 7, 2011

It is amazing, if you think about it, the types of price hikes that get the MSM — or “drive-by media” as Rush Limbaugh calls them — and liberal politicos in a tizzy. They think it’s no big deal, for…

by | Sep 30, 2011

Read the headlines — and your bank statement — and weep, but don’t say TAS didn’t warn you. As I detailed here in February in “Dick Durbin Is Stealing Your Free Checking,” thanks to price controls on debit card transactions…

by | Aug 12, 2011

This week, troubles in Europe may have played as much of a role in the U.S. stock market carnage and volatility as the downgrade of U.S debt. A just-announced decision by European authorities will likely damage markets there and in…

by | Aug 8, 2011

Within 24 hours, the Obama administration went from attacking Standard & Poor’s first-ever downgrade of U.S. debt to almost embracing it. On the Friday night after it was issued, a Treasury department official made public a dispute about an error…

by | Apr 14, 2011

In his deficit reduction “vision” speech on Wednesday, President Obama tried to distinguish his plan from that of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan by using a rather crude analogy. The president said, “We have to use a scalpel and…

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