Ben Carnes

Ben Carnes is a communications director and policy analyst with the R Street Institute.

The Nebraska Internet Sales Tax…Comes for You!


P.J. O’Rourke once snarkily noted that the American tax code was clearly designed by “A” students, as “every April 15, we have to pay somebody who got an A in accounting to keep ourselves from being sent to jail.” Unbeknownst to most Americans, the bevy of complicated regulations promises to get worse this week, if […]

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From Congressional Bootleggers to Beltway Booze Bans


Fans of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire will no doubt recall the series’ many Prohibition-era scenes featuring high-level politicians rubbing elbows with bootleggers and openly imbibing in private, even as they assailed the purported societal dangers of the “devil’s brew” in public. One needn’t look further than the story of George Cassiday for a glimpse […]

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