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Congress' Special Obamacare Exemption: The Silver Bullet Issue?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 4:05 PM

As Congress decides this week - the deadline is Thursday - which form of special exemption from Obamacare they are going to give their staff (the Administration's August directive provides both a loophole to either fully exempt some staff from ObamaCare's requirement that they go on the exchanges, or else...

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It's Groundhog Day at the White House for Charities

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Charities now know how Phil Connors felt in the 1993 film "Groundhog Day". For the fifth straight fiscal year the president's budget proposal includes a cap on deductions for charitable giving. This is actually anything but new, and in fact just more of the same.

But if you are...

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Symptoms Of Bad Constitutional Medicine

(192) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 4:30 PM

As ObamaCare heads towards its day in the Supreme Court, how can we make sense of competing claims about whether Congress has exceeded its authority under the Commerce Clause?

A bit of history might be helpful. The principle reason the Constitution bestowed on Congress the power to "regulate" interstate commerce...

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The Great Charitable Myth

(49) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:33 PM

In the midst of public debates on fairness, tax rates and debt reduction, there is a fallacy, deliberately promoted by some, that undermines honest discourse. It is this: private charitable contributions should be classified and treated as "public money." If allowed to perpetuate, this bait and switch could lead to...

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Obama's Mixed Signals Devalue Charity

(12) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 2:17 PM

In every budget President Obama has sent to Congress, he has signaled to the American public that promoting private giving is not his priority: each year he has proposed a cut to the charitable deduction. He didn't let us down this year, again choosing to devalue charitable giving by proposing...
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Orwellian Advocacy

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 10:41 AM

Welcome to Aaron Dorfman's and Bob Edgar's Orwellian world, where some advocacy is more equal than others, indeed where advocacy is legitimate and wonderful... but only if it is their advocacy. (Koch 'Philanthropy' Advances Koch Business, Political Agendas, Oct. 27.) Charles Koch and others who share his free...

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