Emily Skarbek Archive
By Emily Skarbek • Wednesday July 7, 2010 at 3:58 PM PST
Open Letter to The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2010 Dear Editor: Paul Rubin argues that President Obama is getting a free pass in the media in light of the environmental disaster caused by the BP oil spill. The press, on the other hand, harshly chastised President Bush, for what Rubin thinks was a...
Tags: Army Corps of Engineers, BP, Corruption, Disaster Management, Economics, Energy, Environment, federal government, George W. Bush, government failure, Gulf oil spill, Homeland Security, Katrina, Media, Michael Brown, Obama, Presidential Power, Wall Street Journal
By Emily Skarbek • Tuesday July 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM PST
Says Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mullen notes that within two years the annual interest on the debt will be almost as much as the bloated annual Department of Defense Budget of $700 billion. Well said. Even better if Mullen would have pointed out that the debt is only...
Tags: Bailouts, Budget and Tax Policy, Defense, Department of Defense, Economics, federal debt, Federal Reserve, federal spending, Government subsidies, Mike Mullen, Money and Banking, National Debt, national security
By Emily Skarbek • Monday June 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM PST
As expected by many economists, the Homebuyer Tax Credit did little to nothing to encourage new home purchases and only shifted the purchase of new homes from May to April. Howard Gleckman over at the Tax Policy Center reports on the waste and fraud afforded by deficit financed public policy of this sort, noting...
Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Corruption, economic stimulus, Economics, Employment, federal debt, government spending, Government waste, Housing, housing policy, Mercantilism, Money and Banking, political pork, tax fraud, Taxation
By Emily Skarbek • Monday April 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM PST
I was invited to speak on entrepreneurship at San Jose’s Tax Day Tea Party event last week, so I thought I would post my remarks. I took a markedly global perspective that focused on free trade and open immigration. The take away is that economic freedom is the key to growth. Of course, a...
Tags: California, capitalism, Deng Xiao Pin, Free Market, free trade, Immigration, industrial revolution, Liberty, Margaret Thatcher, Media, Politics, private property, Ronald Reagan, tariff, Taxation, trade liberalization