Which states have the highest state-local tax burdens?

Which states have the highest state-local tax burdens?

By Nicole Kaeding / Tax Foundation State tax discussions generally focus on two variables: the amount that a state collects in revenue, and the various marginal rates of taxation that a state charges. There is a third important factor to consider: a state’s tax burden. Tax burdens measure the percentage of total income that goes to […]

Park Service considers oil and gas survey in Florida preserve

Park Service considers oil and gas survey in Florida preserve

By Alyssa Carducci / Heartland Institute The National Park Service (NPS) is considering a proposal by Burnett Oil Company to conduct a survey of potential oil and gas reserves in Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP) in Ochopee, Florida. The agency is considering three plans to detect oil in a 110-square-mile area within BCNP. One option would […]

These bills could bring big savings by eliminating duplication within government

These bills could bring big savings by eliminating duplication within government

By Sam Rolley / Personal Liberty Digest Sen. Rand Paul’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination has lost some steam, thanks to the political establishment’s disdain for his small-government positions. But the Kentucky senator’s crusade to shrink the size of the federal government is still going strong. The presidential hopeful this week introduced two pieces […]

Bernanke: Don’t worry, China’s $28 trillion debt is an “internal problem”

Bernanke: Don’t worry, China’s $28 trillion debt is an “internal problem”

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock $28 Trillion “Internal Problem” The blue ribbon award for ridiculous comment of the day goes to Ben Bernanke who dismissed China’s $28 trillion debt pile as an “internal problem” only. This revelation came from the Asian Financial Forum held in Hong Kong where Bernanke Downplayed China Impact on World Economy. “I […]

The roots of anti-Israel attitudes

The roots of anti-Israel attitudes

By Efraim Inbar / Middle East Forum Israel is demonized and singled out by the media and international bodies. Israel is accused of excessive use of force, despite its great efforts to minimize collateral damage, while the massacres by the Assad regime or the heavy collateral damage resulting from Saudi attacks in Yemen are hardly […]

Will immigration force a change in Sweden’s labor laws?

Will immigration force a change in Sweden’s labor laws?

By Per Bylund / Mises Daily Sweden might be heading toward reform of its very rigid labor laws, which include labor union control of wages and “last in — first out” hiring and firing rules. This means the previously most-untouchable tenet of the Swedish welfare state is finally being discussed as a problem, not a […]

Mason jars in the backyard better than the markets for now

Mason jars in the backyard better than the markets for now

By G.S. Early More than 100 years ago, a trio of dedicated financial mavens took Charles Dow’s collection of 255 essays from his days as founder and editor of The Wall Street Journal and built a technical theory on how the markets and the economy operate. While the theory is comprised of only six tenets, […]

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook exec, touts taking down Islamic State with online ‘like attack’

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook exec, touts taking down Islamic State with online ‘like attack’

As governments struggle to sack the Islamic State terror group from social media, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday that netizens can assist with those efforts by acting overly nice. Recalling a recent campaign launched by users in Germany against Neo-Nazis, Ms. Sandberg said […]

Emil Franzi: ‘The Opera Goers Complete Guide’ book review

Emil Franzi: ‘The Opera Goers Complete Guide’ book review

By Emil Franzi REVIEW OF THE OPERA GOERS COMPLETE GUIDE by Leo Melitz (1859-1927) Dodd, Mead and Company, Garden City NY. 1921w later addendum The title page states “Translated by Richard Salinger. Revised and brought up to date after consultation with the Librarian of the Metropolitan Opera Company by Louise Wallace Hackney”. Melitz was Director […]