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Same-Sex Marriage Is a Tax Problem

Why is government involved in marriage at all? Taxes. Brian Bollmann makes an excellent point about same-sex marriage. Brian points out in this post that marriage is not a matter for government; contract law is. Government’s only concern in the case of a marriage is with its contractual implications: At some point in the short history of the United States (and certainly after the Civil War), state governments stepped onto the wall of separation and began getting involved in the religious institution of marriage in the appropriate area of protecting the rights to property – especially that of women. Read more →

What’s the One Thing Congress Should Push Right Now?

It’s not the Balanced Budget Amendment, though that’s a good second choice. It’s certainly not senseless and impossible ideas like impeaching Obama or suing over birth certificates. Instead, we should push an idea that’s ripe for quick passage. It’s an idea that cheers political moderates and conservatives. And it doesn’t immediately turn off liberals. What is it? It’s an old idea that Jack Kemp championed for decades. It’s an idea that I’ve written about many times before. Read more →

4 Ways Government Can Help Create Shared Value

Last week I wrote about Creating Shared Value. In that post, I pointed to a Harvard Business Review article by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer. If you haven’t read both my post and the Michael Porter piece, please do so now. I’ll wait. Now that you’re up to date, let me add the Tea Party angle to this. Though Porter did not dwell on government’s role in Creating Shared Value (CSV), he did point out that government must reform for CSV to succeed. Read more →

What Are We For?

A few weeks back, the Christian Science Monitor asked me to write an op-ed. The subject was, “If the Tea Party ran America, how would things change; and why do you think you’ll win?” The call was my opportunity to break from the easy, unassailable position that things are bad and getting worse. It meant coming up with a solution or two. And solutions already find disagreement somewhere. For over a year I’ve said that the Tea Party movement, begun out of anger, must shift its energy over time from anger to solutions. Read more →