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So without further ado, here’s what we’re reading Friday January 30, 2015.
The New York Times wonders how politics got so personal.
On Thursday the Senate passed the Keystone XL oil pipeline… and it wasn’t close.
A few weeks ago Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) made the argument that we should want “activist” judges on the bench, just not activist “liberal” judges. His point was that conservative “activist” judges should be welcome by conservatives… we disagreed. Now, at Reason.com the libertarian community is jumping in to comment as well, saying that Paul’s comments should scare the right and the left.
Why President Obama’s tuition proposal got rejected!
There are several lessons to be learned from Obama’s plan to tax 529 savings plans – the biggest is… DON’T DO IT!
The idea of taxing 529s was, in hindsight, so politically naive that only an administration guided by a genuine belief that it was the right thing to do could have proposed it.
Otherwise, the president’s advisers would have understood that this idea was guaranteed to alarm at least four powerful groups: The financial industry feared losing a $244.5 billion business. Higher education feared the curtailment of a subsidy. State governments, which administer 529s, feared losing a popular perk for voters (and the power to allocate lucrative contracts to fund managers). And, of course, parents with college-bound kids freaked out, because that’s what parents with college-bound kids do.
All that remained was to tie this bundle of political toxicity up with a bow, stamp “middle-class tax hike” on it and deliver it to John A. Boehner, Esq., c/o U.S. House of Representatives.
Are India’s Christians and Muslims being forced to convert to Hinduism?
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