Today, I’d like to draw your attention to a trio of issues; ethanol subsidies, long-distance train subsidies, and the problems facing the United States Postal Service.
First, James Joyner at Outside the Beltway rounds up some thoughts on our ridiculous ethanol policy.
In the Boston Globe, my old boss Senator John Sununu writes about how much Amtrak losses everytime someone rides a long-distance train across the country.
And finally, the U.S. Post Office may have to shut down unless Congress bails it out. Gizmodo sums up its financial troubles by concluding that the Post Office is obsolete.
Former New Hampshire Senator John Sununu turns to Clint Eastwood to analyze the debt ceiling standoff. While others would be tempted to use hackneyed references like “Go ahead, make my day!” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, Sununu borrows from the under-appreciated gem “Kelly’s Heroes” in his latest column for the Boston Globe.
(CONCORD) State efforts to boost retail sales by temporarily suspending state sales taxes don’t work, according to an updated study from the Tax Foundation. 19 states held Sales Tax Holidays in 2010, and 16 plan to do so this year, waiving state taxes on some or all products for a period of two days up to over a week. Six states plan multiple sales tax holidays in 2011. The recently published report finds no evidence that sales tax holidays boost actual sales.
Concord, Massachusetts has officially declared itself off-limits to bottled water. In a moronic convergence of liberal guilt and nanny-state do-gooderism, the voters at Town Meeting voted to ban the sale of bottled water within their borders. The Boston Globe reports on this latest infringement on personal liberty.