Congress Should Oppose the So-Called "Local Radio Freedom Act"
Elementary concepts of fairness demand that musical artists and performers remain free to negotiate performance rights with broadcasters that seek to play their songs. Indeed, current law allows artists to mutually bargain with satellite, Internet and cable stations.
The only exception: traditional AM-FM radio stations, which are unfairly protected by federal law from having to negotiate with artists for performance rights. This is precisely the sort of crony capitalism against which the American electorate is increasingly irate.
Unfortunately, rather than advocating market reform, some in Congress wish to cement the current protectionist status quo. Under the so-called "Local Radio Freedom Act," whose very name contradicts its real-world effect, terrestrial radio's unjustifiable…[more]
So Americans paid $1.4 trillion in income taxes for 2014, a new record high. For 2015, the expected total is even higher.
It is therefore unsurprising that a majority of Americans consider the amount of taxes they pay "too high" as opposed to "about right," according to a new Gallup survey. Just 3% - perhaps the survey respondents who happen to work for federal, state or local governments - consider taxes "too low."
Despite record tax receipts and unacceptably high rates, however, the Treasury Department announced this week that the…
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