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]
Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Laudato Si, was supposed to be all about climate change — wasn’t it?
From the moment the Vatican put out word in December that the Holy Father was keenly interested in the question of environmental protection, particularly the United Nations meeting on climate change in Paris later this year, the mainstream media latched onto the idea — more of a hope, really — that the “Cool Pope” would give “climate deniers” a well-deserved and long overdue rebuke.
Commentators and editorialists began speculating about Republicans’…
"The current fashion among progressives is the demand for a $15/hour minimum wage. Bernie Sanders supports it, Elizabeth Warren supports it, Martin O'Malley supports it, and Hillary Rodham Clinton . . . won't quite answer the question. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a $15/hour minimum wage would throw 3.3 million Americans out of work. Jonathan Meer and Jeremy West of Texas A&M…[more]