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Panera Cares Closes Last “Pay-What-You-Can-Restaurant”

The article below was originally printed in The Blaze and details the spectacular failure of the "test of humanity" conducted by the founder of Panera. It turns out people won't magically pay their "fair share" when there is no accountability. By effectively reducing the price of the meals to nothing, demand skyrocketed and the company hemorrhaged money, and eventually had to cap the number of free meals it would give to the homeless. Panera Bread will be closing its last pay-what-you-can restaurant, located in Boston, on Feb. 15. The move comes after the business's "nonprofit" restaurant concept became unviable. On Tuesday, Eater reported that none of...

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In The Tank (ep177) – Green New Deal Insanity, Panera Cares Fail, Stadium Subsidies

Hello! This week's episode of In the Tank deals with the green new deal insanity, the abject failure of Panera Cares, and stadium subsidies (hint, it's not great for MN). https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep177-green-new-deal-insanity-panera-cares-fail-stadium-subsidies...

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In The Tank: Episode 173

Hello all! I'm excited to announce that I have been asked to be a co-host of the In the Tank Podcast, which examines the work of Think Tanks throughout the country. The podcast is produced by The Heartland Institute, where I used to work. This week Donny, Justin, and I examine the Green New Deal in further detail, talk about Education Savings Accounts, explain why a recent court ruling could unravel Obamacare, and debate whether Oregon's proposal to limit the allowable blood alcohol limit to .05 will have its intended effect. Thanks to the Manhattan Institute, the Beacon Center of Tennessee,...

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Becoming an American: how our Elite has Cheapened Citizenship

My friend from Egypt came to our country many years ago in hopes of being a citizen. He loves America, loves the West and all it stands for: freedom and prosperity. He thinks our lax approach to immigration betrays a terrible naiveté and a dangerous lack of care for preserving American culture, the culture that attracted him to move here. He did not come all the way from Egypt to live in a chaotic, socialist nation. He could have gone many places around the globe, or just stayed in Egypt, for that. ...

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Congress: Help Small Employers Offer Retirement but Fairly Allocate Its Costs

I recently wrote about a bill called "RESA" (Retirement Enhancement and Savings) quickly making its way through Congress; it would entice small employers with a tax break to offer retirement benefits to employees by allowing them to band together, acting like a larger employer that can afford to manage and pay for the administration of 401(k) and IRA plans. I applauded the idea but complained that the cost of RESA (lost tax revenue) was being loaded solely onto my kids should they inherit the plans from me, probably at their highest lifetime tax rate. The idea that they would be force-marched...

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Let’s Help Small Employers Offer 401(k)s But Not at the Expense of My Kids

It has been decades since Congress addressed retirement plans in a comprehensive way; the Left is capitalizing on that by getting states to offer defined benefit plans for low-income private sector employees. Several states including California (of course) have already passed the legislation needed to begin what will essentially become state-managed pensions for everyone. That is a bad idea worth killing by offering a better idea. The President and Congress are thinking about ways to help smaller employers band together so they can offer a retirement plan to their employees but who pays to get this done? Your kids. ...

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Milton Friedman: Capitalism or socialism, which is more humane?

Collectivist, Big Government policies are being increasingly openly espoused by mainstream politicians. Socialism, that discredited relic of the 20th century, is having 'a moment'. These idea are frequently presented as being more 'fair' or 'humane' than free market capitalism. But are they? In this video below, from 1978, the economist Milton Friedman explains the relative humanity of capitalism and socialism. ...

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Venezuela hikes its minimum wage and trashes employment. What are the lessons for Minnesota?

It is heartbreaking to see the people of Venezuela, formerly the poster child for 'democratic socialists' like Sen. Bernie Sanders, reduced to being lab rats in another experimental proof of the the awfulness of socialist economics. But there are lessons in this and the least we can do is learn from them. ...

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