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In an age of e-commerce, the 'Quill rule' is more vital than ever

January 21, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

IT HAS BEEN a fixed rule of American commerce for 50 years that businesses cannot be compelled to collect taxes for states with which they have no physical connection. Underlying the rule are two core principles: First, the flow of interstate commerce must not be impeded by one state's impositions. And second, there should be no taxation without representation; vendors should not be liable for taxes in states where they have no vote or political recourse.

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That GOP 'tax scam' is putting money in millions of workers' pockets

January 17, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

IT HAS BEEN nearly a month since Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the most sweeping overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s. Of the 185-page bill's many provisions, perhaps the most consequential is a reduction in the federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Among the tax bill's leading opponents was Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who was scathing in her denunciation of what she called the "GOP Tax Scam." Shortly before the final vote, she delivered a blistering speech on the Senate floor.

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Oprah for president — or for queen?

January 14, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

OPRAH WINFREY'S SPEECH at the Golden Globes last Sunday set off a gusher of giddy speculation that the much-loved TV host could be a Democratic contender for president in 2020, and if the idea of electing to the White House a celebrity billionaire with no political experience or public-policy expertise might have seemed like crazy talk not all that long ago — well, after the 2016 election cycle, who would be so foolhardy as to rule out Oprah's chances?

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As a matter of fact, minimum wage laws hurt the poor

January 10, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

NO ONE LIKES to admit having been wrong. It's especially tough for members of the pundit class, whose job amounts to telling people what to think. So when National Review's critic-at-large Kyle Smith last week published a piece with the headline "We Were Wrong About Stop-and-Frisk," people noticed.

Smith and National Review are conservative. Like many conservatives, they had predicted that if New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fulfilled his campaign pledge to end stop-and-frisk — the police practice of stopping, questioning, and patting down people for weapons merely because they seemed suspicious — crime in the city would go up. But that's not what happened.

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Taiwan isn't China, and Taiwanese aren't Chinese

January 7, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

THERE IS a moment in "1776," the acclaimed musical about the American founding, in which Benjamin Franklin explains to the Second Continental Congress why he can no longer think of himself as an Englishman. He is aggrieved that the colonists are being denied the full rights of English citizens, but that isn't the whole of it.

"We've spawned a new race here — rougher, simpler, more violent, more enterprising, less refined," Franklin says. "We're a new nationality. We require a new nation."

I thought of that scene as I was having dinner recently with three students in Taipei.

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