Call the Show 800-520-1234
LIVE: Mon-Fri, 6-9AM, ET
Hugh Hewitt Book Club
Call 800-520-1234 email Email Hugh
Hugh Hewitt Book Club

Massachusetts Tax Holiday

Email Email Print

This is a revealing story: Massachusetts suspends its sales tax for a weekend, and the retailers experience the greatest sales weekend of the year –with the Christmas season weekends included.

There are many lessons in this bit of news. The first is, obviously, that people respond to pricing, and do so instantly. The second is that sales taxes are particularly of interest to consumers, and that governments would be well served to think supply-side with regards to sales tax levels.

There is also a potential downside: Given that Massachusetts has done this two years in a row, wouldn’t the average consumer contemplating a major purchase simply put it off until such time as the next amnesty rolls around? Though cars and items greater than $2,500 are exempt from the program –which must make the car dealers wonder why they are second class citizens on retail row– saving up to $125 on a fridge and a dryer etc is an incentive to be a patient consumer.


Who the Blog-readers Are

Email Email Print

From a new study of blog readers:

Blog visitors are 11 percent more likely than the average Internet user to have incomes of $75,000 or more, and are 30 percent more likely to live in households headed by someone between the ages of 18 and 34, the study found.

During the first quarter, the average blog visitor viewed 77 percent more Web pages than the average Internet user, and spent 23 hours per week online, compared with 13 hours per week for the average user, according to the study. Regarding e-commerce behavior, blog visitors are 30 percent more likely to shop online than the average user.

Proof of the rising popularity of blogs is that about 50 million U.S. Internet users (about 30 percent of all U.S. Internet users) visited blog sites in the first quarter of 2005, up 45 percent compared with 2004’s first quarter, according to the study.

Join Hughniverse - First Month 99 cents Join Hughniverse - First Month 99 cents Join Hughniverse - First Month 99 cents

New York Times’ Issues Sentencing Guidelines

Email Email Print

The New York Times argues for the release of Judith Miller today, stating that her 41 day iron-man performance should be enough to persuade the court that she won’t talk and thus making her continued imprisonment futile.

Susan McDougal spent two years in jail for her refusal to answer Ken Starr’s questions before a grand jury, and ad hoc declarations of “timed served” make no sense outside of an articulated rule. The Times should share with its readers exactly who is above the law in the world of journalism –do bloggers count, for example– and if there are any Americans so privileged as to refuse to answer questions put to them by a prosecutor in the course of a criminal investigation. I’d also like to see the Times lay out the specifics of how long each category of miscreant would have to serve before we knew there was no point in perpetuating the imprisonment.

I think any of the Fraters would crack in a week given the lack of beer in such facilities. Ditto Bainbridge because of the wine. Lileks wouldn’t budge, but he’d drive his jailers to plead with the court. MichelleMalkin would stay long enough to get a Dylan song written about her. I am not sure if Glenn would notice he was in jail. The Powerline lawyers wouldn’t have lost the case in the first place.

Conceding the Roberts’ Confirmation

Email Email Print

William Rasberry’s column this morning has the whiff of concession speech about it, though a bitter one. Using an unamed friend, one who is “black, conservative and Republican,” to voice an objection, Rasberry writes:

It isn’t his conservatism, my friend said, but the too-smooth path by which Roberts has arrived at this juncture. Son of a wealthy steel executive, Roberts attended private schools, Harvard and Harvard Law School, then held a federal appeals court clerkship, followed a year later by a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice (now Chief Justice) William Rehnquist.

He then was named special assistant to the U.S. attorney general, and associate counsel to the president (at age 27) before joining one of Washington’s top law firms. Then Roberts went to the office of the solicitor general of the United States and, for the past two years, a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The point: Nothing in that glide path suggests exposure to anything that might temper his conservative philosophy with real-life exposure to the problems and concerns of ordinary men and women. Roberts is undeniably bright, said my friend, but his life has been one of quite extraordinary privilege.

And then it occurred to me: Roberts’s life has been amazingly like that of the man who wants to put him on the court — but with better grades.

I wonder what Rasberry’s Harry-the-rabbitt friend thought of Clarence Thomas or Miguel Estrada and their stories? As Rasberry finds his “friend’s” objection so persuasive, can we assume that Rasberry approved of those nominees, or disapproved of the privileged backgrounds and resumes of, say Stephen Breyer.

Update: More from blogger Discriminations.


Listen Commercial FREE  |  On-Demand
Login Join
Advertise with us Advertisement
Book Hugh Hewitt as a speaker for your meeting

Follow Hugh Hewitt

Listen to the show on your amazon echo devices

The Hugh Hewitt Show - Mobile App

Download from App Store Get it on Google play
Friends and Allies of Rome