AFF Austin: Liberty and Craft Beer

On Tuesday, November 19th, the Austin chapter of America’s Future Foundation hosted “Liberty and Libations”, a panel discussion and mixer about the issues facing the craft brewery and craft distillery industries in Texas. The panel included Chip McElroy, owner of Live Oak Brewing Company, and Mark Shilling, owner of Revolution Spirits; it was moderated by Matt Miller, executive director of the Texas Chapter of the Institute for Justice. Together, the panelists and moderator painted a picture of the regulatory burdens faced by their respective businesses as well as the legislative victory achieved earlier this year. Importantly, it became clear to attendees that deeply-rooted economic

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AFF Southeast Michigan: The Type of Health Care Reform America Needs

The Southeast Michigan Chapter of America’s Future Foundation had 25 young professionals gather from across metro Detroit to talk about health care on November 13.  Dr. Thomas Jeitschko, an Economics and Finance professor from Michigan State University and Dr. Matt McCord with Docs4PatientCare spoke.  Dr. Jeitschko focused on the economic arguments for health care and market reforms: specifically, what has and hasn’t worked in other markets and why reform is needed.  Dr. McCord focused more on patient care and what the drivers for care are.  He used many practical examples to showcase what isn’t working with health care and what reforms would

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AFF Raleigh: North Carolina’s Onerous Wine & Beer Regulations

Raleigh chapter of America’s Future Foundation hosted a wine tasting for young professionals at the Raleigh Wine Shop. Andy Ellen, President and General Counsel of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, described onerous regulations placed by the state on the wine and beer industry to an engaged audience. During his talk, Ellen showed attendees a thick book of regulations imposed by the North Carolina ABC Commission. These, he said, created a complex web of arbitrary regulations that made it hard for producers, distributors, and vendors to compete in the market. As Ellen spoke, the proprietor of the Raleigh Wine Shop

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AFF Raleigh: North Carolina’s Onerous Wine & Beer Regulations

On December 4th, 2013, the Raleigh chapter of America’s Future Foundation hosted a wine tasting for young professionals at the Raleigh Wine Shop. Andy Ellen, President and General Counsel of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, described onerous regulations placed by the state on the wine and beer industry to an engaged audience. During his talk, Ellen showed attendees a thick book of regulations imposed by the North Carolina ABC Commission. These, he said, created a complex web of arbitrary regulations that made it hard for producers, distributors, and vendors to compete in the market. As Ellen spoke, the proprietor of

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Good Things Are Worth Waiting For: A Review of ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt has a talent for writing openings. The first few pages of her new novel The Goldfinch don’t just hook you, they reach out and pull you in so fast you could find yourself dropping everything to keep reading. In the opening pages, the narrator, Theo Decker, is mysteriously hiding out in a hotel in Amsterdam in connection with a murder. This introduction needs to be compelling because the plot soon goes in a completely different direction—for 500 pages. It will be a long time before the secret of Amsterdam is revealed. Theo takes us back 14 years to

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Proposed Paid Leave Program Limits Freedom To Negotiate

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, legislation that would create a national paid family leave program within the Social Security Administration. The intention is to help Americans attain a better work-life balance in the midst of childbearing and other family obligations. But the FAMILY Act is not good for women, men, or their families. A one-size-fits-all-program will make workplaces less flexible, and will distort employment decisions with perverse incentives. The goal of the Act is laudable, but the outcome will be harmful to our economy and our

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Networking via Social Media: Rules to Live By

Social media is undeniably the most efficient and powerful tool for political engagement and activism. In 2012, the Obama campaign used a powerful social media strategy to define itself. Today, the Obama administration utilizes social media as a policy campaign tool, a strategy to project White House news and events to the public, and a way to maintain a relationship with hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide. The important role played by social media in every aspect of political life is apparent from issues campaigns to elections, the public sector to the nonprofit sector. As you might expect, the role social media

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Extended Deadline: Koch Internship Program 2014

Looking forward to advancing your career in 2014? The Charles Koch Institute has extended the application deadline for the Spring 2014 Koch Internship Program. From the website: The Koch Internship Program is an opportunity to not only work for a think tank or public policy organization in Washington, DC, but also receive valuable professional education and hands-on experience. Designed for individuals who are passionate about economic freedom, the program offers a chance to develop your knowledge and skills, while building a valuable professional network and understanding of non-profit career paths. During the program, each intern works at a non-profit 501(c)(3) partner

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AFF Southeast Michigan: The Type of Health Care Reform America Needs

The Southeast Michigan Chapter of America’s Future Foundation had 25 young professionals gather from across metro Detroit to talk about health care on November 13.  Dr. Thomas Jeitschko, an Economics and Finance professor from Michigan State University and Dr. Matt McCord with Docs4PatientCare spoke.  Dr. Jeitschko focused on the economic arguments for health care and market reforms: specifically, what has and hasn’t worked in other markets and why reform is needed.  Dr. McCord focused more on patient care and what the drivers for care are.  He used many practical examples to showcase what isn’t working with health care and what reforms would

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Rep. Tim Griffin — Standing Athwart ‘Pacman’ Yelling ‘Stop’

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., has one more year in Congress before he plans to retire, but he thinks that more than enough time to build on the significant achievements of the Class of 2010. Three years ago, Griffin was one of more than a hundred freshman GOP lawmakers sent to Congress to put a check on the profligate, left-wing agenda President Obama rammed through during his first two years in the White House. And while they have largely succeeded in doing so, there is plenty more that can and must be done in order to restore fiscal sanity to the

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President Obama Can’t Want All Volunteers To Work For The Government, Can He?

President Obama visited a D.C. charitable organization called Martha’s Table to highlight the volunteer work of many furloughed government employees during the recent government shutdown. And yet, the president’s remarks suggest that he missed the real point of his own event. “They’re here contributing and giving back to the community, and I think that shows the kind of spirit that we have among all kinds of federal workers all across the country — people who dedicate their lives to public service,” Obama said on October 15. The president acted as if the volunteer work done at Martha’s Table somehow reflects

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AFF Austin: Liberty and Craft Beer

On Tuesday, November 19th, the Austin chapter of America’s Future Foundation hosted “Liberty and Libations”, a panel discussion and mixer about the issues facing the craft brewery and craft distillery industries in Texas. The panel included Chip McElroy, owner of Live Oak Brewing Company, and Mark Shilling, owner of Revolution Spirits; it was moderated by Matt Miller, executive director of the Texas Chapter of the Institute for Justice. Together, the panelists and moderator painted a picture of the regulatory burdens faced by their respective businesses as well as the legislative victory achieved earlier this year. Importantly, it became clear to attendees that deeply-rooted economic

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