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TV Viewers & the President’s speech

April 30, 2009

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Earlier this week, we highlighted how free market principles applied to the TV networks and programming, pointing out that the media market should be subject to the same competitive pressures as other markets.  Clearly, viewers continue to vote with their clickers as Fox, who decided to air their regular programming during the President’s press conference […]

Competition in the Media Market – Consumers vote with their Clickers

April 28, 2009

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Free markets dictate that consumers “vote” for products based on their consumption.  Media and television programming is no different.  Across the news media spectrum, both print and on television, there’s a clear trend emerging – consumers prefer programming and content that leans towards free market principles and economically conservative ideology. While owners of media outlets […]

Efficient Markets in the Hotel Business (Fun stuff)

April 23, 2009

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For some travel up to Portland, OR this week, I used the Priceline.com “name your price” feature.  With the economy a little slow, I’ve found that you can get some outstanding deals on 3 and 4 star hotels. ($65/night for the Paramount in Portland and $75/night for the Westin DFW a couple weeks back.) So […]

Berkeley City Council: Climate Action Plan

April 20, 2009

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Like all markets, the market for energy should be dependent on supply and demand.  However, the City of Berkeley (yes, that Berkeley in California…) is voting on Tuesday night on the continued implementation of their Climate Action Plan.  There are certain aspects to energy conservation make logical sense, but this top-down initiative typifies the municipal […]

Obama Greets Chavez with a Friendly Handshake?

April 18, 2009

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Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between political and economic views.  While we generally lean towards conservative and libertarian policies, publishing this sort of information certainly makes us appear biased. But in this case, we feel that Americans should be roundlyl appalled by the actions taken by President Obam regardless of ones’ political persuasion. […]

Open Letter to Rep. Mike Thompson, 1st Congressional District of CA

April 17, 2009

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After leaving a voicemail at his office this afternoon, I sent this letter to Representative Mike Thompson from the 1st Congressional District in California. We encourage you to contact your local representative about the economic policies pushed forward by the current administration. Mr. Thompson, Thank you for your ongoing commitment to public service throughout the […]

Cheap Credit & the Tragedy of the Commons…

April 15, 2009

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On Seeking Alpha today, Paul Kedrosky wrote about how “cheap” credit is affecting the quality of companies emerging from the current economic downturn in his article this morning – “Cheap Credit Means Crummy Companies – Fed Researcher.” This is the same concept as posted yesterday here on The Free Market Voice – “The Stimulus Package […]