Morning Ebrief
February 20, 2019

FEATURED STORY OF THE DAY

Reihan Salam Poised to Bring Manhattan Institute to New Heights
New York Post

Our favorite think tank, the Manhattan Institute, just got a new president: the brilliant, heterodox writer Reihan Salam. Born and bred in Brooklyn and a graduate of the city’s public schools, he’s an excellent choice to lead the nation’s top institution for right-of-center urban policy. And, as a writer who for more than a decade has been leading the push to refocus the Republican Party on the needs of less-affluent Americans, he’s also a perfect pick for the challenges of the Trump era. Read more here....
Why Service Is Lousy in High-Tax States (subs.)
Steven Malanga, Wall Street Journal

Shortly after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy proposed steep tax increases last year, his Texas counterpart, Greg Abbott, wrote an op-ed in New Jersey’s biggest newspaper inviting residents to consider moving to the low-tax Lone Star State. Mr. Murphy countered with a piece in the Dallas Morning News touting the new investments his government planned as a reason for Texans to come north. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently attempted to stir up a similar feud, complaining to President Trump that low-tax Florida is “stealing” his state’s population. Read more here....

POINT/COUNTERPOINT

Should debt be used to finance government programs?

YES  Paying for a Progressive Agenda – Paul Krugman, New York Times
NO  Budget Deficits Still Matter – Bill Dudley, Bloomberg View

DECONSTRUCTION ZONE

The Past Isn’t Prologue
Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
 
Rubio’s Misguided Buyback Tax
Jon Hartley, National Review
 
Ivanka Must Recalibrate Her Family Leave Plan
Gene Marks, The Hill
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