November 30, 2011
Save the Treehouse Today! Join Treehouse Dad at Zoning Meeting at 9 AM today!
In October, Fairfax County authorities told a Falls Church father and Iraq war veteran that the tree house he built in his yard had to come down. On Wednesday, Mark Grapin is taking his case, and 1,500 signatures of support, to the county zoning board. After he returned from his last tour of duty in the Middle East, Grapin spent six weeks and $1,400 to build a 10-by-10 foot tree house in his front yard. But after an anonymous complaint, Fairfax County put him on notice that the structure violated zoning laws.
If you cannot attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page.
Americans for Tax Reform, will argue that the Taxpayer Protection
Pledge is an effective bulwark against tax increases. New York Times
columnist Ross Douthat will counter with his claim that the tax
pledge has created political gridlock that threatens to derail serious
tax reform and deficit reduction. AEI research fellow and former
chief economist to the House Ways and Means Committee
Alex Brill will moderate.
ALEX BRILL, AEI
GROVER NORQUIST, Americans for Tax Reform
ROSS DOUTHAT, New York Times
ALEX BRILL, AEI
Wine and Cheese Reception
management strategists in Washington for three decades. Mr.
Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a
taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s
request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and
businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local
levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks
all candidates for federal and state office to commit in writing to
oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 238 House members
and 41 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 13 governors
and 1,249 state legislators have taken the pledge.
Ross Douthat joined the New York Times as an op-ed columnist in
April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger
for theatlantic.com. He is the author of Privilege: Harvard and the
Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005), and the co-author,
with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can
Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008).
He is the film critic for National Review.
Alex Brill, a former senior adviser and chief economist to the House
Ways and Means Committee, also served on the staff of the President’s
Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). In Congress and at the CEA, Mr.
Brill worked on a variety of economic and legislative policy issues,
including dividend taxation, the alternative minimum tax, international tax
policy, social security reform, defined benefit pension reform and U.S.
trade policy. At AEI, Mr. Brill studies the impact of tax policy on the U.S.
economy; the fiscal, economic and political consequences of stimulus
legislation; health care reform; pharmaceutical spending; unemployment
insurance reform; and financial innovation and technology.
Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
11:30 AM (Luncheon to Follow)
Many people believe that the mainstream media favors liberal points of view. Studies of media bias, however, have found mixed results. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slants of media outlets. Utilizing these tools, he finds that all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias and that while some supposedly conservative outlets lean right, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets. Equally important, Groseclose shows that the general leftward bias of the media affects the political views of Americans. Media bias matters in shaping elections and policymaking. Please join us to hear Professor Groseclose discuss his new book, a work that could not be more important as we enter a presidential election year.
Physicist turned law and economics professor, Milton Friedman’s son, and father of the Seasteading Institute’s Patri Friedman speaks on market generated law.
The Market for Law
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)