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Andrew Heaton

Andrew Heaton

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In Praise of Piecemeal Budgeting The Freeman
In Praise of Piecemeal Budgeting
The shutdown doesn't mean the Capitol is now on Airbnb or that your congressman is filling out applications down at the mall. But it might yield up a way to actually get budgets passed and bring federal spending under closer scrutiny. 
Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans The Freeman
Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans
Elysium's cyborgs and floating space colonies are plenty of fun. They're also a lot more realistic than the straw men peopling the film or the economic theory underlying its plot.
Rent My Flat (Black Market Edition) The Freeman
Rent My Flat (Black Market Edition)

A New York law punishes Airbnb users for finding their own ways around one of the city's biggest problems. 

Guitars, Eccentric Billionaires, and Space Travel The Freeman
Guitars, Eccentric Billionaires, and Space Travel
Space travel, once the domain of Russian dogs and astronaut golfers, is being taken over by private enterprise and entertainment moguls. And it's fabulous news. 
Applause for Washington’s Charter Schools The Freeman
Applause for Washington’s Charter Schools
For all the scorn it (deservedly) gets, Washington, D.C., has a long track record of charter-school success.
Your Student Loan Shall Not Be Forgiven The Freeman
Your Student Loan Shall Not Be Forgiven
Student loan debt is a serious problem. Loan forgiveness, though, isn't an answer—it just spreads the burden onto other taxpayers.
Professionally Clever (I Don’t Want Your Waiter’s Money) The Freeman
Professionally Clever (I Don’t Want Your Waiter’s Money)
Every artist would prefer to pursue art for a living instead of, say, waiting tables. But that's hard to do. It still doesn't justify forcing everyone—including the other waiters—to cough up money they would not have spent on your work otherwise. 

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