Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
11:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Romney’s Choice for Vice President

Mitt Romney ended the suspense with the choice of Paul Ryan for Vice-President. And what did we get? Nothing! The Ryan budget for dealing with our problems is zero – no taxes, no expenses, no government. No regulation, no protection, no help, no investment. We’re in a recession and what do we get to pull out of it – nothing, zero, nada.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:32 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Back from a trip – English and guns

I just got back from a trip abroad. We were treated everywhere with the greatest respect while visiting our former exchange student and her family in Serbia and Montenegro, and then in Spain for a meeting, People were happy to help us. We had no Serbian (though I learned how to say “thank you”) and little Spanish (though I studied in high school it’s virtually gone), but they were happy to use whatever English they had. When we couldn’t communicate it was still all smiles.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Character, Capitalism and Regulation

 

Many conservatives are concerned that we have lost a sense of moral obligations, without which the state must eventually fail. They trace most of the nation’s ills to character, including the national debt, crime, failing schools and poverty to name a few.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:26 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Public Broadcasting

 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:24 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Outdated legal doctrines

The law of contract, based on the consent of the parties, and the law of torts, based on our obligations when no agreement covers what happened, are fundamental to American law. There is only one problem. Both fields are hopelessly out of date.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:26 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Can we Learn from the Euro Zone?

 

Sometimes it’s easier to see the problems abroad than it is at home. And that may be true of the Euro zone. As we all know, there have been a series of agreements bailing out Greece on the condition that Greece make very large cuts in its own budget. And it hasn’t worked. Why not? Shouldn’t cutting back have rejuvenated the Greek economy?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:00 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: What students need from higher education?

 

Students are choosing where to go to college. A college education is expensive but too many graduates come out of college without a skill set. What do they need from higher education?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:49 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: What’s Wrong with Spying?

 

The AP recently revealed a spying operation by the New York City police on Muslims and Muslim institutions. What should we think about that?

Several years ago I arranged to teach a course on Privacy Law because I wanted to figure that out. I read, studied, corresponded with experts in the field and chaired a committee to come up with solutions. Here is some of what I’ve come up with.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Environmental liability

Let me suggest a solution to the fracking problem. The self-styled energy companies want to draw natural gas out of the shale deposits deep below the earth’s surface. Environmentalists like myself believe that fracking will foul the drinking water, damaging a much more crucial resource than the gas they’ll extract.  We also think that if gas is so valuable, they wouldn’t be burning it off where it already comes up alongside oil wells. But that’s another story. Let’s stick to safety.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Supreme Court Plays Guardian Counsel in the Health Care Argument

Let’s understand what that argument about the health insurance mandate was about. Everybody agreed that a single payer system would have been constitutionally OK. It would have been based on the taxing power. However toxic taxes are to the public, legally they are not particularly toxic. Everyone admits the taxing power is broad.

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