This Week in the News…

Posted: March 9, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, March 4, Newsday

Ask Two Economists, Get Two Answers

Roger D. Congleton, George Mason University: “With all the fuss being made over the proposed Bush tax plan, one might think that a major tax revolution was under way. In fact, the plan merely attempts to return to the income tax system in place at the beginning of the Clinton presidency…. Clearly, if we all want government services, we should all share the burden of providing them. In this important sense, the Bush tax package clearly increases equity, rather than diminishes it.”

Monday, March 5, Yomiuri Shimbun

Inquiry to Highlight Cultural Differences

Francis Fukuyama, professor at George Mason University in the United States: “If the collision (between the USS Greeneville and the Japanese ship Ehime Maru) has a negative effect on the strategic relationship between Japan and the United States based on the security treaty, it will be regrettable (for both nations)…. Americans are very concerned about legal repercussions when dealing with problems. They tend to think that if they apologize, the problem may develop into something bigger. This is a social and cultural difference between Japan and the United States.”

Wednesday, March 7, Los Angeles Times

Muris Poised to Be FTC Chairman

Timothy J. Muris, an antitrust professor and moderate conservative, is expected to be nominated soon as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, an agency with broad-ranging responsibilities from battling Internet fraud to reviewing corporate mergers. Muris, 51, is seen as a thoughtful, experienced attorney who probably will take a more restrained approach to antitrust enforcement than current FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky, without dramatically shifting course…. In 1988, Muris left government to teach law at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, March 7, Washington Post

Bust? What Bust?: Boom-Speak Dominates Internet Summit, but Reality Lurks

“At the event’s inaugural a year ago, speakers extolled the benefits of a technology-driven future with all the optimism of Disney’s Tomorrowland. Yesterday, people sounded some of the same themes–that the Internet would bring about broad economic and social change for the better. But they said so in a climate of layoffs, bankruptcy and sinking stocks. The summit, sponsored by the Tech Center at George Mason University’s law school, is among the first major conferences in the area to discuss the post-boom future of the Internet…. Bradford Brown, chairman of the Tech Center, acknowledged that times have changed economically. ‘That said, I don’t think anyone in this group thinks that the Internet as a medium is going away,’ he said.”

Thursday, March 8, Wall Street Journal

Music Labels Urge Congress to Stand By in Online Feud

“While Napster Inc. fights for its life in federal court against record companies looking to restrict Internet-music services, a similar battle is taking place on Capitol Hill–and for now, it is the record companies that have grabbed Congress’ ear…. ‘Congress has to cut with a machete when sometimes a scalpel ought to be used,’ says Michael O’Neill, former general counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, now at George Mason University in Virginia…. ‘Private industry is always going to be caught in this cat-and-mouse game to shut these things down.'”

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