Marketplace AM for April 9, 2007

Episode Description 

Can we get that shaving deduction?

From beard taxes to yachts, history teaches that you never can tell how people will respond when you find a new way to tax them. Except that some of them will find some way to avoid paying it.
Posted In: Taxes

All the president's whiskey

Turns out our first president wasn't the teetotaler some revisionists have made him out to be. In fact, Washington was once the nation's largest producer of whiskey. And now a rebuilt version of his distillery is open to the public.
Posted In: Washington

Natural gas cartel on the front burner

Rising energy costs and advances in technology have given new life to efforts to form an OPEC-like cartel for natural gas. It's probably a long way off, but if it happens, it won't be good for consumers.
Posted In: Canada

Breaking up immigration reform

President Bush is asking Congress for comprehensive immigration reform, but a sizable House caucus opposed to any form of amnesty wants to split up immigration issues and pass the less controversial measures.
Posted In: Immigration

Filling the cheap labor void

Workplace raids have succeeded in scaring off illegal immigrant workers — but that's left many farms and businesses struggling to maintain production levels and Congress struggling to agree on a solution.
Posted In: Immigration

Picking another fight with China

The U.S. is expected to file new complaints with the WTO this week saying China isn't doing enough to fight piracy and counterfeits. Beijing has made it easier to prosecute the crimes, but the problem is built into its restrictive market.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Pneumonia drop ups vaccine's value

Prevnar is an expensive vaccine but effective in preventing deadly diseases such as meningitis, so doctors have been using it despite the high cost. Now evidence that it also cuts pneumonia cases makes its price tag seem even more reasonable.
Posted In: Health