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Continuing Resolutions (and Continual Bureaucratic Interventions) Are Stifling Free Market

Michael Feuz - October 20, 2021

For decades, America’s free-market system was the envy of the world. It demolished Communism in Russia, forced China to open its markets to thrive, and has been the barometer against which international organizations like The World Bank measure the free market’s success in developing nations. However, America’s status as the world economic leader is at risk. Contrary to popular rumor, it’s nothing as insidious as Europe’s preference for social welfare programs, or China’s controlled economy. No, the most insidious threat to America’s free market...

85 Years of Economic Warfare Between States is Enough

Matthew D. Mitchell & Michael D. Farren - October 19, 2021

Eight-five years ago this fall, former Mississippi Governor Hugh White launched a bold experiment: The “Balance Agriculture with Industry” (BAWI) program. White hoped to jumpstart a stagnant, rural economy by subsidizing manufacturing firms to move to Mississippi. Instead, he fired the first shot in an economic development war between the states — a perpetual and unwinnable arms race that today consumes about $95 billion a year. Worse, the conflict continues to distract policymakers from more equitable strategies that actually work, such as building a tax and regulatory...

Attack on Roth IRAs Is an Attack on Careful Savers

Daniel Savickas - October 19, 2021

Americans are retiring later than they ever have. According to the most recent data, more than 20% of Americans over 65 years old are working or actively looking for work. This is nearly double the rate in 1985. Further, that same data shows that Americans – on average – are retiring three years later than they were just a few decades ago. With ever-increasing economic uncertainty due to lockdowns and other restrictions, it’s likely this problem will get worse. One option that Americans have had available for decades to help them retire on their own schedule is to invest in...

Proposed Tax Hikes Would Hurt Small Businesses and Workers Like Mine

Gregg Sumey - October 19, 2021

The media and politicians make it seem like Congressional Democrats' proposed tax increases will only impact the rich and massive corporations. "How is it possible that the wealthiest billionaires in the country can entirely escape paying income tax on what they've made?" said President Biden last month in a speech promoting the tax hikes. "How is it possible for millionaires and billionaires that can pay a lower rate of tax than teachers, firefighters, or law enforcement officers?" The media has repeatedly claimed the tax hikes target "big businesses" or "big...


Taxpayers Subsidize Manhattan Gallery Showcasing Hunter Biden Art

Adam Andrzejewski - October 19, 2021

A Manhattan art gallery exhibiting and selling artwork from Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, received $580,000 in taxpayer-funded Covid-19 relief aid, about half of which came after Biden took office. The Georges Berges Gallery only has two employees but it received a $150,000 “disaster assistance loan” from the Small Business Administration last year, according to public records, the New York Post reported. The SBA later “revised” the loan, approving another $350,000 on July 26, shortly before the gallery exclusively marketed 15 paintings by Hunter Biden,...

Meet the Media's Top 'Domestic Terrorist'

Max Eden - October 18, 2021

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) letter to President Biden suggested that recent “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials,” could be classified as “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism,” and asked his administration to “examine appropriate enforceable actions” under “the PATRIOT Act.” The NSBA letter, however, documented only two instances of violence at school board meetings. One of them: “In Virginia, an individual was arrested, another man was ticketed for trespassing, and a third person...

For Better Border and Crime Policies, Focus on the People Behind the Numbers

Marc Levin & Khalil Cumberbatch - October 18, 2021

When Ronald Reagan said, “There you go again …” in the 1980 presidential debate, he wasn’t talking about people repeatedly crossing the border without documentation or repeatedly being arrested for new crimes. But he could have been. While border security and recidivism are both grave problems that reveal larger failings, the data on each is often presented or interpreted in a way that overlooks a crucial reality: the same people account for much of the activity. Relying only on data that conflates these chronic cases with many others that involve people whose first...

Election Updates for October 18, 2021

Todd Carney - October 18, 2021

With just a few weeks to go until the 2021 elections, more news is breaking on the 2022 midterm elections. Below are the latest updates. State In Wisconsin, the State GOP continues to face skepticism over its audit of the 2020 election. In Georgia, a judge dismissed a lawsuit that claimed voter fraud. Two election officials were fired over destroying ballots. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott is moving to the right due to having to face primary challenges in the 2022 primary. In Virginia, a three-judge panel has been appointed to decide whether there needs to be an extra house of delegates...


Arlington Public Schools Paid Panorama Education $288,750 Over Five Years for Three Surveys

Adam Andrzejewski - October 18, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo to the head of the FBI, directing him to work with local law enforcement “to address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff” has received plenty of attention. Recently, it has become clear that Garland’s son-in-law is Xan Tanner, co-founder, board member, and president (2012-2020) of Panorama Education. Panorama Education sells surveys to school districts across the country that focus on the local “social and emotion climate.” These surveys are then used as justification for new...

Herd of Frivolous Lawsuits Stampedes Across Texas

Stewart Whitson - October 15, 2021

A herd of frivolous lawsuits is stampeding across Texas. These lawsuits are meritless and attempt to create division in a state known for standing together — and Texans should stand together in support of SB 1. It’s no wonder that so many of these lawsuits have been popping up all over the country. Suing states that pass commonsense election integrity laws is a lucrative business for lawyers like Marc Elias, one of the attorneys leading this attack against Texas. Since March 2021, Elias has filed several similar lawsuits — all unsuccessful — across the country. Elias...
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Five Facts on the Great Society

No Labels - October 15, 2021

President Biden’s push to pass his “Build Back Better” agenda through two major pieces of legislation — the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the social spending and climate bill currently being considered through the reconciliation budget process — has drawn comparisons to the “Great Society” programs enacted under President Lyndon Johnson 60 years ago. But while the ambitions are similar, the circumstances are quite different. No Labels Here are five facts on the Great Society. Eighty-four Great Society bills were passed during the...

Big Tech and the Dystopian Fears Undermining Sound Policy

Dirk Auer - October 15, 2021

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have just unveiled their long-awaited draft American Innovation and Choice Online Act. If passed into law, the bill would effectively outlaw a wide array of common tech industry practices in which platforms favor their own products. This despite scant evidence that such practices are detrimental to consumers, that they prevent rivals from entering online markets, or that they harm innovation. The pervading urge to regulate tech firms is rooted in doomsday scenarios that have almost no bearing on real-world costs and benefits. Often,...


Bangladesh: Climate Change Pioneer

Tahseen Ali - October 15, 2021

Climate change is a theoretical problem to many, but not in Bangladesh. A single degree rise in temperature will increase sea levels by about a meter, enough to flood a fifth of Bangladesh and force nearly 30 million of its citizens to abandon their homes. If global temperatures continue to increase at their current pace, Bangladeshis will likely make up more than half of South Asia’s “climate migrants” by 2050, according to the World Bank. It’s no accident, then, that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is a leading advocate of climate-change mitigation. At the...

Of $1B Missing from NYC Mental Health Program — Some Went to Unused ‘Diversion Centers’

Adam Andrzejewski - October 15, 2021

To no avail, government watchdogs, politicians, and the media have long asked for accountability in spending from the $1 billion budget of New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC, the program that was supposed to combat mental illness for New Yorkers. City Comptroller Scott Stringer has blasted the first lady and her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, for showing little of how the $1 billion mental health plan is actually helping New Yorkers and whether it’s worth all that taxpayer money. ThriveNYC hasn’t provided data that shows its programs are working, even...

Infrastructure Planning is Vital for Social and Racial Justice

Lisa P. Jackson & Michael A. Fitts - October 14, 2021

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana 16 years to the day after a storm named Katrina arrived on these same shores. While every storm is unique in its trajectory, wind speed, storm surge and other meteorological markers, the primary difference between the impacts on New Orleans from Ida versus Katrina lay not in nature, but in preparation — from individual action to municipal and federal investment. Although the city is still recovering from significant damage wreaked by Ida, New Orleans was spared the far more catastrophic flooding and widespread loss of life it experienced...

Childcare Entitlement Will Send Federal Costs Skyrocketing

Angela Rachidi - October 14, 2021

President Joe Biden and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives are struggling to gain support for their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, with moderates saying it is too costly. The new childcare entitlement is a perfect example of its largess. The Democrats want the federal government to cover childcare expenses for rich and poor families alike, funded through higher taxes and borrowed money, while driving up childcare costs through wage mandates and new regulations on childcare providers at the same time. Not only is the childcare entitlement a recipe for skyrocketing...


1975 Golden Fleece Award for Studies on Behavior of Drunk Fish, Rats

Adam Andrzejewski - October 14, 2021

Is a fish or a rat more likely to get into a bar fight after having too many drinks? We may never know. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tried to answer this question, spending millions of dollars over many years to find out if drunk fish are more aggressive than sober fish and if rats can become alcoholics. It’s unclear if they ever did, but in 1975, Sen. William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin, gave the agency one of his Golden Fleece awards for wasteful and nonsensical spending. That year, Proxmire lamented the continuous spending. “Over the years,...

The Feds Need to Butt Out on Worker Freedom

Justin Owen - October 13, 2021

Since the 1940s, numerous states have protected workers’ freedoms with what are known as right-to-work laws. These laws state that workers can neither be forced to join a union and pay dues — or be prohibited from joining — in order to get or keep their jobs. Over the years, more and more states have joined the right-to-work ranks by extending these protections to employees. In states without such laws, workers can be forced to pay “agency fees” to unions they don’t belong to and don’t want to join. These agency fees are then used to fund the...

Virginia's McAuliffe Is Dishonest & Deceptive On Critical Race Theory

Frederick M. Hess - October 13, 2021

Appearing this weekend on CNN’s State of the Union, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe charged that Republicans have “made up” K-12 disputes over Critical Race Theory (CRT) in order to “divide” voters. McAuliffe said, “This is a made-up — this is a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people, and really bothers me.” In a television interview last week, McAuliffe had previously said of Critical Race Theory, “It’s not taught in Virginia, it’s never been taught in Virginia. And as I’ve...

Striking Down Gov. Whitmer's Emergency Powers Was Important First Step

Michael Van Beek - October 13, 2021

It’s been one year since the Michigan Supreme Court struck down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s misuse of executive power during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the spread of the new coronavirus, many governors used emergency powers to unilaterally put in place unprecedented mandates, such as prolonged school closures, business lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders. Outside of wartime, these types of measures had never been used this extensively. It came as no surprise that they were controversial. According to Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan source of statistics about American politics,...