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April 25, 2017

Speeches That Weren't Made During the March for Science


Lots of speeches were given during the March for Science. Here are some important issues that likely weren't discussed.

April 18, 2017

Want to See What Protectionism Looks Like? Look at Steel


We don't have to turn to economic theory to see the problems with protective tariffs, we have real life examples.

April 11, 2017

Republicans Who Believe in 'Tax Gain Without the Pain'


Some Republicans have now decided that there is no downside to certain tax increases.

April 4, 2017

Returning the Filibuster to the Good Ole Days of Mr. Smith


The Senate filibuster emerged in the 1800s and has evolved over time.  It originally made the Senate a more deliberative body, but a change in 1975 has made it less deliberative.

March 28, 2017

Six Challenges Facing Tax Reform


President Trump appears more excited about tax reform than health care reform, but he will face some of the same challenges--and perhaps even more.

March 21, 2017

The Debt Ceiling's Baaaaack! What Will Republicans Do?


Republicans challenged President Obama efforts to raise the debt ceiling by demanding spending cuts. Now that the debt ceiling is back and Republicans are in control, will they be as aggressive in pushing spending cuts?

March 14, 2017

Republicans Have a Plan to Bailout Health Insurers


Republicans fought hard to end health insurer bailouts under Obamacare; so why do they include them in the American Health Care Act?

March 7, 2017

The Republican Replace Plan Is Unlikely to Lower Health Insurance Costs


Obamacare abandoned actuarial principles, which is a primary reason why the health insurance exchanges are collapsing.  The Republican replace plan does the same thing.

February 28, 2017

Taxpayers Are the Real 'Forgotten Man'


There are two ways of viewing the "Forgotten Man": William Graham Sumner identified the right definition in 1883.  President Trump seems to taking a similar approach.

February 21, 2017

Explaining Conservatives' Decades-Long Support for Refundable Tax Credits


There is a reason why Republicans are coalescing around a refundable tax credit instead of direct subsidies for health insurance.

 

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