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Tanner: Trump’s trade critics don’t offer better options

By Michael D. Tanner | Democrats running for president have certainly not hesitated to criticize President Trump’s trade policies. There is a good reason for the rhetoric. Several recent studies, from researchers at Harvard, Columbia, the IMF, and two different branches of the Federal Reserve, have all concluded that the tariffs imposed by President Trump […]

Tanner: Some thoughts on the El Paso shooting

By Michael D. Tanner | A few thoughts in the wake of the horrendous white-supremacist terrorist attack in El Paso: We must be careful not to let fear (and grief and anger) drive us to rashness. We should never forget that the purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. To the degree that we succumb to […]

Tanner: The wrenching reparations question

By Michael D. Tanner | With America’s contentious racial history serving as subtext for the 2020 presidential campaign, it is no surprise that the idea of “reparations” has become an issue — at least among Democratic contenders. So far, around a dozen Democrats have endorsed some form of reparations, at least conceptually. This includes senators […]

Tanner: The poor want more opportunity, not more entitlement spending

By Michael D. Tanner | It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that most Americans regard the War on Poverty as a failure. According to a new YouGov poll, conducted for the Cato Institute, 77 percent of Americans call it “ineffective.” This includes 80 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of […]

Tanner: The questions medicare-for-all supporters must answer

By Michael D. Tanner | Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has officially unveiled the latest version of his plan for a government-run health-care system. This year, his Medicare for All legislation is co-sponsored by at least five of his fellow presidential contenders: Senators Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren, […]

Tanner: There’s nothing cruel about Trump’s ‘Medicare cuts’

By Michael D. Tanner | President Trump submitted his 2020 budget last week, and, as with nearly all presidential budgets before it, two things immediately ­became apparent: First, there was zero chance it would be ­enacted as drafted, and, second, there was no limit to congressional hysteria and demagoguery in response. Among the biggest sources […]

Tanner: Congress is complicit in Trump’s power grab

By Michael D. Tanner | Some 20 years ago, Paul Begala, then an adviser to President Bill Clinton, expressed his marvel at the ability of the president to act unilaterally. “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.” And, of course, we all remember President Obama’s assertion that he could bypass Congress as […]

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