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Tanner: Debt-Ceiling Fight Looms as next Big Test for Congress

By Michael D. Tanner If you thought the recent fight over health-care reform was fun, get ready for the next big Washington circus: raising the debt ceiling. In October of 2015, Congress chose to avoid the usual fight over setting a symbolic debt target by agreeing to waive any limit on the debt for 17 […]

Tanner: The health-care debate isn’t going away

By Michael D. Tanner If you thought that the recent debacle marked the end of the health-care debate, guess again. As much as Republicans in Congress would like to move on to other things, the issue isn’t going anywhere. First, of course, none of Obamacare’s failures have gone away. Millions of Americans are still forced […]

Tanner: Embracing the hard realities of health-care reform

By Michael D. Tanner It is an old joke among health-policy wonks that what the American people really want from health-care reform is unlimited care, from the doctor of their choice, with no wait, free of charge. For Republicans, trying to square this circle has led to panic, paralysis, and half-baked policy proposals such as […]

Tanner: Portland victims proof America never stopped being great

By Michael D. Tanner Rick Best was a 53-year-old Republican who had unsuccessfully run for county commissioner on a conservative platform that stressed his opposition to tax increases and excessive spending. He was a 23-year army veteran who had served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. And he was married with three teenage sons and […]

Tanner: Trump’s plan to cut corporate taxes would help workers and businesses

By Michael D. Tanner | Donald Trump is expected to announce his long-awaited tax-reform plan this week, the centerpiece of which is reportedly a reduction of the top federal corporate-tax rate from the current 35 percent to 15 percent. Even before the plan’s formal announcement, critics have reacted with predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth. […]

Tanner: The budget battles to come

By Michael E. Tanner Don’t look now, but the next big legislative battles of the Trump presidency may be just a few weeks away. Republicans must pass a budget by April 28 to avoid a partial government shutdown. Yet, as was the case during the recent failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democrats are […]

Tanner: Is Trump serious about cutting the deficit and the national debt?

By Michael D. Tanner Even before President Trump was sworn in, Washington was abuzz with leaks about his coming budget. According to some reports, he would propose as much as $10.5 trillion in cuts over the next ten years. Among the cuts would be programs that have long been examples of wasteful, unnecessary, or counterproductive […]

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