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Tanner: D.C. Forgets about the debt

By Michael D. Tanner Although it is expected to top $17.6 trillion by Aug. 1, the national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently. Out of sight may indeed mean out of mind, especially in Washington, but that hardly means the problem has gone away — as a new report from the Congressional Budget […]

Tanner: Is Obamacare working?

By Michael D. Tanner Two recent surveys have shown a significant reduction in the number of Americans without health insurance since the start of Obamacare in October 2013. According to the Commonwealth Fund, the uninsured rate fell from 20 to 15 percent, while Gallup found a decline from 18 to 13.4 percent. Both surveys indicate […]

Tanner: Get bosses out of health insurance altogether

By Michael D. Tanner The Supreme Court’s decision last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has pushed all the buttons that could be expected when sex and religion intersect. Many on the right are celebrating because they value religious expression and feel rather less excited about sex, especially of the non-procreative variety. And much of […]

Tanner: Why the tea party is wrong about immigration reform

By Michael D. Tanner The Tea Party has performed many an invaluable service in American politics: First, by raising the alarm about the dangers of our growing national debt and out-of-control spending, and later by challenging the crony capitalists and big-government conservatives who have too long controlled the Republican Party. But recently, many Tea Partyers […]

Tanner: Obamacare – state Dems’ worst nightmare

By Michael D. Tanner As the bad news about Obamacare’s federal operations keeps on coming, it’s worth keeping in mind that the law is a mess at the state level as well. The big question will be whether the failures will hurt Democratic state politicians as much as Obamacare appears likely to drag down national […]

Tanner: Krugman in the 1 percent

By Michael D. Tanner I am outraged. The City University of New York recently announced that it is going to pay PaulKrugman $225,000 for part-time work studying income inequality. If you add in his sundry speaking fees, professor Krugman is solidly ensconced among the hated 1 percent. I, too, write about inequality, yet I am […]

Tanner: Piketty gets it wrong

By Michael D. Tanner For those who believe in the redistribution of wealth, the hero of the hour is Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose book Capital in the Twenty-First Century provides a serious critique of inequality in modern capitalist economies and warns that market economies “are potentially threatening to democratic societies and to the […]

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