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Tanner: The Northam controversy is a perfect moment to reflect on our history

By Michael D. Tanner | There is a strange serendipity to having the scandal over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s past racist behavior break at the start of Black History Month. It serves as a timely reminder of both America’s racial sins and the progress that we’ve made to overcome them. We can’t escape the fact […]

Tanner: 2020 Democrats’ progressive profligacy

By Michael D. Tanner | By almost any traditional measure, President Trump should be extremely vulnerable in 2020. Although the president often brags about his victory in 2016, it is important to recall that a shift of just 107,000 votes in three states would have changed the outcome. That was less than 0.09 percent of […]

Tanner: Washington’s short-term thinking won’t head off coming debt crisis

By Michael D. Tanner | Recently, The Daily Beast reported that when President Trump was briefed early last year about the future consequences of the federal debt, he replied bluntly, “Yeah, but I won’t be here.” It would be easy to shake our heads at yet another example of the president’s inability to think beyond […]

Tanner: Divided by party, united in spirit

By Michael D. Tanner | For those who focus on politics, last week’s election appears to have only left us more divided. Certainly, voters seem split, not just along party lines, but also by race, religion, gender, and geography. Divisive language from both parties has started at the top and pervades every aspect of the […]

Tanner: What to expect If Democrats win the House

By Michael D. Tanner | There’s less than a month until the midterm elections, and, despite an uptick in Republican enthusiasm following the spectacle of the Kavanaugh nomination, it still seems likely that Democrats will capture control of at least one chamber of Congress. And as Election Day draws nearer, we can expect both parties […]

Tanner: Who’s really to thank for booming economy: Donald Trump or Barack Obama?

By Michael D. Tanner | Economic growth is up, unemployment is down, and President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama are fighting over who should get the credit. Both are offering a certain amount of truth on behalf of their claim, along with a healthy dose of hyperbole and more than a little statistical […]

Tanner: Congress finds a new excuse to avoid balancing America’s books

By Michael D. Tanner | In April of this year, the Congressional Budget Office warned that we were on track to return to trillion-dollar budget deficits by 2020. That warning turns out to have understated the problem: The latest estimates suggest we will now reach the dubious trillion-dollar milestone this coming fiscal year, and the […]

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