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Tanner: De Blasio and Warren’s new progressive agenda

By Michael D. Tanner A who’s who of the American Left has just unveiled their version of a Contract with America. This new Progressive Agenda is the brainchild of New York mayor Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with such liberal luminaries as Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and former Vermont governor […]

Tanner: Baltimore burning; it’s not a matter of money, we tried that

By Michael D. Tanner With the surety of night following day, the Baltimore riots have been followed by calls for more government spending to fight poverty in our distressed inner cities. President Barack Obama says “massive investments in urban communities” could “make a difference right now.” Representative Elijah Cummings, who represents Maryland in Congress, says, […]

Tanner: Can Republicans stick to their principles on the minimum wage?

By Michael D. Tanner Last week, while most Americans were scrambling to make sure that their taxes were paid on time, protesters across the country took to the streets to demand that the minimum wage be increased to $15 an hour. The protests — which featured fast-food workers, Walmart employees, home-care workers, and a truly […]

Tanner: Getting welfare reform right

By Michael D. Tanner It would be hard to find someone outside the cocoon of Washington special interests who would defend our current welfare system. We spend nearly $1 trillion a year to fund over 100 separate anti-poverty programs, yet we have achieved only minimal gains in helping people escape poverty. By conventional measures, the […]

Tanner: An early look at the GOP candidates’ positions on foreign policy

By Michael D. Tanner Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul formally announced his candidacy for president, becoming the second Republican, following Ted Cruz, to throw his hat into the ring. Almost immediately, a PAC organized by the same group responsible for the famous anti–John Kerry Swift Boat ads launched a $1 million advertising campaign in Iowa, New […]

Tanner: The Debt and the GOP

By Michael D. Tanner With our national debt now passing the $18 trillion mark, and rising at the rate of $40 to $50 billion per month, it is worth taking a look at where the putative Republican presidential candidates stand on the question. Do they see it as a major issue? Would they deal with […]

Tanner: Obama’s ‘mindless austerity’

By Michael D. Tanner In announcing his $3.999 trillion budget proposal for FY 2016, President Obama said that he was putting an end to “mindless austerity” in federal spending. In response to which, one wants to ask, “What color is the sky on his planet?” There has been no austerity, mindless or otherwise, during the […]

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