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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 […]

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 […]

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