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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 […]

Tanner: Obama’s Class Warfare

By Michael D. Tanner The American economy is finally coming back, after one of the slowest post-recession recoveries in recent history. So naturally President Obama has decided that what we really need now is a return to the era of tax and spend. Oh, and of course, a healthy batch of class warfare too. The […]

Tanner: How Obamacare Is ‘working’

By Michael D. Tanner No matter how badly you want something to be true, simply wishing will not make it so. This is a lesson that Obamacare supporters need to learn, as they tell us yet again that the Affordable Care Act “is working.” The latest claims stem in part from evidence that the number […]

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