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Tanner: No Obamacare slogan is going to save Dems

By Michael D. Tanner Since the Republican victory in Florida’s special congressional election last week, Democrats have been struggling with how to bear the electoral albatross that is Obamacare. Having apparently decided that they cannot run away from the president’s health-care law, and seeing their “mend it don’t end it” strategy come up short in […]

Tanner: Governing for poetry

By Michael D. Tanner Who knew that American poetry was in such desperate shape, tottering on the brink of oblivion without massive government intervention? Just a couple of years ago, Senate majority leader Harry Reid was worried that Republican budget cuts would spell the end of the Cowboy Poetry Festival. Now House minority leader Nancy […]

Tanner: Why the Tea Party’s waning, not winning

By Michael D. Tanner As the Tea Party celebrates its five-year anniversary, many commentators are asking whether the grassroots anti–Big Government movement is still relevant. In some ways, this seems a silly question. The Tea Party has been enormously successful in changing the terms of the national debate on issues such as debt and spending. […]

Tanner: ObamaCare’s ugly ‘progress’

By Michael D. Tanner No one expects President Obama to say much about ObamaCare in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday — because there isn’t much good to say about his signature achievement. Yes, we get a perfunctory apology for those Web site “glitches,” plus a suitably uplifting story about how someone finally […]

Tanner: More woes ahead for the ACA

By Michael D. Tanner Even setting aside the debacle surrounding the rollout of HealthCare.gov, last fall was a bad time for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Millions lost their current coverage despite the president’s promise: “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” Millions more found that their doctor was not part of […]

Tanner: War on poverty at 50 — despite trillions spent, poverty won

By Michael D. Tanner Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson delivered his first State of the Union address, promising an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Looking at the wreckage since, it’s not hard to conclude that poverty won. If we are losing the War on Poverty, it certainly isn’t for lack of effort. […]

Tanner: Obama’s 2014 war on the poor

By Michael D. Tanner This article appeared in National Review (Online) on January 1, 2014. To put it in today’s standard D.C. terms, Democrats sure must hate poor people. That’s silly, of course. But there’s no doubt that Democrats are preparing to push policies that are likely to hurt struggling low- and middle-income Americans. Both […]

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