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Tanner: What to expect from ‘Obamacare’ replacement

By Michael D. Tanner Republicans officially have begun the long and complex road to repealing and “replacing” “ObamaCare.” And if you believe congressional Democrats, various special-interest groups and much of the media, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are about to be unleashed. Former Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid paused on his way out the […]

Tanner: Conservatives should think twice before supporting Jeff Sessions

By Michael D. Tanner When President-elect Trump selected Alabama senator Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, many conservatives cheered. Immigration hardliners were thrilled to have one of their own in the position, while other conservatives saw Sessions as the type of dynamic presence needed to clean out the Stygian morass of President Obama’s Justice […]

Tanner: Where President Trump may face congressional resistance

By Michael D. Tanner When President Donald Trump is sworn in next month, Republicans will hold the presidency and both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006. For everyone who has been complaining about gridlock for the past decade, there is now the possibility of action. But before everyone joins hands and sings […]

Tanner: Neither Trump nor his message built to win a national election

By Michael D. Tanner | Let the precriminations begin. Somehow Donald Trump has survived to fight another day. But with each passing hour, it becomes more obvious that he is going to lose this election, and most likely take a Republican Senate down with him. Even Republican control of the House is now in jeopardy. […]

Tanner: Big-government presidential candidates, look at Venezuela

By Michael D. Tanner Even as Americans lurch toward the conclusion of a monumentally unsatisfying election campaign, Yon Goicoechea is sitting in a Venezuelan prison for demanding the basic political rights that we take for granted. Goicoechea, who won the Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty in 2008, for organizing student opposition to […]

Tanner: In comparative economic freedom, the U.S. Is in 16th place

By Michael D. Tanner Hooray, we’re number … 16!? The latest Index of the Economic Freedom of the World was released last week, and the United States held its ranking as the 16th freest economy (see page 8 of the report), the same ranking as last year. I suppose it could have been worse. The […]

Tanner: How did Bill Clinton’s welfare reform turn out?

By Michael D. Tanner Happy birthday, welfare reform. Twenty years ago this week, leaders of both political parties gathered in the White House Rose Garden to watch President Clinton sign the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which represented the most extensive revision of federal anti-poverty policy in more than 30 years. Echoing one […]

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