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Tanner: Beyond the Obamacare website fiasco

By Michael D. Tanner This article appeared on National Review (Online) on October 30, 2013. When the computer system running your signature legislative achievement is slightly less functional than painting on a cave wall, you know you have a big problem. When that’s actually the good news, you know you have a really big problem. […]

Tanner: Europe tries welfare reform

By Michael D. Tanner If Congress — once it reopens the government and gets back to its usual business of redistributing taxpayers’ money — has any interest in reforming our burgeoning welfare state, they might look, of all places, to Europe, where serious reforms are underway. Leading the way is Great Britain. While in the […]

Tanner: It’s obvious why people don’t trust Obamacare

By Michael D. Tanner If you’re puzzled why Obamacare is so polarizing, consider how a law that’s ostensibly about fairness — health care for all — can be so unfair. Favored groups like unions and some businesses have carved out exceptions for themselves, while the average American could see their hours cut or their job […]

Tanner: ObamaCare — What’s already gone wrong

By Michael D. Tanner Like the Yankees sputtering through the last few games of a season filled with injuries and frustration, ObamaCare is limping its way toward its official launch next Tuesday, dragging with it an ever larger trail of disappointments. Supporters of the health-care overhaul can still celebrate the opening of 50 state exchanges […]

Tanner: Capitalism’s triumph

By Michael D. Tanner ‘Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.” That statement came not from a tea-party leader or a congressional Republican, but from Bono, singer, celebrity, and global anti-poverty activist, speaking to Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative last year. As we mark the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street this […]

Tanner: Why get off welfare?

By Michael D. Tanner Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job. But there is also evidence that many are reluctant to accept available employment opportunities. Despite work requirements included in the 1996 welfare reform, the U.S. Department […]

Tanner: Welfare can make more sense than work

By Michael D. Tanner Most decisions in life are the result of a cost-benefit analysis. When residents in Connecticut consider getting a job, they assume they would be better off having a job than not. They’d be wrong. Because in Connecticut, it pays not to work. Next Monday, the Cato Institute will release a new […]

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